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Building Better Boards - Online version

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Did you know that there are more than 27,300 registered non-profit societies in BC? While we all follow the same requirements set out in the BC Societies Act, we do not all manage our boards or govern our societies in the same ways.

Building Better Boards is a great way to explore and identify different governance models, better understand individual and organizational roles and responsibilities, and learn more about how you communicate, learn, and advance the needs of your organization at the board table.

This course is designed for first time board members who want to learn about board governance, existing board members who are reviewing their roles and responsibilities and building their governance toolkits, and for staff members who are engaging with board members for the first time and/or in new ways.

This is an online course that will be supported by a facilitator who is available to answer your questions and help with your learning. You log in and study at your own pace over the course of 6 weeks.


Societies, Charities, and Purpose

  • Societies in British Columbia
    Registered Charities
    Finding Your Society’s True Purpose

Introduction to Governance

  • The Division of Duties
    Theory Versus Practice
    Board Models

Board Responsibilities (Part A)

  • Establishing Mission, Vision, and Values
    Fiscal and Legal Oversight
    Management and Evaluation of the Senior Manager

Board Responsibilities (Part B)

  • Boundary Spanning and Community Connections
    Resource and Asset Development
    Systems Management and Security Management

Board Self-Management

  • Board Self Management and Evaluation
    Job Descriptions and Terms of Reference
    Policy Examples


Since joining Volunteer Victoria as Executive Director in 2011, Lisa Mort-Putland has designed and delivered Governance 101 workshops to more than 150 non profit organiations of all shapes and sizes across Vancouver Island and the mainland.

Lisa holds a degree in drama and a masters degree in Public Administration - with a special focus on non profit management. Lisa has worked and volunteered in the non-profit sector for 30 years.

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