Not-for-Profit Governance Essentials

In the Not-for-Profit (NFP) alternative to Governance Essentials you’ll learn the basics of governance and appreciate how the principles apply in NFP organisations.

8 CPD points

Drawing from the IoD’s The Four Pillars of Governance Best Practice, this course will enable you to understand the fundamental roles and responsibilities of a board and individual directors from an NFP perspective. It covers board relationships, robust processes, good decision-making, and key elements of the operations of a board.

Course/workshop category: Fundamental course

Duration: One day, 8.30 am - 5.00 pm

Content covered

  • Governance, legal and regulatory framework essentials
  • Board charters, the role of the board, culture and ethics, board composition
  • Board protocols, meetings and papers
  • Board and management relationships and succession planning

Who should attend?

Those who work with NFP boards and wish to further develop their understanding of governance and the boards role within a NFP environment. This includes experienced directors for whom the NFP sector is new, aspiring or new directors embarking on their director career and senior executives who want to interact with their NFP board more effectively.


​Members: $850 incl GST
Non-members: $1,080 incl GST

Not a member? Join online now to receive the member rate.

A 10% discount is available if you are booking this course under the Essentials of Directorship package.


“The course provided a good base of information around governance and the specific challenges which NFP boards face.” – testimonial from a Not-for-Profit Governance Essentials attendee

Our facilitators

Not-for-Profit Governance Essentials is presented by one of the facilitators below.

  • Jo Cribb

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    Jo has had a long career working on some of the toughest issues facing New Zealand – child poverty, violence against women and entrenched unemployment. She was a senior public servant, leading the Office of the Children’s Commission and most recently as chief executive of the Ministry for Women. She is an experienced NGO governor with roles including IHC, VSA, Literacy Aotearoa and was chair of Scots College. Jo recently published research into the governance capability of social sector NGOs.  Her current portfolio includes leading an NGO focused on improving literacy rates and running her consulting business where she works with leaders to achieve their diversity goals and coaching women leaders.