Resources for Board Members

We are pleased to provide you with resources designed to get you thinking about your board, from self-evaluation tools to information on fundraising, legal duties, and the roles and responsibilities of an arts board, and more.

Resources for Arts Boards: A compendium of resources, including:

  • Governance practice
  • Diversity
  • Orientation
  • Effective meetings
  • Succession planning
  • Financial oversight
  • Human Resources

Click here to access the document: Resources for Arts Boards

Board Self-Evaluation

A Tool for Improving the Governance Practices of Non-Profit Organizations

Click here to access the document: Board Self Evaluation Tool

Checklist of Good Board Practices:

11 considerations for effective governance

Click here to access the document: Good Board Practices Checklist

Legal duties of the Board of Directors: an overview of Board structure and legal obligations of a Board

Click here to access the document: Legal Duties of the Board of Directors

Mutual responsibilities and roles of the Board and staff:

Board and staff roles when it comes to mission, programs and activities, communications and community relations, organizational sustainability and personal growth and fulfilment

Click here to access the document: Mutual Responsibilities and Roles of Board Members and Staff

Fundraising 101:

Fundraising Capacity Inventory: a check-list of elements to consider for a Board's fundraising capacity. 

Tax Incentives for Charitable Giving, by Jamie Golombek: Presentation given at the September 7th, 2016 workshop

The Board's Role in Successful Fund Development, by Cynthia Armour: Presentation given at the September 7th, 2016 workshop

Fundraising 2.0:

Fundraising 2.0: general resource list

Fund Development Plan Status Check

Planning the work and working the plan, by Cynthia Armour: Presentation given at the June 6th, 2017 workshop.

A Fine Balance: An arts board's role in financial oversight and accountability

Click here to access the document: Financial Oversight and Accountibility

Engaging your Board Effectively – and having fun in the process

Today’s arts and other not-for-profit sector Boards have enormous responsibilities. To fulfil those responsibilities, volunteer Board members, who for the most part lead very busy lives, need to feel actively engaged and attached to the organizations they govern.

Click here to access the document: Engaging your Board Effectively

Advocacy: A Core Board Responsibility 

BoardSource recently added advocacy (defined as publicly supporting a cause or proposal) to its classic Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards. Whether you’re hoping to persuade a public official to support your organization’s once-in-a-lifetime special project; joining a campaign to speak out about arts funding; or seeking to change some of the ground rules around cultural policy and government action, these resources can help you become a strong voice on issues that matter deeply to your organization and the wider arts community. 

Click here to access the document: Advocacy: A Core Board Responsibility

Diversity and New Perspectives

Toronto has been called one of the most diverse cities in the world – but is this proud reality reflected on our arts boards and in our arts organizations? One of the most urgent challenges facing the arts in Toronto today is building vibrant organizations that speak to the rich mix of experiences and backgrounds in our diverse community. Volunteer board leaders can be a powerful force for change, bringing new ideas, approaches and energy to the table. 

Click here to access the document: Diversity and New Perspectives

Toronto's Diversity: City of Toronto Diversity Profile

Succession Planning: Navigating a Leadership Transition

One of the most important and difficult tasks a board can face is guiding a senior leadership transition. The buck truly does stop with the board when it comes to a changing of the guard at the CEO, Artistic or Managing Director level – when the future of your organization may well rest on a successful conclusion to your search and hiring. This is especially fraught when it involves the replacement of a long-time leader, but can be thorny and challenging no matter who’s moving on.

Click here to access the document: Succession Planning: Navigating a Leadership Transition

Decent Work: Creating Better and More Satisfying Workplaces in the Arts

Amid the growing call for “decent work” in the non-profit sector, many in the arts community are working towards becoming employers of choice for people interested in a life-time career that embodies their commitment to creativity through the arts. But how to get from here - a sector where salaries are notoriously low, hours of work are notoriously high, and benefits are few and far between – to there? What can boards do to see that artists and administrative staff are paid fairly and as generously as possible? What can be done to ensure respectful, supportive and satisfying workplaces? What policies and practices should we establish to advance diversity, equality of opportunity, and safe work environments within our organizations? Can we move from a world of rapid staff turnover as people move to better-paid jobs with better working conditions, to a place where our values are more truly reflected in our employment practices?

Click here to access the document: Decent Work: Creating Better and More Satisfying Workplaces in the Arts

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