Risk Resources

Volunteer Canada and BMS Group are committed to delivering member value through risk mitigation strategies, including education and resources designed to protect non-profit and charitable organizations and their volunteers.

Resources for Board Members

Non-profit organizations rely on strong leadership to drive change and achieve their missions. Nearly all non-profits in Canada are led by a volunteer board of directors. The role of boards varies from organization to organization. Usually the board of directors provides leadership and guides the strategic direction of an organization. Boards govern non-profits on behalf of their members, while corporate boards govern on behalf of shareholders.

If you are interested in volunteering on a board, first consider your skills, interests and experience. Board members should know an organization’s history and mission. And they should understand the board’s role before joining.  Learn more here.

Advocacy on the Agenda: Preparing Voluntary Boards for Public Policy Participation — Government advocacy is often central to the work of board members. But often, boards of directors have little or no experience engaging in discussions with policy makers. This resource supports boards in their advocacy work.

BoardSource — With more than 20 years’ experience, BoardSource provides leaders with a range of tools to increase their effectiveness and impact.

Sector Source: Board Governance — Sector Source is a project of Imagine Canada and the legacy of the Nonprofit Library and Risk Management and Insurance and Liability Resource Centre. The Board Governance section outlines key processes, policies, and practices to have in place to support board effectiveness.

Screening Resources

Screening is a process that helps match people with volunteer positions while improving the quality and safety of the programs and services offered in communities. It’s an ongoing 10-step process performed by an organization to ensure that volunteers’ involvement is meeting the needs of the organizations, the populations they serve and the volunteers themselves.  Learn more here.

2012 Edition of the Screening Handbook
10 Steps of Screening one-pager
Safe Enough? (2006)
Best Practice Guidelines for Screening Volunteers: Finding the Right Match (2008)
Understanding Police Records Checks
Vulnerable Sector Scenarios - Answers - This document outlines the various scenarios in which the police service can and cannot perform a VS check.