July 13, 2014



Boards Cannot Be Sacred, Staff Cannot Be Saints, and Founders Should Never Be Martyrs

FlowerThe language of the sector matters, whether we believe and accept it or not.

Celebrating “Small Batch” Social Enterprise

BeesThis article compares two different stories of social enterprise— the heroic and the “small batch”—and outlines the different values that they represent.


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12 Reasons Why You Should Gracefully Resign from a Nonprofit Board

ExitWith all of the talk about the need for good trustees, there are a number of excellent reasons to NOT sit on a particular board of directors. Gene Takagi lists a dozen.

Princess Diana’s Charity, the Halo Trust, Facing CEO Compensation Scandal

HTA charity dedicated to clearing land mines linked to the British royal family is in a mess concerning a secret deal to supplement the CEO’s salary with money to send his kids to a private boarding school.

The “People’s Opera” May Rise Again, But It’s a Waiting Game for Buyers

POThere are potential buyers waiting to be given the chance to buy and resuscitate the New York City Opera, and one of them thinks the board, grinding its way through bankruptcy proceedings, is dragging its collective feet!

Boards and Magical Thinking

TreeWild ambition to create change and good governance can easily coexist, and NPQ believes that working for the impossible to become possible is what this sector is all about. Perhaps that requires some thinking beyond the most practical of bounds, but we don’t know how many times over this past year we have written the phrase, “But where was the board?” in relation to an enterprise that failed much to the surprise of its governing body. Here, Kathy Ridge discusses what she has found working with organizations on the brink.

What Can We Learn from New York’s Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013?

NYCAs the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 takes effect in New York, is there anything we can learn from it, or are there any trends we should watch out for?

Governance Gone Awry in North Miami Museum

MOCAMany nonprofit cultural institutions operate in facilities owned by municipal governments, but generally with board and staff leadership independent from the city itself. At North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the lines between board governance and city management have become blurred—really blurred—to the point where an article in the New York Times described the situation as being almost surreal.