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Explore our curated collection of free downloads and recommended books to help you improve in Board governance. 

Books We Recommend

Essential reads! Check out these titles recommended by Ken Haycock for effective not-for-profit board leadership and operation. 

Recommended Books

Free E-Books

These short e-books on high demand topics have been developed by Better Boards. Better Communities. And are available to you free of charge. Check back regularly as we continue to add titles.

Free E-Books

FreeĀ Resource Library

Hundreds of freeĀ resourcesĀ curated for you. Organized by ten main areas of board governance with subtopics for ease of searching and selection, it is regularly updated!

Free Downloads

Featured Free Resources

Effective Meetings: Welcome to the Board Room

30-page E-Book outlining how to have effective board meetings that never feel like a waste of time. Learn what to include, who is responsible for what, and what alternatives are available when a meeting is not really necessary.

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10 Critical Questions Boards Need to Ask

Key questions to consider as a board to facilitate advancement toward your mission. An ideal starting point - even if you've struggled with board improvement in the past!

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The Consent Agenda

Essential for meetings that matter! Learn how and when to use a Consent Agenda to save time and focus your meetings on the matters making a difference. 

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Top 10 Library Board Handbooks

Get links to access 10 examples of effective Library Board Handbooks. Use these as your model and save hours of research time!

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Advocacy: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

This 26-page e-book by Ken Haycock explores the lessons learned in his decades of experience and research into advocacy for not-for-profit boards. Learn how to ensure sustainable (and sustaining!) resources and support from key decision-makers in your community.

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