Founders and Other Gods

FROM THE NPQ ARCHIVE: The nonprofit sector‘s love-hate relationship with founders has lasted for decades. Understanding some of the very recognizable dynamics laid out lovingly in this classic management article might help one avoid the sometimes-too-public founder/nonprofit breakups and meltdowns that abound in our passionate sector.

Welcome to Spring 2004

This issue of the Nonprofit Quarterly examines the intersection between the personal and the organizational in our work. Nonprofits, of course are a particularly personal form of organization. Many are born from passion and fueled by the energy and commitment of individual human beings who are intent on making the world better in some way. However, as you will read in a number of the articles in this issue, sometimes we lose sight of when and how personal issues begin to negatively affect how organizations function. On the other side of that personal/organizational intersection, moreover, are  the quirks of the social system in which we exist.