ONLINE COURSE

Board On Board
Spend more time delivering your programs and services that make a difference in people’s lives and less time strugging with what you are doing 

Make sure your board is on board with its role and fiduciary responsibilities

  • Are you frustrated with your board?
  • Is your board distracted by drama caused by board members who don’t know what their job is?
  • Do new board members fully understand what the organization is trying to accomplish? 

Mission driven nonprofit organizations have solid govenance policies and practices in place.  Board members who are not engaged, don’t know their responsibilites and don’t understand what your nonprofit is trying to accomplish distract the organization; they hold organization back on moving forward on its goals, strategies and programs.

If takes too long to be a fully contributing member of your governance team, new board members’ excitement and enthusiasm will fizzle into frustration and disengagement. Your organization’s ability to maximize its impact depends on having well trained and engaged board members. Having board members up to speed on their roles and responsibilities (and Canadian nonprofit best practices) is critical to your success.

Details

How Does It Work?

One size doesn’t fit all organizations

Your Board on Board course is built for your organization and tailored to train your board members in the governance policies and practices that are relevant for your nonprofit. Generic board training doesn’t work for every organization.

We create a private course exclusively for your organization on the Becker Associates / Canadian Nonprofit Academy Thinkific learning management platform.

The course takes board members through everything that they need to learn to become effective and confident board members to become valuable members of your board team.

Convenience of On Demand Online training

Your board members train at their own pace and at times that are convenient for them given their busy schedules. There is no need to spend months scheduling time when everyone can attend a live board training workshop. Invariable a board member misses out on the valuable training.

The course contains small videos lessons of easily digestible material. No lesson is more than 5 to 10 minutes. Video lessons are also accompanied by a pdf transcript and mp3 audio file to accommodate every learning style.

Board member can expect to invest about 2 to 3 hours of time to complete the training.

One Year Access

Adult learners retain less than 30% of what they hear. Information retention rates increase when students discuss and apply their learning. All students have board on board access for a full year allowing directors to go back and refreshing their learning.

Dedicated Governance Coach/Consultant

You receive a part of your Board on Board course a dedicated governance expert to accompany your board through every aspect of the training. Your coach/consultant is your guide and mentor through the program. She will an orientation call with board members. This call will walk through all aspects of the program and explain how the discussion area. All live calls are recorded and included in the course area. She will also be participating on the online discussion forum attached to the course and available for any question that you might have about your organization and governance policies.

Governance Assessment and Report

Your board on board course also comes with a free governance assessment and report. Compared to well researched and studies best practices of North American nonprofit organizations, you will receive a report that will highlight areas for improvement that will ensure a high functioning and mission drive board of directors.

Exclusive Discussion Board

The confidential discussion board will be a place where each student an opportunity to talk about the course material, share governance experiences and ask questions of the Governance Coach/Consultant as if they were in a workshop setting.

Free Participation in the Canadian Nonprofit Roundtable

Every student is eligible for membership in the Canadian Nonprofit Academy LinkedIn group. This group is dedicated for volunteer and staff leaders looking to improve the effectiveness of their nonprofit’s governance and strategy , as well as to learn, share, and advance the objectives of their organizations and careers.

Completion Certificates

Upon successful completion of short quizzes to test learning material and complete review of the lessons, each student will receive a certification of completion.

SAMPLE

Curriculum

course overview

Board on Board  online courses teach nonprofit directors the necessary skills and knowledge needed to be fully contributing member of your board team including

  • Why good govenance is essential to a mission driven and high functioning board of directors?
  • What is volunteer leadership?
  • what are the components of sound governance policies and practices?
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of individual board members and the board as a whole?
  • How to have effective and intentional board meetings?
  • What are best practices standards for nonprofit organizations?
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module 1 – governance

Governance is defined as the policies and practices that allow an organisation to set its direction and manage its operations to achieve its outcomes and fulfill its accountability obligations.  Your board members will learn the importance of good goverance in achieving your mission, and the signs of dysfunction when governance policies and practices are not in place.
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module 2 – structural backbone

The structual elements of good governance involve the articles of incorporation, by-laws, policies, and procedures. Board members will learning importance of each element and when and how to use them in the running of your organization.
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module 3 – roles & responsibilities

