Principles & Practices

Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence:  A Self-Help Tool for Organizational Effectiveness is based on the fundamental values of quality, responsibility, and accountability. This document has three purposes:

  • To provide individual nonprofits -- and the board and staff members who lead them -- with a tool for strengthening their governance, management, and operations;
  • To support the growth and quality of the nonprofit sector; and
  • To promote stewardship by individual nonprofits and the sector as a whole.

Principles and Practices includes 11 guiding principles -- on planning, governance, human resources, financial management, fundraising, information and technology, evaluation of results, strategic alliances, civic engagement and public policy, transparency and accountability, and risk management.  It also provides specific benchmarks under each category to help nonprofits use best practices in their daily work.