National Center for Nonprofit Boards) http://www.boardsource.org
Publishes a number of useful books and booklets which can be
ordered online. I think they are a bit pricey but will be worth it for some
links, articles, a newsletter, "toolkits" and discussion groups covering recent
research, current practices and lessons learned on issues related to
co-operative governance and leadership. I especially like their newsletter
Gayle Gifford's blog mostly deals
with fund-raising but ranges into other areas of governance and management. She
explores important ideas and offers wise advice.
Charity Channel is best known for its moderated discussion forums. Some forums
deal with general topics, others are specialized. Several forums specifically
for Canadians. Excellent source of advice and ideas on many topics, including:
the law of tax exempt organizations; boards of directors, annual and capital
fundraising; book reviews; sofware; leadership; grant-writing; volunteer
management; and many others. A number of articles are posted on its GuestShare
web pages and the archives can be searched for specific topics.
Good resources including job
descriptions and committee terms of reference.
Canadian focus makes this site particularly helpful. 3,000 pages original
information and links to news, jobs, information and resources. Some pages aimed
at nonprofit managers, staffers and fundraisers, while others are primarily for
volunteers, donors and supporters. There are also special sections for media,
and for vendors of products and services. They publish a free, weekly e-mail
newsflash, Village Vibes. This site is particularly strong on fund-raising.
The site includes many articles and
resources aimed at helping nonprofit organizations who share their vision of a
healthy, compassionate, vibrant world, where people can achieve their fullest
potential individually and collectively.
Dalhousie University Non-Profit Sector Leadership
Dalhousie University Non-Profit
Sector Leadership Program is a continuing education program for persons working
in the voluntary sector. The program is based at Dalhousie University's College
of Continuing Education in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They have a newsletter and some
excellent links and original resources on Governance and Board Development on
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for
Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
Articles, standards of practice,
resources and glossaries on fundraising and financial sustainability;
governance; staff development; accountability; volunteer management;
operations management and leadership; communications and marketing ; advocacy;
largest online resource centre for people who work in Canada's charities and
Debra Beck's wonderful blog focusing
on building stronger boards of directors.
Management Library for Nonprofits
Carter McNamara's vast collection of
links and helpful documents, many of which are original.
The Maytree Foundation
focuses on helping to promote diversity in the workplace, in the
boardroom, the media and in public office, changing the face of leadership in
The website links to some well-constructed guides to help boards be
responsive to the needs of the diverse communities their organizations serve.
The workbooks published by and
downloadable for free from this Alberta foundation are excellent resources for
NSGVP-Online provides an in-depth look at the support that Canadians
provide to one another and their communities drawing on data from interviews conducted by Statistics Canada
Originally published by the Ontario
Rural Council, this
is a useful set of tools for organizational
development designed for poorly resourced rural organizations.
organization assists environmental organizations in the areas of management and
leadership skills and organizational development. they provide training
workshops, forums and online courses, direct management assistance, bursaries
and other activities that help build capacity in the environmental sector.
Lawyers and legal services that
specialize in the law of nonprofit organizations and charities. They post
current information on legislation and regulations. All publish
e-newsletters and offer seminars.
They match community agencies with legal
counsel in their area andpublish a number of helpful guides on incorporating,
registering as a charity, and complying with laws governing nonprofit
Certified General Accountants of Ontario
http://www.cga-ontario.org/Publications/Information_Booklets.aspx publish a
number of free information booklets. including:
- ABCs of Accounting: Accounting Definitions
- Grassroots Governance: Governance and the Non-Profit Sector
- How to Conduct a Meeting
- Keeping the Record Straight: Introductory Accounting for Not-for-Profit
Accounting for Non Governmental Organisations (MANGO)
MANGO is a wonderful UK charity whose mission is to strengthen the financial
management of Non Governmental Organizations. They have many resources targeted
to board members and managers with little financial knowledge.
Assistance Fund (NAF)
The NAF website contains a set of valuable tools for nonprofit financial
This journal for nonprofit professionals is strong on legal and accounting
issues. In an article titled Accounting 101: Providing a Framework to Convey
Financial Information at a Board or Similar Meeting (Volume 21, No. 1)
Gordon Ahier describes how nonprofit organizations can ensure that their boards
of directors have useful financial information. .
Imagine Canada has created a website covering much of what you need to know
about liability insurance in Canada. Insurance Basics sections offer tools
to help you with your immediate insurance and risk management needs. She
provides links to risk management resources, a listing of vendors of insurance
products and a backgrounder summarizing the issues at play in the industry.
provides assistance and resources for community-serving nonprofit organizations.
The website includes many articles covering topics from criminal record
screening to media relations.
a Discussion Paper on Legal Liability, Risk Management and the
Role Of Directors in Non-Profit Organizations. This paper informs board members
about their legal responsibilities and provides practical suggestions for
managing risks and minimizing personal liability.
provides risk management help sheets and checklists
covering a wide range of nonprofit organizations and activities.
If you have suggestions for sites to add, drop me an