Before speaking to the issues I feel compelled to give a nod endorsing Stephanie Strom (the author of the article I want to discuss) of the New York Times and her apparent ability to get the "scoop" on the behind-the-scenes action of area nonprofits. Ms Strom, keep up the good work!
Now, today's subject is the Smile Train and its counterpart, Operation Smile. According to Ms. Strom, the two organizations are about to get married. But, this is not a marriage made from love but one made with the influence of key donors, lots of intrigue, bad blood, and, in my opinion, a bad governance design.
I think you just have to read the article to get the fullest picture and while reading look for some of what I might label "red flag" governance issues. Hints: long term (forever) tenure; singular control in determining composition; heavy corporate engagement and involvement in an organization that is technically independent and free-standing; mission issues; and, the list goes on and on.
How many and what issues give you concern? Let me know.