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Boards of Directors

and Working with Committees

Books on this topic

Articles and book excerpts on this subject

Free electronic books on this subject

All Hands On Board: the Board of Directors in All-Volunteer Organizations by Jan Masaoka, originally published by the National Center for Nonprofit Boards (19-pg. PDF)

Several free e-books on board topics from BoardSource, though some are members-only.  Go to

Web sites with information on this subject

Adler & Colvin
The "resources" area of this law firm's Web site offers a number of excellent articles on legal issues for nonprofit boards of directors.

Association Xpertise Inc. (AXI) Resources
Wide variety of articles on board and association management from this Canadian consulting firm.

Board Cafe
Archive of past issues of this monthly e-newsletter for board members from CompassPoint Nonprofit Services.

A site "revolutionizing the way nonprofit boards and new leaders find each other." Nonprofits can post their board member vacancies and individuals interested in board service can browse what might suit their interests.

Major American source for information about nonprofit boards of directors.  Especially see their "Essential Questions" about board membership, the rest of their Q&A topics, and their 107-page compilation (PDF), A Guide to the Literature on Governance:  An Annotated Bibliography.

"Dynamic Nonprofit Board" (PowerPoint presentation)
Free, downloadable presentation in PowerPoint for teaching boardsmanship, from the Executive Leadership Institute of the National Assembly of Health & Human Service Organizations.

Ethics Q&A Archives – “Doing Good Right”
From CharityVillage NewsWeek (Canada), this archive of questions and answers to ethical questions by Jane Garthson focuses on sticky issues confronted by nonprofit boards.

Fieldstone Alliance - Free Resources
This consulting, publishing, training, and research organization is focused on strong nonprofit performance.  In this area of the site are articles and tools on various subjects, including boards, management and finance.

Free Complete Toolkit for Boards
Comprehensive site compiled by Carter McNamara, with many articles and links on specific board-related topics.

Good Governance Guide
Governance Matters has developed this multi-section guide to help funders and nonprofit organizations in improving board performance.

Part of Reach...Skilled Volunteers in the UK, this site helps both organizations and board members work more effectively.

Working with Committees area of University of Illinois Extension Web Site
This website contains fact sheets, role descriptions, worksheets, and additional resources to assist volunteers and 4-H members in developing effective committees within their club -- but applicable elsewhere.

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