About the series...
The Standards for Excellence® provide a framework for achieving a well-managed and responsibly governed organization. The Standards® build upon the legal foundations of nonprofit management, governance, and operations and provide an outstanding step-by-step guide to achieving excellence within your nonprofit. These guidelines consist of 6 principles, which are described in-depth during 6 individual sessions:
- Session 1, January 17, 2018: Mission, Strategy and Evaluation
- Session 2, March 21, 2018: Leadership - Board, Staff and Volunteers
- Session 3, May 16, 2018: Legal Compliance and Ethics
- Session 4, July 18, 2018: Finance and Operations
- Session 5, September 19, 2018: Resource Development
- Session 6, November 21, 2018: Public Awareness, Engagement and Advocacy
Each session includes an overview of The Standards®; a self-assessment to determine how well your organization is performing; a list of the policies that an organization should have in place; and examples of those policies and best practices that your organization should follow related to each topic area. These sessions will be highly interactive and will offer the opportunity for participants to share information and ask questions. Attendance at all sessions is not required, but encouraged.
About Session 3: Legal Compliance and Ethics...Join The Nonprofit Partnership and Strategy Solutions for the third installment of the "Getting to Know the Standards for Excellence®” series: Legal Compliance and Ethics on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM.
This workshop provides an overview of the Standards for Excellence® with a specific focus on Legal Compliance and Ethics.
Nonprofits enjoy the public’s trust, and therefore must comply with a diverse array of legal and regulatory requirements. One of the leadership’s fundamental responsibilities is to ensure that the organization governs and operates itself in an ethical and legal manner. Fostering a culture of exemplary conduct is one of the most effective means of developing internal and external trust as well as preventing misconduct. Moreover, to honor the trust that the public has given them, nonprofits have an obligation to go beyond legal requirements and embrace the highest ethical practices. Nonprofit board, staff, and volunteers must act in the best interest of the organization, rather than in furtherance of personal interests or the interests of third parties. A nonprofit should have policies in place, and should routinely and systematically implement those policies, to prevent actual, or perceived, conflicts of interest.
Topics covered include:
- Maintaining Legal Compliance
- Required Public Disclosures
- Reporting Misconduct and Whistleblower Protection
- Conflicts of Interest
Learning objectives for this session include:
- Provide an overview of the Standards for Excellence® and how they benefit nonprofits
- Learn best practices within specific functions (specifically regarding session 3: Legal Compliance and Ethics) to educate your staff and board regarding their roles and responsibilities to achieve excellence
- Assess your current practice within each functional area (specifically regarding session 3: Legal Compliance and Ethics) and identify practical and easily-implemented strategies to improve your operations
Executive Directors, Board Chairs, and emerging leaders are encouraged to attend all six sessions.
This particular session is appropriate for Executive Directors, Board Chairs, Audit or Compliance Committee Chairs and Quality or Compliance staff.