Good Governance had better become your watchword!
Why? because you’ve been elected to the board of your local Community Council…good for you! I hope you're ready to take on the role of "Governance" advocate.
I'm not sure if you realise it but sitting on a non-profit does not mean you've won a popularity contest. It's really serious business.
First of all, you're responsible for guiding the organisation to achieve its goals. But it does not stop there, you have to also ensure that the organisation observe good governance.
For example, as a member of the board, you must work with your other board members to ensure that the board perform its key functions.
The Key functions of the board include:
1. Determining the organization's mission and purpose
2. Selecting the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
3. Providing proper financial oversight
4. Ensuring adequate resources are available
5. Ensuring legal and ethical integrity and maintaining accountability
6. Ensuring effective organizational planning
7. Recruiting and orienting new board members and assessing board performance
8. Enhancing the organization's public standing
9. Strengthening the organization's programs and services
10. Supporting the CEO and assessing his or her performance
As you can see these are serious responsibilities. The problem is that for the most part, there is little or no help for new and even existing board members.
So at ITDS, what we've done is to take our many years in the non-profit area and designed a governance workshop just for you.
This workshop is called the "Get On Board Workshop" and it is for the board member of small non-profit boards, especially those we call "new seats”.
As is our practice with other workshops, we also customize this one to suit your organization's needs.
The workshop includes the following topics:
- Characteristics of NFP
- Difference between NFP and For profit organisation
- The road to good governance
- Avoiding Founder’s Syndrome
- The NFP Organisational Chart
- 10 responsibilities of NFP Boards
- 11 individual responsibilities of NFP Board members
- 7 characteristics to look for in the NFP Board Members
- The Board information system
- Understanding and avoiding conflicts of interest
- Effective use of the budgeting process
- Fund-raising methods
- The “right” accounting system for your organization
- Providing financial oversights
So if you want help with bringing your board up to speed, be sure to contact us fast!
Now while I have your attention, I want you to try some of our other business workshops.
We specialise in the following areas:
- Rapid Scale Leadership
- Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
- Interpersonal Skills
Human Resource Management for SMEs
Now go right ahead and contact us if you would like to tell us what you're struggling with in your business. Then we'll tell you how we can help you!