I don't remember exactly when I encountered this quote by Alice Korngold, but I do remember its impact: adding the missing piece to the nonprofit governance puzzle and making me a lifetime member of the Alice Korngold fan club.
I'd already sensed, but not quite articulated, the void between the idealism and stewardship motivation behind why most of us agree to serve on boards and the practice that we usually encounter once we're on the job. This simple - and simply profound - quote completed the puzzle: our responsibilities involve more than oversight. They also include definition and advancement of a better future for our communities. That should be obvious, but Alice's gentle reminder is necessary and welcome nonetheless.