At DirectorPrep.com, we are continually on the lookout for online resources that engaged directors will find useful and interesting. Some of the websites below focus on a specific sector, such as not-for-profits, associations, corporations, or family enterprises. Some take an academic, research-oriented approach, while others advocate for change, and still others offer products and services that support boards. (Please note that DirectorPrep.com does not endorse any particular product or service.)
If you come across a website that you think will add value to DirectorPrep’s users, please be sure to let us know.
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Board Effect is a provider of board portal software. Their website offers a variety of resources including white papers, webinars and an informative blog.
Board Intelligence is a provider of board portal software. Their website offers featured news that includes interesting interviews with board governance experts and senior executives.
BoardSource, a national organization working to strengthen nonprofit board leadership, is the go-to resource for nonprofit boards and the recognized leader in the field of nonprofit governance. It provides support to organizations of every size, stage, geography, and programmatic focus, offering a range of diagnostic tools, educational seminars, best practice resources and guidance, and coaching and consulting services to strengthen board performance. BoardSource has a significant library of resources available for members and non-members.
CSAE, Canada’s association advocate, is targeted to association executives to support the work of their boards. CSAE provides tools, resources and education to help association professionals and volunteers succeed. CSAE also provides advice and resources to help association boards achieve their next level of success and improve an organization’s overall governance and ability to perform successfully.
Catalyst is a nonprofit organization with a mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion. It acts as a catalyst through research, tools and services, events, and recognition programs, raising awareness of how inclusion benefits today’s global businesses. Catalyst provides information about the low representation of women on boards, and champions ideas and solutions to make progress in the movement toward boardroom diversity worldwide.
CPA Canada is the national organization established to support a unified Canadian accounting profession. This website contains a wealth of education, information and resources related to corporate governance.
The Centre for Corporate Governance is designed to provide members of audit committees and boards of directors with a single point of access to current developments, Deloitte perspectives, learning materials, best practices, technical resources, reference materials and other useful information related to corporate governance.
Diligent is a provider of board portal software. Their website offers resources on topics relevant to board portals.
Directorpoint is a provider of board portal software. Their website offers a blog with a range of topics relevant to board governance.
Directors & Boards is a quarterly journal dedicated to the topics of leadership and corporate governance.
The EY Center for Board Matters identifies trends and emerging governance issues, delivering insights, content and practical tools and analysis to boards, audit committees, institutional investors and others interested in governance topics.
The Family Enterprise Xchange is a new Canadian organization for family enterprises and their advisors. Its goal is to empower enterprising families and their advisors to succeed and flourish. FEX helps advisors succeed through access to best practices and the FEA (Family Enterprise Advisor) designation. FEX offers an online e-learning centre with access to comprehensive family enterprise education and resources including courses, videos, webinars, newsletters, articles, and publications.
Governinggood is a Canadian online blog service with postings and resources useful to not-for-profit sector organizations and those who work with them. Topics include board dynamics, public policy advocacy, organizational culture, board composition, ethics, and managing resources.
Hartley Nonprofit Consulting provides training and consulting services to assist nonprofit organizations (public-benefit or member-benefit) in Canada in the areas of board governance, strategic planning, and risk management.
The Program on Corporate Governance seeks to foster research and scholarship about corporate governance and facilitate discourse in this field among academics, practitioners, and policy-makers.
Imagine Canada exists to work alongside other charitable sector organizations — and often in partnership with the private sector, governments and individuals in the community — to ensure that charities continue to play a pivotal role in building, enriching and defining our nation. They offer programs and provide resources that help strengthen charities and their operations, so they can, in turn, support the communities they serve. Imagine Canada offers a Standards Program that awards accreditation to Canadian charities and nonprofits that demonstrate excellence in five areas of operations.
The Institute of Corporate Directors is a resource for Canada’s directors and boards. The ICD is a not-for-profit, member-based association, with more than 12,000 members and a network of 11 chapters across Canada. The ICD welcomes directors and executives who aspire to serve on boards in the for-profit, not-for-profit and Crown sectors. The ICD offers its members a professional development programs including the industry-recognised ICD.D designation, a continuing education program with learning sessions, networking events and local chapter support, access to resources and information on governance issues, and a complimentary board matching and referral service.
Building on more than 40 years of experience, NACD provides exclusive resources, connections, and development opportunities that more than 17,000 members in the United States and other countries rely on to make informed decisions in the boardroom. NACD offers its members research service, board evaluation, board recruitment, a director registry, and access to resources as well as a membership advisor.
The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits) is a trusted resource and advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits. They identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.
The Nonprofit Risk Management Center inspires effective risk management and Risk Champions across the nonprofit sector, enabling nonprofit leaders to identify and manage risks that threaten their missions and operations, while empowering them to leverage opportunities and take bold, mission-advancing risks. One of the center’s areas of expertise is governance. A large database of sample policies is available on the website.
On this website you will find information about how you can use Robert’s Rules of Order to help your organization run more smoothly.
The Society for Corporate Governance, Inc. is a non-profit organization comprised principally of corporate secretaries and business executives in governance, ethics and compliance functions at public, private and not-for-profit organizations. The Society provides news, research and best practice advice and professional development and education through seminars and conferences.
The Corporate Governance Research Initiative provides research and insights on a broad range of issues facing corporations and boards of directors that includes executive compensation, board governance, CEO succession, and proxy voting.
This website provides practical, actionable guidance to help individuals build their careers as directors and add measurable value to the organizations they serve.
The Center for Board Excellence provides governance tools for board evaluations, CEO evaluations and other regulatory compliance exercises. CBE works with public company boards, private company boards, CEOs, and not for profits.
2020 Women on Boards is a national campaign to increase the percentage of women on U.S. company boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020.