~~ The Electronic Gazette for Volunteerism
are volunteers, too! Look
here for infomation and the latest techniques to develop your
board or committee. The purpose is to help those who work
or serve on nonprofit boards of directors or committees.
the Board Can Do to Overcome Founders Syndrome
month we discussed founders
syndrome. This is something that often affects the founder
of an organization. The founder has put his/her
heart and soul into the organization, and frequently has trouble
letting go so that the infant organization can begin to walk on
its own and grow and mature.
month lets explore what the board can
do to help the founder be more comfortable with this transition:
board needs to give the founder all the recognition and thanks
possible for what he/she has done.
board, frequently made up of friends of the founder, needs to
affirm its loyalty to the organization as well as to the founder.
That means: do the board members really believe in the mission
and core values of the organization and are they committed to
doing the job they need to do?
addition, the board needs to examine its composition; decide
what additional skills and representation are needed and add
members who may or may not be friends of the founder.
board needs to remember that it is legally responsible for the
organization and to think and act as a governing body, not as
a rubber stamp. It must remember that it is responsible for
making sure that the organization is faithful to its mission
and is managing its resources in a reasonable and legal manner.
a new executive director is to be chosen, the board should do
some careful planning about what the organization needs to accomplish
and the qualifications the new person should possess. These
may or may not be the same qualifications that the founder has,
but an objective study needs to be made. Too often, boards look
for a clone of the founder, which usually isnt possible,
and may not even be what is really needed.
the board does these things, it will prove to the founder that it
has matured and is on the right track. Thats what every parent
bookstore for Jeanne Bradner's book on boards: "The
Board Members Guide: A Beneficial Bestiary", "Leading
Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today" and