BoardSource (formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards) covers a range of questions that anyone in the nonprofit world might ask. Areas covered include how a board should be structured, what should go in board manual, and addressing conflict of interest problems.
For anyone setting up a board, this link from the Free Management Library is an invaluable checklist of typical job descriptions for members of a nonprofit board. Created by the Minnesota-based consulting Authenticity Management, the website has links to hundreds of articles on all aspects of business management for nonprofits and for-profits. The reviewers read some 10 to 20 a day to keep the site fresh. This link covers just about everything a manager would need to know from setting up a board to firing an employee “with dignity.” The site has links to translations in several languages, as well, a boon for international organizations.
How do you find people interested in joining your board, or, on the flip side, how do you find a board you’d like to join? BoardnetUSA is a good place to start. The website helps nonprofit boards and new leaders find each other. It was developed by the Volunteer Consulting Group
, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization in New York City.
This is a 38-page manual with advice on how to organize a board, recruit good members, and use meeting time wisely. Helpful charts and examples are sprinkled throughout to illustrate points made.
Fast Company blogger Alice Korngold outlines what a nonprofit board needs to do in order to be effective in this piece from May 25, 2009. Korngold said she learned much of what she covered when she was training executives to serve on boards of directors.
Helpful, brief “webinar” about why boards often don’t work well and how to change that. This was presented Jan. 25, 2012, by Synthesis Partnership, which assists nonprofits with strategy, planning, and organizational development and change.
This features a generic framework, applicable to all governing boards-business, nonprofit, and governmental by John Carver, an expert in the field of governance.
Many of the books, periodicals, and other media that Jossey-Bass publishes are perfect for the nonprofit world. An imprint of John Wiley & Sons, Jossey-Bass’s roster of writers includes experts in leadership, business, and nonprofits.
Attractive Web-zine carries “practical, provocative and fun food-for-thought for nonprofits.” Sponsored by the Compasspoint Nonprofit Services, Nonprofits’ Insurance Alliance, and the Alliance for Nonprofits for Insurance, Risk Retention Group, the Avocado is a nicely written freebie that comes out every third Tuesday.
Since 1978, Yale University’s has published more than 260 working papers on a variety of topics for not-for-profit organizations. Additionally its Cases in Nonprofit Governance Series of 24 cases offers takes on nonprofit governing boards; you can download 10 of them here.
Independent Sector has been publishing reports and guides for nonprofits and charities since 1980. Click on this link to access a number of good, free manuals on topics including governance, ethics and understanding the impact of the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act on nonprofits.