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Leaders on Board Online Course

What You Need to Know When Serving on a Nonprofit Board

The Leaders On Board Online Course is a comprehensive nonprofit board governance course designed for professionals. It’s a practical, convenient and affordable online course created to provide you with what you need to know when serving on a nonprofit board or board committee.

The online course is accredited as part of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Canadian lawyers by the Law Societies of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan. For more information on how to include this online course in your annual CPD Plan, visit our Leaders On Board Online Course for Lawyers page.

It’s based on Skills4Good/B3’s accredited Continuing Professional Development course that we recently produced for the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), the largest professional association representing about 35,000 lawyers, judges, notaries, law teachers and law students from across Canada.

The Leaders On Board Online Course is great for both lawyers and nonlawyers alike. It’s included with the Skills4Good Matchmaking Programs that we provide the employees of our corporate clients.

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Practical

The course is woven with BoardSource case studies and presented in a clear and visually appealing manner - free from academic jargon.

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Convenient

The course is designed so that you can take each lesson in less than ten minutes from your desktop, or mobile device, anytime and anywhere.

Skills4Good. Affordable. Leaders on Board Governance Online Course

Affordable

The course is reasonably priced at a fraction of the cost of other board governance courses, allowing you to save both time and money.

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Program Details

Course Outline

Module 1: What Exactly Are Nonprofits?
 
Lesson 1: What are Nonprofits? Features of Nonprofits.
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Lesson 2: Types of Nonprofits. Comparing Nonprofits & Businesses.
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Lesson 3: The Canadian Nonprofit Sector. Canadian Legal Environment for Nonprofits. Legally Distinguish Charities & Nonprofits.
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Lesson 4: Nonprofit's Lifecycle Stages.
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Module 2: What Is Governance?
 
Lesson 1: What Is Governance? What is a Board of Directors?
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Lesson 2: Why is Good Governance Important? Governance vs Management.
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Lesson 3: Three Modes of Good Governance: Fiduciary, Strategic & Generative.
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Lesson 4: Three Models for Board Governance: Working, Governance-Only & Mixed Model.
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Module 3: Ten Board Responsibilities
 
Lesson 1: One: Determine Mission. Two: Select CEO.
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Lesson 2: Three: Manage the CEO. Four: Undertake Strategic Thinking.
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Lesson 3: Five: Monitor & Evaluate Programs. Six: Ensure Adequate Financial Resources.
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Lesson 4: Seven: Provide Financial Oversight. Eight: Build a Competent Board.
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Lesson 5: Nine: Ensure Legal & Ethical Integrity. Ten: Enhance Nonprofit's Public Standing.
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Module 4: Primary Duties of Board Directors
 
Lesson 1: Fiduciary Duty. What is Conflict of Interest? Why Conflicts of Interest Should Concern Boards.
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Lesson 2: Conflict of Interest: Tools & Strategies. Tips for Avoiding Conflict of Interest.
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Lesson 3: Duty of Care: Compliance, Transparency & Accountability. The Business Judgment Rule.
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Lesson 4: Liabilities & Risk Management. Types of Risk. Ways to Reduce Risk & Liability.
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Module 5: Five Main Responsibilities of Board Directors
 
Lesson 1: Be Committed to the Mission.
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Lesson 2: Attend Board Meetings.
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Lesson 3: Develop Staff Relationships.
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Lesson 4: Support Fundraising.
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Lesson 5: Serve as Ambassador.
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Module 6: Impact of Serving. Guide Questions to Finding the Right Board
 
Lesson 1: Impact of Serving: Personal Benefits. Employer Benefits. Nonprofit Benefits.
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Lesson 2: Questions to Ask Yourself.
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Lesson 3: Questions to Ask the Nonprofit. Questions the Nonprofit May Ask You.
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Meet Your Instructor

Josephine Victoria Yam, J.D., LLM.
CEO & Co-Founder, Skills4Good / B3

Josephine is a highly accomplished lawyer with significant years of legal, policy, leadership and entrepreneurial experiences in the private, public and nonprofit sectors in Canada and internationally. She’s been admitted to practice law in New York (USA), Alberta (Canada), Ontario (Canada) and the Philippines. Josephine is one of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awardees. She is also a recipient of the Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World Award (London, UK). Josephine graduated from Stanford University's Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders. She also completed her Master of Laws (LLM) degree at the University of Calgary. Complementing her advanced education at Harvard Law School and the University of Toronto, Josephine received the Award of Achievement on Diversity & Inclusion from the University of British Columbia.

Before co-founding Skills4Good/B3, Josephine was Executive Director of the Environmental Law Centre of Alberta. She previously worked as Senior Legal Counsel with the Government of Alberta and as lawyer with the international law firm Baker & McKenzie. Josephine was a former law professor and a columnist of a national business-oriented newspaper who wrote on the complex interaction of business and law issues in the digital economy.

