Support to Recreation and Sports Organizations

The Municipal Services Group works with a variety of non profit organziations with an area of specialty of recreation and sports. We can assist non profits in the following key areas:

Board Orientations

Strategic Planning

A proper orientation of your board members is critical to not only getting off on the right foot after appointment, but in developing a sense of team and cohesiveness. Often times, new board members will feel as though they have some "catch up" to do and get up to speed with the rest of the board members. A quality orientation will allow as much as possible, all board members to work with the same level of knowledge and contribute to effective decision-making. Some examples of topics included in a Board orientation are:

  • Roles and Responsibilities

  • Board and CEO/ED relations

  • Strategic Planning

  • Political Advocacy

  • Order and Decorum

  • Policy Development

  • Codes of Conduct

  • Effective Meetings

  • Fiscal Responsibilities

  • Operational Updates

Strategic Planning is seen as a variety of things to different people. In a nutshell, it is a process whereby a Board will set a longer term plan for the future of the organization. It is not a short term plan focusing on financials, projects, or operations (although they are part of the bigger plan). It is a high level plan that will guide decision making well into the future and act as a guide when making shorter term decisions. The activities of the organization (operations) should help the Board achieve its long term goals (Strategic priorities)

There are many ways to go about this. And of course, the process is dictated by time, money, and the nature of the organization. Generally, The Municipal Services Group will facilitate discussion in a variety of areas including:

  • “Where are we now?”, “Where should we be going?” and “How do we get there?”;

  • Developing a road map for long- term decision making which will provide a means for staff and board to focus its efforts;

  • Using the road map as a compass by which the Board makes its decisions;

  • Matching the organization's activities with the long- term plan; and,

  • Aligning Club finances with the activities.