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The site has been designed by the members of the Board Supports Working Group (BSWG), a group of volunteer board members just like yourself. We are committed to providing our fellow board members with the tools, training and education they need to effectively govern.

Another Great Resource for Clinic Boards!
Maytree is a private foundation that promotes equity and prosperity through leadership building.  As part of their mandate, they offer a range of programs and resources for not-for-profit organizations across the country.  

One of their very popular programs is a lunch-time series called "5 Good Ideas".  Board members and senior staff grab some lunch and listen to industry or issue experts discuss powerful yet practical ideas on key management issues facing non-profit organizations - much like what the BSWG does with its webinar series!

Maytree then posts the key points discussed on their website at:

A recent Maytree session focused on 5 Good Ideas on how to have a successful board-executive director relationship.  Have a look: http://maytree.com/spotlight/five-good-ideas-successful-board-executive-director-relationships.html

Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA)

The Ontario government is modernizing the law that governs how nonprofit organizations operate. The new law is called the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, or the ONCA. If your nonprofit organization is incorporated in Ontario, the Community Legal Education site (CLEO) can help you to prepare for the ONCA with:

  • Background on the ONCA in plain English
  • Helpful planning and work tools
  • Webinars and other educational events
  • Links to other resources

You can find CLEO at: http://nonprofitlaw.cleo.on.ca/

Note: The Ontario Nonprofit Network is working to get the Act amended before it is proclaimed into law. For updates, visitwww.theonn.ca/onca.

Visit the Ministry of Consumer Services ONCA site for a guide, default bylaw, transition checklist and more:

KnowledgeNOW Policy Bulletins
A series of policy bulletins has been launched by KnowledgeNOW as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting resource development for clinic managers.  Given that board members of community legal clinics are often called on to approve certain policies, KnowledgeNOW has kindly offered to provide the BSWG with an overview of the various bulletins developed.  You can access the overview via the Training Tools page of the website.