How Youth Want You to Transform Non-Profit Governance

Giving youth real power

Why It Matters

In order to thrive in an aging population, Canadian non-profits need to identify youth leaders and recruit them onto their boards. Below, six young community-builders share precisely what non-profits are getting wrong — and how they can improve, from evolving directorship elections to considering board member compensation.

As part of our exclusive series on youth leadership in non-profits, we asked young board members how they would transform non-profit governance. From offering compensation to abolishing Robert’s Rules of Order (a standard for facilitating group decision-making, published in 1876), six young board directors shared their visions for the future of non-profit governance. 

Diversify your organization’s leadership. The process of joining a board can make strong candidates feel excluded if they don’t see themselves reflected in an organization’s existing leadership. “I personally had to push through a lot of feelings of inadequacy before I finally applied to be a board director, and it didn’t help that I rarely saw people like me on a board,” Sydney Pigott, board member of Springtide Resources says.  

Evolve how you elect directors. “If members

Our social impact coverage and insights enrich thousands of changemakers like you everyday. Sign up for a free account with Future of Good to continue reading this article.