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Policy

A policy manual is a cornerstone of good governance and board orien­tation. The manual nearly elimi­nates a volunteer asking, “How was I sup­posed to know that?” These statements pass along the wisdom of the board to future leaders, assist staff in administra­tion, record desired outcomes, and estab­lish values or principles for the organiza­tion. They form a historical record upon which future leaders can rely. Policies are statements of principle adopted by the board to promote a stan­dard or suggest a practice for the cham­ber. If no policy manual has been creat­ed, they can be found as motions in the board meeting minutes.  Policies interpret the chamber’s primary governing documents: the mission state­ment, bylaws, and articles of incorpora­tion. These documents are purposely broad to provide room for translation and application in governance and man­agement. The board translates the intent of the governing documents by creating more precise policies. 

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Board Policy is Good Policy

Policies interpret the chamber's primary governing documents: the mission state­ment, bylaws and articles of incorpora­tion. These documents are purposely broad to provide room for translation and application in governance and man­agement. The board translates the intent of the governing documents by creating more precise policies.

Components of Board Development

A basic responsibility of the board is to ensure its own renewal and development. The board development cycle detailed below is one way of describing the key steps in this process.

Board Size

Is there a sweet spot for your board’s size? Yes, there very likely is, but it differs for each board. One size does not fit all. How to determine the best size for your board? Start by considering the pros and cons of small and large boards:

What's Acceptable, What's not?

Anyone new to working at a nonprofit may find themselves wondering what his or her role is in relationship to the board — that entity that has ultimate responsibility for the organization.

A Journal of Policy Development and Research

The goal of Cityscape is to bring high-quality original research on housing and community development issues to scholars, government officials, and practitioners. Cityscape is open to all relevant disciplines, including architecture, consumer research, demography, economics, engineering, ethnography, finance, geography, law, planning, political science, public policy, regional science, sociology, statistics, and urban studies.

Cloudflare Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy to add a new notice to California consumer Privacy act including by adding details to the sections describing information sharing

Action Plan Basics

To receive funding through the Rental Assistance Program (FCHI-2), CMHC is asking housing providers to help strengthen the housing sector by improving their own long-term operational practices.

A Policy Toolkit for Inclusive Growth

To this day, the impacts of inequality and segregation weigh heavily in neighborhoods in every corner of the country. Meanwhile, rising rents and sales prices have dramatically outpaced wage growth. Today, people of all types are struggling to keep up with monthly housing expenses. In fact, the U.S. Census tells us that about one-third of the population is now housing-cost burdened.

Policies! Now Ive Got Them, What Do I Do With Them?

Adopting polices is the starting point. Their application and storage now take effect. New policies should create new processes and procedures.

Year of the Policy Manual

The purpose of a policy is to interpret the broader governing documents: the bylaws, articles of incorporation and purpose statement. The board adopts policy as motions recorded in the meeting minutes. The policies are transcribed from the minutes so they can be archived and referenced in the organization’s policy manual. They represent the wisdom of current board to be passed along to successive volunteer leaders.

Agency and Employee Management Policy Guidance

Without written policies and procedures, these things can be very difficult to manage. It is difficult to maintain fairness and objectivity without agreed policies and procedures. Having them means that everyone knows what to expect. Without them, those who are confident and self-assured can run things how they want, and the less confident and less articulate may find it hard to have their say

Alignment in the Association

Sam joined the association board with enthusiasm. At his first meeting he was quiet the first half and then jumped in, “While I’m on the board I hope we can adopt this new idea that my friends told me about.” A few of the directors agreed but the more seasoned officers reminded Sam, “We work within a framework and our ideas should to align with our strategic plan.”

Defining The Value Of The Cooperative Business Model

People who are unfamiliar with the cooperative business model often define cooperatives in a relation to the dominant model of a form invester ownership.

Cooperative Business Plan

This document details our plan to create around 20 new small farms – ecological smallholdings – between 2015-2020. These holdings will be protected for ecological use, they will provide rural employment, local food, and crucially, affordable access to land. However, the impacts of our work are wider than this; our creation of ecological holdings also:

7 Errors in Developing Policies

Don’t be swayed by the volunteer who says, “We need to get that in our bylaws.” Let the bylaws remain as a broad governing document; the policies should interpret the bylaws but not be included in them.

What Makes a Good Policy Manual?

Without a policy manual, staff must search decades of meeting min­utes to find what and why decisions were made. Future leaders will rehash discussions by previous boards because they don't have access to policies.

Harassment Policy

The objective of this policy is to determine what the co-op considers to be harassment and what actions the co-op will take if a case of harassment is reported to the co-op.

Housing Management Policy Guidance

Why is there a need for policies and procedures? If a community led housing (CLH) organisation has not agreed on policies and procedures, it means either that all decisions have to be taken at governing body meetings or individuals have to take decisions and the governing body may not be in control.

Innovation Garage

Directors sometimes believe success will be measured by the number of programs they recommend. Many are innovative in their business settings and bring that trait to their board service. The phrase usually starts with, “I have a good idea...”

