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Good Governance Fund

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust is pleased to offer a special resource for its grantees—the Good Governance Fund. The Good Governance Fund supports efforts of nonprofits in building strong and engaged boards.

Piper Trust’s Board of Trustees recognizes the significant role that boards play in the success, growth, and sustainability of nonprofits—and that through the intentional development of board leadership, nonprofits can reach new levels of excellence. While the Good Governance Fund is for Piper Trust grantees, the informational resources below are available to all as we work collectively to expand understanding and commitments to good governance throughout the nonprofit community.

How to Apply to the Good Governance Fund

Via a competitive process, grantee organizations can apply to the Good Governance Fund for a grant of $15,000 that support efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership. Please contact Erin Goodman at or 480-556-7135 to discuss your proposal ideas and the application process; do not submit a Good Governance Fund application through Piper Trust’s online application system.

Examples of What the Good Governance Fund May Support

  • facilitated assistance establishing board policies and procedures as outlined in Piper Trust’s Good Governance Profile
  • conduct/complete a board assessment and interpretive report; the BoardSource Online Assessment is one example of an assessment tool
  • conduct/complete a board assessment, interpretive report, and board retreat based upon assessment; could include
    follow-on coaching for executive director/board chair/board members
  • consultant assistance that builds upon previous governance efforts

For more information, view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Good Governance Resources

Good Governance Profile
The Good Governance Profile is an outline of commonly accepted best practices for board governance.

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