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icon pds site Questions Boards (should) ask
A tool that can be used in the orientation to help board members appreciate the oversight process. Published by the Canadian Society of Association Executives.

icon pds site The tricky question of Director Benefits
Article published in Imagine Canada's newsletter of June 13, 2017. Charities across Canada are generally prohibited by federal tax policy and provincial law from compensating directors for acting as directors.However, many charities rely on directors for functions that extend beyond governance and charities might see good reasons to consider compensating directors for these non-directorial services.

icon pds site Board Recrutment and Selection
Article published in Imagine Canada's newsletter of May 30, 2017.Board member recruitment and selection is the key to getting a great team of effective people around the board table.  Since board members are the ones that hire and manage the CEO, they ultimately determine the culture and effectiveness of the organization with impact that will outlast their years of board service.

icon pds site Executive Director Performance Reviews in 5 Steps
Article published in Imagine Canada's newsletter of May 31, 2016.
Reviewing the performance of a nonprofit executive director is a key board responsibility, yet it is often neglected or postponed while the board deals with other issues.

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Mitigating Risk: A Primer, Roma Ihnatowycz, December 2011-January 2012, pp.10-20. Risk management expert John Caldwell on why boards need to gain a better understanding of risk, and how to go about doing it. 
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Association Magazine
Accountability to the Board: Some thoughts for chief staff officers, Sandi L. Humphrey, August-September 2011, pp.32-36. This article resulted from a recent dialogue with Michael Anderson, CAE, President & CEO of the Canadian Society of Association Executives.

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The Operating Surplus:What’s Right for Your Organization?, Sandi L. Humphrey, December 2011-January 2012, pp.34-37. If your operating surplus becomes too large, might your charitable or non-profit status be at risk? 
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The Payback for Paying Attention to Organizational Culture, Bob Haig, February– March 2012, pp.27-34. Did you spend time working on the organization itself or just on the hard deliverables ?
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Staying True, Staying the Course, Lessons From 10 Successful Community Service  Organizations in British Columbia, 1997-2008. It is not sufficient for a voluntary community service organization to merely survive the vagaries of funding or the turbulence of constantly changing social conditions. The challenge is not only to survive, but to do so with the organization's integrity intact.
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Financial Stewardship: A Critical Board Responsibility,Teresa Barrett, December 2011/January 2012, pp.29-33.  Financial stewardship is critical to success for the association’s strategic direction. And financial stewardship falls to the Board. 

Governance is a key factor in an organization’s success. An effective board of directors is a valuable ally for any management team. 

Adopting best practices in governance lays a solid footing for the organization’s mission and vision and ensures its good financial and organizational health, contributing to its sustainability.