MSU-Student Housing Cooperative, Incorporated

Our cooperative principles promote quality housing and services. As individuals we are empowered through democratic participation to create a community equally accessible to all. As an organization we are committed to expand the Cooperative movement.

Membership Policy Guidance

Without written policies and procedures, these things can be very difficult to manage. It is difficult to maintain fairness and objectivity without agreed policies and procedures. Having them means that everyone knows what to expect. Without them, those who are confident and self-assured can run things how they want, and the less confident and less articulate may find it hard to have their say.

Misguided Practices

There is no single authority for how associations operate. Every nonprofit and its board are unique. They are influenced by culture, resources, scope and member expectations, for example

Pet Policies & Assistance Animals

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), nearly one in five American households acquired a cat or dog since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis"

Nonprofit Needs Assessment

Nonprofit organizations are vital drivers of prosperity. They create jobs, have assets, support a stronger workforce through delivery of vital programs and services, and help create the type of region that attracts visitors and retains employees.

Transparency in Associations

Last week a member of the board of directors gave his meeting packet to a local chapter president. It included the parent organization’s proposed budget, roster of dropped members and confidential contract proposals. When asked why, he said, “We’re nonprofit, we have to share the information with members

How Does A Cooperative Operate?

Planning for the operation of the cooperative must take place well before the formal transfer of ownership to the shareholders. The sponsor should be aware of the critical need to provide training in the operation of a cooperative to the new tenant-owners of the building.

Plan for Recovery

Associations, chambers and the nonprofit sector are well-positioned to lead recovery for their communities. They have been resilient during wars, weather events, economic downturns and prior pandemics.

Plans, Programs and Policies of the Cooperative

Cooperative directors maintain a long-term perspective of where the cooperative can better serve members needs and what general changes may be necessary in organizational and operating policies.

Project Management Guide

A project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service, or result The temporary nature of projects indicates that a project has a defnite beginning and end The end is reached when the project’s objectives have been achieved or when the project is terminated because its objectives will not or cannot be met

rent arrears policy

Housing Co-ops depend on the rent collected from their tenants for their main source of income. It is therefore the policy of the Co-operative to keep the level of arrears to an absolute minimum in order to maximise income in the interests of the co-op and its members.

Rents

As a responsible Landlord The co-op will aim to maximise the rental income of the Co-op and provide an efficient housing management service to tenants. To achieve this tenants will be contacted at the earliest possible stage about rent arrears; not only by writing letters, but also carrying out visits to tenants homes.

Repairs and Maintenance Policy Guidance

Without written policies and procedures, these things can be very difficult to manage. It is difficult to maintain fairness and objectivity without agreed policies and procedures. Having them means that everyone knows what to expect. Without them, those who are confident and self-assured can run things how they want, and the less confident and less articulate may find it hard to have their say

Risk Management Guide

Potential risks in nonprofit organizations. Be sure to rely on legal, accounting and insurance counsel. For discussion purposes only.

Risk Management Policy

The co-op must be aware of all the risks facing it in carrying out is activities. These risks must be managed to minimise threat to the co-op from them.

Secondary Rules

Attendance Requirements:Members must attend at least 3 General Meetings in a 6 monthly period, taking an active involvement in at least one working group, to maintain an active role in the co-op. Should a member be absent from two consecutive General Meetings, their membership will be examined by the Membership Group.

Use of Statistics on Cooperatives in National Policy Making

representatives reaffirmed the importance of obtaining more comprehensive and internationally comparable statistics on cooperatives. Pursuant to this the ICLS adopted a Resolution concerning further work on statistics of cooperatives. The Resolution recommended that the International Labour Office, in cooperation with the ILO’s constituents and interested National Statistical Offices, carry out further developmental work on the measurement of cooperatives, in particular on the number and characteristics of cooperatives, members of cooperatives, workers employed in cooperatives and value added by cooperatives.

Tenancy Agreement

With the exception of any changes in rent, rates or charges, this Agreement may only be altered by mutual agreement between the Co-operative and the Tenant in writing.

Three Tips to Politely Deal with Noisy Neighbors

You and your next-door neighbor dont share the same tast in music. You know this because every night you can hear the base thumping and guitar riff Screeching

What Makes a Good Policy Manual?

Policies are the collective wisdom of the board; passed on to future leaders. Policies interpret the bylaws and articles of incorporation; which are purposely broad in scope.

The Cooperative Model Is Not An xperiment In Canada Its Potential Is Proven.

We recognize the vitally important role that co‑operatives play in our economy and in communities across the country. With over 18 million Canadians who are members of the more than 9,000 co‑operatives across the country, these innovative enterprises create jobs and contribute to regional economies where private businesses would not see the desired returns on equity – particularly in rural areas.

Tool Kit Policy Management

Policies serve many purposes in an association. They represent the wisdom of the board of directors in interpreting the governing documents and identifying the best methods to advance and protect the organization.

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