Some of the biggest challenges for non-profit leaders involve staying on top of everything and making sure that the organization is operating and growing in the right direction. With that overwhelming responsibility, it is not unusual that I hear there are periodic struggles with getting a good night’s sleep!
A governance challenge that seems to surface frequently is ensuring that the right board policies are in place, and more importantly, that they are reviewed and kept current. As a leader in your organization, ask yourself the following:
While every leader may have different answers to those questions, it is important that each organization have basic governance policies that are not typically covered in your non-profit’s by-laws. Some key policies are:
While it is important to have governance policies for board and committee members, don’t forget about your other volunteers! They should also abide by and sign off on policies such as conflict of interest and code of ethics/conduct, so your organization is protected.
Whether you are a small non-profit just getting started or a large well-oiled organization, remember – good governance is always a work in progress! This includes your organization’s governance documents. Keeping them current will be one less thing for you to worry about!
As always, if you need help with any governance projects including board policy work , don't hesitate to reach out!
Yours in Good Governance,
Heather Terrence, CAE
Pinpoint Governance Group