Governance and Leadership for Cultural Organizations


Course description

How will we renew, sustain and help our cultural organizations flourish in the future? This three-day course will focus on the roles and responsibilities of boards, staff and volunteers who govern and lead non-profit organizations both large and small.  It will focus on understanding the evolving and shared responsibilities for governance and leadership within non-profit and charitable organizations. There will also be an emphasis on setting priorities, developing strategies and cultivating partnerships to secure financial resources to realize an organization’s mission. As part of an organization’s evolution, the course will address the continuous need to recruit, engage and retain board members as well as plan for renewal and succession at the board table. 

Lectures, readings, case studies and interactive group discussions will be woven together to encourage participants to share their own experiences and the lessons they have learned from the vital work of governing and leading their organizations.

Who is this course for?

This course will be of special interest to leaders of nonprofit and charitable organizations including board members, staff and volunteer committee members of museums, galleries, arts councils, historic sites, performing arts facilities, festivals, First Nations cultural centers, chambers of commerce, downtown revitalization agencies, business improvement and tourism associations, community-based cultural and social service organizations as well as local governments and elected officials.  

Learning objectives

  • recognize the evolving roles of governance and leadership for all non-profit organizations  
  • discuss roles and responsibilities for financial resources to realize an organization’s mission
  • appreciate the vital role of strategic planning for the future of an organization
  • engage the board, staff and volunteers in the recruitment, orientation and succession of board members
  • understand the importance of annual assessments in the governance of an organization
  • strategically link leadership, governance, fund development, marketing and communications 


Note: though not required, prior experience in a cultural organization would be an asset for success in this course. Please contact the Program Office if you have any questions or concerns.


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