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Lessons From the Nonprofit Boardroom Hardcover – November 3, 2017
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About the Author
Dan Busby is the President of ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) in Winchester, VA and has been in leadership positions with ECFA for nearly 20 years. He has served over 110 man-years on nonprofit boards and is the author/co-author of 62 editions of eight different titles, plus numerous eBooks and booklets. His last book was TRUST: The Firm Foundation for Kingdom Fruitfulness. An avid baseball fan and former umpire, Dan frequently consults with the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
John Pearson is a board governance and management consultant from San Clemente, CA. He served more than 30 years as a nonprofit ministry CEO at Willow Creek Association, Christian Camp and Conference Association, Christian Management Association (now CLA),and other ministries. He is the author of Mastering the Management Buckets and co-author of Marketing Your Ministry, and he's endured over 500 board meetings (but who's counting?).
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This is not a technical book. There are no guidelines to Robert's Rules Of Order, no introductory descriptions of what a nonprofit is, and no lessons on how to read a financial spreadsheet.
Rather, the book is true to its title: It's a compilation of lessons learned. The book itself is a mentor that wants to help board mentees avoid problems. The warnings in the book are worth the price (e.g. having a board policy in place regarding what kinds of gifts are received, and of voting on the right kind of person to be board chair, and for potential board members to "date" the board before joining it officially as a voting member.)
Both authors, Dan Busby and John Pearson, bring a wealth of practical experience to this volume. They address subjects as varied as the need to eliminate typos in board-produced documents, the need to eliminate board members who don't fit, and the need to be humble and gentle even as tough decisions are being made. Generously they allude to authors of other books, and throughout the book they appear to take pains to be vulnerable and honest, not grandiose. Their tone is strikingly modest.
As for my critique, I won't say much because this book does not aim to cover the gamut. As I said before, the book delivers what it promises to deliver. I will say, however, that the difference is much greater than this books lets on between being a competent secular board and a competent board that operates in accordance to authentic Christianity. The book's greatest weakness, in my view, is its lack of theological depth.
Still, I recommend it. I'm glad to have invested in purchasing and reading it and taking time (of my own accord) to review it. If all boards would prioritize integrity and prayer, as this book says to do, most nonprofits would far outdo themselves.
Respectfully submitted by Sarah Sumner
President, Right On Mission