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The art of trusteeship : the nonprofit board member's guide to effective governance
Widmer, Candace Hestwood, 1943-
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, [2000]

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xx, 186 pages ; 24 cm.
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The well-being of any nonprofit organization rests first with its volunteer board of directors. This book offers board members the guidance they need to successfully govern their organizations--no matter what type or size of nonprofit they may lead.

Written by Candace Widmer and Susan Houchin, The Art of Trusteeship shows you how to fulfill ten key trustee responsibilities and includes much-needed detail on defining mission, strategic planning, executive selection and evaluation, fundraising, financial oversight, and board self-assessment. This hands-on guide is filled with illustrative case studies and real-life examples that clearly show how a variety of creative boards have tackled challenges and strengthened their organizations.

"At last, a book that doesn't take a one-size-fits-all approach! The authors recognize that the huge diversity among nonprofits calls for multiple ways of fulfilling basic board responsibilities. The book allows a board member to dive in at any point and find a concise, clear set of options for handling the challenges of trusteeship. It will help even first-time board members find firm footing on the path to effective governance."
--Sara L. Engelhardt, president, The Foundation Center

Author Notes

Candace Widmer is professor of human services and sociology at Elmira College
Susan Houchin is director of national services for Girls Incorporated

Table of Contents

The Authorsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: The Art of Trusteeshipp. xv
Part 1 The Board's Responsibility for Mission
1. Establishing the Organization's Missionp. 3
2. Engaging in Strategic Planningp. 11
3. Overseeing Programsp. 31
4. Helping the Organization Communicate Effectivelyp. 43
Part 2 The Board's Responsibility for Money
5. Overseeing the Organization's Financesp. 57
6. Developing Fundsp. 69
7. Ensuring Sound Risk Management Policiesp. 83
Part 3 The Board's Responsibility for Management
8. Selecting and Supporting the Chief Executive Officerp. 99
9. Selecting and Educating Trusteesp. 125
10. Managing the Work of the Boardp. 145
Conclusion: The Challenge of Trusteeshipp. 167
Referencesp. 169
Resourcesp. 173
Indexp. 183