The Art of Trusteeship: The Nonprofit Board Member's Guide to Effective Governance
The Art of Trusteeship: The Nonprofit Board Member's Guide to Effective Governance  -     By: Susan Houchin, Candace Widmer
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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 how to fulfill ten key trustee responsibilities and includes much-needed detail on defining a 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.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Wiley
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0787951331
ISBN-13: 9780787951337

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The well-being of any nonprofit organization rests first with itsvolunteer board of directors. This book offers board members theguidance they need to successfully govern their organizations--nomatter what type or size of nonprofit they may lead.
Written by Candace Widmer and Susan Houchin, The Art ofTrusteeship shows you how to fulfill ten key trusteeresponsibilities and includes much-needed detail on definingmission, strategic planning, executive selection and evaluation,fundraising, financial oversight, and board self-assessment. Thishands-on guide is filled with illustrative case studies andreal-life examples that clearly show how a variety of creativeboards have tackled challenges and strengthened theirorganizations.
"At last, a book that doesn't take a one-size-fits-all approach!The authors recognize that the huge diversity among nonprofitscalls for multiple ways of fulfilling basic board responsibilities.The book allows a board member to dive in at any point and find aconcise, clear set of options for handling the challenges oftrusteeship. It will help even first-time board members find firmfooting on the path to effective governance."
--Sara L. Engelhardt, president, The Foundation Center

Author Bio

CANDACE WIDMER is professor of human services and sociology at Elmira College and a well-known consultant to nonprofits. SUSAN HOUCHIN is director of national services for Girls Incorporated and its seven year trustee Education for Excellence Project.

Editorial Reviews

"This book delivers what trustees direly need but rarely get:plainspoken, practical advice, rooted in common sense and reallife. It tells trustees what to do, and how to do it well."--Richard P. Chait, professor, Harvard University's Graduate Schoolof Education
"The Art of Trusteeship addresses the many challenges facingtrustees today during this time of rapid change, increasing demandfor accountability, and competition for funds. Whether you are atrustee or nonprofit CEO, you will find the authors' approach willapply to your organization and its mission." --Mary H. DeKuyper,member of the board of governors, the National American RedCross
"At last, a book that doesn't take a one-size-fits-all approach!The authors recognize that the huge diversity among nonprofitscalls for multiple ways of fulfilling basic board responsibilities.The book allows a board member to dive in at any point and find aconcise, clear set of options for handling the challenges oftrusteeship. It will help even first-time board members find firmfooting on the path to effective governance." --Sara L. Engelhardt,president, The Foundation Center
"Nothing is more important to the success of nonprofitorganizations than effective board governance. The Art ofTrusteeship makes the compelling case that such success is theresult of clear vision, solid understanding and good practice. Thebook makes great sense and will help its readers better understandwhat good board performance means and how to get it." --KenGladish, national executive director, chief executive officer, YMCA

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