Program Overview

The “Leaders on Board” e-Learning Program is a comprehensive nonprofit board governance course designed for professionals. It is a practical, convenient and affordable guide designed to provide you with what you need to know when serving on a nonprofit board.

We help your organization upskill employees with:

- Transferable leadership competencies
- Knowledge of governance skills and procedures
- Understanding of the purpose-driven social sector

Program Outline

  • 1

    Module 1: What Exactly Are Nonprofits?

    • Lesson 1: What are Nonprofits? Features of Nonprofits (4 min)

    • Lesson 2: Types of Nonprofits. Comparing Nonprofits & Businesses (8 min)

    • Lesson 3: The Canadian Nonprofit Sector. Canadian Legal Environment for Nonprofits. Legally Distinguish Charities & Nonprofits (7 min)

    • Lesson 4: Nonprofit's Lifecycle Stages (11 min)

    • Module 1: Quick Quiz

    • Module 1: Additional Resources

    • Module 1: Transcript

  • 2

    Module 2: What Is Governance?

    • Lesson 1: What Is Governance? What is a Board of Directors? (5 min)

    • Lesson 2: Why is Good Governance Important? Governance vs Management (6 min)

    • Lesson 3: Three Modes of Good Governance: Fiduciary, Strategic & Generative (4 min)

    • Lesson 4: Three Models for Board Governance: Working, Governance-Only & Mixed Model (7 min)

    • Module 2: Quick Quiz

    • Module 2: Additional Resources

    • Module 2: Transcript

  • 3

    Module 3: Ten Board Responsibilities

    • Lesson 1: One: Determine Mission. Two: Select CEO. (9 min)

    • Lesson 2: Three: Manage the CEO. Four: Undertake Strategic Thinking. (7 min)

    • Lesson 3: Five: Monitor & Evaluate Programs. Six: Ensure Adequate Financial Resources. (6 min)

    • Lesson 4: Seven: Provide Financial Oversight. Eight: Build a Competent Board. (7 min)

    • Lesson 5: Nine: Ensure Legal & Ethical Integrity. Ten: Enhance Nonprofit's Public Standing. (8 min)

    • Module 3: Quick Quiz

    • Bonus BoardSource Material: The Top Five Ways to Mess Up Hiring the Right CEO

    • Bonus BoardSource Material: How to Conduct a Chief Executive Assessment in 10 Steps

    • Module 3: Additional Resources

    • Module 3: Transcript

  • 4

    Module 4: Primary Duties of Board Directors

    • Lesson 1: Fiduciary Duty. What is Conflict of Interest? Why Conflicts of Interest Should Concern Boards. (8 min)

    • Lesson 2: Conflict of Interest: Tools & Strategies. Tips for Avoiding Conflict of Interest. (6 min)

    • Lesson 3: Duty of Care: Compliance, Transparency & Accountability. The Business Judgment Rule. (8 min)

    • Lesson 4: Liabilities & Risk Management. Types of Risk. Ways to Reduce Risk & Liability. (8 min)

    • Module 4: Quick Quiz

    • Bonus BoardSource Material: Tips for Developing a Mission Statement

    • Bonus BoardSource Material: 9 Characteristics of a Mission Statement

    • Bonus BoardSource Material: Elements of a Strategic Plan

    • Bonus BoardSource Material: Fundraising Communications Toolkit

    • Module 4: Additional Resources

    • Module 4: Transcript

  • 5

    Module 5: Five Main Responsibilities of Board Directors

    • Lesson 1: Be Committed to the Mission. (4 min)

    • Lesson 2: Attend Board Meetings. (4 min)

    • Lesson 3: Develop Staff Relationships. (4 min)

    • Lesson 4: Support Fundraising. (4 min)

    • Lesson 5: Serve as Ambassador. (4 min)

    • Module 5: Quick Quiz

    • Bonus BoardSource Material: Crisis Communications: Four Things Your Board Needs to Know

    • Bonus BoardSource Material: What Makes a Good Board Member

    • Module 5: Additional Resources

    • Module 5: Transcript

  • 6

    Module 6: Impact of Serving. Guide Questions to Finding the Right Board.

    • Lesson 1: Impact of Serving: Personal Benefits. Employer Benefits. Nonprofit Benefits. (6 min)

    • Lesson 2: Questions to Ask Yourself. (4 min)

    • Lesson 3: Questions to Ask the Nonprofit. Questions the Nonprofit May Ask You. (5 min)

    • Module 6: Quick Quiz

    • Module 6: Additional Resources

    • Module 6: Transcript

Program Content

25 HD Videos
6 Quick Quizzes
8 Bonus BoardSource Materials
Additional Resources

Why will you benefit from the program?

