At Pillar Nonprofit Network, we believe nonprofits and charities are only as strong as their board leadership. It is important, now more than ever, that an organization has a solid, healthy and passionate board at its helm. To be successful, nonprofit organizations both big and small need to have good governance: it helps their management teams make good decisions, it protects them from risks, and takes on an operational role during times of change and transformation.
What Does Pillar Offer?
All About Boards Series
Energize your board and take your organization to the next level. This 4-part workshop series runs every fall, and will give you the fundamentals for a high-performing board focused on strategy, innovation, diversity and accountability.
“I now have a better understanding of the questions to ask and the art of asking questions (listening, learning, and probing). I gained knowledge listening to and working with others across a diverse spectrum of nonprofit organizations. No matter how good you think your leadership/governance is, there's always room for improvement.”
Check out the 2022 program here.
Engage Pillar Nonprofit Network to support the planning and facilitation of your next board retreat. Through a half or full day session, your directors will have the opportunity to reflect and re-energize as they commit to their ongoing work on your board. Delivered by an expert facilitator, our programs combine in-depth learning with high-energy team building activities.
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Customized Board Training & Development with Impact Consulting
Tailored to meet the unique needs of your board, our customized training is designed to address the governance opportunities and challenges confronting your organization.
Building on our experience and expertise in board governance, planning, recruitment, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, Impact Consulting will design a solution specific to your organization’s requirements:
- Board facilitation
- Governance best practices
- Bylaw reviews
- Governance review and structural analysis
- Diversity and inclusion workshops
- Board recruitment and orientation
- Board strategy, planning and implementation
Using a variety of approaches, tools and resources, our solutions are cost-effective and impactful. Every project is modified to accommodate your budget, time constraints and the preferred learning style of your board, staff and volunteers:
- Half day, full day and multi-day sessions
- Board and staff retreats
- Expert facilitators
- Individualized coaching
- Online learning opportunities
Learn more about Impact Consulting here.
"I am much more comfortable in expressing my ideas to the board because of this training. Can't wait for the next round of new board recruitment as I have more knowledge of the expertise we need."
Starting and Running a Nonprofit in Ontario
- Community Legal Education Ontario’s Nonprofit Law, including:
- Start and operate a not-for-profit (Ontario); and
- The Ontario Not-for-Profit Incorporator's handbook
- The Ontario Business Registry allows businesses and not-for-profit corporations to complete over 90 transactions online, including registering, incorporating, and updating their information.
Nonprofit Law for Unincorporated Groups
Did you know that constitutions are just fancy FAQs? As long as you have a 'decision-making process' of some kind, you may not need to incorporate to do your work. Indeed, unincorporated associations make up a sizeable part of the social impact sector and of our membership.
For this reason, we invited a staff lawyer from the Nonprofit Law Ontario project of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) to present some general legal information about unincorporated groups; some pros and cons of incorporation; and the first steps to becoming a legal entity – a nonprofit or business. CLEO has generously allowed us to share this recording of Nonprofit Law for Unincorporated Groups. You can find more detailed information and resources on the CLEO site, and the presenter invites your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information contact:
Vice-President - Equity, Impact & Governance, Pillar Nonprofit Network
T: 519-433-7876 ext. 239 | E: mwaliji [at] pillarnonprofit [dot] ca