management

Good Practice in Equality

Unless you ensure accessibility for as wide a group of people as possible, you will not have a diverse organisation...

A strategic approach

Basics of Accounting

There should be no surprises for you in the final year accounts.... 

Why keep accounts and what accounts to keep?

Once you collect money for a cause, you know it is not yours to do what you wish with, to spend on treats or food and clothing, lose behind the sofa or invest in a horse race...you need to treat the donated money with care and be able to account for what you got and what you did with it.

Setting Up Subcommittees and Working Groups

Any decisions made by subcommittees or working groups need to be approved by the whole governing body...

It is common practice for the governing body to set up subcommittees and/or working groups (or panels, taskforces, etc). These can provide an excellent opportunity to involve other people from within and outside the organisation; experts or advisors, users or clients, paid staff or volunteers.

What is Governance?

Defining Governance

The governing body makes a unique contribution to an organisation by focusing on the achievement of longterm aims... 

Governance (sometimes referred to as 'corporate governance') can be described as the system that ensures the fit between the organisation's mission and its performance. In essence, governance is about being in control and taking overall responsibility for the work and actions of an organisation. Good governance occurs when an organisation uses transparent decision-making processes to direct its resources and exercise power in an effective and accountable way.

Why the Governing Body is Necessary

If things go wrong, it is the governing body that will be called to account... 

 Overall responsibility

Equality and Diversity

In this section, you will find out what is meant by equality and why equality is an important issue for your organisation.

You will discover that there are many simple ways to make your organisation more accessible, diverse and inclusive... 

Discrimination

Discrimination is prohibited on nine grounds... 

The law prohibits discrimination. Discrimination is the less favourable treatment of one person over another and can be:
 
  • Direct For example, harassing a gay man over his sexuality.
  • Indirect For example, requesting a large number of written references from all prospective employees, including newly arrived migrant workers. The requirement is likely to put migrant workers at a disadvantage compared with other groups.

Employment Equality

You may take positive action that strives for full equality between employees... 

If you employ anyone, the Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004 apply to you.

Equality Law

Equality law currently consists of the Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004 and the Equal Status Acts 2000 and 2004...

Although most people in the community and voluntary sector would agree that equality is an important concept, many find it challenging to translate a general belief in equality and inclusion into concrete action in the structures, processes and operations of an organisation. However, for the many groups and organisations that are set up to progress social justice it is essential that you do so, because having an ethos of equality is simply an extension of that commitment to equity and fairness.

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