This page is dedicated to online board and governance resources relevant to the Canadian non-profit sector.
Imagine Canada is a major resource for non-profit resources, so you’ll find quite a bit of information from them on this page. 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.
We also regularly upload free resources from BoardSource. It’s an American organization but many of the topics it addresses are universal in terms of being helpful for non-profits.
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.
Tools to assess and improve your board
Finding and recruiting the right board members – National Council of Non-Profits
What makes a good board member? – BoardSource
Best board meeting ever – BoardSource
Board chair and CEO executive partnership – infographic from BoardSource
Crisis communications – BoardSource
Diversity, equity and inclusion
Challenging assumptions and practices in board diversity – BoardSource
Opinion from Canadian Senator Ratna Omidvar – “Canadian Non-Profits Have a Diversity Problem” (June 2020)
Sample documents and tip sheets
Five Practical Recruitment Strategies – Charity Village
Tools for engagement
Dealing with negative social media:
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
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.
Conversations with Tainted Donors: Lessons from the Sackler disaster – BoardSource
Community Foundations, a network of 191 community-based foundations across Canada: