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Governance of NSW NFP Organisations Research Report

In 2008, The Centre for Volunteering evaluated the issue of optimal board size for Not-For-Profit (NFP) organisations. This evaluation and subsequent discussions revealed a general need for a broader baseline understanding of governance in NFP organisations, board size being just one aspect of this. This led to the decision to conduct an expanded research project including the other aspects of board operation, such as:

  • Aspects of good governance, for example, strategy and direction-setting, mission and values, risk management, accountability, legal aspects, performance measurement
  • Aspects of the board, for example, recruitment and retention of directors, time and effort required, experience and training, performance of directors
  • Relationship of the executive with the board
  • Relationships between board members, board members and chair
  • Effective controls and communication, for example, role of the chair, effective reporting and imparting the strategic vision to the organisation.

Published by The Centre for Volunteering, June 2010

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