First, a bit about the Flow Fund Circle. The Flow Fund Circle is Ms. Weber's invention. The purpose of the Circle is to make a difference while teaching philanthropy. Ms. Weber gives to "visionary friends and associates so they can, in turn, give it away." And, her selectees do and philanthropy happens as do "good outcomes" and equally important, individual transformations on the part of those selected to be philanthropists (at least according to the article).
Now what does this have to do with nonprofit governance? Well, I'm thinking that nonprofit governance can be, and has been for many, a form of "flow fund" circling. Over the life of particularly great nonprofits, individuals are invited to serve as board members where they are given the opportunity to ensure that mission happens (fulfilling their duty of obedience). Nonprofit board members get the opportunity to chart the nonprofit's path and allocate its resources and help get more resources and even sometimes, give themselves. Like Ms. Weber's model, great board members, those who take their job seriously and with passion, make a difference by lending their skills and time personally.
Folks who serve on nonprofit boards can effect a win-win-win situation. Assuming they are taken seriously and they take themselves and take their tasks seriously.