Policy Governance

In 2003 the Blood Connection’s Board of Trustees (the board) adopted a governance supporting structure known as policy governance. The embracing of policy governance took place after two years of study and training during which the board read books and manuscripts, attended classes at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, heard testimonials from local NPOs already employing policy governance, and walked-through the system with certified policy governance trainers.

Using policy governance, the board purposely and proactively leads the organization. On behalf of the Blood Connection’s stakeholders, policy governance allows organizational control that ensures the organization achieves what it should achieve and avoids behaviors and situations that should be avoided.

Basic policy categories are:

  • Ends – defines the mission of the organization…the outcomes that justify the existence of the organization.
  • Executive limitations – describes the prudence, ethics, and boundaries of staff actions, practices, and circumstances.
  • Board / CEO linkage – describes the empowerment process from board to CEO
  • Governance Process – clarifies the board’s own work, processes, and rules; including how it connects to the organization’s stakeholders.

Using key productivity indicators, benchmarks, and objective data, executive management provides policy monitoring reports for the board. Thus, the board is able to monitor key aspects of the organization and its compliance with board policies. For the latest policy monitoring reports, click here.

More can be learned about policy governance at www.policygovernance.com and at www.carvergovernance.com.