Governance of civil society organisations is in the midst of a long term
transformation which includes:
- A clearer distinction between the roles of management and governance
- Increased accountability for the work of the organisation
- Recognition of the importance of excellent relationships between
Chairs and Chief Executives
- Focussed recruitment to meet the specific skills and experiences
required by the board
- Committees that focus on governance issues, rather than mirroring
the management structure
- Improved induction, training and support for board members.
Organisations are consequently putting much greater effort into governance
and expecting higher value from their boards.
There is a huge literature in the UK and the USA on increasing board
effectiveness and a great deal of information available from the web.
We have only included a small selection of the best materials in the
More on Governance
Compass Cass research on governance
Recent Developments in Governance.
Compass Board Performance Self Evaluation
Learning from Governance Projects.
Choosing Board Membership.
Magazines on Governance
Governance, Plaza Publishing
An excellent magazine full of advice, practical experience and latest developments
It sets out board responsibilities, describes the processes required to
support an effective board and includes examples of role descriptions and
Books on Governance
The Good Trustee Guide
This thorough and authoritative book contains practical information on many aspects of trustees’s roles including legal, management and financial responsibilities. It also gives guidance on developing an effective board.
Governance as Leadership
Richard P Chait, William P Ryan, Barbara E Taylor, BoardSource and Wiley, New Jersey 2005
In this book these three US academics / consultants reframe the purpose and practice of governance by drawing on leadership and organisation framework theories.
They describe three modes of governance – fiduciary, strategic, and generative. Their focus is on the last, which they argue is too often missing and which involves
creating the framework within which issues will be viewed, creating meaning, and sense-making. They offer directions as to how to pursue this generative mode at board level.
Websites on Governance
This is the site of the nonprofit organisation in the US that works
exclusively to support the development of good governance. It has a
great deal of material that is applicable in most countries.
Reports on Governance
A code for the Voluntary and Community Sector, October 2010
The widely respected code setting out principles and what organisations need to do to meet them.