Governance and Strategic Leadership

Welcome to OCASI's GovernanceRefers to the source of strategic thinking and decisions that shape and direct an organization and its work and where, ultimately, accountability lies. Includes anything related to non‐profit boards as well as strategic leadership issues. and Strategic Leadership

When referring to an ‘organization’s leadership’, we mean the board, ED and senior management.

six part webinar series.
The purpose of this webinar is to help sort out responsibilities of serving on a non-profit BoardYour board of directors provides governance to your organization. and the responsibility accompanying different roles

Increasing demands for accountability to funders and other stakeholders as well as compliance with relevant government regulation have made clear the contribution of an effective Board to organization's performance. In recent years, the topic of governance and strategic leadership has risen to the top
of the agenda of not-for-profit organizations everywhere.

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I Sue You, You Sue Me!!  Legal Duties of Boards!'

This is the first webinar in the Governance and Strategic Leadership series. Topics covered in this webinar are: Developing a clear understanding of “for what”, a board member is responsible and “to whom”; helping you prevent lawsuits and liability issues; making boards function more effectively; using sound judgement and open communication as steps towards reducing liability issues and how actions taken and conversation held in the process of making a decision on the distribution of resources has legal implication for organizations. 

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'Not My Job' - Roles And Responsibilities of the Board

This is the second webinar in the Governance and Strategic Leadership webinar series. This webinar help sort through the standards

Desired and achievable levels of performance against which actual performance can be compared. Standards help to bolster public confidence, promote transparency and accountability, enhance performance and effectiveness, and help organizations achieve their mission, improve their practices, and educate board and staff about good practices.

governing Board of directors

A group of people who are legally charged to oversee the operations of a non‐profit organization. There are a number of different types of boards, including:

Working Board: Board members attend to strategic matters in addition to working with staff to carry out the mission; usually characteristic of newly established organization or ones driven by volunteers (also known as an Operational Board or Management Board).

Membership (Representative) Board: There is a clear link between the board and the service users, with board members being clients and employers at the same time.

Policy Board: This model distinguishes between the board and Executive Director role. The Executive Director provides operational leadership in managing the organization to fulfil its mission, while the board focuses primarily on strategic matters and ensuring responsiveness to community stakeholders.

Collective Board: Board members and staff share equal responsibility in deciding upon strategic matters and carrying them out. They emphasize equality and power sharing.

Corporate or Entrepreneurial Board: There is an emphasis on innovation, with a focus on efficiency and effectiveness measures that push the organization to achieve a maximum result on its investments.

Institutional Board: When the organization is very mature, with all the systems in place to run efficiently and effectively, the Institutional Board tends to exist primarily to raise funds.

and how the decision making process is part of Roles and Responsibilities. Topics covered are: How to ensure decisions are in the best interest of, and benefit the organization? When is it necessary to declare conflict of interest and the consequences for not doing so for the individual and the organization? How Roles and Responsibilities are about acting in good faith with positive intent for the organization and all its members? Guidelines to help ensure roles and responsibilities are adhering to and the power to make those decisions is in the right hands.

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Who Do I Report To? The Relationship Between The Board And Executive Director

This is the third webinar in the Governance and Strategic Leadership series. Topics covered are: How understanding the distinction between management

Includes an organization’s Executive Director and managers, but not staff or supervisors. See also definition for “staff.”

and governance is a key to avoiding conflict. How understanding each other’s function helps to work more effectively in the relationship. Why it is important that the conduct of staff

For our purposes, staff refers to agency employees who are neither managers nor executive directors.

and board reflect this understanding. Why clear expectation between Board and Executive Director need to be established and maintained. How and why a board that is overly involved in the managing of day to day can inhibit the organization’s effectiveness.

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"Way The People At" Recruitment Of Board Members

This is the fourth webinar in the Governance and Strategic Leadership webinar series. Having the right people on the team is critical to forging good leaders. The process of recruitment should also look at what strategic priorities, new skills, or expertise are currently missing or may be needed. Depending on the kind of board you operate, function serve, or geographic local. The board may need a range of expertise, because need changes over time as the organization grows or mission expands. In the recruitment process diversity should encompass gender balance, ethnic racial balance, LGBTAn acronym that stands for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/transsexual”. It is often used as an umbrella term to describe people that do not conform to heterosexual and gender norms. Some people use longer versions of this acronym – such as LGBTQ or LGBTTIQQ2S. LGBTTIQQ2S stands for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, queer, questioning and two-spirited”. See the each of these terms for their definitions. and aboriginal members to reflect the needs, expertise and makeup of the demographic being served.

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``Lets Take A Look Around`` Board Orientation
This is the fifth webinar in the Governance and Strategic Leadership series: Topics covered are: Process that thoughtfully provides the Board members with the precise information they need on their role in the organization. Providing orientation and important information about the organization, service, and give a perspective on the Board’s roles and responsibilities.  Building relationship among board members that promotes ongoing support and helps them to come to agreement on how they will carry out their work and make decisions. Understanding decisions made prior to their term, the process or task they may be undertaking that was incomplete by the previous members; ensuring seamless transition both for Board members and staff.


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Staying on the Right Path:  A Look at the Code of Conduct, Ethic  and the Evaluation of the Board

This is the last webinar in the governance six part series. topics covered in this webinar are: How code of conduct can help boards understand why by-lawsIn a non-profit context, by-laws are the ruling legal documents governing an organization and its board of directors. By-laws are set by the board – they outline the board’s structure and how it works, and the purpose and structure of the organization. By-laws should also include rules about how they can be amended, and the requirements of membership in the organization, if applicable. direct behavior in certain ways;How the evaluation processes can determine how well the Board is carrying out their responsibilities; How a board can identify non-profit strategies to develop areas that need improvement; How staying on the path can help to improve the Board's work, and move the Board to the next level of performance.