Conflict among non-profit leaders and board members is not uncommon. Left unresolved, this conflict can split the board and the entire organization.
Non-profits present very specific challenges. Boards are populated with volunteers and people of influence. Some may have strong personalities. Some non-profits may interface with a constituency and if the non-profit appears to move in a direction opposed to some vocal supporters, the risk can be great. The boards of non-profits are populated with volunteers, many with strong personalities and people of influence. Conflict can erupt in various spheres.
For example, Executive Directors of organizations may experience conflict with staff or board members. Some non-profits may interface with a constituency. And if the non-profit appears to move in a direction opposed to some vocal supporters, the risk can be great.
Support from major donors is critical for non-profits. Occasionally, conflict may emerge between a major donor and the organization. Because non-profits work on limited budgets and depend on funding from either foundations, grants or donors, the cost of conflict can devastate or even shut down a non-profit.
The Genesis Peace Center offers a sliding scale for struggling new non-profits or those with limited means. If you do not qualify for the sliding scale with the Genesis Peace Center, Genesis Mediation often offers non-profits a discount on services.