Articles written By Melissa mMacpherson
Melissa is a specialist governance advisor working with Boards and Directors on governance performance improvement for for-purpose organisations. Melissa brings her cross-sector knowledge and expertise to support Boards to consolidate their foundation and purpose, align stakeholders, and improve their risk management and governance practices. Melissa has a depth and breadth of sector knowledge having worked with close to 100 organisations across diverse cause areas, large and small, on improving leadership and governance across strategy, risk, purpose, impact and processes. Melissa is well respected for her blend of energy, passion and ability and regularly presents on aligning people and purpose, and good governance. Melissa has presented for Better Boards Australasia, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Philanthropy Australia, and Third Sector People to name a few.
The Funding Conundrum
The board of a not-for-profit organisation is ultimately responsible for the organisation, its impact and its activities. But what does this really mean? Many directors find it difficult to understand their responsibilities and often seek clarification, especially with respect to their role in ensuring financial sustainability and the part they play in fundraising and building organisational profile. Board directors are responsible for governing in line with their legal and fiduciary duties.
Unleashing the Power of Purpose
In Aaron Hurst’s book ‘The Purpose Economy’, he says “purpose comes when we know we have done something that we believe matters, to others, to society, and to ourselves.” Hurst believes that the nature of purpose is often misunderstood, a point of particular relevance to leaders of for-purpose (not-for-profit) organisations both at board and executive level. Our suggestion is that there is untapped potential in connecting to the power of purpose – both at an individual and organisational level.