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A leader-dominated organization is primarily driven by the efforts and the resources of one person, often the executive director. In contrast, a community-based organization achieves strength through diversification. No single person or funding source drives the work of the organization or controls information flow through it. Part 1 of this article provides a guide for the staff and the board members of nonprofit organizations to assess whether they are shifting or want to shift from being a leader-dominated organization to being a community-based organization.2 The purpose of this part is to propose a step-by-step process for organizations to use as they begin either to discuss such a shift or to make it.

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Henderson, Margaret. “Evolution of a Nonprofit, Part 2: Shifting Orientation from One Person to the Community.” Popular Government 70:1 (2004): 1-6.

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Margaret Henderson
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