How does nonprofit board governance impact success?


Poor board governance results in poor performance for your nonprofit across all areas. Does your board of directors know why your nonprofit organization exists? When the why, or nonprofit’s mission, isn’t clear to board members, it shows up as dysfunction to donors and supporters instead of your nonprofit engaging in the cause.

In the nonprofit sector, this can hurt your organization in more ways than one. It’ll affect your nonprofit’s ability to attract new board members in the future because people with real capacity join well-run organizations and avoid others. Poor nonprofit governance also leads to strategy being ignored and innovation being suppressed because there’s dysfunction between board members and staff (Proverbs 29.18).

The truth is, good governance by the board of directors is supposed to be a “given,” a minimal expectation that donors and supporters have of nonprofits.


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