From the Inside Flap
Often business executives serve (or are asked to serve) as boardmembers of nonprofit organizations. However, without a clearunderstanding of how nonprofits work, service on a board can be afrustrating experience.
Joining a Nonprofit Board offers an important guide to the rolesand responsibilities of a nonprofit board member. Marc J. Epsteinand F. Warren McFarlan provide a step-by-step guide to how boardmembers can work with a nonprofit organization to achieve theorganization's overarching mission, attain financialsustainability, and develop and execute the systems needed toaccomplish both.
Based on more than 10 years of research from Rice University andHarvard Business School and filled with illustrative examples,Joining a Nonprofit Board explores the basic structure of anonprofit, explains how to build and monitor a nonprofit's mission,and identifies how the board performs an effective assessment of anonprofit. The book also explores the challenges posed by theduality of leadership between the unpaid volunteer non-executivechairman of the board and the CEO.
Joining a Nonprofit Board includes a helpful explanation of a"board member's life cycle." The authors start with the decision tojoin a board and explain how to prepare for the first meeting. Thebook explores how to serve effectively the first two years andreveals what it takes to develop your ongoing role as a trustee.Finally the book describes how to transition off the board to otherforms of service with the organization.
Joining a Nonprofit Board is a comprehensive resource for anyonewho wants to take their experience in the business world and servea nonprofit with passion and clarity.
About the Author
Marc J. Epstein is Distinguished Research Professor ofManagement at Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice Universityin Houston, Texas. He is considered one of the global experts inthe areas of sustainability, governance, performance measurement,and accountability in both corporations and nonprofitorganizations.
F. Warren McFarlan is Albert H. Gordon Professor of BusinessAdministration, Emeritus and former senior associate dean of theHarvard Business School. He has served for over thirty years onboth corporate and nonprofit boards and has written a number ofarticles and cases in the area of Social Enterprise.