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Blind patrons among the audience enjoying audio described performance of Bethune at
Factory Theatre

10

Mar 2016

Raising the Curtain on Accessibility: Resources from the performing arts

Image: Blind patrons among the audience enjoying audio described performance of Bethune at Factory Theatre  Over the last year, ONN has been sharing accessibility resources from across Ontario through the EnAbling Nonprofits project. Sharing knowledge and putting accessible practices in place doesn’t just help us comply with accessibility laws, it strengthens our relationships with other nonprofits and our communities. In October, Rose and I joined the...

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Foundation House In The Making

28

Jan 2016

Foundation House In The Making

Originally posted on The Lawson Foundation blog, 23 January 2016 After some 18 months of conversations, deliberations, validation of ideas and most importantly testing of our sanity, Foundation House has just opened its doors at the corner of St. Clair and Yonge Street (Toronto). Given the buzz and interest, and as one of three partners along with Bruce Lawson (The Counselling Foundation of Canada) and...

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CRA Winding Down Political Activities Audit Program For Charities

21

Jan 2016

CRA Winding Down Political Activities Audit Program For Charities

“The results of the political activities audit program have shown that the charities audited have been substantially compliant with the rules regarding their involvement in political activities. In light of these outcomes, the program will be concluded.” – The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, P.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue The federal minister responsible for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has announced that the program established to...

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Learning from the Literature: A First Step Toward Developing a Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy

21

Jan 2016

Learning from the Literature: A First Step Toward Developing a Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy

We’ve been amazed by the number of people who are eager to talk evaluation with us. We think this interest arises in part because people understand that evaluation has huge potential to make a difference in the sector. Many of us see evaluation as a way to better explain the value of the work we do. At the same time, we know that people are...

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ONN Is Moving!

15

Jan 2016

ONN Is Moving!

We’re Changing Homes – From CSI to Foundation House Since 2007, ONN has been lucky to call the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) home. CSI gave ONN our start as an incubated project to mobilize sector leaders around the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA). ONN has since transformed to a 7,000-strong province-wide network, rallying cross-sector champions around 30+ policy issues affecting the nonprofit sector. ONN’s success...

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Data-ness

13

Jan 2016

Data-ness

Some years ago, Stephen Colbert coined the term “truthiness,” something that has the aura of truth because it just feels like the truth. When it comes to making a point, numbers have a special appeal, no doubt because they appear to offer objective neutrality. But the accumulation of numbers, the use of data, often merely approximates truth, offering “data-ness” as the numerical equivalence of truthiness....

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Hey, 2016! We’re ready for ya

06

Jan 2016

Hey, 2016! We’re ready for ya

How many blogs have you read so far about New Year’s resolutions? Well you’re about to read one more – one that allows you to meet the many faces of ONN’s staff and their thoughts on lovin’ the network. Did we take a little inspiration from “Nonprofit with Balls’ “Ten Resolutions for the Nonprofit Sector for 2015”? You bet we did! As a communications coordinator,...

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The Reality of Coalition Building & Systems Change: Reflections on Maytree’s Connecting for Change conference

17

Dec 2015

The Reality of Coalition Building & Systems Change: Reflections on Maytree’s Connecting for Change conference

ast week, The Maytree Foundation kicked off the end to a great year with its conference, Connecting for Change, a day to build thought leadership on systems transformation and poverty reduction. Throughout the day, Maytree set the tone that systems goals must be accountable, measurable, accessible, and reflect lived experiences. Coinciding with Human Rights Day, the positive energy in the room was apparent. Several key...

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Stepping Up: Nonprofits’ and Charities’ Role in Welcoming Refugees

15

Dec 2015

Stepping Up: Nonprofits’ and Charities’ Role in Welcoming Refugees

he nonprofit and charitable sector has a reputation for stepping up in changing times and in times of need. We value and celebrate inclusivity; we open our doors and our programs and services to all in our communities on an ongoing basis. So the place we find ourselves now with respect to an influx of refugees is really no different – albeit requiring a more...

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Unpacking Nonprofit Evaluation: Who is taking the risks and who is making the decisions?

10

Dec 2015

Unpacking Nonprofit Evaluation: Who is taking the risks and who is making the decisions?

As part of the Ontario Nonprofit Network’s efforts to develop the Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy, we have been collecting feedback from people on some of the issues of concern to them and what a strategy could do to help make evaluation more useful for the sector. This blog post is the first in a series that we will share with you related to a specific...

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