Principles Workbook

Since their release in 2007, the Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice have helped thousands of organizations across the nonprofit community strengthen their operations. Now, the Principles Workbook: Steering Your Board Toward Good Governance and Ethical Practice provides further support for nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to examining and improving their governance practices.  The Principles Workbook was developed in partnership with BoardSource, the nation's leading resource on nonprofit governance. 

The Workbook distills the core concepts in each of the 33 principles identified by the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, and suggests points for board and staff to discuss about their current practices. Progress worksheets accompanying each of the four sections assist nonprofits and foundations in making plans and recording their progress.

The Workbook will make it easier for boards of directors and staff leaders to assess the areas where their organizations are doing well and where there is room for improvement. We encourage you to download a free copy of the Workbook from the Independent Sector website.

How to Use the Principles Workbook

Organizations of all sizes, fields, and mission areas will find that the Principles Workbook provides a platform on which they can build discussions that serve their unique needs and level of development.

Not every topic will apply to every organization, and an important part of the process will be for your organization -- whether long-established or just starting up -- to review the principles in order to prioritize implementation. Many organizations will find that they already follow or go beyond these principles. Others may wish to make changes in their current practices, and some may conclude that certain principles do not apply to their organization. What is vital is to assess and strengthen your practices and the Workbook supports that work.

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