Testimonial from Donna with Oregon Health Action Campaign

You, my dear man, are an original, very original, blessing. I am thankful for the ideas and resources that are the focus of e-mails from your organization. You manage to cover so many issues that others ignore and you have steered me in the right direction many times. Thank you for all that you are and do.

Donna Munroe
Treasurer, Oregon Health Action Campaign
Treasurer, Mental Health Association of Oregon
Oregon, USA

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Myth: Good Board Members “Give, Get, or Get Off.”

Bag of MoneyIt’s great to see Bill Ryan, writing at Nonprofit Quarterly, touch on the myth that good board members “give, get, or get off”. Personally, I’m not sure I fully subscribe to the alternative notion that good board members “govern”, because I think it’s far from clear what governance is, exactly. It’s even less clear whether, were it not for the tax and legal codes, the corporate model is even the right one for most organizations. Finally, there is something to be said for the alignment of commitment that fundraising responsibility has a way of creating. But in the end, I agree with this critique: Making a board all about raising money can create profound damage and distortion.

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