About the Role of Governance

 

As governments withdraw funding, all of us will have to rely on the effectiveness of our community boards to provide many of the services that contribute to the quality of life we require.

Increasingly, our work as consultants is with not-for-profit and for-profit boards. Since members of boards are usually volunteers, most have never learned how to carry out their responsibilities. One of the reasons for this is, until recently, the job of boards has not been clearly articulated.

We believe that the role of the board can be best described as governance.

The law of the land (including the Societies Act), as well as the by-laws of the organization, place some requirements and restrictions on boards. This information can be intimidating, but it is seldom instructive in helping a board to discover its role.

Our experience is that the model of Policy Governance® as described by Carver Governance Design, Inc., provides the most productive instruction for the role of the board.

So that we may provide the best possible guidance to our clients, during July of 1998, Robert Ballantyne participated in a week-long intensive training session with the authors of Policy Governance: John and Miriam Carver. This adds to our experience of implementing the model at the Canadian Nature Federation and our extensive study of the principles.

We work both with boards and with management. If you want to explore this form of governance, please review this site, and consider the role of the fiduciary.

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