Governance Matters, a subsidiary of NYCON, is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1969 by the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York.

Our mission focuses on strengthening nonprofit organizations by increasing the governing and management ability of their Boards of Directors.  Our special focus is bringing together Boards needing new members—and individuals who wish to serve—across boundaries of skill, ethnicity, age and geography.

Governance Matters is unique in its field as the ONLY organization that focuses on ALL aspects of nonprofit governance and JUST nonprofit governance.

In 2015, Governance Matters became a subsidiary of the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON).

How does one become a Governance Matters’ client?

Nonprofit organizations become clients by contacting us to arrange a meeting with a member of our staff.

Foundations seeking particular governance services for their grantees and corporations and professional firms seeking training and/or placement services for their executives can contact us to arrange a time to meet and discuss their interest.

Individuals interested in Board services can send us this from as a first step.   If you live outside the metro NY/NJ/CT area, , register on boardnetUSA, through the link at the bottom of this screen.

How is Governance Matters funded?

Governance Matters receives restricted and unrestricted grants that support its work, client fees from corporate and nonprofit clients that received consulting, training & recruiting services, memberships in Governance Matters, and private contributions.  Over half of our nonprofit clients receive subsidized services.

How can I support Governance Matters?

Become a member! Corporations and firms, foundations, organizations and individuals can become members.  Your memberships support our education and training programs.

Register for our roundtables, events and conferences and contribute your ideas and influence issues regarding the governance and stewardship of nonprofits.

Finally, you can Donate Now!

Where do I find out about upcoming events?

Check Events & News on our homepage—and also the Events section of our website.

What is the Brooke W. Mahoney Award for Outstanding Board Leadership?

This award was established in 2010 to honor Brooke W. Mahoney’s memory.  For 38 years, she served as our Executive Director and Innovator-in-Chief.  Long before “good governance” became a nonprofit conference theme, Brooke sought to bring diverse, dedicated individuals into nonprofit Board rooms and create a “brain trust” to help each organization achieve its mission.  This award is unique in recognizing the dedicated work of an entire Board of Directors on behalf of one organization.  The award is supported by a gift in Brooke’s honor from The Rauch Foundation on whose Board she served.