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The Book of the Board is an invaluable handbook for boards and board members of non-profit organisations. It explains the purpose of a board in a non-profit organisation; the board's formal and legal responsibilities; the main areas where a board can add to the organisation's effectiveness. This second edition, while retaining an overall structure similar to the first edition, has been fully revised and updated to reflect developments in the non-profit environment. Particular revisions include: A new Checklists section, containing ten quick-reference checklists on topics ranging from strategic planning and compliance through to board recruitment and succession planning; All the interviews have been replaced with eight new interviews from Australian non-profit organisations in the fields of environment, sports, arts and youth development; The topics covered in the original 17 chapters have been streamlined into 12 chapters; A new chapter has been added on the subject of alliances and mergers in the non-profit field; The Resources section has been overhauled, with seven Resources retained and updated, and eight new Resources added, covering governance charters, running a planning retreat, CEO appraisal and committee structures; New charts and diagrams that provide a visual overview of key topics; Gavin Nicholson, Louise Walsh and Judith James join Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes and Elizabeth Jameson among the contributors.