Board Development Program

This program helps non-profit organizations improve the governance of their board through training, consultation and resources.

Services and information

Find publications that can help non-profit board members improve skills and gain knowledge in board governance.

Overview

The Board Development Program (BDP) focuses on improving the governance of non-profit organizations through:

  • curriculum-based training for individuals and groups on topics like board roles and responsibilities, policy development and effective use of committees
  • volunteer instructor opportunities
  • consultation and presentation services

Workshops

The BDP offers multi-board training in the form of Introduction to Board Governance Workshops.

These workshops are for individual board volunteers and non-profit staff from any non-profit organization as well as anyone generally interested in governance. They allow you to share proven successful ideas from other boards that have gone through similar situations. An Introduction to Board Governance Workshop is sponsored by any organization on behalf of the larger community anywhere in Alberta.

Co-sponsoring a workshop

If you are interested in co-sponsoring an Introduction to Board Governance Workshop with the Board Development Program, please email communitydevelopment@gov.ab.ca for more information.

Attending a workshop

If you are interested in attending an Introduction to Board Governance Workshop, please check our current schedule below for a list of upcoming workshops, their dates and locations. If you are interested in registering for one of the workshops, please get in touch with the contact that is listed for that workshop so that they can provide you with the registration details.

Introduction to Board Governance Workshop schedule

We are now hosting Board Development Program workshops online. For more information, including how to register.

Webinars include the following Board Development Program topics:

  • Understanding the Non-Profit Legal Landscape
  • Roles and Responsibilities of a Non-Profit Board of Directors
  • Legal Responsibilities of a Non-Profit
  • Non-Profit Organizational Purpose and Planning
  • Financial Responsibilities of a Non-Profit
  • Risk Management for Non-Profits
  • Non-Profit Committees and How to Run Effective Meetings
  • Building a Strong Non-Profit Team
  • How to Foster Effective Relationships in a Non-Profit

If you can’t make any of these workshops and are still interested in board governance training check out the upcoming Board Leadership events.

We have partnered with the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) to host the Board Development program webinar series. The topics listed above will be covered. For more information, including how to register for the webinar series.

Resources

The BDP has many resources to help non-profits develop their governance boards.

Information Bulletins

Information Bulletins are professionally produced by the BDP staff and various expert consultants. Bulletins cover topics relevant to non-profit board members or senior staff seeking to improve skills and gain knowledge in governance. Information provided in each bulletin, including contact names and numbers, are reviewed regularly for accuracy and relevance.

Workbooks

The BDP and the Muttart Foundation  produced a series of workbooks to help non-profits with challenges they may face. Workbooks are reviewed frequently and the latest edited versions including the Index feature are posted.

Contact

To access services from the BDP:
Email: communitydevelopment@gov.ab.ca