Key Governance Policies
Courtesy of Montana Nonprofit Association
Board Governance Policy
Code of Ethics
Conflict of Interest and Annual Statement
Public Reporting and Transparency Policy
Whistleblower and Non-Retaliation Policy
Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Executive Compensation Policy
Note: Montana Nonprofit Association governance policies may be used as examples of governance policy practices and adapted by visitors to this site. However, these policies should not be used simply as templates. All policies should be reviewed in light of the unique circumstances and needs of each organization and adapted accordingly. All policies should be reviewed by an attorney knowledgeable in nonprofit law prior to adoption.
Workbook: Hiring and Performance Appraisal of the Executive Director
Capacity Assessment Survey: Two page, 53 point self-administered assessment of an organization's capacity. Patti Larson, Nonprofit Resources Center (Sacramento, CA)
Benchmark Against Leading Practice: This bundle of 6 checklists are self-assessment instruments that help nonprofit organizations identify capacity strengths and challenges and establish capacity building goals - information technology, marketing, strategic outcome planning, fund development, & board leadership. ($45)
BoardLink is a program of the Nonprofit Resource Center whose goal is to train and match board candidates and nonprofits in the Sacramento Region. This material is copyrighted.
Newsletters & Blogs
Leader to Leader
Nonprofit Board Crisis
Foundation Center's Nonprofit Collaboration Database: Explore different collaboration models, learn about strategies for overcoming challenges to working together, find metrics for measuring outcomes, and more.
American Association of Corporate Secretaries
The Alliance for Nonprofit Management
Development Leadership Network
Free Management Library- Boards
Bridgestar: Bridgestar was founded on the premise that mission-focused nonprofits have greater opportunity to achieve breakthrough results when they attract, assemble, and nurture strong board and senior leadership teams. Bridestar seeks to be a resource for enhancing the flow and effectiveness of capable executives into and within the sector.
Management Information Exchange John Carver’s Policy Governance® model
The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations: Hauser is an interdisciplinary research center at Harvard University based at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. It seeks to expand understanding and accelerate critical thinking about nonprofit organizations and civil society among scholars, practitioners, policy makers, and the general public.
Management Assistance Program
Whatcom Council of Nonprofits
Strategic Growth Guide: Nonprofit leadership can use this guide to determine their organization’s stage of development and to assess whether the development of internal management systems is aligned.
The Nonprofit Life Stage Assessment: The tool helps you understand your organization’s strengths and weaknesses with respect to its particular stage of development. It will help your organization plan for future needs, make decisions proactively, anticipate challenges, and determine what adjustments might be appropriate.
Synthesis Partnership: A site dedicated to helping nonprofits in organizational techniques, Synthesis Partnership provides links to several useful, relevant e-letters pertaining to nonprofit boards and planning.