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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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