Board Toolkit

The non-profit sector is defined by the community involvement and ownership that comes from governance through a board of directors. With changing relationships with government, the end of operating agreements, and an increasing need for non-profit housing providers to be self-sustaining, adaptable, and strategic, boards are truly the backbone of the non-profit housing sector and will lead the way in affordable housing provision in Manitoba.

This Board Toolkit has been designed for non-profit housing boards in Manitoba, and complements the MNPHA Building Boards training program. Many of the tools are developed and shared by MNPHA Members for the benefit of their colleagues in the sector.

This is an ever-growing toolkit on Board Governance for non-profit housing providers. If you have a good resource such as a board or operational policy template, or you’d like to suggest one, please contact us.

Some resources are password protected. Due to costs involved in creating them, they are available for MNPHA members only. If you are a member and need a password, contact us.

1. Governance
2. Working with Management
3. Effective Organisation
Board Orientation / Evaluation / Training

Board Orientation

Summary: Board Orientation

Board Evaluation

While serving on a board is an important responsibility, board members should not consider their role a chore. Time spent on the board should be a rewarding and satisfying experience. Self-evaluations should uncover the health of the board member's attitude toward the role.

Tool: Board Self Evaluation

Board Training

Resource: Board Training Opportunities in MB

Succession Planning
Board Policies

Summary: Recommended Policies

Tool: Policy template

You may also find the following samples / templates useful:

(The last document is exclusive to MNPHA members and students of the Building Boards Training program. If you are a member or a student, please request a password at [email protected])

Effective Annual Meeting
Committee
Essential Corporate Documents: bylaws
Extended Reading
4. Strategic Planning
Mission, Vision, Values

Articulating organizational values can help a Board of Directors make decisions about priorities, actions, and responsibilities, as well as clarify the direction of the organization and influence future planning.

Summary: 6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers

Summary: Understanding Strategic Planning

Tool: Identify Planning Process Issues and Outcomes

Summary: What are your Values?

See how other housing organizations have developed strategic plans

Resource: Examples of Housing Strategic Plans

Gathering Data and Using Key Performance Indicators

Gathering information from stakeholders is a key step in strategic planning.

Tool: Create an Information Gathering Plan

If you are updating a strategic plan, it's important to assess how your previous plan has gone

Tool: Strategic Plan Review Questions

How will you know if you are achieving your goals in your strategic plan? Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are the quantifiable, outcome-based statements you will use to measure if you are on track to meet your goals or objectives.

Summary: Key Performance Indicators

Advocacy and Partnerships
5. Finances
Understanding Financial Reports and Audits
Operating Budget and Capital Planning
6. Bylaws and Legal Requirements