Our Books

”Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”

President Harry S. Truman

 

Your leadership journey has begun. As board president, executive, or board member you’re working to make life more satisfying for the people in your community. You deserve the latest research, publications, and educational programs for your leadership efforts. We are that resource, helping you learn, lead, and make your mission a reality.

 

The Jefferson Center for Learning and the Arts supports, develops, and enhances the practice of leadership by executive directors, board presidents, and boards of directors in nonprofit organizations nationwide.

 

7 publications from The Jefferson Center for Learning and the Arts

 

The below prices include shipping and handling.

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The President’s Book: Experiencing the Essentials with Six Board Presidents

 

The first publication of the Academy, this book is written by seasoned board presidents for presidents-elect and new board presidents. It addresses the crucial role of the board president in the conduct of organizational life and focuses on core issues of board leadership such as discovering your leadership voice, working together with the executive, engaging the board, and organizational ethics.

104 pages.

$ 20

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This book is not only a practical guide to everything that is essential to being a good board president, it is packed with good advice such as: a checklist of ethical issues, the kinds of partnerships that are key to working well with your executive director and board and how to clarify those roles. There are true nuggets of wisdom packed between the pages of practical guidelines and suggestions to help you find your style of leadership.

 

Dottie Gerrity

Chair of the Board

The Community Foundation of Collier County, Florida

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Following the Leader: A Guide for Planning Founding Director Transition

 

Based on field research in five agencies, this is the first in a series of Leadership Reports that have a basis in research. The study is directed at the boards and executives in organizations where the founding director or a long-term director is retiring. Recommendations for the departing founding director, the board of directors, the planning and search committees, and the new executive are included.

34 pages.

 

$ 15

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In an excellent book on the departures of nonprofit founders, Redington and Vickers frame the executive’s final two steps as “letting go” and “preparing the way for a successor.” Often a critical board task, then, is to support their executive director through these final duties.

 

Tim Wolfred

“Stepping Up: A Board’s Challenge in Leadership Transition.”

In The Nonprofit Quarterly, Summer 2005.

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The Board Member’s Guide: Making a Difference on Your Board and in Your Community

 

Designed to assist nonprofit boards in all their various responsibilities, this publication is written by five experienced board members from west-central Ohio. The book contains twenty-three pointed and practical chapters on everything from recruiting and selecting board members to by-laws, mission statements, executive evaluation, and designing board meetings.

143 pages.

 

$ 20

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The Board Member’s Guide is one of those “So now I find out how to do this…” books that you wish you’d found years ago. It is a combination of practical tips and checklists, thoughtful guidance and provocative questions-to-self. It provides savvy and encouragement to persevere with the tough issues that community organizations typically encounter. The sections on funds and budgets, IRS issues, incorporation and record-keeping are especially useful, not often found in a guidebook like this. It will make an excellent “welcome aboard” gift to a new board president or board member, and a good item to circulate FYI for current staff and board.

 

James M. Heffernan, Ph.D.

Executive Director

New York Campus Compact

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Finance for Nonprofit Board Members: Linking Mission to Money

 

This publication provides valuable financial tools and strategies for the nonprofit board member. The book combines basic definitions with more sophisticated strategies for board members of any financial background. All major aspects of a nonprofit’s financial life are addressed, including budget-building and monitoring, monthly and yearly reports, audits, and endowments, as well as strategies for sustaining the organization’s mission in good and bad economic times.

106 pages.

 

$ 20

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Finance for Nonprofit Board Members: Linking Mission to Money is an indispensable guide on how to make budgets and other financial tools work for nonprofit organizations. Proctor has done a wonderful job of describing how to link budget decisions to organizational goals. It is easy to understand, accurate, and complete. Although intended for board members of nonprofit organizations, the information this handbook provides will be useful to anyone who is interested in helping nonprofit organizations make effective use of the resources available to them.

 

William J. Shkurti

Senior Vice President for Business and Finance

The Ohio State University

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Women Leading the Way: Reflections on Life and Leadership

 

The Academy’s fifth publication gathers the insights and experiences of exemplary women executives to assist younger women professionals as they make their careers in nonprofit leadership. The text guides young women through questions about finding your leadership voice, balancing work and family, and choosing career and educational paths.

92 pages.

 

$ 20

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As the co-authors’ personal reflections on life and leadership progress throughout each chapter, they underscore the importance of self-reflection, self-understanding, and balance. This is sound advice for each of us no matter where we are in our career path. And this is one of those valuable little books to keep at easy arms reach as a reference, as an inspiration and to share with colleagues.

 

Candis S. Isberner, Ph.D.

Executive Director

WSIU Public Broadcasting

Southern Illinois University

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Evaluating Your Executive: New Approaches, New Purposes

 

Executive Evaluation can:

 

  • Enrich professional development
  • Strengthen the relationship between the board and the executive
  • Advance an organizational culture of reflection
  • Focus the future work of the leadership


This book provides a variety of evaluation tools for nonprofit board members and guidance as they proceed through the evaluation process with their executive director.
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52 pages.  

 

$ 20


All good leaders direct their own evolution—constantly growing to best serve their changing organization and to sustain themselves.  Executive evaluation, carefully considered and thoughtfully done, is a superb way for board members to support their leader's work and growth.  The processes and inventories in this book turn the usual, often haphazard approach to executive evaluation on its head.  They show us how to take the task from a "have to" to a "get to."  It is a superb roadmap to embracing and shaping this crucial process.


Jan Allen
Life and Executive Coach
Jan Allen Unlimited

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The Search Book: A Guide to Executive Evaluation

 

Our latest publication guides board members through the challenges and opportunities of an executive search process. Designed to lead readers through each step, The Search Book offers organizational tools, resources, and firsthand knowledge. This book focuses on the practical and illuminates how the finer details of an executive transition lead to valuable perspectives on the mission and future of an organization faced with the selection of new leadership.

76 pages

 

$ 16

 

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A nonprofit board has no higher responsibility to demonstrate leadership than during the selection of a new executive. The Search Book outlines a series of steps to successfully accomplish this responsibility from the design of the executive profile to selection of the finalist (in addition to suggestions for the first 100 days to maximize the new executive’s success.) This publication is an invaluable tool to support a board’s success in a most critical task.

 

Paul Williams

Partner and Director

Global Diversity Search

 

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