SGD - Governance for Outstanding Organisation Directors Programme




Course description

The Governance for Outstanding Organisation Directors (SGOOD) programme is designed around the learning needs of board members of nonprofit organisations (NPOs). The programme goes beyond the basic compliance requirements of a nonprofit director to provide an understanding of the various aspects of an NPO and good governance practices. The programme is developed in collaboration with the Social Service Institute, a division of the National Council of Social Service.

Course objectives

  1. Explore the nonprofit landscape in Singapore, the implications for nonprofit governance and how it differs from those for commercial organisations.
  2. Differentiate between the roles of board and management – and board members who serve as governors and volunteers – and advance best practices for the board.
  3. Analyse areas of strengths and gaps associated with board roles and responsibilities, and facilitate greater organisational alignment and board priorities for the NPO.
  4. Examine talent and volunteer management strategies to ensure operational sustainability.
  5. Compare strategic options to make informed decisions that are aligned with the mission of the NPO.
  6. Understand the financial reporting requirements for compliance with the Charities Accounting Standard and accountability to stakeholders.
  7. Learn about fundraising approaches and stakeholder management to ensure organisational sustainability.
  8. Explore social innovations, technologies, enterprise and other trends on the horizon to improve the effectiveness of NPOs.

Course outline

The eight modules in the SGOOD series cover different governance challenges and considerations of being an NPO director. The programme seeks to help directors understand their duties on the NPO board.

  • SGD1: Essentials of NonProfit Board Leadership.
  • SGD2: Board Dynamics.
  • SGD3: Board and Management Dynamics.
  • SGD4: Talent and Volunteer Management.
  • SGD5: Strategy and Board Performance.
  • SGD6: Financial Management and Accountability.
  • SGD7: Fundraising, Outreach and Advocacy.
  • SGD8: Social Trends.


Target audience

Aspiring, new and current directors, and senior management of NPOs.

Course duration

8 modules (Half-day sessions per module).


Presentation with case studies, group discussion, followed by panel discussion and Q&A.

Course Fee

Per module
$479.60 (incl. 9% GST)

This course is subject to approval for the Charities Capability Fund  (CCF) training grant. All exempt, registered charities and Institutions of a Public Character can apply for CCF funding. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis, with priority to CCF-funded applicants.

CPD hours

32 hours in total.
(4 hours per module)

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