Governance Q&A

Governance Q&A: Going forward and managing governance and ethics decisions

Written By: Jane Garthson
March 6, 2013

With her final column for CharityVillage, Jane Garthson offers advice and resources to help with your governance and ethics decisions.

Governance Q&A: Who appoints an acting executive director?

Written By: Jane Garthson
February 6, 2013

Is it ethical for an executive director to appoint his wife, also the vice chair of the board, to fill in during an extended absence?

Governance Q&A: Choosing your volunteering

Written By: Jane Garthson
January 3, 2013

What's the most ethical way to volunteer when you have limited time to offer?

Governance Q&A: Governance considerations in social enterprises

Written By: Jane Garthson
December 5, 2012

If your organization wants to start a social enterprise, do you need to fill your board of directors with business people?

Governance Q&A: Articulating ethical values

Written By: Jane Garthson
November 7, 2012

How can a board of directors best articulate the ethical values of their organization? Jane Garthson offers these tips.

Governance Q&A: Limits on terms...or not?

Written By: Jane Garthson
October 3, 2012

Having read the pros and cons of board member term limits, how do you decide what is right for your organization?

Governance Q&A: Preparing for changes to bylaws

Written By: Jane Garthson
September 5, 2012

The Canadian Nonprofit Corporations Act is coming into effect in 2014. Is your organization ready?

Governance Q&A: When it's time to blow the whistle

Written By: Jane Garthson
August 8, 2012

When is it appropriate to take action against your organization?

Governance Q&A: Should charities advocate?

Written By: Jane Garthson
June 6, 2012

Should a charity divert monies from its programs to attempt to influence public policy?

Governance Q&A: Asking board members to give

Written By: Jane Garthson
May 10, 2012

Given how much time board members give to their charity, is it ethical to also expect them to donate? Jane Garthson explains why it's not only ethical, it's necessary.

Governance Q&A: Is providing member lists a breach of privacy?

Written By: Jane Garthson
April 2, 2012

A reader wonders whether providing member lists to fellow members is a breach of privacy.

Governance Q&A: The charismatic founder

Written By: Jane Garthson
March 5, 2012

This article addresses how staff and board members can help the charismatic founder of an organization to gracefully move away from a leadership position.

Governance Q&A: Handling a disruptive member at an AGM

Written By: Jane Garthson
February 6, 2012

This Q&A article advises readers on how they can ethically deal with a disruptive member at an annual general meeting.

Governance Q&A: Communicating administration costs

Written By: Jane Garthson
January 3, 2012

Since we value honesty, but donors and funders don't want to support administration costs, how can we ethically define and report on administration costs?

Governance Q&A: Who gets the loyalty points?

Written By: Jane Garthson
December 5, 2011

Many organizations require staff to charge expenses to their personal credit cards, reimbursing them at a later date. But if the employee collects loyalty points on their cards, is it ethical for the employee to keep them rather than donate them back to the organization?

Governance Q&A: Should nonprofits serve alcohol?

Written By: Anne Buchanan
November 7, 2011

A reader wonders whether an organization should foot the bill for alcohol served at staff retreats and events.

Governance Q&A: Should boards recommend candidates for election?

Written By: Jane Garthson
October 3, 2011

A reader wonders whether it is ethical for a nonprofit organization's board of directors to recommend candidates to fill vacancies.

Governance Q&A: Can staff be forced into shared service agreements?

Written By: Jane Garthson
September 6, 2011

Can my nonprofit make me serve another organization without my consent?

Governance Q&A: When membership is not defined

Written By: Jane Garthson
August 2, 2011

Our bylaws do not define a "member" and we have no membership fee. Is it ethical to just let all adult attendees at the upcoming annual general meeting vote? Or all volunteers and staff?

Governance Q&A: Paying for board service?

Written By: Jane Garthson
July 4, 2011

Some of the directors of my nonprofit want to be paid a per diem for board and board committee work. Is this ethical?

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