Board Governance

Nonprofit organizations are critical to the health of New York City. The executive directors or chief executive officers (CEOs) who lead them and the board members who volunteer their time to serve have special obligations to their organizations, the clients that are served, and the donors who give their financial support.

As board members, individuals act as fiduciaries of those charitable organizations and are responsible for managing them and ensuring the financial health. The content in this section of the website, based off of the NYC Good Governance Blueprint, was specifically produced to help board members, as well as executive directors and CEOs, navigate rules, regulations, and structures so they can be productive leaders.

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The NYC Good Governance Blueprint was developed by the NYC Nonprofit Board Development Coalition, led by NYC Service, a division of the Office of the Mayor. The coalition includes 20 organizations that make it their mission to support nonprofits across New York City.

In creating the NYC Good Governance Blueprint, the Coalition’s objective was to craft a resource for board and staff leadership which consolidates best practices, tools, and references for governance. The goal of this section is not to teach you everything you need to know, but to give you the resources to explore topics further.

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Materials on this website are provided for informational purposes and may not be appropriate for every nonprofit organization. The information does not constitute legal advice and is not a substitute for legal or professional advice. Nonprofit organizations or persons contemplating starting a nonprofit organization are strongly encouraged to consult professional legal, financial and tax advisors.**