A Blended Learning Program
ABME is made and owned by the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations.

Overview

Alberta Board Member Essentials (ABME) is a five-week program that combines online, self-driven course-work with in-person instruction and hands-on learning to give Alberta's board leaders the tools to be effective in guiding their organization toward its mission and vision.


This course was designed with both board beginners and seasoned veterans in mind. By emphasizing the latest provincial policy developments, emerging trends, and best practices in board leadership, ABME will amplify your skills and capacity regardless of your experience serving on boards.


About the Alberta Board Member Essentials


Designed to support the growth of new and developing board members, the Alberta Board Member Essentials (ABME) program was built by Albertans for Albertans.

ABME is a multi-part training program that combines online learning with live workshops to give new and developing board members the tools to successfully serve on a non-profit board.

For new board members, ABME helps build the foundational layer of learning in order to be an effective board member.

For developing board members, ABME supports your growth in understanding non-profits – not just from the lens of your organization but how you and your organization play a role in the larger social sector ecosystem.

The full program consists of three on-demand sessions and two live sessions.

On-demand sessions take, on average, three hours each and are to be completed on the participant’s own time leading up to the live sessions. Access to the on-demand sessions will be available immediately upon registration.

Please note, the live sessions are group-based and interactive, therefore they will not be recorded.


Though it is possible to attend with a phone and or a tablet it is strongly recommended that participants registering for ABME have access to login through a computer.

What Students Are Saying:


Stuart Muir
Stuart Muir, BBA, PMP

Thank you for the great learning opportunity you provided through the Alberta Board Members Essentials Program. It has been a long journey which started in December of 2019 with the online learning and was interrupted by COVID-19 in March 2020.


The reimagined online experiential learning components challenged my thinking about my role as board member for the Edmonton Music Festival Society. My interactions with my fellow students, our breakout session guides and you helped me see and practice ways I can be a more effective board member. Your interventions, facilitation and reflections brought many valuable insights.


I will be recommending this program and your other EVCO sessions to my board members.

Gabrielle Battiste, BA, JD
Gabrielle Battiste, BA, JD

I am a lawyer that advises organizations, including not-for-profits, on policy & governance. 


For me, ABME was an invaluable experience. I got to meet other peers in the not-for-profit sector and appreciated the diverse perspectives & backgrounds that everyone brought to the in-person sessions.


I gained a lot of insight from the program, and walked away with some great information on how to manage perspectives and different ways to conduct board meetings.


I would encourage every person involved in a not-for-profit organization, whether staff, board members, lawyers, accountants or others, to take this course.

COURSE COMPONENTS

Alberta with a Heart
Module 1: Overview of the Alberta Non-Profit Sector

Online Learning (approx. 3 hrs)


The non-profit sector represents a substantial segment of our society. It plays a significant role in shaping a community’s quality of life as well as being a major economic driver and employer. When leading as a board member, it's important to understand the environment in which you operate, including other organizations that may be partners, collaborators, or even competitors, as well as the legal frameworks that influence and drive the operations and behaviours of your organization.


This module gives you the tools to:

  • Explain the impact non-profits have in their community
  • Define the differences between non-profits and explain how the laws affect their governance and activities differently
  • Explain the differences between bylaws and policies and how they impact and are impacted by the board
  • Explain the role of membership within organizations


Module 2: Board Member Fundamentals

Online Learning (approx. 3 hrs)


This module provides an overview of the role of governance and shared leadership as it relates to the non-profit sector, including charities. A specific focus will be roles and responsibilities, both as an individual board member and as a member of the collective board. The session explores the board’s and board member’s legal, ethical, and fiduciary responsibilities.


This module gives you the tools to:

  • Make connections between the role of the board and the role of the Executive Director
  • Explain how the roles of the board, a board member, and the Executive Director differ and complement each other
  • Recognize a conflict of interest and determine the proper steps to address it
  • Explain the difference between legal and ethical and understand the laws that impact board members and their organizations
  • Explain the different ways boards make decisions and their advantages and disadvantages
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CCVO NPO Sector Data

Module 3: Understanding Financial Matters

Online Learning (approx. 3 hrs)


This online module provides clarity on essential non-profit and charitable financial documents and best practices to support board members in the fiduciary duties that will keep their organization financially stable, legally compliant, and well-equipped to achieve their missions and mandate.


