Additional Training and Resources
This module was designed to assist individuals with no, or little, board governance experience or those who are working with boards that have gotten a little off track. Each section provides activities and resources that will hopefully provide direction, but may also point to areas that need work. It may seem overwhelming to do all the things suggested in each section, and at the end of the day the reality is that not everything is possible, especially all at once. Sometimes boards experience dysfunction but don’t recognize the warning signs. Going through several of the exercises in this module, particularly those in the Governance Structure and Evaluation sections (please link to appropriate sections), can highlight areas that boards need to work on to avoid a full-blown crisis.
Your work doesn’t have to end with this self-study training module. People who are interested in further training and resources on building organizational capacity in board governance have limitless options. Not only are there other online training courses and resources on the topic, but the issue is a topic of conversation in the newest wave of technology and networking. That’s right….you can now follow governance topics on popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter! There are podcasts, wikis and webinars. There are also opportunities to receive free or nominal cost subscriptions to online newsletters. In short, you can find a wealth of valuable information with a click of your mouse whenever you need it.
Below are just a few examples of additional training opportunities and other resources:
- CompassPoint’s board and governance courses provide board members with the foundational concepts necessary for successful non-profit boards. The courses address some of the most pressing challenges facing board members. CompassPoint has designed its online courses to be especially accessible to busy board members whose day jobs make accessing professional development a challenge.
- Charity Village has online governance related courses available in organizational management.
- Governance Matters is published up to six times a year and is available by subscription to anyone interested in governance issues.
- Compass Point, an online, US-based organization for non-profits publishes a monthly newsletter called Board Cafe. The newsletter archives list over 100 topics related to board development.
Other Online Resources
- Brown Governance, a non-profit consulting agency based in Ottawa, has an electronic newsletter. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
- Non-profit Conversation is a blog that provides a forum for discussion, advice, observations and solutions for the non-profit community. Guest bloggers are invited to share their ideas, and interviews are conducted with non-profit executives, board members and other experts in an effort to create an online conversation.
- Board Source: Building Effective Non-profit Boards can be followed on Linked in, Twitter and Facebook.
- A 12-part series about policy governance, including an interview with John and Miriam Carver (founders of Carver policy-governance structure) can be viewed via YouTube.
- A video interview with David Brown (from Brown Governance) where he discusses the key role of the board can be viewed via YouTube.