(WASHINGTON, April 28, 2011) - Independent Sector launches today the new online Resource Center for Good Governance and Ethical Practice, a comprehensive collection of tools for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations to enhance the accountability and transparency of their operations and ensure they operate in ethical ways.
At the heart of the Resource Center is the Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations, which has been called "the most significant industry-based effort to promote self-regulation by the sector to date." The Resource Center showcases, through downloads or links, over 250 model policies, research papers, templates and other tools. Most are available free of charge.
At a time when the nonprofit sector faces increasing scrutiny from government and the public - such as the case with the allegations surrounding inaccuracy behind Greg Mortenson's book, "Three Cups of Tea," and questions about the finances of his nonprofit Central Asia Institute - these resources provide an invaluable asset to organizations seeking to ensure that they are operating in accordance to the highest standards of ethics and accountability. They will be especially valuable to smaller organizations, which often lack and cannot afford to hire the expertise to address these aspects of their operations in a comprehensive way. Read More.