Governance and Organization Design
Why do some nonprofits have significant – and often public – difficulties whereas others are able to successfully tackle even the most serious challenges? While superb executive leadership is always critical, our experience suggests that another key driver is outstanding governance. Nonprofits with superior governing boards tend, on balance, to be far more effective, focused and financially sound than those with weak, confused or unfocused boards.
Our perspective is informed by the firm’s experience with a wide range of clients spanning the culture, education and human services sectors, as well as our extensive analysis of organizational effectiveness and governance across a broad spectrum of nonprofits. In addition, the senior members of the firm have held leadership positions on major nonprofit boards and have dealt directly with complex governance issues.
We help organizations reach governance excellence by:
- Clarifying the role of governing boards, strengthening their organization design and clarifying relationships between governing boards and affiliates.
- Undertaking organizational reviews and advising on organization design questions.
- Exploring the feasibility of establishing new organizations/affiliates, establishing U.S. affiliates for European-based institutions, merging with other institutions and/or establishing strategic partnerships.
- Advising on the evaluation of governing boards, chief executive officers and key executive staff.
- Assisting with mergers and other institutional relationships, such as affiliations, alliances and partnerships.
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Educational Testing Service
Friends of Hudson River Park
Global Development Network
Institute for Laryngology and Voice Restoration
Long Island University
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
National Urban League
New York University
Spence-Chapin Services for Families and Children
United Way of New York City