Nonprofit Boards That Works: The End of One-Size-Fits-All Government

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Nonprofit Boards That Works: The End of One-Size-Fits-All Government


Peithman, Stephen, Stage Directions


If you're looking to turn your theater into a nonprofit, check out this excellent list of resources.

Book publisher Jossey-Bass and its parent company, John Wiley and Sons, offer a wealth of material for nonprofit organizations.

We counted 52 titles on boards and board development, 43 on fundraising and grantsmanship, 40 on nonprofit management, 24 on community development, 20 on strategic planning, 14 on volunteers and seven on marketing, among other topics. Books can be ordered through your favorite bookseller, or from Jossey-Bass's website [www.josseybass.com].

Starting And Managing A Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide, 3rd ed., by Bruce R- Hopkins, provides valuable guidance for those starting new nonprofits, as well as essential advice for directors of established organizations. Written in plain English, not legalese, the book provides practical, step-bystep guidance on how to handle all legal aspects of obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status, revenue reporting, nonprofits and "private benefit," charitable giving, employee compensation, lobbying, the use of for-profit subsidiaries and more. [ISBN 0471-39727-X, $26.95, Wiley]

The Nonprofit Handbook: Management, 3rd ed., by Tracy Daniel Connors, is designed to be a desktop reference on the operational policies and procedures of nonprofit organizations. In its 1,008 pages, Connors has brought together the expertise of more than 35 leading experts in the field of nonprofit management to provide standardized policies and procedures in three crucial areas: effectiveness, efficiency and evolutionary environment. This new edition covers topics such as man agement environment, organizational identity and focus, effective operating and management strategies; marketing and communications, information management technology, process management, fundraising, leadership; and human resource development. [ISBN 0471-39799-7, $105, Wiley]

Financial And Accounting Guide For Not-for-Profit Organizations, 6th ed., by Malvern Gross, Richard Larkin and John McCarthy, is the definitive guide on financial reporting, accounting and control situations in not-for-profit organizations. The 800-page volume includes accounting and reporting guidelines, handling internal financial affairs, tax and compliance reporting requirements, illustrated explanations of financial statements, a how-to section on setting up and keeping the books (with step-by-step procedures and forms) and accounting software. ISBN 0-471-38039-3, $150, Wiley]

The Complete Guide To Nonprofit Management, 2nd. ed. Using real-world examples and case studies, the experts at Smith, Bucklin & Associates, Inc., a -leading nonprofit management firm, provide answers for virtually every nonprofit business management issue. Topics include establishing an organization's direction, maximizing board and staff effectiveness, raising money, providing educational programs, using public relations tools to reach a broader audience, getting political support and basics of management, marketing, and communications. [ISBN 0-471-38062-8 $29.95, Wiley]

Nonprofit Boards That Work: The End Of One-Size-Fits-All Governance, by Maureen K. …

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