“Somebody told me I just need a couple of people on the board to help me get started.”
“I want my friends on the Board because we are comfortable with each other and care about the cause.”
If you are starting a charity and have had these thoughts you are not alone. In fact, most charities start with a founder and their friends, even though it’s not the recommended best practice.
The board of directors serves many roles. In a perfect world, charities would be founded by a group of like-minded people who through research and consensus create the mission, vision, and bylaws, then find an executive director to carry out the mission.
This is not usually the case. More often, one person identifies a problem in need of a solution. They define a mission and put together a Board of friends and family with some degree of interest or support. The founder often has limited experience in nonprofit management. With limited access to affordable nonprofit start-up training, they figure things out through internet searches and intuition.
Mentor Kimberly Massey
In addition to my work in the social impact field, I have a great husband of 27 years and an incredible 20 year old daughter. Our family lives in central Mississippi and we provide a loving, but sometimes chaotic home to two awesome dogs and a turtle.
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