This collection combines two important endeavors. First, in various pieces evidence about the behavior and performance of non-profit boards is reviewed and important additional evidence is presented. Noting the disparity between reality and widely-accepted beliefs is a long and necessary role for empirical researchers. The second endeavor in this collection is to present useful and realistic ideas and techniques for improving board functioning and board-staff relations. Nearly all the pieces have implicit or explicit applications.
Table of Contents
Board Functions And Board-Staff Relations In Nonprofit Organizations: An Introduction, Why Board Members Participate, Dominant Class Culture And Legitimation: Female Volunteer Directors, Advisory Board Performance: Managing Ambiguity And Limited Commitment In Public Television, Board-Staff Relations And Perceived Effectiveness, In Nonprofit Organizations, The Implication Of Board Member Composition For Fund-Raising Success, Conjoint Directorship: Clarifying Management Roles Between The Board Of Directors And The Executive Director, Managing Expectations: What Effective Board Members Ought To Expect From Nonprofit Organizations, Community Agency Boards Of Directors: Viability And Vestigiality, Substance And Symbol, Keys To Better Hospital Governance Through Better Information, Board-Staff Planning And Implementation Processes In Innovative Performance—Benefit Plan, Minority Participation On Boards Of Directors Of Human, Service Agencies: Some Evidence And Suggestions, The Importance Of Board Effectiveness In Not-For-Profit Organizations, The Characteristics And Influence Of Intraboard, Networks: A Case Study Of A Nonprofit Board Of Directors, Concluding Thoughts On Closing The Board Gap