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Are You Ready To Govern Your Grassroots Organization?

Posted By Louroz Mercader, Outreach Coordinator - Grassroots Growth, September-22-16
Updated: September-21-16
 

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

A governance structure is a system of guidance and organization. And we could all use a little guidance and organization in our lives! You need to implement a governance structure for the same reason you need to write mission and vision statements: because not having these can harm your legitimacy and volunteers may not be as willing to contribute their time to your group.

But governance structures will also help your team to make decisions and provide you with accountability. Have you ever found that your team seems to have lots of exciting ideas but they don’t ever get accomplished? Do you find that your meetings frequently go off on tangents? If your core volunteers are your friends and family, you’re probably particularly susceptible to this. A governance structure can help! Establishing a group of leaders will ensure you stay on track and carry out your work in a reasonable amount of time. Additionally, if you wish to register as a charity or incorporate your grassroots group, you will be required to follow a traditional governance structure.

Governance structures are like relationships – you have to be ready for them. Spending an extra six months preparing your structure is a far better practice than rushing into one before you’re ready and finding you’re in way over your head.

The map below will help to guide you in determining whether or not you’re ready to implement a governance structure right now. If it turns out that the answer is no, but you’re interested in professionalizing your grassroots group, try taking some of the steps to professionalizing, and revisit these questions at a later date to see if you’re ready then!

 

 

In the pursuit of establishing governance and building legitimacy, it is easy to become overwhelmed. There is a tendency to lose sight of the objective when one is inundated with policies, guidelines, best practices and documentation. Thankfully the Grassroots Project is here to support volunteer-run groups across Ontario with in-person workshops, informative handbooks, downloadable templates and an online community.

 Access all our free grassroots resources by joining us at www.GrassrootsGrowth.ca, or register for one of our free Grassroots Governance workshops at www.volunteertoronto.ca/page/GrassrootsWorkshops

 

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As Community Outreach Coordinator for the Grassroots Growth project, Louroz reaches out to volunteer-run groups in Toronto and across Ontario to help spread the word about the project and get our services out to those who need them most.

Tags:  grassroots governance  grassroots organizations  Identifying Grassroots Resources  Resources for Grassroots groups  volunteer-run groups 

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