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

Five strategies for strengthening your board during COVID-19 – Asking Matters series

The Four Principles of Purpose-Driven Board Leadership – Stanford Social Innovation Review

Innovation in Board Structure and Dynamics – BoardSource

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

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

Mind the Gap: Measures for Accomplishment of Your Mission (BoardSource)

Crisis communications – BoardSource

2018 National Study of Board Practices in Canada’s Non-Profit and Voluntary Sectors

Thoughtful and impactful governance

Governing a Collaborative Organization – Stanford Social Innovation Review

The Four Principles of Purpose-Driven Board Leadership – Stanford Social Innovation Review

Governance for Not-for-Profit Organizations: Questions for Directors – Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada

Asker, Ambassador, Advocate: Which Kind of Board Member are You? – The Curtis Group

Diversity, equity and inclusion

Five questions to get you started on board diversity – BoardSource

Recruiting for board diversity without disrespecting people of colour – BoardSource

Building the boards we need – Rick Moyers blog post at BoardSource

Challenging assumptions and practices in board diversity – BoardSource

Beyond Political Correctness: Building a Diverse and Inclusive Board – BoardSource

Opinion from Canadian Senator Ratna Omidvar – “Canadian Non-Profits Have a Diversity Problem” (June 2020)

Has your board got cognitive diversity? (aka diversity of thought) – Charity Village

Opinion: Why we need to decolonize boards to ensure equity – Liben Gebremikael on Imagine Canada website (March 2021)

Conflict resolution

Managing Conflict: A Guide for Volunteer Boards (Governing Good)

Dealing effectively with non-profit board conflicts (Charity Village)

Moving from dissonance to harmony (BoardSource)

Common non-profit board problems (BoardSource)

Templates and tips for hiring

Conflict and complaint resolution policy – sample

Six Tips for Writing an Effective Performance Review – Business News Daily

Conflict of interest policy – template

Template – Board Governance Committee terms of reference – (BoardConnect, Australia)




Six Competencies that Every CEO Should Have – Board Source

Five Practical Recruitment Strategies – Charity Village

Tools for engagement

Dealing with negative social media:

How to Handle Negative Comments

Eight Ways to Deal with Negative Social Media Comments

How to Positively Handle Negative Comments


Reviewing your bylaws in accordance with BC Societies Act

Duties and Liabilities of Directors and Officers of Non-Profits in Canada

Imagine Canada Standards Program for Charities and Non-Profits

Succession planning

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

Toward a better board recruitment process – BoardSource

Other resources

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: