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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.


Police Records Checks – We Can Do Better

29

Mar 2014

Police Records Checks – We Can Do Better

There is no doubt that the costs and timeframes required for conducting police records checks in many places across Ontario are unacceptable. Nonprofit and charitable organizations, along with students, employees and employers are being put in an untenable situation of waiting weeks and months for checks to be completed, in order to ensure a safe environment for those that are the most vulnerable in our communities.


Connecting ‘builders’ to help shape the future of Ontario’s nonprofit sector

29

Mar 2014

Connecting ‘builders’ to help shape the future of Ontario’s nonprofit sector

I had only been living in the province of Ontario for a few months when I saw the Call for Applications for an inaugural fellowship of Connect the Sector, in partnership with the Ontario Nonprofit Network. Connect the Sector is group of nonprofit professionals with the vision to connect across generations and collaborate for systems change in the nonprofit sector. I had spent the previous...

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Pathways to Policy Change

30

Jan 2014

Pathways to Policy Change

The idea of “policy change” pops up regularly nowadays in conversations where people are doing whatever they can to dramatically strengthen their communities. They share a sense that public policies – e.g. income security policy for seniors, policies designed to manage the pace of oil sands development, regulations that determine what drugs are covered (or not) by public health plans – can yield the deep,...

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A new year and new beginnings for ONN

08

Jan 2014

A new year and new beginnings for ONN

It’s the time of year to wish you health and happiness, and love and fulfillment in the months ahead – and we do wish all that for you at ONN. We also wish you success in your endeavours, and the joy that comes from giving to others and working together to build a better world.


Modernizing child care, modeling effective public policy by communities

16

Dec 2013

Modernizing child care, modeling effective public policy by communities

Last week the Ontario government introduced a new bill that’s a milestone for the province on many levels, and is a model for policy making by and for communities. The Child Care Modernization Act, 2013 (Bill 143) is a strong and cohesive piece of legislation that will address the serious issues related to unregulated child care in the province of Ontario while repealing the Day Nurseries...

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Fighting for Nonprofit Accounting Principles

29

Nov 2013

Fighting for Nonprofit Accounting Principles

Accounting rules can seem so far away from the important work a charity or nonprofit does, but there is a set of proposed changes that will affect almost every organization in the country. The unique nature of not-for-profits and sector accounting is being ignored by the new principles proposed by the Accounting Standards Board (PDF). This is a conversation that every charity treasurer and finance committee needs to...

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Reframing Leadership for Ontario’s Nonprofit Sector

29

Nov 2013

Reframing Leadership for Ontario’s Nonprofit Sector

Why a Plan for the Sector? The community nonprofit sector employs over 600,000 employees and represents 2.6% of Ontario’s GDP. Like other work forces, it needs to recruit and retain skilled workers and leaders. Despite its significant socio-economic impact, the sector’s identity as an employer has only started to take shape. Since ONN’s earliest outreach with the nonprofit sector, a comprehensive approach to labour force...

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Another myth to break: Entrepreneurs and private sector not the only youth employers and economic drivers

17

Oct 2013

Another myth to break: Entrepreneurs and private sector not the only youth employers and economic drivers

Toronto Star, Letter to the Editor – October 17, 2018 Dear Editor, There’s another myth to break when it comes to youth employment (Premier Kathleen Wynne, “Time to bust myths about youth unemployment”, Wednesday, October 16, 2013): it’s not just governments and businesses who can provide creative job strategies to revive the economy. The Ontario nonprofit sector is already playing a central role and is a...

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