William R. Conrad Jr.

President of the Institute for Voluntary Organizations and the Voluntary Management Press, William R. Conrad, Jr., has served the nonprofit field for forty years with the Cleveland YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago and as adjunct faculty at George Williams College and Roosevelt University.

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More than one million nonprofit or voluntary organizations have been incorporated in the United States, and there are countless others throughout the world. Although they range in size and purpose from small social clubs to large and complex organizations such as universities and hospitals, they all have one thing in common: a board of directors of some type. What these boards do varies as much as the organizations themselves.

“In this new and revised edition of his popular book, Bill Conrad again proves his mastery of the intricacies of the voluntary board of directors. I encourage all who wish to strengthen their boards of directors to use this useful book as a guide. It will be helpful to volunteers and staff equally.”

James J. O’Connor, retired chairman and CEO of Unicom Corporation




Effective Voluntary Board of Directors · What It Does and How It Works
By William R. Conrad Jr.

More than one million nonprofit or voluntary organizations have been incorporated in the United States, and there are countless others throughout the world. Although they range in size and purpose from small social clubs to large and complex organizations such as universities and hospitals, they all have one thing in common: a board of directors of some type. What these boards do varies as much as the organizations themselves.

“In this new and revised edition of his popular book, Bill Conrad again proves his mastery of the intricacies of the voluntary board of directors. I encourage all who wish to strengthen their boards of directors to use this useful book as a guide. It will be helpful to volunteers and staff equally.”

James J. O’Connor, retired chairman and CEO of Unicom Corporation