Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice

Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice

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The Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice outlines 33 principles of sound practice for charitable organizations and foundations related to legal compliance and public disclosure, effective governance, financial oversight, and responsible fundraising. The Principles should be considered by every charitable organization as a guide for strengthening its effectiveness and accountability. The Principles were developed by the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector in 2007 and updated in 2015 to reflect new circumstances in which the charitable sector functions, and new relationships within and between the sectors.

The 2015 edition provides considerable new value, reflecting changes in law as well as new circumstances in which the charitable sector functions, and new relationships within and between sectors. New highlights include principles applying to:

  • A Code of Ethics
  • Whistleblowers
  • Risk tolerance and mitigation as they concern technology advances
  • New business and earned income opportunities
  • Transparency versus privacy
  • Executive compensation
  • Overhead costs
  • Fundraising
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