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Governance Training

Research released in Octo­ber* stress­es the impor­tance of the NFP sec­tor and its capac­i­ty for effec­tive gov­er­nance.

Ploughshare is again offer­ing one-day gov­er­nance train­ing, refresh­er cours­es, and resources

NFPs con­tribute more than $6Bn each year to New Zealand’s GDP, employ 130,000+ paid staff, engage 1.2+ mil­lion vol­un­teers and deliv­er many social ser­vices to vul­ner­a­ble New Zealan­ders. They pro­vide rich cul­tur­al and cre­ative resources to our com­mu­ni­ties, sup­port and fund vital research and edu­ca­tion and com­mu­ni­ty sports,  as well as hav­ing a glob­al reach through aid pro­grammes.

Governance isn’t just for corporates

Clear­ly the need pro­fes­sion­al gov­er­nance skills around the board table isn’t lim­it­ed to com­pa­nies and cor­po­rates any­more. Agen­cies that are grow­ing and win­ning the sup­port of their pub­lic and donors are invest­ing in gov­er­nance devel­op­ment and train­ing.

Today’s not-for-prof­it boards are fac­ing many chal­lenges as legal require­ments, com­pli­ance with best prac­tice stan­dards, and the expec­ta­tions by the pub­lic and their donors for greater account­abil­i­ty and effec­tive over­sight require a new lev­el of skill and com­pe­ten­cy from trustees and board mem­bers. Long gone on the days of casu­al vol­un­teer­ing on a char­i­ta­ble or NFP board.

As Jo Cribb writ­ing in the Spin-off wry­ly notes “Being on an NFP board is not for the faint-heart­ed.”

Ploughshare Governance Training

This year Ploughshare is again offer­ing com­mu­ni­ty-based, agency-spe­cif­ic one-day gov­er­nance train­ing and refresh­er cours­es includ­ing a com­pre­hen­sive work­book and man­u­al. Mate­r­i­al cov­ered include roles and respon­si­bil­i­ties, legal require­ments, CEO rela­tion­ship, deci­sion-mak­ing, board eval­u­a­tion, effec­tive meet­ing man­age­ment, risk man­age­ment and plan­ning.

Fur­ther spe­cif­ic areas such as strate­gic plan­ning, capa­bil­i­ty assess­ment, con­flict and impasse, pol­i­cy devel­op­ment for boards, fundrais­ing are also avail­able.


Con­tact info@ploughshare.co.nz for work­shop dates or arrange an agency-spe­cif­ic train­ing day.


* See Gov­ern­ing for Good: The Gov­er­nance Capa­bil­i­ty of Social Ser­vice NGOs [pdf] by Dr Jo Cribb

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