How does a non-profit organisation define and therefore walk that fine line of governance vs management – or if required, mix the two successfully? It is now recognised that most board members serving a non-profit wish to make a difference.
People with relevant skills, such as lawyers or accountants are likely to be seen as desirable additions to voluntary boards. Difficulties can arise from if, while serving in a governance capacity, they are also called upon to do pro-bono work.

A recent article in NZ Lawyer provides a very well-rounded overview of this particular issue. Please see the report for the full article. A recent Hays Group report also looks at effectiveness in the NZ and Australian not-for-profit sector, identifying four main aspects that contribute to board effectiveness. You can download the report by clicking here.

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