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Grow your toolkit. Access hard copy resources for your nonprofit board.


Sometimes what you need is a resource you can work through, a checklist you can write on, or a physical book to hold in your hands.

Volunteer Alberta offers the following hard copy resources. These books will help you engage new Board members, ensure your Bylaws are up to date, inspire your work, and much more!

Members enjoy a 10% discount on publications. To order hard copies, please complete our order form.



Board Development Workbooks
Free downloads are available of the most recent version (revised 2008) of the Board Development Workbooks. Click the title of the workbook to download a free PDF version.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy (revised 2006), please complete our order form.


Hiring and Performance Appraisal of the EDHiring and Performance Appraisal for an Executive Director  – This workbook will help you in hiring a new ED or conducting an ED performance appraisal.


Developing Job DescriptionsDeveloping Job Descriptions of Board Members – This workbook will help you create effective and comprehensive board member job descriptions.


Drafting and Revising BylawsDrafting and Revising Bylaws – For Boards and senior staff looking to create or update organizational bylaws.

Recruiting and Developing Board MembersRecruiting and Developing Board – This workbook will assist you in recruiting skilled and passionate leaders for your organization.


Financial ResponsibilitiesFinancial Responsibilities of Not-for-Profit Boards – For Boards looking for more information on managing financial records including a checklist of financial responsibilities and assistance with reading financial statements.

Muttart Fellowship Books

Free downloads are available of the Muttart Fellowship Books. Click the title of the book to download a free PDF version. For more Muttart Foundation publications, visit their website.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy, please complete our order form.


Accreditation of Child Care CentresAccreditation of Child Care Centres by Margaret Anne Golberg – What is accreditation and what constitutes quality child care? This exploration of childcare in Alberta proposes an accreditation system that establishes quality criteria to ensure good programming while giving parents, the community, and government the information needed to make informed decisions.

63 pages, published 1999

The Board and Executive DirectorBoard and Executive Director: developing and nurturing an effective relationship by Kelly Sloan – Has the Board of Directors or Executive Director in your organization ever been frustrated by the rocky and troublesome relationship with each other? This book identifies key factors for creating a successful relationship and provides questions that Boards and Executive Directors can use as a starting point for discussing their relationship. The book contains practical strategies to implement in these areas as well as a list of resources relevant to the subject.

90 pages, published 2006

Competition in the Voluntary SectorCompetition in the Voluntary Sector: the case of community-based trainers in Alberta by Walter J. Hossli – The 1990s saw tremendous changes in the delivery of social services. This book explores one significant trend, the increased competition between agencies, specifically in Alberta, and how it affects those who deliver employment and self-employment training, the community-based trainers. The author highlights key competitive activities voluntary agencies now undertake to provide their services in the current environment.

66 pages, published 2001

Conversations About Capacity BuildingConversations About Capacity Building by Joanne Kidd – In the late 90s, funders began to recognize that grants made to nonprofits with a narrow project focus did not always achieve the anticipated results and that neglect of infrastructure often meant organizations could not sustain their best ideas. This led these funders to re-focus on what became known as “organizational capacity building.” Conversations about Capacity Building reports on those discussions, and compares the various viewpoints with current literature on ways to achieve organizational effectiveness and high performance.

92 pages, published 2005

Daunting Tasks; Dedicated PeopleCultures at Work: intercultural communication in the Canadian workplace by Ana Maria Fantino – Ms. Fantino has spent much of her working life dealing with newcomers to Canada. In this book, she discusses what she has learned as a means of helping managers deal with the increasingly diverse workforce our country celebrates.



Daunting Tasks; Dedicated PeopleDaunting Tasks, Dedicated People: stories in the management of change in HIV/AIDS organizations by Sherry A. McKibben – As Executive Director of HIV Edmonton, Sherry McKibben managed a change process that was incredibly difficult and never really came to a conclusion. This book provides discussions regarding change, primarily in AIDS service organizations. It presents material and ideas that will help increase our understanding of the dynamics of change and the management of change in HIV/AIDS work and in the third sector in general.

253 pages, published 2004

The Garden PatchThe Garden Patch: an organic approach to planning for the voluntary sector by Anne E. Campbell – Individuals, boards, and community groups who want to start to implement a strategic plan will find fresh ideas and planning methodologies in this book. The book covers such concepts as holding the public trust, creating a civil society, and the importance of the voluntary sector understanding its role and viability within the fabric of Canadian society. Four planning methodologies are described, with the bibliography extending the scope of the book by including additional resources, workbooks, and useful websites.

167 pages, published 2004

Igniting Young Minds and SpiritsIgniting Young Minds and Spirits: Youth Governance by Wayne Wiens – After working with organizations serving youth and children, Wayne Wiens noticed that too often the youth had no input into the very programs that were designed to serve their needs. If there was input, it was informal, indirect, and from a position of powerlessness. Starting from the perspective of a small nonprofit organization, Wiens identifies barriers and challenges youth input. He identifies steps in developing youth development campaigns, and offers models of youth participation in governance.

