“The governing board faces rebellion in the Ranks”

• Widmer, C. (n.d.). “The governing board faces rebellion in the Ranks” in Wood, M. (Ed.). (1995). Nonprofit boards and leadership: Cases on governance, change and board-staff dynamics. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. p. 139 – 147.

Think of the assignment questions as you are reading through the case. Then prepare a case analysis based on these questions. The questions are meant to be a guide and answered in the presentation of your case analysis, not as separate questions:
• What are the strengths and weaknesses of this nonprofit?
• What are the 2 or 3 key or primary problems facing COI at this time? Why are they the key problems?
• What are the options for COI to respond to these problems? What are the best and the worst consequences/outcomes that might reasonably be anticipated from each option?
• What is your recommendation? How should COI address the crisis? Who should do what?
• Briefly describe the governance role of a board of directors? In your opinion, how has the COI board been doing?
• How should the board react to staff who “go behind the back” of the executive director to complain to the board?

Sample Solution