You don’t need to be an accountant to understand the finer points of an organisation’s accounting. Your job is not to produce these reports but to examine and assess this material once it is provided to you. You have to understand how it’s been put together, you have to know what the jargon means, and you have to know the implications of what’s in front of you.
Governance & finance
The 'governance' of an organisation refers to the direction, control and accountability of an organisation. Particular legal obligations apply to the governance of organisations. Governance is undertaken by the committee or board of the organisation.
You will encounter numerous governance models as you move through the not-for-profit world. A critical point that needs to preface this discussion is that no single model is the ‘correct’ or ‘true’ or ‘best’ model. The important thing is to have a model that will work for your organisation.
This guide is for people who are, or are thinking of becoming, board members of a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).
The relationship between the nonprofit Board Chair and the CEO is arguably the most important relationship in the organization.
In this episode of The Conscious CEO Series, Steven Bowman recounts a time when he was acting as the CEO of the Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance.
ACTCOSS & Volunteering and Contact ACT are proud to present the following two workshops by Justice Connect. The NFP law service of Justice Connect - iteself a NFP organisation are delivered by qualified lawyers with specialist expertise in NFP and charity law. All lawyers have experience in delivering legal training to community organisations and many are also personally involved in the sector as volunteer board or committee members.
Participants are welcome to come to either session, or the whole day - but will need to register accordingly. Please feel free to contact ACTCOSS directly if you would prefer to be registered manually.
ACTCOSS Governance workshops are designed to meet the needs of people interested in, or who have recently been, appointed to a board member position with a not-for-profit organisation in the ACT. This training targets people who have never been on a board or who have limited experience on boards. The workshops are interactive with participants contributing their own experiences and sharing knowledge, as well as a networking opportunity.
The Governance workshop will be broken into two parts – the morning session focuses on board governance and strategy and the afternoon session focusses on financial management. Workbooks and resources will be provided to participants at both sessions. Participants are welcome to come to either session, or the whole day - but will need to register accordingly.