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Can charities and nonprofits help heal social division?

12

Jan 2017

Can charities and nonprofits help heal social division?

The world of democracies seems to be an uneasy and unpredictable one these days. Voters have chosen to support candidates and policies that threaten to upend the status quo, from the election of Donald Trump in the US to the support of Brexit by British voters, to the recent result of the Italian referendum. People who have voted this way are not necessarily ideological radicals...

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Decent Work: Could harassment be lurking in your collaborative workplace culture?

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Jan 2017

Decent Work: Could harassment be lurking in your collaborative workplace culture?

One of the many wonderful things about the nonprofit sector is its hallmark of being values-driven – admirable values like integrity, respect, openness – the values that draw us to work in the sector in the first place. Compare this with the stats about workplace harassment: – For Personal Support Workers in Ontario, 20% experience harassment or violence on-the-job – 50% of workplace harassment victims...

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How the federal charity reform process can be enriched by provincial and regional nonprofit networks

04

Jan 2017

How the federal charity reform process can be enriched by provincial and regional nonprofit networks

Big changes may be coming to how Canada regulates charities. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau specified in his mandate letter to the minister of national revenue to “modernize the rules governing the charitable and not-for-profit sectors” and to clarify the rules governing “political activity,” proposing that “a new legislative framework to strengthen the sector will emerge from this process”. It is easy to understand why national...

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Clockwise starting on the left: Lynn, Kate, Ben, Kim, Liz, Zabeda, Tara, Sarah, Amisha, Cathy

20

Dec 2016

Building traction and being determined for 2017: Thoughts from ONN

As a team on the go, we don’t often make the time to reflect on our work and, instead, we keep moving to the next policy file or the next project task. As I’m sure many in our network also experienced, we had full to-do lists, and lots of reacting to developments in government and more. But as we close 2016, we’re stopping for a moment...

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Time to roll up our sleeves and lead

19

Dec 2016

Time to roll up our sleeves and lead

As with many in the nonprofit sector here in Canada, over the last month our team has watched our US nonprofit counterparts struggle with what the new administration will mean for their organizations, their communities and the role of the nonprofit sector in the country. As public benefit organizations, we are closely connected to communities with an ear to the ground – seeing firsthand when...

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ONN in conversation: Yes, government funding will get easier for nonprofits

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Dec 2016

ONN in conversation: Yes, government funding will get easier for nonprofits

Funding reform, arguably one of ONN’s most challenging policy files to-date, has the network working closely with government to reform the policies, practices, and procedures for how funding is provided to the sector. Funding, cited as a key barrier facing nonprofit organizations, is not only about the size and stability of dollars, but also the administrative requirements and how the funding flows. This, for now,...

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Five Steps Towards Good Jobs

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Nov 2016

Five Steps Towards Good Jobs

Our commitment to decent work began many years ago when we committed to being evidence-informed and using data to inform our planning and evaluation processes. This means all data, but in particular data and knowledge that was co-created with community through our community based research program. It became crystal clear to us that bad jobs are making people sick, that pathways to precarious employment are...

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A new advocacy chill? The Election Finances Act

03

Nov 2016

A new advocacy chill? The Election Finances Act

The Government of Ontario recently reintroduced The Election Finances Statute Law Amendment Act (Bill 2 – formerly Bill 201), which changes the rules for provincial election financing. We don’t disagree with Bill 2’s stated intent. To reduce the influence of powerful third-party spenders in elections is a good thing. Democracy can be subverted when there is too much influence from wealthy third parties on politics....

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Who sets the evaluation agenda? Five important discussion questions to make evaluation useful

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Oct 2016

Who sets the evaluation agenda? Five important discussion questions to make evaluation useful

Too often, an evaluation enters the mindset of a nonprofit as a fully formed process imposed on their organization by someone else. In other words, who sets the agenda? In many cases, nonprofits are told what to evaluate and how to evaluate it, and then are left to their own devices to get it done. As one funder has noted, evaluation should be about accountability...

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Ten things nonprofits want funders to know

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Oct 2016

Ten things nonprofits want funders to know

ONN has heard a lot about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to funding. Through our policy work, and our outreach and engagement of our network and working groups of nonprofit leaders, we’ve heard from organizations of all sizes over the years from a variety of sectors and parts of Ontario. These ten things keep bubbling up. So, we’re sharing them here to...

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