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Welcome to ACCE's bookstore. Go to genre to browse books by topic area. In the "What We're Reading" section, you will find a monthly book recommendation by an ACCE member. And you won't want to miss the books written by our convention speakers! Find them by going to "ACCE Convention speakers" under the genre tab. Email or call 703-998-3524 with any questions.



What We're Reading

Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards

by Richard T. Ingram

Our all-time bestseller, this book not only explores the board’s 10 core responsibilities, it also puts them into the context of the governance challenges facing nonprofits today. We clarify and distinguish the board’s responsibilities from those of the chief executive and senior staff. In addition, it includes two appendixes, one covering the individual responsibilities of board members and the other providing a sample self-assessment for individual board members. Recently updated to include a deeper discussion of the role that advocacy plays in the responsibilities of nonprofit boards. Available for purchase from as an e-book in PDF. Or purchase the hard copy version.

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Effective Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations: How Executive Directors and Boards Work Together

by Thomas Wolf

Managing a nonprofit organization has many challenges. One key to success is building a strong relationship between the executive director and the board of trustees. This book is a treasure trove of information for navigating the personal, political, and legal minefields that cause so many nonprofits to fail. Dozens of case studies illuminate the key issues that often impede the progress of nonprofit organizations.

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Boards That Lead: When to Take Charge, When to Partner, and When to Stay Out of the Way

by Ram Charan, Dennis Carey, and Michael Useem

Is your firm’s board creating value--or destroying it?

Change is coming. Leadership at the top is being redefined as boards take a more active role in decisions that once belonged solely to the CEO. But for all the advantages of increased board engagement, it can create debilitating questions of authority and dangerous meddling in day-to-day operations. Directors need a new road map--for when to lead, when to partner, and when to stay out of the way.

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ePolicy Sampler - Role of the Board (Word Doc)

ePolicy Sampler - Role of the Board (Word Doc)

by BoardSource

BoardSource offers Downloadable Policy Samplers in 10 different topic areas to help you create specific policies for your organization. Each Downloadable Policy Sampler covers several subtopics and includes an introduction to the subtopic area, key elements, practical tips, suggested resources, and several dozen sample policies.
The Role of the Board Sampler includes 28 samples on the following:

  1. Role of the Board
  2. Board Member Agreements
  3. Board Chair Job Descriptions
  4. Board Officer Job Descriptions

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Managing Conflicts of Interest, A Primer for Nonprofit Boards

Managing Conflicts of Interest, A Primer for Nonprofit Boards

by Daniel L. Kurtz and Sarah E. Paul

The nonprofit sector depends on the spirit of volunteerism displayed by board members - personal and professional knowledge, experience, and community engagement. These board members can also face challenges in carrying out their board responsibilities precisely because of the number and breadth of associations and connections they have. Making unbiased, independent decisions on behalf of the organization isn't always easy. So, not only should nonprofit board members and executives be able to recognize potential conflicts of interest, but they must determine when these conflicts present areas of concern and what to do about them. Help promote a culture of disclosure in your nonprofit by exploring the meaning of conflicts of interest and understanding the legal rules relating to them. This book acknowledges the difficulty in identifying problematic conflicts of interest, and gives recommendations for practice. This new edition discusses The most recent state and federal laws governing conflicts of interest Important legal concepts, including private inurement, private benefit, and intermediate sanctions Situations that give rise to conflicts of interest Creation of a conflict-of-interest policy and the need for proper disclosure Establishing a procedure for responding to existing conflicts Organizational code of ethics and maintaining an overall culture of integrity Special considerations for private foundations in dealing with conflicts of interest The key for nonprofit boards is not to try to avoid all possible conflict-of-interest situations, but to identify and follow a process for handling them effectively. How an organization manages conflicts of interest and assures open and honest deliberation affects all aspects of its operations and is critical to making good decisions, avoiding legal problems and public scandals, and remaining focused on the organization's mission. Available through BoardSource with member and non-member pricing.

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Board Member Orientation: The Concise and Complete Guide to Nonprofit Board Service

by Michael E. Batts

Finally! Board member orientation truly simplified. Serving on a nonprofit board can be an incredibly rewarding experience for the properly prepared board member. This book is for the generous and busy people who agree to give of their time and talents by serving on nonprofit boards.

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The Nonprofit Board Answer Book: A Practical Guide for Board Members and Chief Executives

by BoardSource

An essential guide to good governance for board leaders at all levels of experience and expertise.

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Boards on Fire! Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully

by Susan Howlett

This essential manual identifies the obstacles that keep leaders from fulfilling their responsibilities - and offers simple steps for overcoming each barrier. You'll learn: - Why board members struggle with asking - What gets board members excited about raising money - Which donors and prospects they should focus on - How to turn trustees into compelling ambassadors - What board members need to be successful fundraisers

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How To Manage Your Board While Your Board Manages You: A Practical Guide To Working Effectively With a Board For Both New and Experienced CEOs

by Martin M. Coyne II

From Martin M. Coyne II-professional board director, former EVP at Eastman Kodak, and senior advisor to CEOs and boards of directors-comes How to Manage Your Board While Your Board Manages You. In today’s complicated and high-stress corporate environment, there is unparalleled pressure on CEOs and their boards to rise above previous expectations and perform at sometimes soaring levels demanded by shareholders and, in many cases, Wall Street. When CEOs and board members become complacent in their commitment to a sustained and successful relationship, the corporation suffers. With the guidance laid out in Coyne’s pragmatic, hands-on style, CEOs, board members, and senior executives aspiring to become CEOs gain a richer understanding of the art of corporate governance, the strategies that maximize the efficacy of operating plans and business models, as well as a guide to successfully interfacing with key committees and the individuals comprising them.

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The Board Building Cycle: Nine Steps to Finding, Recruiting, and Engaging Nonprofit Board Members, Second Edition (PDF)

The Board Building Cycle: Nine Steps to Finding, Recruiting, and Engaging Nonprofit Board Members, Second Edition (PDF)

by BoardSource

Good boards do not just happen: they take care, thought, and planning. The second edition of this must-have bestseller features nine steps for your board to follow through the board development process, including: 

  • identifying, cultivating, and recruiting prospective board members 
  • orienting new board members 
  • encouraging board members to become more active 
  • educating the board about the organization's work and context 
  • rotating out board members to make room for new skills and insights 
  • engaging the board in a self-evaluation 
  • celebrating the board's victories and successes 

This book is intended not only for organizations where the board is charged with selecting its own members but also for organizations where the authority to appoint new board members rests elsewhere. Also included is downloadable content containing forms, worksheets, sample documents, and a PowerPoint® presentation for orienting new board members.

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