The Effective Board Member’s Orientation Manual

18 01 2007

Download the Board Member’s Orientation Manual (PDF)

This is a 28 page orientation package on basic skills for effective Board
members. Each section outline the essential skills and information Board
members need in order to maximize their benefit to the organization and the people it serves. Read the rest of this entry »



Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence

1 09 2006

Principles and Practices
This document has three intended purposes. The first is to provide individual organizations striving for excellence with a tool for strategic planning and operational evaluation relative to the rest of the nonprofit sector. The second is to support the growth and quality of the sector. The third is to increase public understanding of the role and contributions of the nonprofit sector.

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Complete Toolkit for Boards

2 11 2005

Complete Toolkit for Boards

Corporations, whether for-profit or nonprofit, require a governing Board of Directors. Governing Boards have certain legally required duties, including duties of care, loyalty and obedience. Governing Boards can have a variety of configurations, eg, “working” (or hands-on, or administrative), “collective,” “policy,” “Policy Governance”, etc. All are types of governing Boards.
This toolkit contains a wealth of information on more than a dozen topics from board roles and responsibilities to relations with staff.

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Workbook Series – Board Development Program

27 10 2005

Workbook Series – Board Development Program

The Board Development Program of the Government of Alberta, Canada created a series of workbooks for Boards. While in some cases they may use more complex board models than you have in mind for your community media, their format makes it easy for you to find the elements and exercises that will be of use.

Available workbooks are:

  • Developing Job Descriptions for Board Members of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Drafting and Revising Bylaws
  • BOARD BUILDING: Recruiting and Developing Effective Board Members for Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Hiring and Performance Appraisal of the Executive Director
  • Financial Responsibilities of Not-for-Profit Boards


BOARD BUILDING: Recruiting and Developing Effective Board Members for Not-for-Profit Organizations

27 10 2005

BOARD BUILDING: Recruiting and Developing Effective Board Members for Not-for-Profit Organizations – PDF
Want to get the best people on board, and keep them there?

Recruit and develop skilled and committed leaders for your not-for-profit organization. Consider board member responsibilities, expectations and motivation. Target volunteers with appropriate qualities and learn more about retaining them through effective orientation, training, recognition and evaluation.

This 198 page manual was produced for the Board Development Program of the government of Alberta, Canada



Workbook – Financial Responsibilities of Not-for-Profit Boards

27 10 2005

Financial Responsibilities of Not-for-Profit Boards – PDF
Designed to be used by board members, this book will guide you through the maze of financial management. It transforms a confusing list of numbers into helpful information. The financial responsibilities of a not-for-profit organization are clarified. Budgets, book keeping and reading the financial statements format.

Produced for the Board Development Program of the government of Alberta, Canada. 92pp – PDF