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This article comes from the fall 2019 edition of the Nonprofit Quarterly.

So let’s ask a really important—or (some might say) really dumb—question. Who governs your organization? We mean, who truly governs your nonprofit—not from the perspective of legal mandates and admonitions, and not from the perspective of all of the prescriptive writings that we and so many of our colleagues have produced, but from the perspective of actually governing. Reflecting on our real-world ex