Nonprofit Board Leadership Volunteering
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Volunteer on a Nonprofit Board of Directors
Canadian charities and nonprofits rely on their Boards of Directors for oversight and strategic leadership, an essential role filled by volunteers from the community. Non-profit boards have a special responsibility to promote an inclusive culture in their organizations. Recruitment processes must ensure there are diverse perspectives and life experiences around the table, and board processes need to empower all voices to be heard.
Are you interested in bringing your perspective to a Board of Directors? Volunteer Ottawa can help with training and your search for a meaningful role.
Find a Board Leadership Opportunity
You can find Board Leadership volunteer opportunities on our Search page using the filters “Board Leadership” and “Governance (Boards, Committees)”.
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Volunteering on a Board of Directors is a great opportunity to apply your professional skills, deepen your involvement in a cause you care about, and bring your unique perspective to leadership decisions. All provincially and federally-incorporated non-profits are required to have a Board of Directors in order to function.
Some Board opportunities may call for specific skills (for example: financial, legal, fundraising) or linguistic competencies. Volunteering on a board of directors may look different from volunteering you have done in other roles: it happens mostly through meetings, it requires reading and handling official documents, and it involves formal, legal obligations. Depending the nature of the board, you may be involved in committee work, fundraising, organizing events and public outreach.
Board volunteering can also be a great way to advocate for causes or issues that you feel passionately about, and you can bring your unique experiences, identity, and point of view to a non-profit’s strategic direction.
Access Training on Board Leadership
Volunteer Ottawa’s popular education program offers a series on Board Leadership topics including governance, diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, and advocacy. This publicly accessible series will be run on a regular basis, so keep an eye on our Upcoming Workshops. Don’t miss out on education opportunities — sign up to our monthly Education e-Blast!
Need on-demand training for your Board? VO’s Custom Workshops can be run in-person, online, or hybrid and are designed to cover the topics you need most.
Volunteer Ottawa also offers a self-paced online training Board Leadership program, developed with support from the TD Bank Group. Contact [email protected] to learn more.
About VO’s Nonprofit Leadership Training Programs
VO has been dedicated to capacity building in NFP leadership for many years and our programs have taken many forms, but the values of inclusion and diversity have been embedded in all of them. Our current Nonprofit Leadership Training is an evolution of the Diversity in Leadership Ottawa (DLO) program, itself an evolution of earlier programs. VO continues to improve our overall offering and to provide Board Leadership volunteer opportunities and training.
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