This program will help you succeed.

  • If you’re considering serving on a nonprofit board, this program will help demonstrate your commitment to the sector and confirm that you’re prepared to shine from day one

  • If you’re already serving on a board, this program will fine tune your skills and ensure that you receive broader sector-wide perspectives to ensure your skills are transferable

  • If you’re bringing in new directors to your board, you can let them take this program as part of their orientation so that they’ll be more equipped to serve on your board

The Leaders on Board program will provide you with the fundamentals of serving on a nonprofit board. It’s a high-quality program that’s practical, convenient and affordable.

This program is practical.

It’s woven with BoardSource case studies and presented in a clear and visually appealing manner - free from academic jargon

This program is convenient.

Self-paced and accessible anytime, anywhere on desktop and mobile browsers

This program is affordable.

It’s reasonably priced at a fraction of the cost of other board governance courses - so that you save both time and money.

Meet Your Instructor

Josephine Yam, J.D., LLM., MA Philosophy (AI Ethics)

AI Lawyer, AI Ethicist, Skills4Good CEO

Josephine Yam is CEO & Co-Founder of She is also an AI lawyer, AI ethicist and passionate advocate of equity, diversity and inclusion. She graduated from Stanford University's Executive Leadership Program. Josephine also completed her Master of Laws (LLM) degree at the University of Calgary. She recently completed her Master of Arts in Philosophy specializing in AI Ethics from the University of Guelph. Josephine is one of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awardees. She is also a recipient of the Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World Award in London, UK. Prior to Skills4Good, Josephine acquired enriched knowledge and experience as lawyer with a global law firms practicing IT/IP law, Senior Legal Counsel with the government’s Justice Department and CEO of an environmental law charity. Her personal website is


Who is this course designed for?

We designed this course for lawyers and professionals who want to learn or even brush up on the practical fundamentals of what a board director needs to know before serving on a nonprofit board. Many professionals want practical information on nonprofit board governance free from academic jargon. They're so busy that they want a high-quality course that self-paced, relatively quick to complete and packed with comprehensive information. They want a high-quality course that’s affordable and easy on the pocket. So we created the "Leaders on Board " program for them. It's practical, convenient and affordable. No prior experience in boards is required.

When will I have access to the course? 

Once you enrol in the course, you’ll have immediate access to all the 25 High Definition Videos, 6 quick quizzes, 8 Bonus BoardSource Materials and 6 lists of Additional Resources.

How much time do I need?

It’s a self-guided online course so you can take it at your own pace anytime and anywhere. The course is comprised of 25 High Definition Videos, 6 quick quizzes, 8 Bonus BoardSource Materials and 6 lists of  Additional Resources. We designed the program lessons in short segments so that you can take each lesson in about ten minutes or less. It will take about 2.5 hours to 3 hours to complete.

How long can I access the course?

You can access the course for 90 days from the date of your enrolment in the course. If you do not earn your course completion certificate within 90 days, your registration will expire and you will need to pay to re-enrol for the course.

How do I navigate around the course? 

After completing each video, click the Next button on the bottom right hand corner of the screen. This will register that you have completed the video in that particular module.

After selecting your answer to a question in the Quick Quiz, click the Check button located at the bottom right hand corner of the screen. This will prompt the system to provide you with the recommended answer to the question.

What is the refund or cancellation policy?

You can request a full refund or cancellation up to fourteen days after confirmation of your paid enrolment, provided:

  • you have not started any lesson in the course or
  • you have not downloaded any course materials.

After fourteen days, if you have already started a lesson or have downloaded a course material, you will not be entitled to any refund or cancellation from Skills4Good.

What is your copyright policy?

You can review our copyright policy through this link:

Do I receive a certificate of completion?

Yes. After you complete the course, you can request to receive a Certificate of Completion for the course. We will send the certificate to you within 5 business days.


The “Leaders on Board” e-Learning Program is provided for educational purposes only. The Instructor and Building Breakthrough Boards Corp (Skills4Good/B3) have carefully prepared, reviewed and produced the program. Nevertheless, they cannot be held legally responsible for its contents or for any consequences arising from its use. The materials in the program are intended to provide information as well as to facilitate thoughtful reflection. For example, the case studies discussed are intended to illustrate various governance concepts. They cannot be used as professional advice that is applied to specific situations.