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What’s Collective Impact all about?

05

Mar 2015

What’s Collective Impact all about?

Have you heard the term Collective Impact lately? Are you wondering what it is and whether it can help advance your mission? Here’s a quick summary and links to the latest articles so that you’re in the know. Collective Impact (CI) is a formal approach to cross-sector collaboration to solve complex social issues (e.g. poverty, youth unemployment, climate change). CI initiatives coordinate mutually reinforcing activities...

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Ontario Retirement Pension Plan: What does it mean for nonprofits?

05

Feb 2015

Ontario Retirement Pension Plan: What does it mean for nonprofits?

A dwindling number of Ontario workers enjoy a workplace pension plan these days, as more employers decide that they cannot afford the cost and the risk. At the same time, working-age Ontarians are having a harder time saving than in the past as they graduate with more debt, pay more for their housing, and watch their wages stagnate in today’s tough economy. Since people are...

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3 Creative Strategies for Nonprofits in 2015

23

Jan 2015

3 Creative Strategies for Nonprofits in 2015

This new year, I wish the network many unexpected gifts, happy encounters and joyful surprises. Looking back, 2014 was an amazing year for the Ontario Nonprofit Network! Among the many notable moments: we led analysis and engagement on the provincial election, supported the sector on new anti-spam legislation, launched the next stage of our sector-wide labour force strategy and created an online job site to...

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Top 5 ways to do strategic social media at nonprofit events

28

Nov 2014

Top 5 ways to do strategic social media at nonprofit events

Social media integration is a huge component of running an event as it allows you to engage internally with event guests as well as with a larger external audience. Here are our tips to establishing a solid social media strategy for your event! 1. Curate Content Content is everything. It’s important to note that Twitter still seems to be a viable platform for events, while...

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An 8-minute AGM?!

04

Nov 2014

An 8-minute AGM?!

ONN gets down to business in 8 minutes at its first Annual General Meeting We’ve had lots of interest about ONN’s 8 minute AGM. For the record, it turned out to be 9 minutes…but who’s counting? Comments and questions like: Why rush such an important governance mechanism? How can I have a short AGM? Please share your script with me! And what if our members...

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The Power of Community Knowledge

03

Nov 2014

The Power of Community Knowledge

“But I need THAT piece of Lego!” One Sunday morning, my boys, aged 6 and 10, were sitting at opposite ends of the kitchen table, each with a pile of Lego in front of them. Both were completely immersed in their individual projects. As their respective piles dwindled, and with creations half-constructed, they began to eye the bits and bricks across the table from them....

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The Legacy of Open for Business

02

Oct 2014

The Legacy of Open for Business

This is a process created by the Ontario government, and led by the (former) Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment. It’s an initiative to “create faster, smarter and streamlined government- to-business services and to establish a modern system of government. It’s a key part of the Ontario government’s commitment to make the Province more attractive to business while continuing to protect the public interest.”...

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A Data Strategy for Ontario’s Nonprofit Sector

11

Sep 2014

A Data Strategy for Ontario’s Nonprofit Sector

On Wednesday August 27th, the Ontario Nonprofit Network hosted over two dozen people to discuss an Open Data Strategy for Ontario’s Nonprofit Sector.  We were all sent some material to read and videos to watch prior to the meeting: Markets for Good Video & Markets for Good Concept Paper From Stories to Evidence: How Mining Data Can Promote Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector ONN Submission regarding Open...

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Measurement Shouldn’t be a Burden

04

Sep 2014

Measurement Shouldn’t be a Burden

This is an exciting time at the Ontario Trillium Foundation. We’re in the throes of finalizing what ReDesign2015 will look like. This is the first overhaul to our granting framework in more than a decade, and organizational change is always challenging. As we move towards the launch of ReDesign2015, we know that we want to move the pendulum so that measurement and evaluation contribute to a shared...

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Considering Social Enterprise

08

Jul 2014

Considering Social Enterprise

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology undertook an extensive review of the Canadian Business Corporations Act back in 2010 and recommended consultation on 4 discrete issues, one of which was the rules applicable to incorporation of socially responsible enterprise.



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