Board of Directors

Governance Q&A: Who appoints an acting executive director?

Written By: Jane Garthson
February 6, 2013

Is it ethical for an executive director to appoint his wife, also the vice chair of the board, to fill in during an extended absence?

Nine tips for avoiding and responding to fraud at your nonprofit or charity

Written By: Susan Fish
November 29, 2012

Recent allegations of fraud at the Salvation Army have left the nonprofit sector reeling. Could your organization be next?

Governance Q&A: Articulating ethical values

Written By: Jane Garthson
November 7, 2012

How can a board of directors best articulate the ethical values of their organization? Jane Garthson offers these tips.

Governance Q&A: Limits on terms...or not?

Written By: Jane Garthson
October 3, 2012

Having read the pros and cons of board member term limits, how do you decide what is right for your organization?

A conversation with Cathy Hawara – Director General of the Charities Directorate

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
September 24, 2012

An interview with Cathy Hawara, the Director General of the Canada Revenue Agency's Charities Directorate.

Governance Q&A: Preparing for changes to bylaws

Written By: Jane Garthson
September 5, 2012

The Canadian Nonprofit Corporations Act is coming into effect in 2014. Is your organization ready?

Governance Q&A: When it's time to blow the whistle

Written By: Jane Garthson
August 8, 2012

When is it appropriate to take action against your organization?

Updated: ONN calls on Government of Ontario to delay proclamation of the Not-For-Profit Corporations Act

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
July 30, 2012

Group says the aspects of the act governing the province's 46,000+ nonprofits will hamper or diminish their effectiveness. Is a delay in proclamation in order?

Ethics Q&A: Criticizing your organization

Written By: Jane Garthson
July 4, 2012

Is it ever appropriate to publicly criticize an organization you work or volunteer with?

CharityVillage LIVE: Ten tips to diversify nonprofit boards

Written By: CharityVillage
June 8, 2012

This CharityVillage LIVE Conversation features Chris Fredette a professor at Carleton University and Sandra Lopes from the Maytree Foundation.

Why DiverseCity Counts

Written By: Brock Smith
June 6, 2012

New report reveals why diversity in leadership on nonprofit boards matters.

Fundraising Q&A: Helping your board to fundraise

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
May 30, 2012

Help your board become more effective in their fundraising.

Governance Q&A: Asking board members to give

Written By: Jane Garthson
May 10, 2012

Given how much time board members give to their charity, is it ethical to also expect them to donate? Jane Garthson explains why it's not only ethical, it's necessary.

Governance Q&A: Is providing member lists a breach of privacy?

Written By: Jane Garthson
April 2, 2012

A reader wonders whether providing member lists to fellow members is a breach of privacy.

A day in the life: Board chair

Written By: CharityVillage
March 15, 2012

CharityVillage®'s A Day in the Life series gives you a glimpse into the professional lives of people working in a range of jobs in the nonprofit sector. This month we'd like to introduce you to Brenda Rooney, chair of the board of directors at Theatre Wakefield and general manager of the Wakefield International Film Fesitval.

Falling overboard

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
March 5, 2012

A board of directors is clearly a powerful and necessary mechanism for any nonprofit. When the right mix of individuals sit on a board, decisions regarding the mission, vision and planning can be made with clarity and lively, but functional, debate. But what happens when a board member's performance isn't up to snuff?

Governance Q&A: The charismatic founder

Written By: Jane Garthson
March 5, 2012

This article addresses how staff and board members can help the charismatic founder of an organization to gracefully move away from a leadership position.

Putting the spotlight on committees

Written By: Jack Shand
February 6, 2012

Following these committee best practices can lead to a less painful experience when serving on a board of directors.

Governance Q&A: Handling a disruptive member at an AGM

Written By: Jane Garthson
February 6, 2012

This Q&A article advises readers on how they can ethically deal with a disruptive member at an annual general meeting.

Knowing what’s right and failing to do it

Written By: Jack Shand
November 7, 2011

Volunteers and staff have all experienced a wayward member who is considered the loose cannon in the organization, known for wreaking havoc on boards and committees. By not addressing the issues caused by this person, you may be putting your organization at risk.

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