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The Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management, 4th Edition by David O. Renz

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CHAPTER FIVELEADERSHIP, GOVERNANCE, AND THE WORK OF THE BOARD

David O. Renz

Every incorporated nonprofit organization, in the United States and in most other nations of the world, is legally required to have a governing body. Typically labeled a “board of directors” or “board of trustees,” this governing board is the group of people entrusted with and accountable for the leadership and governance of the nonprofit corporation. It is the board that has the ultimate authority and responsibility for the performance of a nonprofit organization and, even when the organization employs people in executive and staff roles, it is the board that ultimately is accountable to the community, to the state, and to clients and beneficiaries.

Since the mid-1990s, ...

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