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Policy Governance

Boards of schools, credit unions, churches, nonprofits, and for-profits are increasingly using an approach to governance called Policy Governance®. Policies that are developed by the board provide the framework and direction for the board's work, for the relationship between the executive director and the board, and for the responsibilities of the executive director.

As a governance tool, Policy Governance focuses the board’s work on what the community needs and organizational results that must be delivered on behalf of the community. As a system, Policy Governance empowers the executive to deliver those results — with assured freedom and flexibility in day-to-day management decision-making. The board sets the “tone at the top” and has a practical system for ensuring they’re keeping an eye on the right things.

501 Commons uses Policy Governance® as does Food Lifeline, Page Ahead, 4Culture, ArtsEd Washington, PCC Natural Markets, Community Day School Association, ArtsWest, Seattle Tilth, several local school districts, and many other Washington organizations.

Is Policy Governance Right for You? Attend a Workshop

If you're asking yourself this question, we have a workshop for you. This session is designed to provide a solid introduction to the principles and processes of Policy Governance®, and it provides an opportunity for you to get answers from our expert trainers. We offer workshops twice a year, and we can make a custom presentation just for your board.

Once you have decided to use Policy Governance®, one our our consultants can help your board create governance policies and/or provide as-needed guidance during the transition.

Already Using Policy Governance?

If your board is already using Policy Governance, we can provide training and orientation workshops for incoming board members or anyone who wants a refresher.