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 will help your organization 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.

ELEVATE also includes a wealth of resources ranging from sample policies and templates to helpful checklists that can be customized to fit your organization’s specific needs.


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 3-4 months of completion. Your feedback will also be used to ensure that SARC continues to provide the best training possible.

ELEVATE provides information and tools in a variety of areas. The program consists of six comprehensive modules, which include:

1. Governance

  • Understanding the Nonprofit Corporation
  • Key Governing Documents
  • Governance vs. Operations
  • Board Models
  • Effective Oversight for Operations
  • Bylaws – Development and Review
  • Policies – Development and Review

2. Board Roles and Responsibilities

  • Board Responsibilities
  • Board Role Descriptions
  • Committee Roles and Responsibilities
  • How to be a Productive and Responsible Board Director

3. Board's Role as Employer of the Executive Director

  • Recruiting
  • Selecting and Hiring
  • Orientating and Onboarding
  • Supporting
  • Performance Management
  • Executive Director Compensation
  • Executive Director Succession Planning

4. Legal Responsibilities

  • Role of Directors
  • Sources of Director's Obligations
  • General Duties of Directors
  • Business Judgement Rule
  • Liability of Directors

5. Financial Responsibilities

  • The Director's Responsibility
  • Best Practices in Financial Governance
  • Government Budget Cycle
  • Finance Related Committees
  • Financial Risks
  • Financial Reporting
  • Audited Financial Statements

6. Characteristics of High Performing Boards

  • Clear Sense of Purpose
  • Strategic Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Board Development
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Risk Management
  • Effective Board Meetings
  • Board Evaluation / Self-assessment



Organizations can purchase an annual subscription, which allows you to create as many accounts (group or individual) as required by your organization.

If your organization chooses to renew the annual subscription, a 20% discount for return customers will be applied. Pricing is as follows:

Initial year:

  • SARC Members - $699
  • Other nonprofit organizations -  $875 + GST

Subsequent years (20% discount):

  • SARC Members - $560
  • Other nonprofit organizations - $700 + GST

This means, if your organization’s Board were to consist of 10 Directors, each Director would complete ELEVATE at a cost of $69.99 in your first year

The Executive Director's Role

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.

The ELEVATE Experience - Redvers Activity Centre

Learn how Redvers Activity Centre's ELEVATE experience has impacted their Board. With new and experienced Directors, the program has really helped to ensure everyone is on the same page.

ELEVATE Testimonials

"I know that I am a better Board Director for taking the program" - Clare Parker Homes Board Director


"Doing the modules together helps us work together as a unit. It is the reason we are on the same page. The program unites the Board" - Weyburn Wor-Kin Shop Board Director


"We have put new policies in place, and updated others to be more relevant to our Board and our Organization" - Kipling Industries Board Director



To demonstrate how this interactive program works, the following video is an excerpt from the Board Roles & Responsibilities module:  


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  • "Doing the modules together helps us work together as a unit. It is the reason we are on the same page. The program unites the Board." 

    Board Director, Weyburn Wor-Kin Shop
  • "I am very appreciative that I was able to do this course. I think this course should be the foundation for every nonprofit Board."

    Board Director, Chiropractors' Association of Saskatchewan
  • "I felt that the course has set the standard and has motivated our Board to 'elevate' itself."

    Board Director, Chiropractors' Association of Saskatchewan