Too Many Cooks? (And Other Questions)

Too Many Cooks

Bradley Kirschbaum, the founder of The Canopy Project, brings some excellent questions to the table that Mickey tackles with Dave Paule of Our Fundraising Search. This is the first of a series of special SnapCast episodes. Bradley asks:

  1. Is there such a thing as too many cooks in the kitchen with board members?
  2. Should board members have distinctly different expertise/experiences from each other?
  3. What level of commitment or accessibility should a board member need to contribute to the founders of a newly launched nonprofit to be considered? Consider the first few years are particularly full of questions and hurdles for a new startup.
  4. Is it a priority to have a (or a few) board members with experience in your particular sector?
  5. Is there a type of person that should be avoided from being added to the board?
  6. Our group has the daunting task of trying to improve a system that is not only different state to state, but also can have county to county management. Is there a particular experience in board members that should be sought out when the group will likely need to interact with many municipalities and levels of government to succeed?

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