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Governance & Leadership

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Governance & Leadership

by The VSB Foundation

The VSB Foundation as a small independent philanthropic organisation with a remit to support the voluntary and community sector was a legacy from one of the most significant organisational changes in the third sector in Northern Ireland – the 2010 merger of 9 local volunteer centres and the Volunteer Development Agency to form Volunteer Now. It was through this emotionally difficult experience, as the Brian Gibson Char of VSB commented “It was not an easy or joyous leadership role,” that the VSB Foundation Trustees expressed their interest in governance and leadership.

The VSB Foundation Trustees believe that the health and wellbeing of the voluntary and community sector is dependent on the volunteers who give time to become members of management committees. Their volunteer role is pivotal in providing the leadership and accountability for the work and activities undertaken by thousands of organisations and groups.

In 2015 the VSB Foundation commissioned Volunteer Now Enterprises to undertake research on governance with a focus of those who serve as Trustees on Management Boards/Committees. Giving Leadership Giving Time a research report was published and is available here.

A recommendation from Giving Leadership Giving Time research was an annual governance award to highlight good practice. The VSB Foundation agreed to support A Good Governance Awards programme initially for three years and are working with CO3 and Volunteer Now to deliver the awards. In 2017 Investec Wealth Management  agreed to provided additional sponsorship.

Articles & Blog

on Governance & Leadership

War on Want NI has joined together with Self Help Africa, based in the Republic of Ireland
2 Apr 08:53 am

Ryan Millar has  written a very useful article in Scope on the merger of War on Want...

Good Governance Awards
9 Aug 09:07 pm

Steering an organisation requires good governance. Is your organisation/group heading in the right governance direction? You are...

Merger Update
26 Jul 07:55 pm

Organisational Change and Reflective Practice. Building Resilience in volunteering: The merger process to create Volunteer Now. Six...

Governance Research
26 Apr 08:22 pm

Northern Ireland Charity Governance Research Report Giving Leadership, Giving Time. Click here to download the report The...

CO3 Trustee Network
28 Sep 07:30 pm

CO3 TRUSTEE NETWORK CO3 have created a network of support to Trustees and offers the following Corporate...

Exchange and Emotions in Collaborations
20 Nov 08:29 pm

Perspectives from Practice A publication by leading practitioners, trustees and academics reflecting on their experiences in the...

Building Resilience in Volunteering
3 Jan 09:21 pm

An independent report on the merger process that created Volunteer Now by Dr Brendan Murtagh of Queen’s...

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