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The default nonprofit board model is archaic and toxic; let’s try some new models

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Nonprofits have been in denial about the destructiveness of the sector’s default board model. Over the years, nonprofits have developed a learned helplessness, thinking that this model is the only one there is. So nonprofits put up with it, grumbling to colleagues and working to mitigate challenges, for instance figuring out ways to bring good board members on to neutralize bad ones or having more trainings or meetings to increase “board engagement.”

What nonprofits need to do though, is completely reimagine the board and experiment with some new structures. A while ago, Vu was lamenting the glaring failures of the default board model when colleague Vanessa LeBourdais, Executive Producer and Creative Director of DreamRider Productions, mentioned that her organization had been experimenting with a new model, which they called Evolutionary Governance.


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    Jul 06, 2020

  • Subject Area
    • Information, Referral, & Advocacy
    • Organizational Development
  • Audience
    • Service Providers (Non-profits, Community Organizations, Local government)
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