Good governance. What does it mean anyway?
- Responsible use of assets and funds.
- Ensuring the group/organization is fulfilling its mission.
- Openly communicating with others and listening to others at all levels of the organization.
- Accurate recordkeeping for the benefit of the organization and those we serve.
- Maintaining good legal standing through compliance with IRS section 501(c)(3) requirements.
- Serving as a good role model: In the Vincentian world this also includes embracing servant leadership.
Governance does NOT mean:
- The leader cannot share responsibilities.
- Numbers are more important than people.
- Opinions of others do not matter.
- Turning the organization/group into something distant from its mission.
Basically, good governance means good leadership. It means taking good care of the Society; it means taking good care of those we serve. It means taking care of each other, encouraging the spiritual growth of all members and friendship among members, and person-to-person service. It means serving with integrity, accountability and in a trustworthy manner. Taking advantage of ongoing learning opportunities and identifying helpful collaborations can help Vincentian leaders govern and lead with great effectiveness and joy.
St. Vincent de Paul once said, “There is great charity — but it is badly organized.” Let us be inspired by St. Vincent’s good governance and leadership and allow the generosity of others to be put to good use.