Broadly speaking, governance refers to the distribution of power among the different members of an organization. The organization or business has a set of procedures and structures to ensure transparency and the balance of power between management and the members and administrators of the board of directors.

The cornerstone of a not-for-profit organization is its board of directors. It is responsible for the health and viability of the organization. A properly functioning board of directors is the main factor in the success of an organization.

This training is intended for people who are already members of a board of directors, as well as for those who would like to join one and who would like to gain a better understanding of how they work for sound management.

Topics covered

  • What is good governance
  • The functions, roles, and obligations of a board of directors
  • Administrators’ responsibilities
  • The functions of executive members of a board of directors
  • The executive director’s relationship with the board of directors
  • Conflict management             
  • Committees
  • Administrators’ legal responsibilities
  • Guide to financial statements for not-for-profit organizations

Work plan

  • Identifying needs
  • Workshop including Q&A period, discussions, exercises
  • Documents/tools provided to participants


A good knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the members of the board of directors helps ensure sound management.


By upholding the vision, mission, and values of the organization, the board of directors ensures its continuation.


Use the expertise of the members of the board of directs to ensure their role as co-creators and generators.


Optimize the management of board of director members and maintain a solid relationship with the executive director.