You and Your Organisation

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Management

You and Your Organisation

Here you can find out all sorts of information about how to govern and manage your group, be it a charity, community, voluntary or nonprofit organisation. It's designed to be a one-top-shop for the typical challenges and issues faced by people working in such organisations. It all comes from our series of Good Practice Guides for working in community and voluntary organisations which can be odered in our 'publications' section. 

Click on any of the following topics to learn more:

Strategic Planning

Do not assume that there will be agreement on where the organisation should head in the future

Reasons for planning

Planning is vital, yet people find all sorts of reasons for not doing it! If there are new demands on organisations (for example, pressure on resources, awareness of unmet needs, political or legislative changes) many try to respond immediately.

Do not assume that there will be agreement on where the organisation should head in the future

This can lead to wasted energies, haphazard developments and conflict. Even when plans are made, they are sometimes not implemented, or the impact of the plans is not evaluated. Remember that planning is a means to an end and not an end in itself.

Health and Safety

The governing body of your organisation should review the safety statement annually...

Health and safety is one area where the legal obligations for managing risk are particularly demanding. Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 every employer is required to prepare a safety statement for the workplace.

This statement should:

Insurance

Remember though that insurance will not cover you for circumstances like getting into debt, defamation or breach of contract

However small or informal your organisation, insurance is a must. It is also a crucial way to minimise the risk to your organisation.

Risk Checklist

 Do you have adequate systems in place to manage risk?

 Use the following questions to figure out your organisation's current level of risk:

Risk Management

Does your organisation have procedures in place to comply with employment, equality, and health and safety legislation?

Risk is a situation involving an exposure to danger. You should approach risk management positively, as part of the day-to-day management of the organisation, for it does not just identify threats, it also provides opportunities for improvements.

Threats and opportunities

Most risk can be anticipated and therefore planned for, for example:

Fundraising

Aim to build long term relationships with your funders

It is vital that your organisation approaches fundraising in a strategic way, with proper planning, implementation and evaluation.

Information and Copyright

Poor systems will lead to organisational inefficiency

Information

It is imperative that you establish systems for the proper administration and management of information. Organisations are bombarded with vast volumes of information daily, received by post, telephone, text, email, fax, etc. Poor systems will lead to organisational inefficiency. For example, how do you ensure that information is passed round all relevant people? How do you keep track of your library resources?

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