This is the last article in a four-part series on sensemaking organizations. Now that we have a sense of the importance of sensemaking in complex organizations, the question is: How do we do it in a timely manner? How we structure these organizations holds the key.
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation has become distinguished for its exploration of a new form of grantmaking: megagrants designed around nonprofit-directed working capital, funding for rigorous evaluation, and capacity building. And now, as the Foundation faces its own voluntary sunsetting, its legacy appears in the form of a more commonly owned funding vehicle built on the same model.
This classic article from a leading scholar on nonprofit governance has, over the past few years, transformed much of the conversation about where the substantive governance of your nonprofit really resides—quite far from the boardroom. Be prepared to reconsider many of your assumptions about nonprofit boards of directors.