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Better Boards connects the leaders of Australasian non-profit organisations to the knowledge and networks necessary to grow and develop their leadership skills and build a strong governance framework for their organisation.
A committee is a group of individuals appointed or elected to perform a specific task or to make decisions collectively. It can refer to a group in a not-for-profit, business, government, or other organisations. The members of a committee typically work together to discuss, debate, and make decisions on issues within their area of responsibility. Committees in not-for-profit organisations, sometimes call sub-committees, typically report to the board of directors and provide recommendations and suggestions on specific topics.
What is a Company Limited by Guarantee?
When establishing your non-profit organisation, you have several legal structure options to choose from, including an incorporated or unincorporated association, a cooperative, a charitable trust, or a company limited by guarantee (CLG). As a founder, the choice you make will determine the types of activities you can legally carry out. An organisation’s legal structure will inform the way reports and registration requirements are determined and regulated by government bodies and must be made clear during the registration process.
Understanding the Role of the Chair
In this comprehensive and practical session, George will share his personal experience and insights from his time as the chair of several not-for-profit organisations. He will discuss the challenges and successes he has encountered in the chair role, and the valuable lessons he has learned along the way. George will delve into the specific responsibilities and perspective of the chair and also discuss: Motivating volunteer directors to actively participate and get ‘hands on’
As an entity being audited, if you understand what areas require your detailed consideration and how best to document this consideration, then you are setting up your entity for a smooth and efficient audit. In this session, Elizabeth will discuss: The audit process Areas you need to consider in advance of an audit Common audit mistakes and misconceptions How to ensure an audit will go smoothly and efficiently Pre-audit documentation and much more…
Policies & Procedures that Work
“If you can’t explain it simply enough, you don’t understand it well enough” – Albert Einstein. Organisations struggle to succeed for lots of reasons, a couple of the common themes however are lack of clarity and over complexity. These issues invariably find their way to the documentation of processes and procedures that an organisation produces where the quality of the product is measured on how heavy or clever the document is rather than its usefulness and ease of use.
Stress Management for Directors
Board directors at NFPs have a lot to contend with. And at times it can feel overwhelming. Many directors serve because of their personal commitment to the NFPs mission. At the same time, they have busy work lives and are juggling work-life balance. Then there are the board challenges: Post Covid many NFPs are under financial pressure. The changing nature of board obligations from what you knew to what you should know The sheer volume of board papers to digest – or lack thereof A lack of clarity about the role of board vs management.
Minutes are a reference document for board members and others who weren’t present during the meeting that captures key information from the meeting. For certain organisations they are a form of legal document and can also be used as evidence in cases of litigation since they contain facts about the decisions made by board members. Minutes must be brief but still capture key information that will help board members meet their legal requirements.
A board portal, also known as board meeting software or board management software, is a tool built to improve the way your board runs. Board members use a board portal login, provided by the portal, to access a secure area that houses the information that directors or board members need to fulfill thier roles and responsibilities. The aim of implementing a board portal in your organisation is to allow board administrators and directors to perform their governance roles and responsibilities efficiently.
A Circular resolution is a governance mechanism that provides a way for the board of directors of an organisation to make a decision or take a specific action (resolution) without requiring a board meeting to happen, instead allowing the decision to be make via a written document rather than an in-person vote. The Circular Resolution is an important tool to allow a board of directors to make decisions. The board would normally use one for uncontroversial and routine decisions that need to be passed and approved in between scheduled board meetings.