BEST PRACTICES PROGRAM
Objective: NAVREF’s Best Practices Program is a risk
assessment and management resource designed to provide the executive
director, board of directors and management staff of a VA-affiliated
nonprofit research and education corporation (NPC) with tools to work
toward implementing “Best Practices.”
Fundamental Components of Best Practices
Corporation is in compliance with federal and state requirements
applicable to all nonprofits as well as requirements unique to the
Board of directors provides rigorous oversight of all NPC activities
in the course of fulfilling its obligations of duty, care and loyalty.
Corporation has internal controls sufficient to ensure fiscal
Corporation has comprehensive human resource management policies and
procedures consistent with federal, state and VA requirements.
Some of the linked pages that comprise the NAVREF Best Practices
Program provide sample policies and procedures. These are only samples
and should be tailored for each NPC’s particular needs. Additional
samples are provided on excellent web sites maintained by NAVREF
- Atlanta Research and Education Foundation (AREF) www.atlaref.org
- Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research (SIBCR)
- Veterans Medical Research Foundation of San Diego (VMRF)
The NAVREF Best Practices Program is a good faith effort to provide
useful information that meets the particular needs of the NPCs. However,
each NPC is responsible for the policies it adapts and for compliance
with state, federal and VA requirements. NAVREF strongly encourages its
members to consult local experts - attorneys, accountants, and other
professionals with particular expertise.
Pages in the Best Practices Program contain external links
that are not the responsibility nor under the control of NAVREF.
Therefore, NAVREF cannot attest to the accuracy, currency, or
comprehensiveness of the information on any other site pages nor can
NAVREF endorse any commercial products or services that might be
mentioned on these sites.