Boards That Make a Difference

A New Design for Leadership in Nonprofit

"When I came upon Carver's book, I threw away everything I had collected on the subject of boards." (NRB, July/Aug. 2002)

"This book should be in the library of everyone who serves—or aspires to serve—on the governing board of any organization, large or small, nonprofit or corporate. Better than any other available resource, it tells what the roles of board members are and what they must and shouldn't do. An indispensable guidebook to leadership excellence." —George Weber, secretary general, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Geneva

"John Carver's book is important reading for chief executives and directors alike. This book's sound premises regarding proper role delineation and its practical advice about how to affect due diligence combine to provide an invaluable resource to any board dedicated to efficiency and high-quality performance." —John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, American Cancer Society

"John Carver's Boards That Make a Difference was required reading for board members of the Calgary Philharmonic Society. It provided a clear and concise road map with which we carried out significant governance restructuring of the society." —James M. Stanford, president & CEO,, Petro-Canada, and past chairman of the Calgary Philharmonic Society, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

"Boards That Make a Difference should be required.... The book explicates the model, which is simple, powerful and, above all, successful." —W. H. Hann, executive director, Association of IndepAndent Schools of Western Australia

  • HardBack
  • Author:  John Carver
  • Publisher:  Jossey-Bass; 2nd Edition (May 1997)