Ensuring that the group controls its resources and who speaks or acts on its behalf is a major reason to organise. A group should clearly identify responsibility and have clear guidelines for who;
- says what, when and to whom;
- can act or speak so as to legally bind members; and
- is responsible for spending money, making contracts and financial commitments, and meeting legal obligations (and whether they have the information and competence to do so in a way that does not break the law or expose the group to penalties).
A group should also ensure that there is a clear understanding that the objects and philosophy can have implications for the financial dealings of the group. This clarity enables groups to more effectively consider questions like:
- whether to accept money from particular sources (government, tobacco companies, gaming companies, corporations that operate unethically in developing countries etc);
- what investments are appropriate – high risk, higher potential return, ethical investments etc; and/or
- whether to pay members or associates for their services.