Given our practice of Policy Governance, the Board of Kicking Horse Culture has determined our Global End as:
Kicking Horse Culture exists so that Kicking Horse Country values arts and culture at a use of resources that demonstrates good stewardship of funds received.
The following papers provide further insight into KHC’s practice of Policy Governance:
KHC’s transition to Policy Governance
In April 2012, four KHC board members and the executive director travelled to Nelson for a two day professional development institute funded by the BC Arts Council. Throughout the weekend, KHC folks worked with delegates from cultural organizations from around the Basin exploring the best practices of “sustainable” organizations. Despite KHC’s reputation as a high achieving organization, it became apparent to the KHC delegates that the board’s role of governance needed greater clarity and attention. Read more: KHC’s transition to PG
What is Policy Governance?
Policy Governance is a model of governance created by Dr. John Carver. It is often referred to as “Carver governance” or the “Carver model”. Policy Governance principles form a complete governance system which enables boards to provide strategic leadership in creating the future for their organizations. Policy Governance is designed to ensure accountability of the Board to the owners or shareholders and of the chief executive staff person (CEO) to the Board. The model enables the board to focus on the larger issues, to delegate with clarity, to control management’s job without meddling, to rigorously evaluate the accomplishment of the organization; to truly lead its organization. Read more: What is PG
10 Principles of Policy Governance for a non-profit Society
1. Ownership: The board connects its authority and accountability to those who morally own the organization. “Owners,” as used in the Policy Governance model, are not all stakeholders, but only those who stand in a position corresponding to shareholders in an equity corporation. The board links to the moral owners to determine the Ends and the Executive limitations policies. The KHC board decided that the citizens of Kicking Horse Country are the “moral owners” of the Society. Read more: Principles of Carver Policy Governance
What Are KHC’s ENDS?
Ends are defined as: the benefits the organization is to produce, for which people, at what cost or worth. To determine Ends, the board connects its authority and accountability to those who morally own the organization. “Owners,” as used in the Policy Governance model, are not all stakeholders, but only those who stand in a position corresponding to shareholders in an equity corporation. Through a process of consultation called “ownership linkage” the board links to the moral owners to determine the Ends and the Executive limitations policies. Read more: What are Ends