100: A Twinkie for Your Brain

On this episode of Charity Therapy, Meghan and I dig deep into Founderitis, also known as Founder’s Syndrome, in the world of nonprofits.

As we answer a listener’s question about balancing founder power and decision-making, we explore planning for a future that extends beyond a founder’s tenure. Trust us – it’s not about having absolute control but about sustaining your nonprofit’s mission for the long haul!

Navigating the nonprofit world can feel like crossing a minefield blindfolded, especially when dealing with Founderitis. How are you supposed to grow when you’ve got someone clutching the reins of the org with a vice-like grip?! But fear not! Meghan and I are here to guide you through the rocky terrain. We’ll be sharing some nuggets of wisdom on how to sidestep the pitfalls of Founderitis behavior. We’ve got you covered, from building an effective board to fostering relationships with potential new members.

Another important point in preventing (or treating) a case of Founderitis? Your bylaws and governance practices. Remember, being a charismatic leader isn’t about keeping complete control; it’s about ensuring your nonprofit’s mission continues to thrive, even when you’re no longer at the helm.

Sit back, grab a cup of your favorite brew, and let’s dive into Founderitis and nonprofit governance!

In this episode, you will hear:

  • What is Founderitis or Founder’s Syndrome
  • Why it’s a bad idea to write rules that give the founder too much power
  • The nonprofit’s mission should be bigger than the founder
  • The problems with Founderitis in the nonprofit world and how to avoid it
  • Building a kick-ass board and getting to know possible new members
  • When to get help when writing rules that prevent Founderitis
  • Being a great leader means making sure the nonprofit’s mission keeps going strong
  • How to engage new potential board members in your organization
  • How the nonprofit’s culture can make-or-break Founderitis problems

Resources from this Episode

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