Board Governance Fundamentals: Series 1

Board Governance Fundamentals: Series 1

Board Governance Training Series 1 offers high quality and accessible governance training for individuals to become more effective board members in areas including: Board Essentials, Legal Roles & Responsibilities, Finance Fundamentals, Commitment to Diversity, Strategic Planning, Risk Management, and Resource Development. This course is mandatory for all candidates in the board matching program.

Course Overview

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Board Essentials

  • The context of the not-for-profit sector
  • Board life cycles, models and best practices
  • Board roles and responsibilities
  • Board meeting process and member participation
  • Tools and resources to support learners in their board position

Legal Roles & Responsibilities

  • The legal obligations and issues of being a board member
  • The rights and powers of a board of directors and individual board members
  • Board composition
  • The legal considerations and liabilities of board members
  • Understanding insurance

Finance Fundamentals

  • The role of boards, organizations, and board members in relation to finance
  • Finance related roles and committees
  • Budget planning and analysis
  • Interpretation of financial statements and budgets
  • How to assess the financial health of the organization

Commitment to Diversity

  • Foundational understanding of the importance of diversity on boards
  • The dimensions of diversity and inclusion
  • The business case for diversity
  • Board member roles in promoting diversity
  • Understanding of cultural competence, tokenism, generalization, minimization, and the culture of a board

Risk Management

  • Understanding risk
  • The role of the board in managing risk
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Structures and processes for managing risk
  • Risk classification and tolerance

Strategic Planning

  • Understanding and developing an organization’s purpose and impact
  • A strategic planning process and the tools to develop a strategic plan
  • Methods for implementing the strategic plan
  • Roles of the board and the executives in developing and implement the plan

Resource Development

  • Context and challenges of resource development
  • Key principles and concepts of effective resource development
  • Success through a planning process
  • Role of the board to support and enhance resource development

Course Details


  • $250 per individual
  • Bulk rate (10+) = $200 per individual


  • Ongoing access to 7 online self-paced courses
  • Bonus course: Embedding Diversity and Inclusion into an Organization
  • Ongoing access to supplementary online governance training  webinars. Learn more about our webinar series.

Enrollment:  Ongoing. Register anytime, from anywhere.

Prerequisites: None required, this course is suitable for both emerging and experienced board directors.

Hours: 10-12 hrs

Course Type: Online

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Meet the Experts

Meet our team of subject matter experts and leaders in the governance field. Together we have developed high quality, self-paced online governance training, webinars, and supplementary online and in person sessions to provide all individuals, regardless of background, with the skills, knowledge, and resources to make an immediate contribution on governance boards in the non-profit and public sectors.

Faculty bios.


“The self-paced online classroom technology was flexible and convenient, easy to use, and supports the learning experience”

“Critical information for a nonprofit board”

“Described in plain language the dimensions of diversity and inclusion an its importance in effective board governance”

“Very comprehensive and detailed”