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Board Governance



Board Governance

Speaker: Mark Otter

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    1h 15m

In this presentation, we will address key governance principles for Boards in the not-for-profit sector, focusing on modes of governance, responsibilities of the board and trustees, characteristics of high performing boards and issues/best practices.

Learning outcomes

  • To clarify the key roles and responsibilities of NFP boards as an integral part of an organizaton's governance structure.
  • To define what makes boards successful.
  • To address issues regarding accountability, integrity, fiscal stewardship and board operating procedures.
  • To identify key governance issues that trustees need to address to perform their responsibilities effectively.

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Given increased accountability to constituents, donors and regulators for accuracy and integrity of business operations, heightened expectations of boards for transparency and effectiveness, and greater media coverage of lapses in good governance, strong board performance is essential. When done right, governance activities of boards can not only provide needed oversight, but can contribute in meaningful ways to organizational success - and mission achievement. In this presentation, we will address key governance principles for Boards in the not-for-profit sector, focusing on modes of governance, responsibilities of the board and of individual trustees, characteristics of high performing boards and current governance issues and associated best practices.

The presentation will be based on Grant Thornton's "Not-for-Profit Board Guidebook", which covers governance best practices, as well as the issues trustees face as they do their work.

Professional development

All learning resources available in the CGMA Store qualify for CPD for CIMA members.

Prerequisites:Basic knowledge of not-for-profit operations, auditing, accounting and/or compliance requirements. General experience working in, or auditing, not-for-profits, including those NFPs audited under GAGAS.
Programme level:Intermediate
Duration:1h 15m
Access:This is a digital product. You will have access to the content for a year after purchase date.

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  • Mark Otter

    Mark Otter, National Managing Partner, Not-for-Profit and Higher Education Practices, Grant Thornton LLP, New York, NY

    Mark serves as the industry managing partner for Grant Thornton's Not-for-Profit and Higher Education practices, with overall responsibility for services performed by the firm for these clients nationwide, along with all marketplace initiatives in these sectors.

    Mark also is an Advisory principal responsible for providing business strategy, operations improvement, information technology, and business risk services to the firm's clients. His engagements have included strategic planning, organizational reviews, reserves analyses, board governance, financial modeling, benchmarking and best practices reviews, risk assessments, operations improvement, internal audit, construction audit, technology effectiveness assessments, IT strategy, information systems planning, requirements analyses, business continuity/disaster recovery, system selections and mplementation, and post-implementation reviews.

    In Mark's thirty-eight years of experience, he has worked with many leading not-for-profit organizations, collaborating with those clients' management, audit committees and boards. Mark's experience includes working with colleges and universities, cultural organizations, trade and professional associations, social and human service organizations, foundations, and religious organizations.

    Mark is a frequent panelist and lecturer on business and technology topics. He has spoken at numerous industry events, including NACUBO, EACUBO, CACUBO, ACUA, InsideNGO, FFOG, NJSSCPA, AHIA, NJHFMA, and the AICPA . Mark is a member of Grant Thornton's national leadership team, and serves on several national not-for-profit boards (including roles as audit committee chair and executive committee member).

    Mark holds an Information Systems degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.