A Chronicle of Philanthropy story about a board where 1/3 of the members had connections to the grant recipients caught my attention today but not because the question of conflict of interest raised its head. This story actually caught my attention because of the size of the board: 47 members to be precise. Really, 47?
I frequently say that size may not matter. What matters more is the way members are supported and engaged. But on second thought -- 47 does appear way beyond what is manageable. Consider the scheduling complications; recruitment and training complications; meeting management complications; the list goes on. Clearly there may be more to the story I for one would welcome learning.