Yale School of Management

Board Development and Congregational Sponsorship

Program on Nonprofit Organizations (PONPO)

The governing board of a shelter for homeless women and children is dominated by representatives of the founding congregations. As the condition for receiving a substantial grant, the board has been asked to curtail its involvement in operations and focus instead on planning, policy development, evaluation, and fundraising. The reader analyzes the influence of faith on member behavior and the board's developmental stage and assesses the impact of changing from sectarian to non-sectarian sponsorship.

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Suggested Citation:

Michael Burns, "Board Development and Congregational Sponsorship," PONPO Case CNG #16, March 1996

  • Nonprofit governance
  • Women in Leadership
  • Ethics & Religion
  • Social Enterprise