Unlike a commercial entity with control over its sources of revenue and the manner of application of that revenue, Franklin Family Support, like other NFPs, is heavily reliant on third party funders, either state or philanthropic. With that reliance goes influence in terms of the application of funds either through a grant approval process or through contractually imposed outcomes and reporting criteria. For those reasons, practical governance differs significantly for the NFP sector.
Governance focuses on defining the purpose of the NFP, identifying in whose interests the entity operates and identifying how the entity will achieve that purpose. Perhaps just as important for an NFP is the need to determine how its various stakeholders will judge performance and accordingly how it will ensure that those stakeholders are informed of performance.
Governance in the Not For Profit sector
Franklin Family Support is governed by a Board of Trustees to which members are recruited to ensure that the Board is refreshed from time to time and needed expertise is available to ensure the Trust is well-led.
The economy is commonly divided into three sectors; the public sector, the commercial sector and the not-for-profit or "third" sector. The separate category for the NFP sector recognises that its members are not government-owned and that their purposes are not primarily wealth-driven. The sector is an integral part of New Zealand's social landscape and a significant economic force.
Franklin Family Support Trust Deed
The principal governance document is the Trust Deed. It notes the charitable purpose of the Trust is:
- To achieve the Trust's vision of People Helping People to Independence
- To provide, coordinate or promote services or information which will benefit families or individuals in the community of Franklin; and
- Such other charitable purposes as the Trustees may from time to time decide.
Role of Trustees
The Trust Deed notes the role of Trustees is:
- To give effect to the purposes of the Trust (noted above); and
- Be responsible and accountable to the community of Franklin for the proper and effective governance of the Trust; and
- Discharge the responsibilities, perform the duties and exercise the rights conferred on them; and
- Ensure the performance of the activities and the achievement of the objectives set out in the Strategic Plan of the Trust.
- The Board performance is also informed by a governance manual. This manual includes everything needed by the
- Trustees to govern the Trust effectively. It includes policies that are regularly reviewed as are the Strategic Focuses of the organisation
The Board meets once a month and periodically hold workshops for development and planning. The Board of Trustees plays a critical role in ensuring Franklin Family Support are positioned to identify services needed in our community.
The Board also draw on their professional practice wisdom to provide the General Manager with guidance and support.
We are proud to have the following people on the board of Franklin Family Support.
I am Greg Morgan. I am married to Lindy and have two grown daughters and a grandson. I am the owner and Manager of a small engineering company specialising in steel fabrication for the construction industry, predominantly servicing commercial builders, high-rise buildings that sort of thing. I have a small team of around 20 and have been in the industry around 35 years working on some iconic projects such as the Sky Tower.
I am a keen fisherman and boatie enjoying time on the water with my family. We have lived in the Franklin area for almost 25 years where our children have grown up and enjoyed the community and lifestyle it offers.
I have joined the board at Franklin Family Support services to try and make a contribution to the community that has been so good to my family and I.
I believe the skills gained over the time I have been in business will be of value to the board and hope I can assist the existing board members in achieving their common goal.
I am Mark Waldin and I live in Mauku with my wife Pat. We have two grown sons who live overseas. I am relatively new to the Franklin area but have lived in the greater Auckland area for the last 30 years. We are keen gardeners and I am an avid squash player and member at the Franklin Squash Club.
I have served in the RNZAF/NZDF completing 30 years service in 2006. Up until the beginning of 2023 I owned and managed a nationwide business, from which I have now stepped away from.
I feel that it is important to contribute to as many ways as possible, in the area, in which you live and the FFSS Trust board gives me the opportunity to work with other like minded trustees for the benefit of the whole community.
I am Fleur Cassidy, and I like in Pukekohe with my husband Dennis and our two school age children. We have lived in Pukekohe as a family for 16 years, however Dennis's connection with the area is multigenerational. He completed all of his schooling in the area, and is now a local Primary School teacher. I grew up in an armed services family, so we spent many years moving around New Zealand and overseas. My secondary education was at James Cook High School in Manurewa. I now work in Corporate Finance in a food manufacturing company based in South Auckland, which allows me to interact with people from various backgrounds and circumstances.
In my spare time I enjoy walking, cycling and gardening. Family time is especially important to me, and I get involved in the kids sports and activities wherever possible.
I joined the board of the FFSS to put my Finance skills to good use. Having completed some Sociology study at Massey University a few years ago, I realised that as the kids were getting older, I had room in my life to volunteer my time to a local not for profit (NFP) organisation.
I would recommend a volunteer role on a board to anyone with a passion for positive change. There are many free learning resources online. My experience with the staff of FFSS and fellow board members has been superb and I am grateful to be in a position to contribute to our community.