Starting a Business

What rights does the founder of a non-profit have if he leaves the organization?

When at odds with the board of directors and feeling stressed and harassed, after running a very successful operation, the founder and executive director resigned. Does the founder have any right to be recognized as the founder of the organization while the business continues?
min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
A founder of an organization does not, as a matter of law, have a specific right to continue to be recognized as such unless there are specific terms in the certificate of incorporation of the bylaws addressing that (which there usually aren't).

Like for-profit corporations, the focus is the business--or in your case, the people or causes being served. Unless there is a culture dedicated to preserving the legacy, there often is nothing in the law that says that the founder must continue to be recognized as such.

As a matter of marketing, however, it probably would be good form to recognize the substantial dedication that the founder brought to the organization in getting it started and running it so successfully over the years. It could make the difference between the friends of the founder continuing to support the organization or finding another worthy cause to contribute to.

More from Entrepreneur

Are paying too much for business insurance? Do you have critical gaps in your coverage? Trust Entrepreneur to help you find out.
Get Your Quote Now

One-on-one online sessions with our experts can help you start a business, grow your business, build your brand, fundraise and more.
Book Your Session

Whether you are launching or growing a business, we have all the business tools you need to take your business to the next level, in one place.
Enroll Now

Latest on Entrepreneur

My Queue

There are no Videos in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any video to save to your queue.

There are no Articles in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any article to save to your queue.

There are no Podcasts in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any podcast episode to save to your queue.

You're not following any authors.

Click the Follow button on any author page to keep up with the latest content from your favorite authors.

It Started As a Joke and Turned Into a Startup That Raised $1 Million in Funding