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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470931256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470931257
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Often business executives serve (or are asked to serve) as board members of nonprofit organizations. However, without a clear understanding of how nonprofits work, service on a board can be a frustrating experience.

Joining a Nonprofit Board offers an important guide to the roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board member. Marc J. Epstein and F. Warren McFarlan provide a step-by-step guide to how board members can work with a nonprofit organization to achieve the organization's overarching mission, attain financial sustainability, and develop and execute the systems needed to accomplish both.

Based on more than 10 years of research from Rice University and Harvard Business School and filled with illustrative examples, Joining a Nonprofit Board explores the basic structure of a nonprofit, explains how to build and monitor a nonprofit's mission, and identifies how the board performs an effective assessment of a nonprofit. The book also explores the challenges posed by the duality of leadership between the unpaid volunteer non-executive chairman 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 to join a board and explain how to prepare for the first meeting. The book explores how to serve effectively the first two years and reveals what it takes to develop your ongoing role as a trustee. Finally the book describes how to transition off the board to other forms of service with the organization.

Joining a Nonprofit Board is a comprehensive resource for anyone who wants to take their experience in the business world and serve a nonprofit with passion and clarity.

About the Author

Marc J. Epstein is Distinguished Research Professor of Management at Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is considered one of the global experts in the areas of sustainability, governance, performance measurement, and accountability in both corporations and nonprofit organizations.

F. Warren McFarlan is Albert H. Gordon Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus and former senior associate dean of the Harvard Business School. He has served for over thirty years on both corporate and nonprofit boards and has written a number of articles and cases in the area of Social Enterprise.


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Marc J. Epstein is Distinguished Research Professor of Management at Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining Rice, Dr. Epstein was a professor at Stanford Business School, Harvard Business School, and INSEAD (European Institute of Business Administration). In both academic research and managerial practice, Dr. Epstein is considered one of the global leaders in the areas of innovation, sustainability, governance, performance measurement and accountability in both corporations and not-for-profit organizations.

Dr. Epstein has extensive academic research and practical experience in the implementation of corporate strategies and the development of performance metrics for use in these implementations. In many recent articles and books Epstein shows how the use of new strategic management systems can help organizations focus strategy, link to performance metrics, and drive improved performance in organizations. In a recent book, Making Innovation Work: How to Manage It, Measure It, and Profit from It, he applies these approaches to driving increased innovation in large organizations and developing appropriate measures of success. He currently is at work on a new book on innovation that builds on his experiences with the leading corporations of the world and focuses on how to design organizations for growth. The Innovation Paradox: Why Good Businesses Kill Breakthroughs and How They Can Change will be released in early 2014.

He is also currently working extensively in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and South America on innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges and measuring and managing the social impacts of corporations, NGOs, and foundations. Each year he takes all of his MBA students to Africa as part of his course "Commercializing Technology in Developing Countries." In 2011, his book Joining a Nonprofit Board: What You Need to Know was published. In May 2013, his book Pharmacy on a Bicycle: Innovative Solutions for Global Health and Poverty was released. In March 2014, his new book Measuring and Improving Social Impacts: A Guide for Nonprofits, Companies, and Impact Investors will be released.

In 2008, Making Sustainability Work: Best Practices in Managing and Measuring Corporate Social, Environmental, and Economic Impacts, was published to provide guidance to managers and academics on the implementation of corporate social responsibility. A completely revised and updated edition of that book will be released in January 2014. In 2006, his edited series The Accountable Corporation (with Kirk Hanson) was published with four volumes including Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Ethics, and Business-Government Relations. He has since written extensively on corporate and non profit board governance, the role of boards of directors, organizational trust, the business case for sustainability, and corporate accountability.

He is the author of twenty books and well over 200 professional papers that have won numerous top academic, professional, and business awards. He also is Editor-in-Chief of a top academic journal. Dr. Epstein also provides seminars, executive courses, consulting, and lectures to senior managerial audiences throughout the world.

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By Virginia Merkel on August 23, 2013
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Terrific material and should be given to all new board members and most existing board members! it was really terrific!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By VM on June 30, 2011
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This is the very best book I have read on this subject ever. I highly recommend it to anyone on a nonprofit board or anyone considering joining one.
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