Best Practices and Tools for Not-For-Profit Boards

By James Pealow, CAE, and Sandi Humphrey, CAE




Highly publicized governance failures have board members doing a lot of soul searching these days. What is the board's real role? What are boards and individual board members liable for? Are the right things actually being done in your organization, and how do you determine what the right things really are?

This toolkit contains a treasure trove of best practices and easy-to-use tools designed to help directors face challenges and pursue opportunities as they actually arise. Useful charts ease the way to selecting the practices and tools that directly relate to the situation at hand.

Best Practices and Tools for Not-For-Profit Boards adopts a no-nonsense approach to solving those problems that occur time and again in not-for-profit organizations. It not only shares successful board practices and competencies, it goes one step further by providing the reader with a number of relevant and easy-to-use tools. Designed to play a key role in developing board leadership and capacity, this publication should become an essential reference tool for all senior volunteer executives in Canada's not-for-profit sector.

The content applies to all not-for-profit organizations. Key competencies—organized under people, policy, property and process—are accompanied by insightful and specific responsibilities that apply to each.

Quick reference charts connect the most often asked questions by boards and individual board members to various practices and tools in the publication.

Chapters Include:

  • competencies of board members
  • quick reference charts
  • tools and practices for dealing with people, policy, property, and process
  • sources of information
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