“IF YOU KNOW THE WHY, THE HOW IS EASY”
ELIE WIESEL, NOBEL LAUREATE
“Simplify, Simplify, Simplify”
HENRY DAVID THOREAU
WHYS AND HOWS
Nonprofit boards are created to support the WHYS of inspiration, vision and mission of the organization they serve. While that is their primary responsibility, too often, over time the board’s focus slowly shifts from the WHYS of WHY ARE WE ALL HERE? to the HOWS of operations, management, finance, and development weakening the institution’s ability to truly fulfill its mission.
WHY BOARDS MATTER (WBM) offers the boards of nonprofit art organizations, institutions, and communities WHY ARE WE ALL HERE?, A PRO BONO DAY-LONG FULL BOARD FACILITATED DISCUSSION designed to recharge awareness of and commitment to, the Heart and Art of inspiration, vision and mission.
THE HEART AND ART OF BOARDS
While ideas about the HOWS of policy, finance and governance may vary between trustees, a shared commitment to the WHYS of the nonprofit’s mission is essential. This concordance of core values among the board, along with the core values of each individual trustee, is key to the spirit and success of the nonprofit.
THE HEART AND ART OF TRUSTEESHIP
The HEART of Trusteeship is to cherish the inspiration, aspiration, vision, ideals and mission of the nonprofit with which the board is entrusted and to keep those core values first and foremost.
The ART of Trusteeship is to balance that primary responsibility with the board’s responsibility for governance and fiduciary concerns, using the organization’s vision as a philosophical yet pragmatic guide for the financial health and success of the institution.