9 Ways for Nonprofits to Overcome 'Founder's Syndrome'
A disease found in nonprofits has its genesis in the inspiration and personality — or personalities — that created the organization. The ailment is called "Founder's Syndrome."
When a founder is unable to remain relevant as his/her organization evolves, it can be devastating. Often, the skills needed to start an organization and fight to keep it alive in its infancy are not the skills needed to lead and manage as the organization ages, grows and becomes more sophisticated. While effective in early days, a personality-driven leadership style can hamper an organization's effectiveness and growth.
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Jeff believes that successful fundraising is built on a bedrock of relevant, consistent messaging; sound practices; the nurturing of relationships; and impeccable stewardship. And that organizations that adhere to those standards serve as beacons to others that aspire to them. The Bedrocks & Beacons blog will provide strategic information to help nonprofits be both.
Jeff has more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience and is a member of the NonProfit PRO Editorial Advisory Board.