Case Number: 5-210-259, Year Published: 2010
HBS Number: KEL542
Governance, Organizational Growth, Board Development, International Social Enterprise, Self-Help Organization, Scaling a Social Enterprise
One Acre Fund, a young, international, nonprofit social enterprise—governed by friends of the founder—had grown rapidly since its inception. It now faces increasing demands for resources and key connections to major potential donors, expertise in going to scale, and managing expansion. The case presents this issue, which is commonly faced by new nonprofits, and how the organization, led by the board chair, seeks to resolve it through redesign of the board and major changes in board membership.
Identifying issues boards of new organizations face, particularly when they are selected for their commitment to the founder rather than the expertise they would bring to the board.Analyzing the range of options for revamping a board so it matches the growth and needs and sophistication of the organization.
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