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SAWA is pleased to offer a full library of sample policies and tools in downloadable format for executive leaders. For additional resources for every area of humane organization functions, see the Resource Library Overview.

We suggest before adopting any Organization policy you seek the guidance and advice of legal counsel.

Downloadable Tools Board of Directors Handbook

Board of Directors Policy and Committee Work

Board of Directors Committee Job Descriptions and Recruiting Tools

Coalition Agreement Examples

Application - Alberta Companion Animal Coalition
Guiding Principals - Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland
Member Commitments - Southern Colorado Animal Coalition
Rules to Participate - Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare
Signed Agreement - San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition

Document Retention Policy Examples

Document Retention Policy - What Every NonProfit Should Know

Executive Director or CEO Job Descriptions and Hiring Contract

Human Resource Guidelines

Investment Policy Examples

Onboarding CEOs - SAWA Tracks to Success

Organization Chart Examples

Resolution for Executive Director / CEO to Sign Legal Documents (Example)

Strategic Plan Examples

SAWA 2013-2016 Strategic Plan

RSPCA Strategic Plan

Suggested Executive Resources Reading List

  • The First 90 Days, Michael Watkins
  • Assimilating New Leaders, Diane Downy
  • What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, Marshall Goldsmith
  • You’re In Charge, Now What?: The Eight Point Plan, Thomas Neff and James Citron
  • The Leadership Pipeline: How to Build the Leadership Powered Company, Ram Charon, Stephen Drotter, and James Noel
  • Creating We: Change: I-Thinking to We-Thinking - Building a Healthy, Thriving Organization, Judith E. Glaser
  • Ultimate Power: Gregory Goose, A Journey Over The Horizon, Judith E. Glaser
  • The Leadership Secret of Gregory Goose: First Day, New Job, Now What!, Judith E. Glaser
  • Coalition Building for Animal Care Organizations by Katherine A. McGowan (Shenar), Published by Humane,Society Press, 2009


  • ASAE and the Center for Association Leadership –
  • US Chamber of Commerce –
  • American Chamber of Commerce Executives –
  • BoardSource –
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals –

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