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.

3 Types of Not for Profit Committees

3 Essential Committees and Task Forces For Nonprofits

The successful running of a nonprofit requires the work of many in the organization – both volunteers and staff. Communication is an important element in helping to ensure that everyone knows their role at the organization. The basis of communication should include a volunteer and staff organization comprised of three different types of committees and task forces …

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Roles Of Staff Vs Board In An Non-Profit Organization

With the Complementary Model of Board Governance, we see the roles and responsibilities of staff being very different from the roles and responsibilities of the volunteer directors. In this article, we explore the roles of staff vs board in a nonprofit organization. Working Boards | Roles Of Staff Vs Board In A Non-Profit Organization In …

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The Role Of The Board Chair At Meetings

Role Of The Board Chair At Meeting from TomTJAbbott, CSP While every board member plays an essential role in an organization’s governance, the Chair holds the most significant influence. Particularly over the focus, mission and culture of the board’s activities. Therefore, boards must take great care in appointing their Chairs. When discussing the Chair’s role …

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The Best Membership Management Software for Nonprofits

With the help of one of the many membership management software tools available today, not-for-profits can start streamlining and automating many of the tasks that come with managing members of their association. Above all, these tools go beyond creating a simple database and usually include a space where members can learn, grow and stay connected. …

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Comparing 3 Nonprofit Board Governance Models – Traditional, Carver and Complementary

Comparing 3 Nonprofit Board Governance Models | Traditional, Carver and Complementary

Nonprofit Board Governance Models Have you ever wondered, “what are the fundamental differences between the Nonprofit Board Governance Models – Traditional, Policy (Carver) and Complementary Models of Board Governance?”. Below we have broken down the differences for you in the comprehensive chart. Also Read: 6 Tips for Dealing With an Indecisive Board What is Governance? …

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2019 Governance Trends from the CSAE Conference

At the recent CSAE Conference 2019 in Vancouver, Canada, I spoke on The Complementary Model of Board Governance and polled the room of over 20 Executive Directors on insights into their associations. Here are the results which give us a peek into 2019 Board Governance trends from a small group of associations across Canada. Share …

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Beyond Carver: The Complementary Model of Board Governance

Beyond Carver: The Complementary Model of Board Governance

The association community owes a great deal of gratitude to Dr. John Carver. The fundamental governance/management principle, “The board sets policy, and the staff implements policy,” has been recognized for over fifty years. Yet it is largely because of Carver’s work that the term “governance” has been added to modern association management’s lexicont and that …

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