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Important Voluntary Sector Paper on Accountability & Governance

Monday, May 4, 1998 at the Centre for Philanthropy's Annual Symposium, the Voluntary Sector Roundtable's Panel on Accountability and Governance in the Voluntary Sector (a.k.a. The Broadbent Panel) publicly released their discussion paper: Helping Canadians Help Canadians: Improving Governance and Accountability in the Voluntary Sector.

>From the Executive Summary: "The Panel on Accountability and Governance in the Voluntary Sector was established to aid in this process of adapting to change. ... Our mandate is threefold: to review current governance and accountability practices within the voluntary sector; to develop proposed guidelines and practices to promote effective governance and accountability within the sector; and to lead a broad consultation on these proposals. In this paper, we outline our preliminary proposals, posing options for consideration during the broad consultation that will follow from late spring to fall, 1998. Our proposals are far reaching and are directed to a variety of audiences, including voluntary organizations, the sector as a whole, foundations, corporations, and federal and provincial governments. This paper is intended as a point of departure for discussion, not a destination."

For those who are interested in the report, it's on the web at: (hint: look for the report's title in their main menu), or go to