The 2018 Edelman Global Trust Barometer indicates that trust in the Australian not-for-profit sector is down from 52% in 2017 to 48% in 2018. (Note – the link provided here takes you to the Trust Barometer page on the Edelman website, where you can choose whether or not to download the 114 Mb file). In… Continue reading Less trust in NGOs
Former New South Wales RSL president Don Rowe has been referred to police by the NSW State Government and significant reforms are also proposed, potentially affecting all Australian charities and other not-for-profit organisations. The NSW State Government last week released the 705-page report (WARNING – 48Mb file) by former Supreme Court judge Patricia Bergin after establishing the Public Inquiry in May… Continue reading Learning from others’ mistakes Part 3 – RSL NSW
If yesterday’s post regarding the CPA Australia Independent Review is considered Part 1 of a series about what we can learn from troubles experienced by not-for-profit organisations, then the Oxfam scandal can be considered Part 2. The UK Charity Commission has launched a statutory inquiry into “allegations of misconduct by staff involved in its humanitarian… Continue reading Learning from others’ mistakes Part 2 – Oxfam
Some association directors and executives will have followed the unfolding story about CPA Australia quite closely during 2016-17, while others may have only occasionally noted that there was media interest in governance and management arrangements in that organisation. Now that the Final Report of the CPA Australia Independent Review is available, along with the Board’s… Continue reading Learning from the CPA Australia Independent Review
You may have missed this story in the pre-Christmas rush, but the Washington Post (WaPo) published two stories in mid-December about the Trump administration telling divisions within the Department of Health and Human Services that they should avoid using certain words or phrases in official documents being drafted for next year’s budget. This story could… Continue reading CDC word bans include “evidence-based”
Not-for-profit organisations want to ensure that their policy submissions to current and future governments are effective, and so they rightly look to align their arguments with election promises and policy platforms made public by the major parties, and to time their interactions appropriately within the policy cycle. Beyond those considerations, however, there is perhaps a… Continue reading How transparent is your policy evidence?
It is more evident than ever before that information technologies are essential enablers of almost all strategic and operational activities undertaken by associations and charities. Equally, we must now acknowledge that cyber-risks and cybersecurity concerns present as significant risks for not-for-profit entities. Recognising this, the importance of addressing IT governance and risk management within your… Continue reading IT Governance (and cyber-risk) in your governance framework – Part 2
Ensuring that your association or charity has established appropriate defences against cyber attack is now a core aspect of risk management. If your organisation has not yet integrated cyber-risk management within your risk management and governance framework, the following checklist may offer some helpful starting points. The issues encompassed in IT risk management and cyber-risk… Continue reading Cyber-risk in your governance framework – Part 1
Here’s a suggested governance paper for your Board to consider. Feel free to improve this draft so it meets your organisation’s requirements. The issue Should we address modern slavery and ethical supply chain matters in our governance and policy framework? Recommendation to the Board That the … committee/s be asked to advise on changes to… Continue reading Modern Slavery – a governance issue for NFP organisations?
Long before the invention of the lie detector and its painless technology, the superstitious and untruthful faced a severe fate between the jaws of the Bocca della Verità, or Mouth of Truth, an ancient carving (illustrated) which was said to bite off the hands of liars. In the present era, where ‘spin’ and ‘fake news’ have… Continue reading Discerning policy truth