This program is intended for nonprofit boards of directors.
SARC’s online leadership program; ELEVATE, is a user-friendly program specifically for boards of directors in the nonprofit sector. A modular-based program that can be accessed at your convenience, ELEVATE is an excellent opportunity to supplement your knowledge of governance best practices and the various roles and responsibilities of board directors.
ELEVATE is a leadership and professional development opportunity for nonprofit board directors that will support you in your role of leading and governing an organization and will help your organization to maintain a standard of excellence in the nonprofit sector by:
- Showing leadership related to your commitment to governance best practices and increasing organizational capability and sustainability
- Ensuring your board is following best practices in order to meet expectations of accountability and responsibility standards
- Recruiting new board directors – individuals will be more inclined to get involved with your organization if you are able to demonstrate how they will be supported and be provided with professional development opportunities
Throughout ELEVATE, you’ll be provided with a wealth of resources ranging from sample policies and templates to helpful checklists. These resources can be referenced as often as needed and can be customized to fit your organization’s specific needs.
By signing up for ELEVATE, you receive a one-year (1) subscription to the program, so you can go back and reference the modules at any time.
- Understanding the Nonprofit Corporation
- Key Governing Documents
- Governance vs. Operations
- Board Models
- Effective Oversight for Operations
- Bylaws – Development and Review
- Policies – Development and Review
- Board Responsibilities
- Board Role Descriptions
- Committee Roles and Responsibilities
- How to be a Productive and Responsible Board Director
- Selecting and Hiring
- Orientating and Onboarding
- Performance Management
- Executive Director Compensation
- Executive Director Succession Planning
- Role of Directors
- Sources of Director’s Obligations
- General Duties of Directors
- Business Judgement Rule
- Liability of Directors
- The Director’s Responsibility
- Best Practices in Financial Governance
- Government Budget Cycle
- Finance Related Committees
- Financial Risks
- Financial Reporting
- Audited Financial Statements
- Clear Sense of Purpose
- Strategic Planning
- Succession Planning
- Board Development
- Conflict Resolution
- Risk Management
- Effective Board Meetings
- Board Evaluation / Self-assessment
The Role of the Executive Director with ELEVATE
The executive director has an important role in administering and facilitating the ELEVATE program for the Board. After you have registered for ELEVATE, please download the guide on Administering the ELEVATE Program to learn more about the process of setting up accounts, and tips on how to prepare to take the program. This guide is available in the Welcome Module of ELEVATE once you are enrolled in the course.
If your organization is not located in Saskatchewan, you can download this supplemental guide for Federal and Provincial Links.
COMPASS funding is available to SARC Regular and Associate Members, as well as Affiliate Members with CLSD funding.
COMPASS funding will cover the registration fees for your organization’s board of directors to have a subscription to ELEVATE.
In order to receive this funding, organizations must:
- Register subscription administrator at your organization for the course.
- Use your COMPASS code at check-out to access this training at no cost.
- Have your board directors complete the immediate session evaluation which follows the online training.
- Have the Executive Director complete the follow-up session evaluation which will be emailed to them.
As a requirement of CLSD COMPASS funding, SARC must report on training satisfaction rates. As a result, we ask that all learners complete individual program evaluations immediately upon finishing any training, as well as within three (3) to four (4) months of completion. Your feedback will also be used to ensure that SARC continues to provide the best training possible.