Governance Resources

You and Your Nonprofit Board book coverDownload these free resources as PDFs:

Balancing Diverse Perspectives with Board Size (published by Imagine Canada)

Reviewing-Governance-Pages-1-2 Pages 1-2 (whole chapter available on request)

BD Decision-Making Pages1-2 (whole chapter available on request)

Strategic Boards for All-Volunteer Orgs

Generic Nonprofit Board Agenda

Navigating with Values Based Leadership (presentation – will take time to download)





CHAIR-CSO success

The Independent Director



Many of Jane’s ethics columns for Charity Village also deal with governance.

Recommended Reading

  • You and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs, Charity Channel Press, 2013
  • You and Your Nonprofit, Charity Channel Press, 2010
  • Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed, Frances Westney, Brenda Zimmerman and Michael Quinn Patton, Random House, 2006
  • Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success, edited by Alan Broadbent and Ratna Omidvar for Maytree Foundation, Coach House Books, 2011
  • Governance for Collaboratives: A Guide to Resolving Power and Conflict Issues, Joan Roberts,, 2010
  • Making an Impact as a Not-for-Profit Board Chair, Sandi L. Humphrey, CSAE, 2013
  • Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards, Richard P. Chait, William P. Ryan, and Barbara Taylor, BoardSource, 2005
  • The Source: Twelve Principles of Governance That Power Exceptional Boards, BoardSource, 2005
  • Board Recruitment & Orientation: A Step-by-Step Common Sense Guide, Hildy Gottlieb, Renaissance Press
  • The Pollyanna Principles, Hildy Gottlieb, Renaissance Press, 2009
  • The Will to Govern Well, Tecker/Frankel/Meyer, Anerican Society of Association Executives, 2002
  • Primer for Directors of Not-For-Profit Corporations: Rights, Duties and Practices, Industry Canada et al, (free download)
  • Roberta’s Rules of Order, Alice Collier Cochran, Jossey-Bass, 2004
  • The Art of Trusteeship: The Nonprofit Board Members Guide to Effective Governance, Candace Widmer and Susan Houchin, Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2000

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