Cost of a great board for a successful organization: priceless!
Folk tales usually fascinate people in any age, perhaps because they say, in story form, something to which we can relate in everyday life. One of these stories goes back all the way to Aesop, who in the sixth century B.C. wrote “The Bundle of Sticks.” It goes something like this:
An old man on the point of death summoned his sons around him to give them some parting advice. He ordered his servants to bring in a bunch of sticks, and said to his eldest son: “Break it.” The son strained and strained, but with all his efforts was unable to break the Bundle. The other sons also tried, but none of them was successful. “Untie the sticks,” said the father, “and each of you take one stick.” When they had done so, he called out to them: “Now, break,” and each stick was easily broken. “You see my meaning,” said their father. “UNION GIVES STRENGTH.”
In pulling together there is, indeed, strength. Boards are key to providing both unity and therefore strength to any nonprofit organization, whether church, school, healthcare or educational organizations. This is especially true when it comes to financial oversight and fundraising.[pullquote]In pulling together there is, indeed, strength.[/pullquote]
PSI can help you build your board in many ways. We are equipped to do board training, or we can provide you with some capacity building funding to engage a trainer, or we can provide you with materials as well as organizations that specialize in this most essential topic. Contact us, whether you are a CEO, a board chair, an interested board member, or a staff member, and we’ll help you determine what’s right for you and help you accomplish this highly significant step in your organizational development.