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Principles Workbook Expands on the Guide for Charities and Foundations

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Since 2007, thousands of organizations have used the Principles to strengthen their practices. The Principles Workbook: Steering Your Board Toward Good Governance and Ethical Practice expands on and elucidates each of the 33 principles, helping nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs assess the areas where their organizations are doing well and where there is room for improvement

Created in partnership with BoardSource, the Workbook distills the core concepts in each principle and suggests points for board and staff to discuss about their current practices. Progress worksheets accompanying each of the four sections assist nonprofits and foundations in making plans and recording their progress.

Copies of the Workbook can be downloaded for free from the Independent Sector website.




The Principles remain an invaluable resource for organizations committed to improving governance. They represent the first time that organizations reflecting a broad cross-section of the American nonprofit community came together to develop principles of ethical conduct, accountability, and transparency that they aspire to and encourage all organizations to follow.ct">Reference Edition of the Principles includes legal background for each Principle, studies on self-regulation systems, and a glossary of terms. An Executive Summary is available for those who want a brief overview of the Principles.

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The Panel on the Nonprofit Sector is an independent effort by charities and foundations to ensure that the nonprofit community remains a vibrant and healthy part of American society.