Board Passages: Three Stages in a Nonprofit Board’s Lifecycle


Board Passages: Three Stages in a Nonprofit Board's Lifecycle

Boards are not — and should not — be static. To be effective, they must change and evolve as their organizations change and grow. Many years ago, Karl Mathiasen III wrote a paper for BoardSource in which he identified three different and quite distinct types of nonprofit boards that develop as their organizations grow and change, including

  1. organizing/founding boards
  2. the governing board
  3. the institutional board

This resource provides brief descriptions of the three nonprofit board types, presented as food for thought only. Do you agree with them? Do they stand the test of time? Do you recognize your own board in any of them?

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