Governance in nonprofit organizations is defined as the set of rules and regulations through which an organization is managed, monitored, and operated. The overall framework of governance sets out the bases and principles for the allocation of rights and responsibilities among the various workers and stakeholders of the organization, such as board members, managers, and other stakeholders. It clarifies the rules and procedures for decision-making on nonprofit organization matters.
As a volunteering, nonprofit, and humanitarian organization, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is governed by the applicable laws and legislation of Qatar; complies with the laws, regulations, controls, and circulars issued by the competent authorities; and works under the supervision of the Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities (RACA), the government regulatory and supervisory body responsible for the charitable work sector in the country.
RACA has issued several guidelines and regulations to establish the best practices in governance, transparency, and financial integrity at nonprofit organizations, under national legislation and international standards/requirements. The aim is to develop and support self-regulatory measures in those organizations, supervise and monitor them within the parameters of the government's public policy, protect the nonprofit sector from exploitation in illicit activities, and enhance trust among donors.
For a list of legislation regulating charitable work, and updated circulars and guidelines issued regularly by RACA, visit the RACA website here.