Forces of Change: Reshaping How Non-Profit Organizations are Governed, Managed, and Resourced

“It’s easy . . . to lose sight of long-term trends amid short-term gyrations,” – Ezra Greenberg, Martin Hirt and Sven Smit (April 2017) in The Global Forces Inspiring a New Narrative of Progress, McKinsey Quarterly   Non-profit organizations are living in an environment of great complexity, accelerated change, and unprecedented competition for resources. Some…

Viewpoint: Good Remedy: Not for Every Ill

Introduction In 1991, John Carver’s Boards That Make A Difference: A New Design for Leadership of Nonprofit and Public Organizations was published in the United States. Not since then has a book on nonprofit governance generated so much interest as Richard Chait, William Ryan, and Barbara Taylor’s Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit…

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Better Together: Restoring the American Community By Robert D. Putnam and Lewis M. Feldstein with Don Cohen Published by Simon & Schuster, 2003, 318 pp. US $41.95. REVIEWED BY YVES SAVOIE Executive Director, Family Service Association of Toronto Robert Putnam sparked a broad debate about the state of community with the publication, in 2000, of…

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Reinventing Your Board By John Carver and Miriam Mayhew Carver Published by Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 1997, 232 pp., $40.95 REVIEWED BY VICTOR MURRAY Faculty of Administrative Studies, University of Victoria The phenomenon know as John Carver’s “Policy Governance Model” for the management of nonprofit boards seems to be continuing unabated. By November 1998, the…

Improving Board Performance

Introduction This article presents a nonacademic review of what it takes to create effective boards for nonprofit organizations. It identifies the main factors affecting the board’s operation which shape its impact on the organization. For each set of factors, the typical problems that can arise are noted and various approaches to handling them discussed. The…

Money Management: Conflicts of Interest

Frequently boards find themselves depending on outside professionals and volunteers to provide them with the information they require if they are to discharge their responsibilities to their not-for-profit organizations effectively. Boards should remember there are questions they need to ask of their money managers and their consultants, and most importantly, of themselves. This article will…

From the Editor

We close this volume with some solid law, some sound advice, and some views of new frontiers in philanthropy. The solid law comes in the form of the Honourable Mention entry in last year’s Philanthropist Award competition. Paul Michell analyzes the history of the rule against political activity by charities in England and in Canada,…

A Rose By Any Other Name: Using Board Development to Achieve Board Reform

Board development has taken on some urgency within the voluntary sector over the last few years. As a long-time board member of numerous nonprofit organizations and as a management consultant specializing in the voluntary sector I have been experiencing a noticeable increase in demand for board development services. Board members and chief executive officers are…