Governance workshop

June 21, 2011 - Maytree

“The session was very timely particularly since many of us are setting up our organizations and need the guidance as we move them along.”
- Participant


Developing effective not-for-profit boards

This governance workshop was an opportunity for new and established networks to get a refresher on the role of a non-for-profit board. The facilitator provided an overview of core governance functions and concrete examples of common practices and pitfalls.

Facilitator:

Chris Govern, consultant, Management Advisory Service (MAS)




Highlights:

At this workshop, board members from networks were asked to do a brief self-assessment of their boards and to share their top challenges. Participants developed strategies to address these challenges with practical advice from the facilitator.


Tips:

All boards must ensure that organizations have: (Excerpt from the MAS presentation)

  1. Direction: Set the direction of the organization and monitor achievement of the mission
  2. Oversight: Oversight of operations – ensure effective and efficient processes and organization
  3. Resources: Ensure sufficient resources to achieve the mission
  4. Protection: Risk management; protect assets and reputation; client and worker safety
  5. Representation: Act in the interest of the ‘owners’ (the community)

 

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