29 pages, published 2000

Improving Health StatusImproving Health Status Through Inter-sectoral Cooperation by Dr. John H. Hylton – This book is about the determinants of health status ‑ that is, what makes some populations healthier than others. It reviews recent literature about the determinants of population health status and points out that health depends on much more than the availability of formal health services. A number of specific strategies for cooperating across sectors are discussed, and case studies where these techniques have been utilized are reviewed.

169 pages, published 2003

Letters to JoyLetters to (not always of) Joy by Bob Wyatt – In his Muttart Staff Fellowship monograph, Letters to (not always of) Joy, Muttart Foundation executive director, Bob Wyatt, argues in favour of a strong national umbrella organization to advance the work of the voluntary sector.

149 pages, published 2006

Partnerships Profits and Not-for-Profits TogetherPartnerships: profits and not-for-profits together by Martha Parker – Partnerships and strategic alliances between corporations and not-for-profits are becoming a more common element in giving, with altruism and self-interest blending to include “more than money.” Distinctive relationships are replacing cheque book philanthropy and are involving key stakeholders of both not-for-profits and companies. This book includes detailed case studies, rationale for change, the evolution of leading corporations and not-for-profits, plus reflections and learnings.

224 pages, published 1999

Political AsylumsPolitical Asylums by Ronald A. LaJeunesse – The author researched and wrote an historical account of the impact of public attitudes and social policy on mental health service delivery in Alberta..



331 pages, published 2002
for lending only

Radical RelatednessRadical Relatedness: exploring the spiritual dimension of family service work by Michael McKernan – Family service work has, at the heart of its mission, the urge towards community. The richest sense of what we offer our clients is an experience of meaningful connection with themselves; with the community of family, friends and fellow workers; and with society in general. The book includes discussions on the value of spirituality as it relates to social work practice, and the concepts and language used to address the emotional and intellectual baggage that has marginalized spirituality in social work.

288 pages, published 2004

Responding to DiversityResponding to Diversity by Maureen Collins – This workbook is a personal, thoughtful, and action oriented reflection on the author’s journey as she facilitated an organizational change process of responding to diversity. This workbook can be used as a tool by individuals for personal reflection or by working groups to focus discussion. The workbook is of value both to groups who are just starting to think about how to address issues of diversity in service work and to those who already have experience.

49 pages, published 2006

Sermons for the New MillenniumSermons for the New Millennium by Martin Garber-Conrad – This collection of essays explores issues related to the non-profit sector at the dawn of the 21st Century. Heated discussion of the future accompanied the end of the last millennium and historical perspective was in short supply. The emphasis in the book is the practical: what ideas can provide perspectives that can be used here and now? Along with the book’s valuable insights, its light, sometimes humorous style makes it a pleasure to read.

168 pages, published 1999

Social Enterprise The Three P'sSocial Enterprise: philosophy, processes and practicalities by Shelley Williams – Has your organization thought about diversifying its funding base? Have you been told by other funders that you need to diversify your sources of funding? Have you considered social enterprise but not even contemplate it as it seemed an overwhelming task? Shelley Williams takes a thorough look at the pros and cons of nonprofit organizations going into revenue generating endeavors using a workbook style format.

105 pages, published 2005

TransitionsTransitions: the art of implementing positive change by Karen Bruce – Transitions introduces a new change model that focuses on four foundational building blocks: Window of Opportunity, Leadership, The Human Side of Change, and Reflections. The concepts are introduced through a fictional group of characters that are working through a controversial merger of two nonprofit organizations. The emotional difficulties of dealing with personal reluctance to change, system and process issues, staff concerns, diverse stakeholder interests, and community needs are explored through the interaction of the characters.

97 pages, published 2006

Weaving through the CommunityWeaving Through the Community: becoming a responsive board by Lindsay Ann Cooke – This book makes the case that non-profit boards are an important component of a healthy society where citizens participate in a meaningful way. The book examines the motives of people who choose to volunteer as board members and suggests that, though there may be many reasons, some altruistic and some self-serving, board members connecting to the concept of the “Servant Leader” will be the most successful in governing their organization.

75 pages, published 2001

Winter's ChildrenWinter’s Children: the emergence of children’s mental health services in Alberta 1905 – 2005 by Germaine M. Dechant – From Alberta’s inception, the emergence of children’s mental health services has been a tale of hope and disappointment, a saga of courage and conviction to overcome almost insurmountable odds. Evolving from a focus on juvenile delinquency, meager services weathered depressions, eugenics, world wars, epidemics, and oil crises in the struggle to help some of our province’s most vulnerable children. This concise and rewarding read is not only a valuable reference, but an engaging account of Alberta’s first century.

181 pages, published 2006


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