The Purpose of a Board

Not-for-profit (non-profit) organisations have governance Board’s for a number of reasons, including:

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Ensure Healthy Governance

Contribute to and work towards a functioning and lawful Committee / Board

Be An Ambassador

Represent the organisation in public

Lead Strategically

Oversee & guide strategic directions and future goals

Support and Supervise the CEO

Guide and support the link between the board and the organisational staff (through the CEO)

Ensure Financial Stability

Oversee existing and possible future risks and ensure financial viability

Board members might include the Chairperson, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Public officer and general members. Each role has its own specific roles such as chairing a meeting, reporting on finances  or keeping minutes of board meetings. In this course we will explore the general responsibilities of all Board members and some of the methods of making sure you fulfil them.

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Extend Your Learning

The purpose of a Board will depend on the purpose of your organisation and its structure. AICD has developed a document outlining Governance Principles for not-for-profits. The ACNC has developed a similar guide for charities.

The Institute of Community Directors Australia has a Governance Policy Template which you can adapt to suit your organisation’s needs. There are a number of other templates for policies in their policymaking library.

Read this article from Better Boards that outlines The Fundamentals of Good Governance post the Hayne Royal Commission.