Resources for Nonprofit Governance

All 501(c)3 non-profit agencies must be governed by a board of directors. It is the responsibility of the board to ensure that the mission of your organization is being upheld in a lawful and ethical manner. Board members work in partnership with your nonprofit to provide financial oversight, evaluate the effectiveness of programs, monitor your long-term viability and deliver accountability to your constituents.

All 501(c)3 non-profit agencies must be governed by a board of directors. It is the responsibility of the board to ensure that the mission of your organization is being upheld in a lawful and ethical manner. Board members work in partnership with your nonprofit to provide financial oversight, evaluate the effectiveness of programs, monitor your long-term viability and deliver accountability to your constituents.

External Resources

Publications

  • John Carver books
    John Carver is a well-known author on the subject of governance. His website provides a list of training opportunities as well as publications.

  • The Nonprofit Quarterly:

    • The Nonprofit Quarterly. Fall 2003. “A Powerful Vision: Governance Suited to Purpose.” Volume 10, Issue 3.

    • The Nonprofit Quarterly. Summer 1999. “Reconsidering Governance.” Volume 6, Issue 2.

  • Chait, Richard P., William P. Ryan, and Barbara E. Taylor. 2004. Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
    Honorable mention recipient of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s 2006 Terry McAdam Book Award

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