Comprehensiveness rating: 4 read less
The textbook does a nice job of describing the basic roles and responsibilities of a board of directors for nonprofit organizations. All of the basic roles and responsibilities of most boards are discussed. The authors outline a conceptual framework that illustrates how contextual factors influence the governance process and organization’s effectiveness. It is also helpful at the end of each chapter there are additional resources outlined for each topic. However, this text fails in outlining the three basic duties of board members. While these duties are not specific, and do not align with a specific topic, such as planning or fundraising, it is important that board members understand their duty of care, duty of obedience and duty of loyalty. The authors do outline the limitations of this textbook, but it would still be helpful to briefly describe the duties of board members.
Accuracy rating: 5
The information in the textbook is accurate. I did not note any bias and the information appears to be current and error-free.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 5
The understanding by board of directors of their roles and responsibilities is vitally important to the success and effectives of an organization. This textbook is certainly relevant and the information is current. I will emphasize that this textbook is basic and does not (although maybe not intended to) encourage board members to “think outside the box”. I think being entrepreneurial in the nonprofit sector is more and more important and updates should include the board’s role in learning entrepreneurial initiatives.
Clarity rating: 5
The information in the textbook is clear, understandable, and describes well any content unique to the nonprofit sector.
Consistency rating: 4
The information in the text is consistent. The authors clearly explain that the information is outlined in a systems, diagnosis, and treatment format and this is done consistently throughout the text. One matter of concern regarding consistency is the beginning of each chapter. The best start to chapters is when the authors first describe the symptoms, provide a checklist of items to consider and then summarize by themes the items. This is not done in each chapter and those chapters that do, are a bit more thorough.
Modularity rating: 5
The modularity of the textbook is great. Each chapter and even sections within chapters can be understood in smaller reading sections.
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 5
The organization, structure and flow of this textbook and logical and clear. Each chapter follows in a consistent order. The symptoms, diagnosis and treatment framework was followed for each topic, making the organization and flow easy for the reader.
Interface rating: 5
Visually the book was appealing. The imagines and charts were easy to read. In a few places a space could be inserted between image and start of the content. Overall, well done.
Grammatical Errors rating: 5
I did not notice any grammatical errors.
Cultural Relevance rating: 5
The textbook is extremely relevant. The work of nonprofit organizations is vitally important to the health and well-being of communities and the governance of organizations sets the stage for the effectiveness of the organization. Many community members are asked to sit on boards without a clear understanding of what they are agreeing to do. In addition, I also don’t necessarily think executive directors know all the work of board members should be doing. Developing resources and various frameworks to assist board chairs and executive directors in developing their board members is beneficial. This textbook provides a framework that is parallel to health checkups for individuals. This provides a method for doing a health checkup for the board of directors which directly relates to the mission, strategic planning and financial well-being of organizations.
The purpose of this book is to help a board of director improve their performance. I support of this textbook, an online board self-assessment tool can be found at www.boardcheckup.com. This took is easily accessible and straight forward to complete. It seems that to be most effective having a board of directors complete the survey and use this textbook to understand the symptoms, diagnosis problems, and most importantly treat the problems of a board of directors.