KEY FEATURES Engaging original case studies profile a wide variety of issues and obstacles facing all types and sizes of nonprofit organizations today. Theories, cultural competencies, and ethical and legal considerations are integrated throughout the text. A chapter on risk management explores challenges such as theft, vulnerable populations, and workplace accidents. A chapter on international nonprofits adds a dimension that is not always covered in texts. Case questions teach students to think strategically, solve problems, handle conflict, and unpack organizational issues.

Board of Directors

2 Board of directors


Similar to the iconic Queens Guard that diligently stands watch over Buckingham Palace in London, the governing boards of nonprofits may be considered the guardians of governance for nonprofit organizations. Today more than ever, board members and executive leaders find themselves on the front lines of a constantly changing landscape. All of this leads us to ask, what is governance, and what is the role of the nonprofit board in leading and managing third-sector organizations?

Liz Shear (2013), an expert in the field of nonprofit governance, provides this definition: “Governing boards are a legally constituted group of people, who together advance, guide, and oversee an organization’s mission for the common good, on behalf of the community.”

While the actual structure ...

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