Charting the Territory of Nonprofit Boards

By Richard P. Chair, Barbara E. Taylor

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), 1999

In this chapter of Board-Staff Relations for the 21st Century, the authors look at issues endemic to nonprofit boards. The authors answer the question of why boards administer rather than govern, which they attribute to the possibility that trustees have specialized knowledge or interest, and would rather act as delegates. The authors go on to present four development phases which outlines the evolution of policy development and the role a board plays at each stage in terms of development and administration. The authors conclude by asserting that no single approach to governance can guarantee effectiveness on the part of boards. However, the authors add that success can happen if trustees can understand the boardâ??s roles throughout different development phases and policy levels.

Topic: Management and Administration, NGOs, Organizational Development, Nonprofits, Leadership, Jewish Organizations

Name of Publication: The Director Had a Heart Attack and the President Resigned: Board-Staff Relations for the 21st Century

Editor: Bubis, Gerald B.

Page Number(s): 217-230

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: United States

Identifier: 965-218-037-8

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Bubis, Gerald B.

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Bibliographic Information:
Chair, Richard P. Taylor, Barbara E. Charting the Territory of Nonprofit Boards. The Director Had a Heart Attack and the President Resigned: Board-Staff Relations for the 21st Century. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 1999: 217-230. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4263


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