Governance in the Not For Profit sector
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.
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.
Kia ora! Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa,
My name is Robyn Driver and I have been a trustee at Franklin Family Support since 2019. I live in Pukekohe with my husband and our two young children, Max and Izzy. I have served on boards of trustees for over fifteen years, mainly in the education sector, both in New Zealand and in England.
I work as a primary school principal at a rural school in Franklin. My role in education offers me a great insight into some of the fabulous work Franklin Family Support achieves in our community, and I believe I have the knowledge and skills to work alongside the other trustees to continue moving the organisation forward.
Ngā mihi Robyn Driver