Governance Resources

Maintaining the public trust is crucial to the success of the nonprofits and foundations. That confidence helps charitable organizations win the resources—including donations of time, money, and other support—that allow us to pursue our missions in creative and responsive ways. Independent Sector remains a leader in helping organizations maintain the highest standards of ethics and accountability so they preserve that trust.

The 2015 edition of our Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations is now available. Developed by the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, the Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice outline 33 principles of sound practice related to legal compliance and public disclosure, effective governance, financial oversight, and responsible fundraising.  These principles, especially in conjunction with the Principles Workbook, help organizations assess and improve their operations. Organizations that have applied the Principles report increased capacity to achieve their missions, including improved governance, stronger organizational cultures and practices, and increased credibility with funders, individual donors and community partners.

The Principles


Updates to the Principles and the Resource Center are now available.

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