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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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