19 June 2014
Time-pressed board members across Australia can now hone their governance skills while actively supporting a raft of worthy charities thanks to a generous initiative from Governance Matters and its ground-breaking Board Minded online subscription service.
The world-first service, launched this year to provide subscriber boards and board members with convenient online access to governance-related educational and professional development materials, has Governance Matters donate $5 to charity each time a subscriber signs for one of its many topics.
As Governance Matters Managing Director and creator of Board Minded, Kate Costello, explained, the company has long supported charities as part of its commercial activities.
“We see the Board Minded donation initiative as a natural extension of Governance Matters’ corporate social responsibility,” Ms Costello said.
”The money is then handed over to the presenters’ nominated charities on a quarterly basis.
Ms Costello added that she was equally heartened by the positive response and impressive take-up from the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors, who have overwhelmingly welcomed Board Minded and the donation idea.
“They’re hailing the service as ‘sophisticated yet user friendly’ and ‘just the injection boards need’ to keep abreast of best practice governance – at a time and location that best suits them, individually or collectively.
“They’re also telling us that it feels good to update their crucial governance skills and knowledge while contributing to worthy causes.”
One of the many beneficiaries of Board Minded’s philanthropy is the Australian Childhood Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation devoted to supporting children and families devastated by abuse, family violence and neglect through services ranging from prevention programs and counselling to training and education courses and advocacy.
Presenter of the Understanding Financial Statements Parts 1 and 2 and Tracking the Right Financials is the Managing Partner at Edwards Marshall, Ben Miels, said his abhorrence of child abuse led him to select the Australian Childhood Foundation.
“I am disgusted by the abuse of so many children within institutions that have an unequivocal obligation to protect them and hope that through my nomination of the Foundation as my preferred charity, I can contribute in some small way to the safety of current and future generations of Australian children,” he said.
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