Culture Suck: How a Bad Ethical Culture Can Doom a Good Nonprofit

FROM THE ARCHIVE: A negative culture almost always organizes itself around secrets that must not be revealed. When that culture is deeply entrenched, trying to reveal what’s hidden can be like taking your life in your hands. The shocking demise of New York’s Healing Arts Initiative emphasizes the need for nonprofit boards and executives to reinforce the inherent cultures of their organizations and consciously build habits of integrity and vigilance that become part of that culture.

Mommie Dearest, Nonprofit Style

AN NPQ CLASSIC: Just about all nonprofits face conflicts of interest over time—but being prepared for them, comfortable talking about them, and in the habit of correcting on the side of cautiousness is definitely the wisest course. The other path leads into thorny thickets that are hard to negotiate.