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

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