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.
When trying to develop and advance a vision of the future of a community—a sector, in this case—there are two important principles to observe: Do you have the right people in the room, and are you asking the right questions?
NPQ has been following Goodwill of Omaha’s recovery from scandal for just under a year. The agency is now turning another corner with the installation of a new CEO, but the process of righting itself with its community will go on for a while.