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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

Steve Tollestrup

Director at Ploughshare
Ploughshare's Director has worked in community development, local government and corporate management for over thirty years both in New Zealand and throughout the developing world. He brings a wealth of expertise in fundraising, governance, strategic planning, change management, leadership development and coaching, advocacy and public communication.
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