Articles written By Better Boards
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.
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 Board/CEO Relationship
At the core of an organisation’s success is the relationship between the Board Chair and the CEO. As with many things, this relationship has been tested by the challenges of COVID and other significant changes in the operating context for not-profits. In a period of increasingly rapid change this relationship is therefore more important than ever. In this panel Gavin, Jane, Rainer and Caroline will draw on their extensive experience both in chief executive and board chair positions to demystify this most important relationship.
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.
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.
Strategic Thinking for a New Era
Keen to develop your strategic thinking? Solve the big problems facing your organisation and the work you do in a way that brings everyone along with you? This webinar begins with an idea that strategic thinking is more than a skill…it’s a practice. A practice that needs to be adaptive to the ever expanding ripples of change affecting our ways of working. Reflecting on the personal experiences of the group along with some of the latest, compelling evidence and theory, this session will step through four key steps to building a strategic thinking capability for you, and your organisation in a new era of change.
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…
Understanding your NFPs Constitution & Rules
A not-for-profit constitution is fundamental to your organisation’s governance. Its purposes and objectives form the legal base for your organisation to deliver on its ethos, culture, vision, mission and values. In this webinar, we will explore: “why” you need a constitution and “what” it must contain (eg to get tax concessions); how the constitution links to your organisation’s strategy, plans, delegations and policies; how the constitution separates the roles of members, boards and management;
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’
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.