The primary reason Boards can't get out of the way is because they don't understand their role vs the role of the CEO. Because of this, the lines become blurred and when that happens, the result is dysfunction and stagnation.
To think that the way things have always been done is the only and best way to continue making progress, isn't realistic. Yet, many Nonprofit Leaders, especially founders, continue to be resistant to this fact.
Collaboration is about so much more than getting together and having a social or get-acquainted meeting. It's about sharing information, data, best practices, common obstacles, and learning from each other about how to grow and sustain our organizations.
There's a misconception on both sides of the Nonprofit Sector. On the Donor and Grant maker's side it's a lack of what the Nonprofits capital needs are. On the Nonprofit side it's a lack of understanding of basic financial acumen, management and investment.
There's too much evidence that doing things the same way as been a major obstacle for Nonprofits. The nature of every influencing factor has changed--politics, religion, community, academia, the workforce, the marketplace, donors, volunteers, clients--it's all changed. Nonprofits must change, too.
I talked about this same topic several weeks ago and as I noted then, it's what they call an HSP (a Highly Sensitive Topic). However, as long as the issue keeps surfacing and I keep getting asked about it, I'll keep talking about how to address.
There have been significant shifts in the Nonprofit Sector since the onset of COVID at the beginning of last year. However, a lot of the issues facing the sector today have been in existence long before the Pandemic. Nonprofit Leaders need to know what's going on out there every day.
In Part I I talked about being careful when either selecting or being approached by organizations or entities wanting to partner. In Part II, I talk about what happens when an individual you've partnered with for quite a while has become an obstacle to the growth and sustainability of the organization.