Tag: collaboration


The value of followship

15

Mar 2017

The value of followship

What would you think if I told you that you should become a Follower? From childhood, we are taught the value of leadership. We are encouraged to develop our skills in leadership, from the classroom to the workplace. Often, the benefits of leadership are tied to ideas of individual success. I will lead. I will take charge. I will be successful. What we can often...

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Should nonprofits be reporting evaluation findings to funders?

07

Oct 2016

Should nonprofits be reporting evaluation findings to funders?

We have pointed out in previous blogs that evaluation is less likely to lead to learning or action when it is mandated by an external actor, such as a funder. In this blog, we are going to explore in more depth the relationship between accountability, evaluation, and learning. What is the relationship between evaluation and accountability? What should it be? Can we imagine a sector...

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To scale or not to scale?

26

Apr 2016

To scale or not to scale?

The following is some early thinking from the ONN on the issue of scaling — why and how it’s done, some challenges and areas of concern, and a call to embrace a network approach. We welcome your insights, feedback, and any examples of scaling that you feel we could learn from. Is this really the question? It’s a complicated issue not least of which is...

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Why our network needs access to our policy priorities

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Apr 2016

Why our network needs access to our policy priorities

Here at ONN, we’ve always tried to make sure we let our network know about the issues, policies and projects we are working on. Using our website, social media, annual conference and other engagement opportunities, we share lots of information a lot of the time. However, as we think back on our journey so far we recognize that there is no one place to easily...

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

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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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Participating in Government Consultations – The Canadian Dance Assembly Recaps Ontario’s Culture Strategy

03

Dec 2015

Participating in Government Consultations – The Canadian Dance Assembly Recaps Ontario’s Culture Strategy

As an arts advocate and policy wonk, I love a good townhall. The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA), along with much of the arts and cultural sector, is eager to contribute to policies and practices that create systemic change. Not only is there a possibility for Ontario’s cultural activities to flourish, but for arts and culture to connect across sectors and communities. This fall, the Ministry...

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Leadership In Changing Times: Trends For A Bright Sector Future

01

Dec 2015

Leadership In Changing Times: Trends For A Bright Sector Future

The following is an excerpt from ONN’s newly-released report, Leadership In Changing Times The vast majority of charities and nonprofit organizations operate locally and are rooted in their communities. Each plays a small part, but together they make Canada a vibrant place to live, work and play. We take it for granted that local citizens, on seeing a need—whether for a local swim club, a...

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Building Tech Capacity in the Nonprofit Sector

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Sep 2015

Building Tech Capacity in the Nonprofit Sector

It’s difficult to predict the future direction of the nonprofit sector, but it seems inevitable that digital technology will play an increasingly fundamental role in how we operate. The digital sphere offers a multitude of options for reframing how we deliver services, and evaluate and share results: in short, for becoming networked nonprofits in the fullest sense. But are we ready to seize the digital...

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Purchasing:  The 3 C’s of healthy supplier relationships

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Aug 2015

Purchasing: The 3 C’s of healthy supplier relationships

Maintaining healthy relationships is the lifeblood of a successful nonprofit organization. Ongoing interactions with clients, donors, funders, internal staff, and the general public are at the core of what makes these organizations tick. But there is another category of relationships that is sometimes ignored, yet can contribute significantly to the success of a nonprofit: relationships with external suppliers of goods and services. Not all supplier...

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Building our workforce – nonprofit collaboration is not just a nicety

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May 2015

Building our workforce – nonprofit collaboration is not just a nicety

At WorkInCulture, we serve the broad arts and culture sector across Ontario including many nonprofit arts organizations, most of which are micro or small (and by small, I mean five or fewer employees). Within this reality, I see first-hand that nonprofit collaboration isn’t a nicety, it’s a necessity. Policy and advocacy are grey areas in WorkInCulture’s mandate – we want to do the best by...

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