• cocopow

    A “veil of confidentiality.” A “likable but passive” board chair who withholds critical information until the last minute. Abuses of power and favoritism. Respected staff fleeing, donors and stakeholders kept in the dark.

    If it can happen at the Met, it can and does happen elsewhere, with alarming frequency.

    How many nonprofits have been thrown into turmoil and publicly shamed because unethical behavior that was hidden is finally brought to light?

    Too many. But that number is dwarfed by the number of nonprofits saddled with an unethical board culture that never gets exposed.

    Not every nonprofit is fortunate enough to have a dogged NYT reporter sniffing out the truth. Nor is it likely that overworked and understaffed lawyers in the state AG’s office will step in to clean up the mess.

    Ultimately it is the stakeholders who must take action to bring transparency and accountability to unethically run nonprofits. That’s not easy, and usually requires someone willing to stick their neck out and sound the alarm in a very public way. But if we don’t do it, no one will.

  • Jack Flanagan

    This ought to cause every nonprofit board member to wonder what, if any, material information is being withheld from him/her.

    Sadly, most will simply ignore what are clear red flags if they’d simply open their eyes and ears.