Charles Street Video's Ross Turnbull leads a filmmaking workshop.


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Accessibility, Taxes, and Advocacy

With a special thanks to Arts Build Ontario – Presentation by Lindsay Golds and Alex Glass!

Slides from the presentation Accessibility, Taxes, and Advocacy, delivered during ARCCO’s 2017 Annual General Meeting. Alex Glass, Program Manager, ArtsBuild Ontario talked about the advocacy work that ArtsBuild Ontario does for the arts sector and addressed accessibility needs and resources available in Ontario. She also spoke about property tax assessments that are affecting organizations in buildings such as 401 Richmond, the Distillery, and throughout the province.

Building Success into your Succession Planning Cycle

Prepared for ARCCO by Jerry Smith, General Manager, First Stage Consulting. Edited by ARCCO.

The largest, single, most impactful decision the majority of organizations in the cultural sector would ever have to face is a leadership change for either the top paid position or the top volunteer position. A strategic response to this challenge is generally referred to as Succession Planning. The following document will help you develop an action plan to maintain stability during the departure of a key leader.

Succession Planning
Human Resources
Managing Transitions in Leadership – Finding and Keeping a Great Executive Director

A Guide for Boards of Directors of Conservation Organizations.

Written by Dyan Oldenburg, TREC Executive Director and David Thomson, and Dan Schwab, TREC Senior Associates.

This workbook provides both Boards and Executive Directors an understanding of what is required to effectively hire, manage, support and when necessary, replace an Executive Director. This document is written for environmental NGO’s but has lots to offer for arts organizations as well.

Succession Planning
Human Resources
PASO-OPSA Advocacy Toolkit

Published by the Coalition of Provincial Arts Service Organizations (PASO-OPSA).

Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act

The Ontario government is modernizing the law that governs how nonprofit organizations operate. The new law is Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010, or the ONCA. If your nonprofit organization is incorporated in Ontario, this site can help you prepare for the ONCA with:

  • background on the ONCA in plain English
  • helpful planning and work tools
  • webinars and other educational events
  • links to other resources

Visit the Ministry of Consumer Services’ ONCA site for a guide, default bylaw, transition checklist, and more. You can also access this information in French.

Nonprofit Law
Ontario Nonprofits
Procedure Manual Template

This manual is shared with permission from the White Water Gallery, and it was initially written by Heather Saunders. Subsequent edits were applied by Hannah Fewings and Jessie Lacayo.

The White Water Gallery is exploring the production of an updated procedure manual and has plans to release it in late 2012.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Audience Development

by Stefan St-Laurent

Audience Development
The Quick And Dirty Guide To Getting Your Organization Incorporated as a Non Profit Society or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Prefabricated Legal Documents

By Jonathan Middleton


The Canada Revenue Agency

CRA registers qualifying organizations as charities, gives technical advice on operating a charity, and handles audit and compliance activities. Registered charities are required to file an annual information return with the CRA, a portion of which is available to the public, and must meet certain requirements of the Income Tax Act concerning their expenditures and activities.

Registering as a Charity
How to start a Nonprofit: Sample Bylaws

Produced by Nonprofit Resources Inc. Helpful tips for nonprofits in the initial stages of incorporation, suitable for groups with questions about management issues, by-laws, articles of incorporation.

The Institute on Governance

The Institute on Governance, a non-profit organization explores, shares, and promotes the concept of good governance in Canada and abroad and helps governments, the voluntary sector, communities and the private sector put it into practice for the well-being of citizens and society.

The IOG offers free E-LEARNING tools to build better board governance. This section includes various publications and governance improvement ideas derived from research and experience. The tools guide the reader through the players and processes involved in good governance, including sample bylaws and governance policies to assist organizations in developing or adapting their own.

Board Governance
Cultural Careers Council Ontario (CCCO)

addresses human resources and career development needs and issues for Ontario’s arts and culture community.

Human Resource Planning Tools
Dealing with Challenge & Conflict
Termination of Employment
Benefits and Retirement Plans
The Not-for-Profit & Charity Law

The Not-for-Profit & Charity Law website is a project of the Legal Studies Program of the University of Alberta Faculty. This site provides information on non-profit, and charity management; liability; directors, volunteers, and employees; fund-raising law; and tax law. Information is presented through the LawNow Reprint series and Frequently Asked Questions. Links to other not-for-profits, charities, foundations, and volunteer sites. Opportunities for discussion are also included.

Law non-profit
Board liability
Tax law
Free Management Library

This online library provides easy-to-access, clutter-free, comprehensive resources regarding the leadership and management of individuals, groups and organizations. Content is relevant to large or small for-profit or nonprofit organizations. Over the past 10 years, the Library has grown to be one of the world’s largest well-organized collections of these types of resources. There are approximately 650 topics, spanning 5,000 links. Topics include the most important practices to start, develop, operate, evaluate and resolve problems in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Each topic has additionally recommended books and related Library topics.

Boards of Directors
Employee Performance Management
Organizational Change
Strategic Planning
United Way of Canada/Centraide Canada

This site provides information on the board’s role, the importance of board governance, the components of board governance, and steps to effective board operations in a voluntary organization.

Board Management
HR Council for the Voluntary/Non-profit Sector

The HR Council for the Voluntary/Non-profit Sector is a national, non-profit organization committed to the development and enhancement of a skilled workforce that is focused on building better communities and improving the lives of Canadians. With more than 1.2 million employees working in 69,000 organizations, the voluntary/non-profit sector represents a significant portion of Canada’s paid workforce. By providing leadership, knowledge and opportunities for collaboration, the HR Council aims to contribute to the development of a sustainable, vibrant and confident voluntary/non-profit sector workforce.

The HR Council provides a HR Management Toolkit, a collection of practical tools and information on human resources management for voluntary/non-profit organizations. The toolkit contains tool and templates related to different human resources topics, such as HR policies, job descriptions, sample questionnaire for job analysis, job profiles, sample recruitment and selection checklist, sample letter of offer, template for an employment agreement.

Human Resources
Sample Code of Conduct

This document is posted with the permission of Gallery 101 and is share as a sample tool and not a prescriptive template. The document was

drafted specifically to meet the needs of Gallery 101. It is the policy of Gallery 101 that certain rules and regulations regarding Board member behavior are necessary, as they apply to the efficient and safe operation of the organization.

Code of Conduct Policy
Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy

This document is posted with the permission of Gallery 101 and is share as a sample tool and not a prescriptive template. The document was drafted specifically to meet the needs of Gallery 101. The Disclosure Policy was created to manage potential conflicts of interest, enforce disclosure, conduct operations, and protect the integrity of the organization’s decision-making process.

Conflict of Interest Policy
IMAA / NIMAC Cultural Diversity in the Media Arts

A toolkit to promote the presence of media artists and audiences from ethno-racial and Indigenous communities.

Cultural Diversity