There are some excellent online resources available to help membership associations understand their governance obligations that we thought were well worth sharing Not-For-Profit Law has put together an excellent list of resources for community not-for-profits. In the list below, we have picked out eight that we thought were particularly applicable for membership associations, and added in a couple of additional ones that we have found helpful. Please note, the Not-For-Profit Law information has been put together predominantly for Victorian associations.
QUT – Developing Your Board
The Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has a wiki on board and committee issues. The wiki provides a range of resources on governance-related topics.
Governance Institute of Australia – Not-for-profit resources
These resources for not-for-profit community organisations look at the relationship between a board (or committee of management) and management in not-for-profit organisations.
Australian Institute of Company Directors – Good Governance Principles and Guidance for Not-for-Profit Organisations
This publication outlines ten principles that promote good governance, and helps directors and boards consider the governance needs of their organisations.
Our Community – Boards
The Boards section of the Our Community website includes information on governance issues in not-for-profit community organisations.
The Community Compass Assessment tool can help organisations self assess their board against a skills matrix and identify where training or recruiting should be undertaken.
ASX – Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations
This is a link to the 2010 update of the guide to good corporate governance provided by the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). This publication is aimed at for-profit companies (and uses language like ‘shareholders’ not members) but the key principles of good governance are useful for not-for-profit organisations.
Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS)
This page contains a link to VCOSS’s Board Governance Policy. This policy uses as a base the UK Good Governance Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector (2nd ed, 2010), and adapts it for Australia and VCOSS’s own circumstances. It provides a useful general model, although it needs to be adapted for each organisations individual circumstances.
ACNC – Managing conflicts of interest guide
This guide contains information on conflicts on interest, explaining what they are and how they can be managed. The guide also contains a template conflict of interest policy and register of interests.We have also found the following references useful:
- The Good Governance Guide
The Good Governance Guide is a website produced by the Victorian Local Governance Association, Municipal Association of Victoria , Local Government Victoria and Local Government Professionals. Although it is for local government, there is a lot of applicable information for associations.
- CFAR Briefing: Association Governance in Disruptive Times
CFAR is a US-based management consultancy. Although this briefing was written in 2013, it provides insights into association governance issues based on the results of benchmarking undertaken with 10 associations.