This publication is part of The Governance Series, a six-book collection addressing all of the fundamental elements of service common to most boards.

Our all-time bestseller, Ten Basics, not only explores the board’s 10 core responsibilities, it also puts them into the context of the governance challenges facing nonprofits today.

We clarify and distinguish the board’s responsibilities from those of the chief executive and senior staff. In addition, it includes two appendixes, one covering the individual responsibilities of board members and the other providing a sample self-assessment for individual board members.

Recently updated to include a deeper discussion of the role that advocacy plays in the responsibilities of nonprofit boards.

More about The Governance Series

The Governance Series addresses all of the fundamental elements of service common to most boards, including board member responsibilities, how to structure the board in the most efficient manner, and how to accomplish governance work in the spirit of the mission of the organization.

  1. Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards describes the ten core areas of board responsibility.
  2. Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards elaborates on the board’s legal responsibilities, liabilities, and the oversight it should provide to protect the organization.
  3. Financial Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards explains board fiduciary responsibilities in the areas of financial oversight and risk management.
  4. Fundraising Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards helps board members understand why they should be actively engaged in ensuring adequate resources for the organization — and how to get involved in fundraising.
  5. The Nonprofit Board’s Role in Mission, Planning, and Evaluation shows how to define and communicate the organization’s mission and link strategic planning and evaluation to achieve organizational success.
  6. Structures and Practices of Nonprofit Boards offers guidance on how to build and structure the board (size, committees, term limits) and enhance leadership roles and the partnership between the chair and the chief executive.

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