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Jul 2018

Lobbying is not a dirty word…

By Burkhard Mausberg Government relations is a fickle art. Its success is rarely guaranteed. Outside events can scuttle the best laid plans. Access to decision-makers is often limited. And then elections happen. All this makes government relations a marathon, never a sprint. I’ve used the words “government relations” here because the words “lobbying” and “lobbyists” have become dirty words. The image of greedy industrial lobbyists...

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Jun 2018

Partnering for People

By Teshini Harrison, ONN policy analyst Every Ontarian is connected to a nonprofit – whether through the cultural festival on the weekend, the environmental program at a local park, the social housing services, the hockey league at the town arena, the child care program, or the community research on food security.” – ONN Value framework for Ontario’s Nonprofit Sector Ontario has a new government. So...

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May 2018

Invisible Heart: A Good Start But Time to Ask Some Deeper Questions

By Benjamin Miller The Invisible Heart is a documentary about the promise and pitfalls of Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). While the film may serve as a helpful introduction to those unfamiliar with SIBs, and raises the right issues, it does little to address those issues. To do that, the film would have to situate SIBs in the much longer story of how private sector thinking...

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May 2018

Learning about Learning Organizations

By Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky  Andrew and Ben are working with the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund on a project to explore what it means for nonprofits and funders to have strong learning cultures and how, together, nonprofits and funders can have a relationship more focused around shared learning.    What is meant by a strong learning culture We often think about the word learning in...

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Apr 2018

Examining women’s compensation in the nonprofit sector – Part 1

The Care Penalty By Pamela Uppal This is the first in a three-part series of blogs examining women’s pay in the nonprofit sector. Part 2 and Part 3 are also available online.  Given the broader gender pay gap for women in the labour market, how does it manifest in the nonprofit sector? In short, what does women’s compensation in the nonprofit sector look like? Based...

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Apr 2018

Examining women’s compensation in the nonprofit sector – Part 2

The Gender Wage Gap By Pamela Uppal This is the second in a three-part series of blogs examining women’s pay in the nonprofit sector. Part 1 and Part 3 are also available online.  Given the broader gender pay gap for women in the labour market, how does it manifest in the nonprofit sector? In short, what does women’s compensation in the nonprofit sector look like? Based...

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Apr 2018

Examining women’s compensation in the nonprofit sector – Part 3

Benefits – Pension Plan, Maternity Top-ups By Pamela Uppal This is the third in a three-part series of blogs examining women’s pay in the nonprofit sector. Part 1 and Part 2 are also available online.  Given the broader gender pay gap for women in the labour market, how does it manifest in the nonprofit sector? In short, what does women’s compensation in the nonprofit sector look like?...

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Mar 2018

We can build thriving communities through “shared platforms”

Written in partnership between the ONN, Laidlaw Foundation and Imagine Canada “Investing in our communities is not just about creating good jobs and economic growth. It is also about building communities that we are proud to call home.” – Canadian Government Priority Across Canada, in every community, public benefit nonprofit organizations are hard at work reducing poverty, providing affordable housing, developing opportunities for young people,...

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06

Feb 2018

A relationship for the public benefit

– A  Toronto initiative that could be copied in cities around the province By Margaret Hancock (Family Service Toronto), Rob Howarth (Toronto Neighbourhood Centres) and Sean Meagher (Social Planning Toronto) On December 7, 2017, Toronto City Council adopted a new policy framework, called For Public Benefit, to celebrate and enhance the City of Toronto’s relationship with the community-based not-for-profit sector. This framework was co-created over...

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Evaluating Public Benefit

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Dec 2017

Evaluating Public Benefit

Evaluating Public Benefit: How Changing Evaluation Practice Might Help to Solve an Identity Problem As an evaluator working in the nonprofit sector, I’m often struck by the things our society sees as inherently, obviously worthwhile, and the things it feels it needs to evaluate. For example, everyone seems to take it as given that public parks are not simply worthwhile, but are in fact a...

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