Marie Michael Library

Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute

This course is not currently offered.

Recommended Readings

  • Drucker, P. F., et al. (2008). The five most important questions you will ever ask about your organization. New York: Leader to Leader Institute.
  • Shragge, E. & Toye, M. (Eds.). (2006). Community economic development: building for social change. Sydney, NS: Cape Breton University Press. Library has hard copy: 307.14 Sh83c.

Women’s Economic Empowerment

Non-Hierarchical Organizational Models


Human Resource Development

Conflict Management

Board Governance

Organizational Change

Resource Development

Financial Management

Strategic Alliances and Partnerships

Community Engagement and System Change

Strategy, Gender and the Non-Profit Sector in Canada

Best Practice Organizations


  • Advocates for Youth partners with health care providers, educators, and youth-serving professionals to strengthen the ability of youth to make informed, responsible decisions about their sexual health.
  • Good Men Project is a media company and an idea-based platform around the issue of men’s roles in modern life.
  • Half the Sky Movement brings together video, websites, games, blogs and other educational tools to raise awareness of women’s issues and provide concrete steps to fight these problems and empower women.
  • Hollaback is a movement to end street harassment through a global network of local activists.
  • Men Stopping Violence (MSV) works to dismantle belief systems, social structures, and institutional practices that oppress women and children and dehumanize men themselves.
  • National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) is an activist organization of men and women supporting positive changes for men.
  • National Partnership for Women and Families provides information, opportunities and linkages between organizations working for an end to gender discrimination.
  • One Billion Rising is a global campaign by women, for women. The movement calls for an end to violence, and for justice and gender equality.
  • SPARK (Sexualization, Protest, Action, Resistance, Knowledge) works with local and national partner organizations working with girls 13-22 to train them to be media activists and leaders in the fight against sexualization.
  • Take Back the Tech! is a global campaign that connects the issue of violence against women and information and communications technology (ICT) platforms such as the internet and mobile phones.
  • WITNESS is an international nonprofit that uses video and storytelling to open the eyes of the world to human rights abuses.
  • Women Donors Network (WDN) leverages millions of dollars a year toward solutions that address the root causes of injustice and inequality.
  • Women’s Funding Network’s (WFN) mission is to accelerate women’s leadership and invest in solving critical social issues from poverty to global security.


  • Because I am a Girl is a global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights, and give them equal access to health care, education, protection, independence, and an opportunity to participate in society.
  • Canada Learning Code believes that digital skills are tools of empowerment. Its goal is to ensure that all Canadians who have been underrepresented are given equal opportunity to build our future.
  • Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is an independent, non-partisan research institute providing information on a broad range of issues on social, economic and environmental justice.
  • Equal Voice is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada.
  • Idle No More is an ongoing grassroots protest movement originating among the Aboriginal peoples in Canada and their non-Aboriginal supporters in Canada and internationally. The movement responds to alleged legislative abuses of indigenous treaty rights by the current federal government and the federal omnibus Bill C-45 by promoting environmental protection and indigenous sovereignty.
  • Little Women for Little Women in Afghanistan is a nonprofit that works to raise funds and supplies for the education of women and girls in Afghanistan.
  • No More Stolen Sisters advocates for a national action plan to stop violence against women in response to a growing number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women.
  • Nobel Women’s Initiative promotes the world of women’s rights activists, researchers, and organizations worldwide who are addressing the root causes of violence, to strengthen and expand the global movement to advance nonviolence, peace, justice and equality.
  • Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) is a nonprofit network of organizations and individuals working in advocacy, education, and promotion of services for women and children experiencing abuse, and the free exchange of information.
  • We Talk Women (WTW) engages citizens in a conversation to break the silence that surrounds women’s rights injustices and sexual, physical, and emotional violence.
  • Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) is an organization that works for the equality rights of women and girls under the law through litigation and education.
  • Yoga Without Borders (YWB) is a service organization, dedicated to the eradication of institutionalized violence against women and girls, including mass rape, female genital mutilation, human trafficking and slavery, and the murder of women and girls worldwide.
  • YWCA Canada is the country’s oldest and largest women’s multi-service organization. It provides shelter to women, children and teen girls.