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Governance Resources

Maintaining the public trust is crucial to the success of the nonprofits and foundations. That confidence helps charitable organizations win the resources—including donations of time, money, and other support—that allow us to pursue our missions in creative and responsive ways.

Independent Sector remains a leader in helping organizations maintain the highest standards of ethics and accountability so they preserve that trust. Our latest contribution to support these efforts is our new online Resource Center for Good Governance and Ethical Practice. It offers organizations hundreds of free examples of effective practice and tools, as well as other resources from around the country to guide their work.

The Resource Center features the Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations, developed by the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, which outlines 33 principles of sound practice related to legal compliance and public disclosure, effective governance, financial oversight, and responsible fundraising.  These principles, especially in conjunction with the Principles Workbook, help organizations assess and improve their operations. Organizations that have applied the Principles report increased capacity to achieve their missions, including improved governance, stronger organizational cultures and practices, and increased credibility with funders, individual donors and community partners.

The Principles


Learn more about the Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice in the online Resource Center, which includes hundreds of resources that help organizations improve their operations.

Principles for Good Governance

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