Nonprofit Governance Models

There comes a time in every new non-profit organization when the founders realize they require guidance, advice and pairs of hands. This is when many set up a board of directors. There are many different boards that are not identical. There are a variety of governance models that can be used to ensure that your charity runs properly and is able to fulfill its goals.

One of the most well-known governance models for nonprofits is the advisory model. This model allows an executive director to speak with a panel of advisors regularly to get advice on how to run a non-profit. The governing board may be different or the same from the advisory board based on the guidelines agreed upon. Another common model is the model of cooperative governance. This is a highly-democratic structure that distributes power equally across all board members. It is ideal for organizations who are not legally required to have the chief executive officer.

The Policy Board Model is also very well-known. It was developed by John Carver, this governance model is a great tool for developing policies that management and board must adhere to.

While all of these are excellent models, they may not be the right choice for your organization. It is common for nonprofits, to use a central governance model to which they may add additional models in order to meet their particular needs. This is a great combination of systems that help your organization to grow and reach its goals.

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