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Product Details

  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (February 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456304917
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456304911
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"This book is the perfect guide for every nonprofit board member! Loaded with wisdom, it's a must read that will take board members to the next level of successful board governance." --J. Todd Chasteen, General Counsel, Samaritan's Purse

"Mike Batts has put his quarter century of advising and serving on nonprofit boards to good use in this accurate and easy-to-read book."  --Chuck Hartman, Assoc. Prof. of Bus. & Law, Cedarville Univ.

"This book is exactly what a busy volunteer board member needs. It is perfect for board member orientation and for quick reference reminders for the experienced board member." --Doug Starcher, Partner, Broad & Cassel

"This book provides clear, no-nonsense guidance on the basic issues for new nonprofit board members. Using it will ensure your organization has communicated fundamental governance issues." --Dan Busby, President, ECFA

From the Author

Having observed first-hand the challenges associated with orientation of new board members in nonprofit organizations, my purpose in writing this book is to provide a concise and practical resource that truly simplifies the orientation process.  New board members need to understand the environment of nonprofit board service in order to properly carry out their important responsibilities.  If you are a nonprofit board member, this book is for you, with the hope that it makes a positive difference for you.

More About the Author

Michael Batts has more than 25 years of experience serving on nonprofit boards and advising nonprofit organizations on matters related to board governance, financial reporting, tax compliance and strategy, corporate structure, international activities, and related issues. Mike is the president and managing shareholder of Batts Morrison Wales & Lee, PA, an Orlando-based accounting firm dedicated exclusively to serving nonprofit organizations and their affiliates throughout the United States. He is a national speaker and author on matters related to the nonprofit sector. Mike has actively engaged in nonprofit legislative matters, having drafted and lobbied successfully for a number of state statutes for nonprofit tax exemptions and having served on the Legal Framework Workgroup of the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, a legislative advisory panel formed at the request of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman. He previously served as chairman of the board of ECFA, a national organization that accredits religious nonprofit organizations in the areas of board governance and financial integrity. He currently serves on ECFA's board and is the chairman of its Standards Committee. Mike was recently appointed chairman of the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations, a national commission convened by ECFA upon the request of Senator Charles Grassley to address accountability and policy issues related to religious and other nonprofit organizations.

Customer Reviews

This book is a quick read that is full of practical information.
Diana Webber
My recommendation: give this book to every board member and senior team member and keep extras on hand for new board members.
John W. Pearson
I hate to read, this book kept my attention and is to the point.
D. Saunders

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Past President, Institute for Challenging Disorganization on June 13, 2011
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I purchased a copy of Board Member Orientation for each of our board members as an aid to our annual board member orientation process. They have all found it to be very concise and informative. The book has given us a very organized approach for conducting our board orientation meetings. We also used the questions in Chapter 10 as a guide for creating our first board member handbook.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John W. Pearson VINE VOICE on July 12, 2012
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In the foreword to Jim Brown's book, The Imperfect Board Member: Discovering the Seven Disciplines of Governance Excellence (J-B US non-Franchise Leadership), Patrick Lencioni writes, "The author--a friend of mine--often jokes that a greeter at Wal-Mart gets more orientation than most board members ever do. We all know that's no joke. It's true for boards of every description. And it's appalling."

Lencioni adds, "Although it sounds extreme, management guru Peter Drucker wrote, `There is one thing all boards have in common...They do not function.'"

So how do you fix dysfunctional boards?

Michael Batts has come to the rescue! In just 85 quick-reading pages, the author delivers a short-enough book that most new board members will read. "Board Member Orientation: The Concise and Complete Guide to Nonprofit Board Service" is a must-have tool for your orientation sessions with new board members. There are 10 chapters:
1. The Legal Authority and Responsibility of Board Members
2. The Proper Role of the Board
3. Board Committees
4. The Board's Role in Risk Management
5. The Board's Role in Financial Matters
6. Governing and Policy Documents
7. The Liability of Board Members
8. Understanding, Evaluating and Protecting Mission
9. Board Meeting Dynamics
10. Completing the Orientation Process by Providing Organization-Specific Information to Board Members

Addressing the sometimes fuzzy line between a board's proper role and its tendency to micromanage, Batts gives board members grace in some situations when the lines may get blurred.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DCR on December 8, 2011
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Over the last 18 years I have served on the board of several non-profits. This book was, by far, the best written, most concise, and useful book related to board service that I can remember reading, and I've read many over the years! I've ordered 20 additional copies to share with fellow members who I believe will greatly benefit from the wisdom contained in this book. Whether you're new to board service or have served on a non-profit board for years, you will improve the value of your service and the effectiveness your board's governance as a result of reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan Busby on October 15, 2012
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My organization, ECFA, relates to over 20,000 nonprofit board members. With the constant turnover of board members, we see such a need for clear, no-nonsense guidance on the basic governance issues for new nonprofit board members. Michael Batts nails it with this book! It will help ensure your organization has communicated fundamental governance issues and it will assist your board determine risk management strategies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maren Amdal on June 12, 2014
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I bought a copy to see how I liked it; I returned to buy a dozen more! Concise, easy to read and very straightforward, my board and staff will all be on the same page (both literally and figuratively) about how to work in our organization. I'm pleased to have found such a handy resource for my non profit colleagues. I especially like the questions at the back, to help my board members think about their responsibilities and learn what questions are the right ones to ask. Highly recommended.
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Very straightforward and helpful primer for serving on a board of directors. Practical and complete.
Worth purchasing and giving to your board members.
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By Shirley Beattie on February 11, 2014
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Practical handbook that we gave to all of our board members with the blessing of our governance consultant. Concise and to the point, but with humor.
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I became chairman of a board that had some dysfunction to it (not uncommon with boards). This book was a goldmine. Our entire board when through the book as I facilitated. We are operating on all cylinders and doing what a board should do (SOP - Strategy, Oversight, Policy) and are no longer slogging through the mud on matters that should not be our concern. From this book I developed a summary document for new board members and answered the specifics noted in the last chapter of the book. I highly recommend this book!
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