Governance Resources

This page is dedicated to online board and governance resources relevant to the Canadian non-profit sector.

As you will see here, Imagine Canada is a major resource for resources! This national charitable organization supports charities and non-profits in strengthening the communities they serve. Check out its research and facts on the Canadian non-profit sector, or its board governance tools, some of which we have highlighted individually below.

If you know of a resource that we should add to this page, please email our executive director and we’d be happy to add them.

Board Self-Evaluation Tool and Guidelines for Using Board Self-Evaluation Tool from Dalhousie University

Imagine Canada information on Legal-Responsibilities-of-Boards-2016, sample Board-Member-Job-Description, sample Board-Chair-President-Sample-Job-Description, list of Duties and Liabilities of Directors and Officers of Non-Profits in Canada and Ten-Tips-For-Improving-Your-Board-Meetings-1

Imagine Canada Standards Program for Charities and Non-Profits

Governance Q&A on succession planning – Charity Village

Article on leadership succession planning from the magazine Corporate Board Member

Succession planning for non-profits: Managing Leadership Transition – National Council Of Non-Profits

National Study of Board Practices in Canada’s Non-Profit and Voluntary Sectors

Charity Village Knowledge Centre – Charity Village is the top Canadian source for Canada non-profit news, non-profit jobs, non-profit funding, non- profit training and more.

BoardSource – A large U.S. non-profit providing resources and training to the non-profit sector. They have a lot of great resources available free, like this three-page tip sheet helping boards address fundraising needs or these quick tips on board officer succession planning.

Independent Sector – Envisions a world of engaged individuals, robust institutions, and vibrant communities working together to improve lives and the natural world, and strengthen democratic societies.

Foundation Centre – Knowledge, transparency, and expert guidance to fundraisers and grant makers solving social problems through philanthropy.

Board Development Program, Alberta

HR Council – Learn about Canada’s non-profit labour force, access free HR management tools and resources.