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Duty, Board, and Community: Volume 14, Issue 2: Summer 2007
Table of Contents:
Fe a t u r e s
4 The Nonprofit Ethicist: What to do if a board member has overstayed his welcome and how to think about that executive opportunity. by Woods Bowman
6 Board Stories Involving Humans (and Their Lessons): Whether by-the-book or ad-hoc the defining feature of successful boards is not the model but the people who make it work. by Ruth McCambridge
16 Boards in Small Nonprofits: What About Friendship and Solidarity?: Boards of small organizations manage their work and environments in a way that is often missed by “best practices.” by Christine Bertrand and Johanne Turbide
24 The Best and Worst of Board Chairs: Do you know one when you see one? Initial research shows that there is a good deal of agreement about what makes a good board chair. NPQ readers are invited to contribute to the next phase of this research. by Yvonne Harrison and Vic Murray
30 Loyal Opposition: A board that can adopt this parliamentary concept can benefit from internal scrutiny and creativity that will ultimately strengthen its ability to achieve its mission. by Patricia Bradshaw and Peter Jackson
36 More Than Monitors: The Board’s Role in Sustainability: Richard Brewster, executive director of National Center for Nonprofit Enterprise discusses in economic terms the core issue of nonprofit sustainability and it’s surprising!
38 Engagement Governance for System- Wide Decision Making: Community impact is at the center of this
model, that is simple, intuitive, and genuinely powerful. by Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D.
S p e c i a l S u p p l e m e n t
43 Nonprofit Risk Management: Insurance and Beyond: Proper preparation and precaution can prevent a possible pickle. by Melanie L. Herman
47 Nonprofit Quarterly Insurance and Risk Management Service Providers Directory 2007
D e p a r t m e n t s
F u n d r a i s i n g
52 Corporate Philanthropy 2007: Finding the Compatible Intersection?: Corporate collaboration comes with costs and benefits. Organizational leaders discuss how to go about it. by Andrew Crosby
P h i l a n t h r o p y
57 Almost-Crimes: The Boston Globe’s Foundation Exposés Revisited: Where are they now? Cohen revisits some high-profile cases and finds a complex and underwhelming response to clearly unethical situations. by Rick Cohen
O p i n i o n
70 The New Goals at the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Fate of the Nonprofit Sector: What’s wrong with foundations taking charge in the nonprofit sector? by Marie C. Malaro
73 ARNOVA Abstracts: A selection of the most recent abstracts from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.
75 VultureList.Org: A Charity Exploitation Prevention Project: This is not a joke. A modest investment
could bring sunshine to donors who seek the halo of public giving to cover past sins. by Jon Pratt
78 The Take-Away: Summaries of the articles in this issue.