Ego, fear preclude engaged boards

To the editor,

I always find your writings interesting but was moved to respond to this one [“Nonprofits need effective boards”, 12.06.06].

One aspect of the board recruitment/effectiveness discussion that often gets overlooked is that executive directors and presidents often don’t want engaged board members, and existing board members often don’t want to bring on those who will be genuinely engaged for the good of the organization.

The need to personally control many nonprofits, to the detriment of the mission — not for any financial gain but for the sheer ego or sometimes out of fear — is one of the major impediments to real success for both nonprofit providers and funders alike.

Allen Smart, Winston-Salem, N.C.

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