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
Essential Corporate Documents: bylaws
Extended Reading
4. Strategic Planning

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5. Finances

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6. Bylaws and Legal Requirements

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