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Developing Workplace Violence and Harassment Policies and Programs: A Toolbox

This toolkit from the Occupational Health and Safety Council of Ontario includes sample assessments, action plans, policy review tools and sample policies to help you meet your responsibilities regarding workplace violence and harassment.

Workplace Violence and Harassment - What Employers Need to Know

This guide from the Occupational Health and Safety Council of Ontario explains why an organization must care about workplace violence and harassment, and what you need to know when it comes to developing policy and programs.

Funding Resources Guide for Agencies Serving Newcomers

This resource from Peel Newcomer Strategy Group catelogues 23 potential sources of funding for newcomer'serving agencies, including their funding priorities and contact information.

Equity Foundation Statement

The Toronto District School BoardYour board of directors provides governance to your organization. provides a Board Policy that works within an Anti-Oppressive framework. Categories are as follows with each: Anti-Racism and Ethnocultural EquityEquity is about fairness, justice, access to equal opportunity, recognizing inequalities and taking steps to address them. It requires eliminating barriers to economic, social and political opportunities and access to services. See also anti-oppression.; Anti-Sexism and Gender Equity; Anti-Homophobia, Sexual Orientation, and Equity; Anti-Classism and Socio-Economic Equity; Equity for Person with Disabilities.

Nonprofit Board Basics Online Program - CompassPoint Nonprofit Services

This excellent and interactive online course recreates a Nonprofit Day Conference. Information you need to succeed as a nonprofit boardYour board of directors provides governance to your organization. member is presented through "conference sessions" and "conversations" with conference participants. You can work through the material in several sessions or finish it all at once. The course is free and registration is optional.

Sample Membership Policies - Volunteer Bureau of Leeds and Grenville

A sample Membership Policies and Procedures, from the Volunteer Bureau of Leeds and Grenville, Brockville, Ontario. Sections in the policy include 1. Preamble, 2. Categories of Membership, 3. Membership Fees, 4. Eligibility Criteria, 5. Responsibilities of Members, 6. Membership Benefits, and 7. Forms and Procedures. See also the next link, below, for the Volunteer Bureau's Organizational 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..

Board Members Position Descriptions

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits website offers a number of resources for nonprofits, including sample boardYour board of directors provides governance to your organization. member position descriptions. This link provides a number of sample position descriptions for board members. It also includes information on evaluating the effectiveness of boards and offers a list individual board members responsibilities and personal characteristics to consider.

Carter's Essentials of Operational Risk Management

This checklist from Carter and Associates, though heavy on legal language, is useful to help your organization think about what operational risks it should consider. The checklist includes sections on human rights, communications, sexual abuse, and use of facilities.

Developing a Risk Management Strategy - Imagine Canada

This 20-page guide from Imagine Canada and the Social Planning Council for the North Okanagan defines risk and risk management

Risk management involves examining a situation and 1) identifying what can go wrong, 2) identifying measures to avoid such problems, and 3) if something does go wrong, identifying steps that can be taken to lessen the negative impact. These measures may include the use of policies, procedures, and protections (such as insurance or education). Risks can be related, for example, to financial loss, workplace safety issues including abuse & physical harm or injury, property damage, or loss of reputation.

, and outlines five steps for dealing with risk: 1. Identify, assess, and document your program’s risks, 2. Establish and implement procedures for screening, supervising, and evaluating volunteers, 3. Make sure you have appropriate insurance coverage, 4. Develop and use a code of ethics for volunteers, and 5. Develop, monitor, and communicate written policies and procedures.

The Board Chair-Executive Director: Dynamics that Create Value for Nonprofit Organizations

"Nurturing relationships and establishing and sustaining trust is strategic work essential to organizational effectiveness." This report from a study of the dynamics and importance of Board Chair-ED relationships discusses the characteristics of good, better and great relationships.

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