Governance is the process of providing strategic leadership to an organization. It entails the functions of setting direction, creating policy, making strategy decisions, overseeing and monitoring organizational performance, and ensuring overall accountability.
A non-profit organization's success depends heavily on its dedicated board members. With shrinking financial resources, board members must provide both strategic leadership and steady guidance to help their organizations maintain stability and sustainability. The responsibilities of governance cannot be taken lightly. Communities and donors expect effective, responsible governance from their non-profit boards, especially given the reality of increasingly stringent government regulation.