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The nonprofit leadership team : building the board-executive director partnership
Howe, Fisher, 1914-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, [2004]

Physical Description:
xx, 198 pages ; 24 cm
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HD62.6 .H6938 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Nonprofit Leadership Team is written for nonprofit executive directors and CEOs, senior staff, board members and nonprofit consultants. It focuses on the key leadership team-- the board and its chair and the executive director-- and shows how the consitituents can work in partnership to lead an effective, healthy organization.

In this important book, Fisher Howe, an expert on the topic of nonprofit leadership, covers every aspect of leading an organization as a team. He clearly shows what the board expects of the executive and what the executive expects of the board and the individual members, examines the working relationship among them, and demonstrates how the leadership team deals with specific responsibilities and challenges.

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Author Notes

Fisher Howe is a consultant for nonprofit organizations with the Washington, D.C., firm of Lavender/Howe & Associates

Table of Contents

William H. Luers
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
The Authorp. xix
Part 1 The Qualities of Shared Leadershipp. 1
1. What a Board Expects of the Executivep. 3
2. What an Executive Expects of the Boardp. 9
3. What Board Members and the Executive Expect of the Chairp. 13
4. The Importance and Challenges of Personal Relationshipsp. 17
Part 2 The Responsibilities of Shared Leadershipp. 23
5. Hiring and Evaluating the Executivep. 29
6. The Mission, Vision, and Strategic Planningp. 37
7. Program Direction, Oversight, and Supportp. 43
8. Financial Management and Governancep. 51
9. Marketing, Promotion, and Public Relationsp. 61
10. Fund Raisingp. 65
11. Enhancing Board Effectivenessp. 81
12. Administrative Activitiesp. 97
Part 3 The Special Challenges of Shared Leadershipp. 101
13. Program Evaluationp. 103
14. Information and Communications Technologiesp. 113
15. Exploring Different Governance and Management Conceptsp. 127
16. Using Consultantsp. 139
17. Special Challenges Facing the Leadership Teamp. 147
18. Accountabilityp. 153
Conclusionp. 159
Resourcesp. 161
A. CompassPoint Board-Staff "Contract" for Financial Accountabilityp. 163
B. Committee on Trustees or Governance Committee: Sample Terms of Referencep. 169
C. Board Self-Assessment for Nonprofit Organizations: Some Guiding Principlesp. 171
D. ePhilanthropy Code of Ethical Online Philanthropic Practicesp. 173
E. BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charitable Accountabilityp. 177
Referencesp. 185
Indexp. 189