Board Fundamentals 2021

This workshop is part of our All About Boards four-part series. For more information and to register for the entire series please click here.


A strong and dedicated board of directors is the backbone of a nonprofit organization. The more effectively a board is run, the more it can contribute to the success of the organization. A highly effective and engaged board has clarity around roles, responsibilities and aligns their work and performance with organizational values and vision.

In this workshop we will explore the characteristics of high-performing boards and how you can enhance the performance of your own board of directors. Through the use of facilitated discussions this workshop will cover some of the most critical issues in nonprofit governance including:

  • Different governance models and how it impacts how you lead

  • Board structure including size and committees

  • How to run effective board meetings 

  • Responsibilities and roles of board members

  • Board and Executive Director relationship 

  • Board documentation including bylaws and policies

LEVEL: Beginner-Intermediate

TARGET AUDIENCE: Board Members, Executive Directors, board support staff and those interested in learning about becoming a volunteer board member


Dharshi Lacey is the Director, Equity Inclusion & Governance at Pillar Nonprofit Network. She has over 20 years experience in the nonprofit sector in London. Through Pillar Impact Consulting she offers customized supports to nonprofit boards on governance best practice and supports the Pillar Equity and Inclusion team in assisting nonprofit boards and leadership tables develop and embed an equity lens into their organizations. 

Lissa Foster has more than 25 years experience in diverse roles related to the nonprofit sector. She has worked at national, provincial and local levels leading fund development and event management teams, managing volunteers, supporting volunteer-led chapters of large organizations and in communications and media relations capacities. This is rounded out with experience in a senior leadership role in corporate community relations. Lissa has served as Board Chair of Pillar Nonprofit Network and now reports to a board in her current capacity as Executive Director of The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. She is passionate about excellence in non-profit governance.

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