Resources for organizations

Healthy governance practices and demonstrated fiscal responsibility while maintaining an artistic mandate are key factors in determining successful AFA operational and project funding applications for organizations.

We are committed to providing resources, information and helpful advice to help arts organizations maintain and increase their capacity in governance, strategic planning and financial accountability.

Governance principles for organizations

Operational funding clients of the AFA are expected to conform to basic standards of governance practice in order to continue to receive financial support. These practices are described as a series of principles for organizational sustainability. 

We encourage your organization's entire Board of Directors to review these principles and sign off on them.

Introduction to governance principles for organizations

To supplement the governance principles for organizations agreement, our staff has developed a self-teaching PowerPoint tool to help your board's directors gain a better understanding of what these principles mean and how to develop strategies to implement them.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss setting up a workshop with staff about improving your organization's governance policies.

Reporting your financial information

Many arts organizations that receive funding from the AFA report their financial information through CADAC (Canadian Arts Data / Données sur les arts au Canada), using CADAC Common Financial Form.

Reporting financial information through CADAC is a requirement for operational funding for:

Fair Notice Policy

In times of fiscal difficulties, the AFA Fair Notice Policy outlines our system of assessments that we use to ensure operational funding clients are taking appropriate steps to return to sustainable practices.

This policy is designed to both protect the integrity of the AFA's operational funding program for all arts organizations, but also to give guidance to organizations experiencing difficulties and provide a reasonable opportunity to remedy them. 

We highly encourage organizations to communicate with our staff if they have any concerns about upcoming fiscal years. We are here to help.

Additional resources for organizations

Alberta Culture and Tourism offers a Board Development Program for not-for-profit organizations to help improve governance practices. The program includes training workshops, consultation and presentation services.

Volunteer Alberta is a member association that serves not-for-profit organizations that has a number of resources to support Board development.