What is Founders Syndrome?
A syndrome, according to Websters, is a number of symptoms occurring together and characterizing a specific disease or condition."
the nonprofit field, founders syndrome is often
used to refer to some persons who have founded a nonprofit. These
persons have usually given huge amounts of time, effort, passion
and money to start an organization, but as the organization grows,
they may show some of the following symptoms:
Fortunately, not all founders suffer from this syndrome. They know that if the organization is to grow and develop, they can no longer control everything that happens. They know that, if the organization is to be successful, it needs the involvement of an informed board, a capable staff, and a community that shares its mission.
The uninfected founder continues to be involved with the organization but exercises restraint, knowing, as does a good parent, that the child (in this case the organization) needs to have some growing pains (called in nonprofits organizational development). Ideally, the founder will be there to help as needed and will ultimately be the proud parent-founder who sees the child (organization) grow and develop beyond the parent-founders greatest expectations.
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