Book Title:

Doing Good Better: How to be an Effective Board Member of a Nonprofit Organization (Paperback)
by Edgar Stoesz, Chester Raber, Ph.D.

Editorial Reviews:

From Library Journal

The spirit of volunteerism has swollen the number of volunteer organizations to over 1.14 million in the United States. Many people are asked to participate as a director on a nonprofit board but are clueless about their responsibilities. Stoesz, who has served on religious and other nonprofit boards, and Raber, a management consultant, have written a simple book about nonprofit governance. It does not offer any particular insights about nonprofit management, but it is a good primer for those who want to form a nonprofit board. The chapter on legal dimensions is particularly useful. – Rebecca A. Smith, Harvard Business Sch. Lib.

Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.


In this personably written manual, two veterans of many boards lucidly address the ideal relationship between a nonprofit organization and its board. They candidly cover the realities that often threaten that relationship, then suggest strategies for overcoming these common difficulties.

Book Description


In these days of tightening budgets, organizations cannot afford weak board members. In this time when many qualified persons have few discretionary hours, they have little time for training. Doing Good Better speaks to both needs efficiently and thoroughly. Highly recommended.


“A very fine book on board leadership… very beneficial.” – Millard Fuller, Habitat for Humanity

“If you’re on a nonprofit board, get this book. It’s bound to perk up your performance so you can do even more good than you did before.” – The Marketplace

“Doing Good Better is the best there is.” – Richard F. Celeste, former Governor of Ohio

“Worth its weight in gold.” – Academic Library Book Review

“This is a clear, comprehensive, and useful manual on the ‘how-to’ of being a board member or administrator of a nonprofit organization. Doing Good Better should be read by everyone involved in organizational leadership.” – Provident Bookfinder

About the Author

Edgar Stoesz has spent most of his adult life in nonprofit organizations, both as director and employee. A native Minnesotan, he held six different administrative posts with the Mennonite Central Committee, including seven years as Associate Executive Secretary. For 14 years he served as President-CEO of Mennonite Indemnity, a for profit reinsurance company serving mutual insurance companies.

Chester Raber, Ph.D., is a longtime organization and management consultant working with both for profit and not-for-profit organizations. He has focused on organization assessment and development, with particular attention to team-building and management development, with particular attention to executive development.