Tools & Resources
Developing the Capacity of the Board Chair
United Way and Gahlinger Consulting Inc. created the following tools, examples and presentations to help your organization develop the capacity of its Board and Board Chair.
- Recommended Content and Format for a Board Manual
- Assessing your Board LQ (Leadership Quotient)
- Board Chair Training Workbook
- Session 1 - Role of the Board Chair
- Session 2 - Board Meetings
- Session 3 - Chair's Role in Board-ED Relations
- Session 4 - Solutions to Common Chair Challenges
Capacity Building Self-Assessment Toolkit
United Way has developed a toolkit comprised of best practices relating to organizational effectiveness. This toolkit is used as part of United Way's funding review process. It is now available for agencies to use as a self-assessment tool. The toolkit was created through an analysis of Peter York’s work at TCC Group.
The toolkit is broken down into areas of organizational effectiveness. Each area contains simple yes/no questions to make it easy to see where an agency might want to invest resources or apply for a capacity building grant. Answering "yes" to a question means your organization has that aspect in place. If you answer "no" consider how your organization would benefit from adopting the item or practice.
- Human Resources
- Initiative Design
- Quality Improvement Requirements
- Glossary of Toolkit Terms
- Additional Tool: Sample Size: How big should the sample be?
To learn more about Capacity Building, please read the following literature reviews and resources:
- United Way of Calgary and Area – Capacity Building Definitions
- Capacity Building for Financial Management
- Capacity Building for Governance – A Literature Review
- Capacity Building for Organizational Effectiveness
- CentrePoint Non-Profit Management’s HR PLUS Final Report
- Program Design – A Literature Review of Best Practices
- Program Design - A Practical Guide
- Program Design Example: Employment and Life Skills Program at Making Changes Association
What to Do in Court – New Legal Educational Films Now Available through the Pro Bono Law Association
You can view the videos here: www.youtube.com/probonolawalberta