• cocopow

    Shakespeare wrote, “While you live, tell truth and shame the Devil!”

    Sometimes we truly are “Sorry I Had to See This,” but sometimes you really DO have to see it. And we need to be careful that a desire to “protect” the reputation of an organization, its board members, or its chief executives does not become a desire to cover up wrongdoing.

    Social media and Facebook may seem an in imperfect place to air grievances, but it is often the only place. Some truths–including the really ugly ones–need to be aired, even at the possible expense of the organization’s reputation.

    Perhaps the former CEO really DID do something wrong; perhaps it was bad enough that it needed to be aired publicly in order to be properly addressed (or addressed at all). There are clear indications the current board is not properly managing the organization (“The interim CEO had floundered and the new CEO was struggling” . . .”dysfunction among staff, committee dysfunction, and misunderstandings” . . .”the board was quite upset about their internal strife being aired”.) Shutting down a Facebook page and putting out a slick PR response will only cause these problems to fester in the dark.

    Stakeholders have a right to know what is happening, and if the board circles the wagons, they should expect that motivated stakeholders will find a way to get the truth out.

  • Dear Nonprofit Whisperer,
    I commend you for excellent advice. You gave information that the average nonprofit leader can take and use in their organization. The means of delivering this advice is creative and compelling, which will cause us to take notice. Well done.