From Jeans to Jackets: Navigating the transition to more systematic governance in the voluntary sector

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Authors: Barbara Laskin & Tim Plumptre

This paper explores the transitions many voluntary organizations undergo as they move from an informal approach to governance or "jeans" toward one that is more systematic or formal - "jackets". It discusses key areas of difficulty and offers guidance to non-profits in developing an effective board-staff relationship.

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Institute on Governance

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Founded in 1990, the Institute on Governance (IOG) is an independent, Canada-based, not-for-profit public interest institution with its head office in Ottawa and an office in Toronto. Our mission is ‘advancing better governance in the public interest,’ which we accomplish by exploring, developing and promoting the principles, standards and practices which underlie good governance in the public sphere, both in Canada and abroad.

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