ELEMENTS OF GOOD GOVERNANCE

What is Governance?

In simple terms, governance is how groups of people organize to make and implement decisions important for the success of an organization.  Governance determines 

  • who has power - AUTHORITY
  • how to report back - ACCOUNTABILITY
  • who makes decisions - EFFECTIVENESS 
  • how others make their voices heard - TRANSPARENCY


What is a Governance Framework? 

A governance framework is a layered structure that reflects the interrelated relationships, factors and other influences that have an impact on the organization's success.  


In a non-profit organization (NPO), a good governance framework is a preferred style or organizational model, anchored to relevant federal or provincial legislation, and depicting clear intentions and relationships:

  • The Board of Directors is elected by the Members
  • The Board oversees management by appointing Committees and hiring Staff typically an Executive Director or Chief Executive Officer (ED/CEO)
  • Members elect the Board of Directors
  • Stakeholders (and/or Funders) trust that good governance will achieve promised outcomes


A well-designed governance framework helps groups of people understand and navigate cross-currents of decision-making - compliance (east-west) and performance (north-south)

The 'Elements Compass' - design and navigate good governance frameworks

The 'Elements Compass' - design and navigate good governance frameworks