Nonprofit Board Disruption – Forwarding From Dr. Eugene Fram, With A Few Of My Comments

David W. Tate, Esq., San Francisco and California –

I have provided below a link to an article by Dr. Eugene Fram titled “Nonprofit Board Disruption – A Board Member’s Reflections. Gene’s discussion is very pertinent in this time of disruption, including personal, physical, and economic disruption, and perhaps sometimes also with related mental or emotional discomfort.

The term “disruption” has different meanings, i.e., there are different levels and types of disruption. For example, there can be disruption in the sense that something isn’t going as planned, which might also be viewed as something that is disruptive in the context of the ongoing operational risk management which all nonprofits should be doing as a matter of ongoing business. But, of course, disruption such as the type that we are currently seeing and experiencing can also be debilitating or result in a shake-up of the entity or of the industry short-term or long-term.

Reaching answers, and decision making right now aren’t easy. As Gene writes, sometimes disruption is worked through, but sometimes not. Different people have different skill sets, personalities, levels of experience, and communication abilities or propensities. It can be hard to keep board members, the CEO, and perhaps other stakeholders on a constructive and successful path. If it becomes necessary, sometimes it can be beneficial to get help from people who can assist or facilitate with the process.

Immediately below is the link to Dr. Fram’s discussion:

Nonprofit Board Disruption—A Board Member’s Reflections

Best to you, Dave Tate, Esq. (San Francisco and California) –


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