This section covers both strategic governance and management of your group.
Governance is about setting long term direction, making sure that things are in place to keep that forward motion going. It includes preparing and following a business plan; developing and reviewing policies; ensuring that the organisation is sufficiently resourced to meet its objectives and well enough managed to meet its targets. Management is about implementing the strategy and plans of the group on a day-to-day basis, ensuring that the group is functioning effectively and efficiently. This includes financial management as well as compliance with responsibilities under legislation such as Data Protection, Equalities and Health and Safety.
All Third Sector groups or organisations – whatever the size or structure - will have a volunteer committee (or board) who will be responsible for taking care of the organisation on behalf of the general members. In small groups, these same volunteers will carry out both goveranance and managment functions. In larger groups, the committee or board will be responsible for the long term strategic planning or governance but they will often employ staff to carry out the management functions.
Good governance, and good management, includes having an understanding of the importance of quality, recognising your strengths and weaknesses and finding solutions as well as being able to respond and adapt to change. Having a robust plan in place (a business plan and/or a project plan.) gives a sound basis to start from. You will also need a mechanism to enable your committee to monitor the group’s progress. Are you meeting the targets you have set? Are the group’s finances being used effectively?
Other Community Toolkit Topics to look at:
Business and Project Plans....what is a business plan and how to write oneSWOT Analysis....what is a SWOT analysis and how to one carry outMonitoring and Evaluation....how to monitor and evaluate progressProject Management....how to manage a projectData Protection....what is data protection and how it affects your groupHealth and Safety....guidelines on health and safety legislationPlanning and Development....how to effectively plan and manage your group or projectSeeking External Assistance....when and how to get external helpHolding Meetings....what are meetings forFinanceThis section looks at the different aspects of financial management including cash handling and legal requirementsMarketing and PromotionThis section looks at the different methods for marketing and promoting your group or projectWinding up an Organisation....how to dissolve an organisation
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