This module gives you the tools to:

  • Properly interpret critical non-profit financial statements and documents
  • Formulate key trends about the organization from its financial data
  • Recognize common indicators of financial problems

Session A: Working as a Sum of the Parts

Live Instruction



The first of two live virtual sessions, Module 3 supports participants to transition their learnings thus far into practice.

Using case studies and collaborative role-playing, explore how decisions are made, how relationships and leadership are maintained, and how organizational leadership as a board member is different than leading a team or organization.


This module gives you the tools to:

  • Recognize a conflict of interest and determine the proper steps to address it.
  • Explain the different ways boards make decisions and their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Feel comfortable participating as a member of a decision-making body.
  • Make connections between the mission, vision, and values of the organization and its operations, policies, and strategic plan.
  • Make governance decisions in alignment with an organizations mission, vision, and values.
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Session B: Strategic Board Leadership

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The second live virtual session and final program module gathers participants to reflect on their experiences and provides insight in how to strategically advance an organization's mission and vision. 

Spend time exploring how boards build, implement, and lead strategy through decisions and policy. Examine a board and organization’s work in advocating for its cause legally, morally, and ethically. Exploring emerging trends in organizational messaging.


This module gives you the tools to:

  • Lead strategic governance conversations at a board meeting
  • Explain the role of advocacy on their strategic outcomes and the laws that influence their organizations advocacy strategies
  • Make the connections between the organizational outcomes and the work of the Executive Director

The Course Breakdown

  1.1 Introduction
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  1.2 Environmental Scan of the Non-profit Sector
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  1.3 Introduction to the Non-profit Legal Context
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  1.4 Special Thanks
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  2.1 Introduction
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  2.2 Types of Boards
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  2.3 The Roles and Responsibilities of the Board
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  2.4 The Roles and Responsibilities of a Board Member
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  2.5 Understanding the Role of the Executive and the Executive Committees
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  2.6 What Is Fiduciary and How Does It Apply to Me as a Board Member?
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  2.7 Role of the Executive Director
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  2.8 Legal and Ethical
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  2.9 Conflict of Interest
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  2.10 Working as a Board
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  2.11 Special Thanks
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  3.1 Introduction
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  3.2 Each Board Member Accountable for the Organizational Finances
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  3.3 Special Thanks
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  Part A - Live Course
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  Part B - Live Course
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  The Wrap Up
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ABME Delivery Partners:

Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations



Empowering Non-profits and Volunteers in Metro Edmonton.


Find your way towards our capacity-building opportunities, find your next volunteer adventure, or learn more about our mission and mandate.




Located in and supporting the

Alberta Capital Region


www.ecvo.ca

Volunteer Lethbridge

Volunteer Lethbridge exists as a support network for both volunteers and non-profit organizations to help them build capacity and thrive.


Our aim is to safely provide opportunities for people to contribute to their community, and to offer continued aid and guidance to the change-makers.


Located in and supporting the

Lethbridge Region


https://volunteerlethbridge.com/

The development of this program was made possible by:
Suncor Energy

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Edmonton Community Foundation Logo

United Way Alberta Capital Region Logo

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Learning Tools and Platforms

THE ONLINE LEARNING PLARTFORM


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Alberta Board Member Essentials makes use of recorded video from various Alberta non-profit leaders to give you diverse perspectives on the state of the sector and what it takes to be a successful board leader in Alberta. 


Combined with readings, case studies, short quizzes, and face-to-face instruction, ABME's blended learning structure is a dynamic approach to learning the essentials of non-profit governance.


Online components are hosted on Teachable, the easy-to-use online platform for interactive course work.

Live Session Platforms

The delivery partners use the tools best suited to connect with their audiences. Below are just some possible conferencing platforms used for the Delivery of ABME.

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Zoom

Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams

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Google Meet

Need Financial Assistance?


Check out the bursaries provided by the Muttart Foundation https://www.muttart.org/granting-programs/