To be effective, board members need to know their individual responsibilities and that of the board as a whole. Students will learn their role, the limit of their personal liability and how to keep focused on the big picture of mission, strategy and oversight while performing their daily function.
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module 4 – governance functions

Every board has six functions that need to be performed to carry out their oversight responsibiliy – govenance, strategic direction, culture of foresight, program and services oversight, and personnel mangement .  Students will learn the  tasks involved in function.
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module 5 – effective meeting management

The heart of a board decisions take place in meetings. In this module, students will learn about what makes an effective board meeting, how to work with Robert’s Rules, how to keep mission and strategy top of mind during board meetings, how to create a decision driven agenda,  and how create connection when your meetings are virtual.
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optional modules (available for premium)

  • Diversity
  • Volunteer Leadership
  • Virtual Board Meetings
  • Staff
  • Best Practices

Pricing

A Package to Fit Every Budget
 

Depending on your budget and specific training needs, Canadian Nonprofit Academy offers two training tiers – basic and premium packages.

BASIC

$1497.00 

The BASIC PACKAGE offers your board a basic training of 5 modules. These modules will give your board and committee members everything that they need to know to be effective and fully contributing board members.

Training includes the importance of governance, structure components, roles and responsibilities, governance functions and effective meeting management.  This package is designed for nonprofits of less than $500,000 annual budget and whose board is a working board as well as needing to govern the organization.

 

 

One price for the organization no matter how many people take the course. That means every member of your board, staff, and committees have access to the training for one price.

Standard curriculum

Orientation Call with your Governance Coach/Consultant. The call will be recorded and posted in your private course

Dedicated and confidential discussion board where your team can discuss the board and governance issues and ask questions of the Governance Coach/Consultant. Coaches will respond within 48 hours.

Certification of completion for everyone who successfully completes the course.

Customizable curriculum

Have two video conference calls with your Governance Coach/Consultant within the 1st 30 days of your training to ask any governance questions that any student has. Recordings will be posted on the course page.

Governance Assessment which measures your organization’s governance practices against best practices of high functioning North American nonprofit board.

A Governance Report with recommendations based on the Assessment written by your governance coach/consultant.

PREMIUM

$5997.00 

The PREMIUM PACKAGE offers customizable curriculum tailored to the specific needs of your organization. The content of the basic training modules will be adapted to the needs of your organization:

  • Do you have an Executive Director or other senior staff? Then your board may opt for a module or lesson on staff oversight and review.
  • Is one of your priorities board diversity, then you could choose a lesson on board diversity.
  • Does your board have virtual meetings, then you might choose a component on virtual meetings?

 

 

One price for the organization no matter how many people take the course. That means every member of your board, staff, and committees have access to the training for one price.

Standard curriculum

Orientation Call with your Governance Coach/Consultant. The call will be recorded and posted in your private course

Dedicated and confidential discussion board where your team can discuss the board and governance issues and ask questions of the Governance Coach/Consultant. Coaches will respond within 48 hours.

Certification of completion for everyone who successfully completes the course.

Curriculum is customized and there is a choice of modules

Have two video conference calls with your Governance Coach/Consultant within the 1st 30 days of your training to ask any governance questions that any student has. Recordings will be posted on the course page.

Governance Assessment which measures your organization’s governance practices against best practices of high functioning North American nonprofit board.

A Governance Report with recommendations based on the Assessment written by your governance coach/consultant.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does my organization have access to the course?

Every member of the board and committees have access to the course for 1 full year upon registration. At one year, your organization has the option to renew for another year at 50% of the original investment.

How long does the course take to complete?

The course takes between 2 to 3 hours to complete.  Each lesson is constructed in such a way as to support adult learners.  They are no more that 10 minutes long and come with audio and written versions.

How much is to renew?

The renewal fee is 50% of the first year’s investment. 

Get In Touch

Find out which package is right for your nonprofit organization and get some free governance advice with a free 30-minute strategy call with Christina.

Call: 416 483-4317
or fill out the form to send an email.

Take the 5-minute Free Nonprofit Board Assessment