NPO Board Governance

NPO Board Governance is full of valuable resources, tools and guidance about common not-for-profit governance challenges.

At AMC, we understand that an efficient board starts with implementing an effective governance model. For this reason, we help non-profit boards navigate governance and management with the sole aim of having a constant focus on their organization’s mission. 

The Complementary Model of Board Governance

Our late founder, Tom Abbott Sr., B.Comm., CGA, CAE started the company in 1987 and was the Complementary Model of Board Governance architect. He was awarded the Dalton N. Murphy, CAE Award by the BC Chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executives. 

The award was granted to him “in recognition of both outstanding and sustained contributions to the association community.”

Moreover, the Complementary Model of Board Governance is a commonly used governance model across Canada. However, many volunteers and staff have difficulty accepting a policy-based approach to governing and managing their not-for-profit association. 

Some boards feel they will become disconnected from their organization because of the model’s emphasis on their role in policy development. 

At the same time, volunteers are increasingly demanding more meaningful roles in their not-for-profit organization (NPO) – whether the NPO is a charity, professional, trade or commercial association.

The Complementary Model allows governors to participate in their NPO without becoming “managers.” Instead, it will enable volunteers to reconnect with their organization and remain “governors.” In other words, it allows them to participate as well as govern.

AMC NPO Solutions

AMC NPO Solutions specializes in providing governance training, by-law reviews and strategic planning services to not-for-profit organizations across Canada.

 Since 1987, AMC has assisted over 450 local, provincial, national and international organizations in strategic planning and board governance training, meeting facilitation and organizational effectiveness reviews.

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How To Run Nonprofit Board Meetings That Engage & Inspire

Board meetings should be the most effective way of unleashing your staff’s creative energy, imagination, and hands-on ability. Yet if poorly planned and conducted, a meeting can be the most ineffective, time-wasting, frustrating experience ever inflicted. However, the problem is not the meeting itself. Instead, the problem is often the organizer (Chair) and, often, the …

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7 Qualities All Great Nonprofit Board Members Have

Recruiting the right nonprofit board members is a massive component of organizational success. Yet, the average nonprofit board size is decreasing. As a result, many wonder how they’re going to “get it right.” Well, it starts with you knowing who to recruit. Discover 7 qualities all great nonprofit board members (should) have below. Use this guide as …

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How To Join A Nonprofit Board: The Complete Guide

If you’re serious about making a difference in your community, becoming a nonprofit board member is ideal. That’s why millions of people dedicate their time and expertise to shaping the future of nonprofit organizations with board service. If you’re ready to provide an organization with the time, strategic resources and commitment they need to thrive …

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Guide To Creating Your Nonprofit Organization Bylaws

A Simple Guide To Creating Your Nonprofit Organization Bylaws

Nonprofit organizations should spend their passion, time and creative energy on working hard to strengthen and enrich our communities. Not wasting time trying to answer questions like “how do we remove a board member?”, “how often shall we meet as a board?” or even, “who’s responsibility is this?” That’s why we’ve created a simple guide …

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How To Take Board Meeting Minutes: The Nonprofit Guide

Well-prepared board meeting minutes are an important part of every board meeting. Minutes are an official record of actions the board or committee took at a meeting. So it’s important to get them right. Yet, despite their importance, many organizations continue to create less than stellar records. Usually by recording irrelevant statements, missing important decisions …

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12 Nonprofit Board Committees Best Practices: Helping Committees Do Good Work

Many NPOs have difficulty relying on their board committees to function well. Too often, committees fail to achieve their goals because they have little or no training to work together. As a result, NPO leaders have unanswered questions like: How should we structure our committee? How should we manage meetings? In what way can committees …

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Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for Nonprofit CEOs

The challenges of nonprofit leadership require a particular skillset. For instance, imagine working in an organization where you are responsible for overall administration and performance but not setting the organization’s strategic plan and significant goals. Furthermore, imagine working in an organization where a vast majority of your workers are not paid any remuneration. Meaning that …

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To Obtain the Best Possible Performance, Read This Nonprofit Board Policy Manual Carefully and Thoroughly

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How To Update Your Nonprofit’s Code Of Ethics

Is your current code of ethics still relevant during these unprecedented times? Your nonprofit’s code of ethics is a set of principles (e.g. values statement) that affects decision making. This is similar to, but different from, your code of conduct, which governs specific actions. Together, both codes play an important role in setting the ethical …

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