Cultures of Nonprofit Trusteeship: What Lies Beneath?
— January 14, 2019
By Jeffrey S. Simonoff and Rikki Abzug
These conversations become especially important in the context of the persistent lack of racial inclusiveness on nonprofit boards and the frequency of splits between nonprofits’ boards and their constituents. Unexplored structures and their underlying narratives may need to be excavated and re-chosen for their value or rejected for their lack thereof before real changes vis-à-vis boards can be realized.
Lately, there has been a great deal of conversation about how democracy is imperiled by some of the ways in which philanthropy and nonprofits interact with the public, but the concerns raised about creeping plutocracy via philanthropy, and what some call thenonprofit industrial complex, are not at all new. But they, along with other critical questions, have been plowed under.
Read the full Nonprofit Quarterly article.
Jeffrey S. Simonoff is a Professor of Statistics.