The Book of the Board: Effective Governance for Non-profit Organisations

The Book of the Board: Effective Governance for Non-profit Organisations

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By (author) David Fishel

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  • Publisher: Federation Press
  • Format: Paperback | 300 pages
  • Dimensions: 177mm x 248mm x 16mm | 554g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Annandale, NSW
  • ISBN 10: 1862876894
  • ISBN 13: 9781862876897
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 150,744

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The Book of the Board is an invaluable handbook for boards and board members of non-profit organisations. It explains the purpose of a board in a non-profit organisation; the board's formal and legal responsibilities; the main areas where a board can add to the organisation's effectiveness. This second edition, while retaining an overall structure similar to the first edition, has been fully revised and updated to reflect developments in the non-profit environment. Particular revisions include: A new Checklists section, containing ten quick-reference checklists on topics ranging from strategic planning and compliance through to board recruitment and succession planning; All the interviews have been replaced with eight new interviews from Australian non-profit organisations in the fields of environment, sports, arts and youth development; The topics covered in the original 17 chapters have been streamlined into 12 chapters; A new chapter has been added on the subject of alliances and mergers in the non-profit field; The Resources section has been overhauled, with seven Resources retained and updated, and eight new Resources added, covering governance charters, running a planning retreat, CEO appraisal and committee structures; New charts and diagrams that provide a visual overview of key topics; Gavin Nicholson, Louise Walsh and Judith James join Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes and Elizabeth Jameson among the contributors.

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...this book is a refreshing text on the issue of governance in the not-for-profit sector. With a strong emphasis on the social context of the task and a lot of sensible advice regarding process to boards, CEOs, and even exectuive staff, not-for-profit organisations are effectively located in their true context. - Arena Magazine, Number 99, February-March, 2009 This book is a must-have for members of non-profit boards who want to develop a better understanding of what being on a board is all about and how to improve their board's performance...If you are serious about building your board's capability, read and use this book. - Law Institute Journal of Victoria, March 2009 Reviews of first edition A practical and common sense guide to day-to-day administration. It is comprehensive ... Most useful is the final section which is simply titled 'Resources'. It is best described as comprising ready reference tools which encapsulate the essence of points being made throughout the book, such as a meeting procedure, a discipline policy, draft position descriptions, recruitment checklist and a risk assessment overview. ... [It] contains many time-saving templates and checklists that will be constantly used. - Australian Law Librarian You generally won't find books on governance jostling for space among the best sellers with the latest Bryce Courtenay or coffee table cookbooks but here's one that should. ... There are so many positive features of Fishel's book that it is hard to know where to start. ... Within its less than 300 pages, the book manages to encompass all of the major concerns of not-for-profit boards. The language is clear and lively and even complex issues are laid out with simplicity. The interviews and case studies are relevant and illustrative. - SACOSS News Fishel's book should be standard issue for all Boards in the not-for-profit sector and the set text for any new recruits being inducted into membership. - Educare News From the outset, Fishel presents considered and well-balanced strategies for implementing systems of good management that enable executives and board members to operate in confidence. - Lawyers Weekly This book was an interesting and easy read that I expect to return to when I think about my contribution on boards. Legal practitioners who are called to serve on or advise boards will find useful current content. - Ethos, Law Society of ACT, December 2008

Table of contents

Introduction The Job of the Board A Sense of Direction An Interview with the Environmental Defender's Office The CEO and The Board Purposeful Meetings In the Chair An Interview with Netball Australia Risk Management Compliance with legal responsibilities Financial Planning and Control An Interview with the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra The Board and Fundraising Measuring our Progress Alliances and Mergers An Interview with The Foundation of Young Australians Recruitment and Succession Postscript: Twenty Staging Posts of Board Development Checklists Resources Interviewees BibliographyWebsitesIndex