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Leaders On Board Testimonials

Kind Words About the Course

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“The Skills4Good/B3 online governance program was very thorough and touched on many relevant topics. I recommend this course to my colleagues at RBC.”
- - - Stephanie Breitman, Senior Credit Analyst, RBC

“Skills4Good/B3’s level of service and professionalism is top-notch. I liked their very high touch service and online board training. They made sure I understood everything and were there for me every step of the way. They really match personal passion to nonprofits. I give them an excellent rating and highly recommend them to my colleagues at LGM.”
- - - Diana Ricketts, VP of Strategic Partnerships, LGM Financial Services

“Everyone at Skills4Good/B3 was very responsive and helpful. The board volunteer opportunities identified were very much what I was looking for and the Leaders on Board online course was interesting. I give them an excellent rating and highly recommend them to my colleagues at Shell.”
- - - Julianne Osberg, Senior Counsel, Shell Canada

"I found the Leaders on Board online course very practical and convenient to take. It was very clear, organized and easy to understand."
- - - Ramon Yarde, Vice President, Equifax Canada

“Skills4Good/B3’s governance course is very well laid out in small increments that are easy to digest. Even for someone with governance experience it's a useful refresher. Great work!”
- - - Jeff Fallowfield, President, LGM Financial Services

”Skills4Good/B3’s board governance course was a great introduction to boards and board services. Videos were clear and easy to understand. Case studies provide good examples to illustrate point. I recommend this course to my colleagues at Shell.”
- - - Alex Markos, Production Manager, Shell Canada

“B3’s online governance course was organized, clear & easy to understand. It was practical, convenient and affordable. I would recommend this course to my colleagues.”
- - - Priscilla Sherwood, Director, Dentons Canada

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Leaders On Board Online Course FAQs

FAQs

Who is this course designed for?

We designed this course for professionals like you who want to learn or even brush up on the practical fundamentals of what a board director needs to know before serving on a nonprofit board.

Many professionals like you want practical information on nonprofit board governance free from academic jargon. You’re so busy that you want a high-quality course that’s self-paced, relatively quick to complete and packed with comprehensive information. You want a high-quality course that’s affordable and easy on the pocket.

So we created this "Leaders on Board " program with you in mind. It's practical, convenient and affordable. No prior experience in boards is required.

When will I have access to the course?

Once you enroll in the course, you’ll have immediate access to all the 25 High Definition Videos, 6 quick quizzes, 8 Bonus BoardSource Materials and 6 lists of Additional Resources.

How much time do I need?

It’s a self-guided online course so you can take it at your own pace anytime and anywhere.

The course is comprised of 25 High Definition Videos, 6 quick quizzes, 8 Bonus BoardSource Materials and 6 lists of Additional Resources.

We designed the program lessons in short segments so that you can take each lesson in about ten minutes or less. It will take about 2.5 to 3 hours to complete.

How long can I access the course?

You can access the course for 90 days from the date of your enrollment in the course. If you do not earn your course completion certificate within 90 days, your registration will expire and you will need to pay to re-enroll for the course.

How do I navigate around the course?

After completing each video, click the Next button on the bottom right hand corner of the screen. This will register that you have completed the video in that particular module.

After selecting your answer to a question in the Quick Quiz, click the Check button located at the bottom right hand corner of the screen. This will prompt the system to provide you with the recommended answer to the question.

What is the refund or cancellation policy?

You can request a full refund or cancellation up to fourteen days after confirmation of your paid enrollment, provided:

 
You have not started any lesson in the course; or
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You have not downloaded any course materials.
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After fourteen days, if you have already started a lesson or have downloaded a course material, you will not be entitled to any refund or cancellation from Skills4Good / B3.

Do I receive a certificate of completion?

Yes. After you complete the course, you can request to receive a Certificate of Completion for the course. We will send the certificate to you within 5 business days.

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Canada Helps

CanadaHelps is a nonprofit serving Canadian charities and donors. They increase charitable giving across Canada by making it easier to donate and fundraise online. Because CanadaHelps is a charity, their fees are a fraction of for-profit alternatives, making donation dollars go further.

ECVO

The Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) is a member-based nonprofit organization founded in 2002 in Edmonton, AB. They serve the nonprofit and charitable organizations in the Alberta Capital Region.

ONN

The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) is the provincial network for approximately 55,000 nonprofit organizations across Ontario. As a 7,000-strong provincial network, ONN brings diverse voices of the sector to government, funders and business to create and influence systemic change.

Propellus

The Volunteer Centre of Calgary (Propellus) has been supporting volunteers and volunteerism within the communities of Calgary for over 62 years. It strongly believes that volunteering is essential to creating and sustaining healthy, supportive and connected communities.

Sustainabilty Network

The Sustainability Network is a national organization that works with environmental nonprofits to make them more effective and efficient. Their mission is to enrich environmental leaders and nonprofit organizations so that they can help us all achieve sustainability.

Vantage Point

Founded in 1943 as Volunteer Vancouver, Vantage Point delivers learning opportunities focused on governance, leadership, planning and people engagement for new and seasoned sector leaders, board directors and managers, aimed at advancing nonprofit leadership.

Women Get On Board

Women Get on Board is a leading member-based company that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards. They do this through an engaged community of women and men in Canada committed to advancing gender diversity in the boardroom.

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