The Not-for-Profit Governance Principles

Find out more about our practical framework for helping NFPs to understand and achieve good governance.



2024 Not-for-Profit Governance Principles – Third Edition

The Principles have been updated from the previous 2013 and 2019 editions to reflect the evolving governance environment including heightened board focus on organisational culture, stakeholders and sustainability.Structured to provide clarity and actionable insights, each Principle is presented as a chapter that comprises key points, director questions, case studies, and links to additional resources.

2019 NFP Governance Principles


A benchmark for NFP governance.

This revised edition of the Not-for-Profit Governance Principles reflects the changes in the sector since they were first released in 2013, including the heightened expectations of good NFP governance. The Principles provide a framework for NFPs to consider good governance practices, including the board’s roles and responsibilities, managing conflicts of interest, organisational culture, stakeholder engagement and risk management.

Not-for-Profit Governance Principles

About the Principles.

The Principles provide a detailed, practical and principles-based framework to help not-for-profits to achieve good governance. The development of the Principles has been informed by detailed consultation with the not-for-profit sector.

Our Commitment

We established the Not-for-Profit Governance Principles as part of our commitment to promote good governance in the sector.

Reporting to Stakeholders

We encourage NFP boards to assess how their governance practices align with the Principles and consider reporting on this to stakeholders.

Formed by Experience

The Principles draw on the insight of seasoned directors, executives, their advisers and the broader not-for-profit sector.

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