The Leadership and Good Governance Awards, organised by the VSB Foundation in partnership with Volunteer Now, CO3 and Investec recognises voluntary organisations, which are working hard to improve their governance.
The application process for the next Leadership and Good Governance Awards will open in November 2019.
Background to the Good Governance Award
The awards have been established as a result of a key recommendation in the Giving Leadership, Giving Time research published in December 2015 by the VSB Foundation and Volunteer Now.
The Good Governance Awards showcase how good governance and driving social change are essentially interlinked and provide an opportunity to celebrate what is best in the sector. There are three awards and categories include:
One for smaller organisations with an income of under £500,000, one for medium sized organisations with an income of £501,000 – £999,999 and one for larger organisations with an income of over £1m
They must be registered with or having expressed the intention to register with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland or previously recognised as a charity via HMRC
The nomination process is for the whole board and not for one particular individual as good governance is a collective responsibility
Organisations will self-nominate outlining how they have implemented the Code of Good Governance, in particular Principles One and Two.
Principle 1: An effective board will provide good governance and leadership by understanding its role and responsibilities.
Principle 2: An effective board will provide good governance and leadership by working well both as individuals and as a team.
Large organisations will also include detail in their nomination form about how they meet Principle 3 of the Code:
An effective board will provide good governance and leadership by ensuring delivery of organisational purpose.