Are you new to a board and have no idea what's expected of you? Do you know what a board's six key responsibilities are? Do you know what your relationship with the Executive Director should be? If not, this book is for you.
So many board members - especially of small nonprofits - want to support a nonprofit and readily accept the invitation to join the board. It's only then that they discover they are in over their heads, with no idea of their expectations and responsibilities. The Little Book of Boards is here to throw that drowning board member a rope.
Told with a conversational style, this book will lead you through the basics of being on a board, how meetings work, and what's expected between meetings. In addition, at the back of the book are several in-depth resources for understanding Roberts Rules of Order, bylaws, committee structures, board leadership, and much more. Perfect for any new board member - or for an entire board that is feeling lost - this book and its common sense approach will serve you every year you are on the board.
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If you only get one, this is it
Absolutely great. I will take away lots of information from this book.
The ideas around what a nonprofit board's most important contributions are.
It is nonfiction so not applicable.
Just starting board service, or a longtime board member, doesn't matter. You will learn the basics right here. Lots of ideas about governance, working through difficulties, etc. Can't recommend enough.
- S. Taylor
Basic but for a new board member may help.
Tough subject to really make "enjoyable". The appendix on diversity felt preachy and was followed by how to attract wealthy members. Could have been addressed very simply without all the social justice and accompanying PC chatter.
Stick to finding the best board members for your organization and its mission, judge them by content of their character not the color of their skin (or gender or sex orientation or wealth, etc), their likely chemistry with your board, competence and capacity to contribute.
The author tackled writing this book so good on him. For a new board member every little bit to help them succeed is good. The fact that someone would buy this on their own is a good sign they will contribute to the mission.
- Paul R Berger