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This article discusses factors that influence a board's approach to governance, describes and critiques eight governance models commonly used in nonprofits and offers guidance on their application. It suggests 'Results-based' governance as an emerging model that nonprofit leaders may want to consider and offers some 'Quick Tips' to guide development of an approach that suits your organization.

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Versions of this article have been published elsewhere under other titles as noted:

“Building Effective Approaches to Governance”, Mel Gill. Non-Profit Quarterly , Vol. 9 no. 2 Summer 2002

“What Governance Model is Right for Your Nonprofit Organization? The Options Available to Health and Human Service Organizations” Open Minds: The Behavioral Health & Social Service Industry Analyst , 15(5) 2003, Gettysbury, PA

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