Tag: funding


Highlights from GO Open Data Conference 2017

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May 2017

Highlights from GO Open Data Conference 2017

Over 150 people gathered in London, Ontario for the Go Open Data 2017 conference May 5 & 6. This was a cross-section of folks from government, the private sector, academia, and the nonprofit sector who all share a common interest in open data. Together, we shared a full day of learning and discussion about the potential and challenges that open data presents. Here are a few of...

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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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Should nonprofits be reporting evaluation findings to funders?

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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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Evaluation comic 3.0! Oranges to apples: Measuring what counts

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Jul 2016

Evaluation comic 3.0! Oranges to apples: Measuring what counts

With two comics done, we naturally felt that our third comic should focus on fruit. Indeed, as we note in the first frame, fruit is part of a healthy community. Yet, as with all our comics, this one has many layers. It should therefore not surprise you that this comic isn’t really about fruit, but about measuring what matters. In this comic, we start with...

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What We Learned From Talking Evaluation to Funders

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Jul 2016

What We Learned From Talking Evaluation to Funders

In recent months, we’ve been talking with funders (including private foundations, public foundations and funders, government, and corporate funders) about evaluation. We’ve learned that, by and large, they are very interested in evaluation and see it as an important tool for learning and action. They understand the challenges that nonprofits face around evaluation and they acknowledge that some of these challenges arise out of their...

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Hot off the press! Our Evaluation comic 2.0

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May 2016

Hot off the press! Our Evaluation comic 2.0

When our first comic got some chuckles, we sat back in our office and patted ourselves on the back for a job well done at the successful launch of ONN’s first comic series**. Then someone pointed out that a “series” necessarily involves more than one of something… As a result, we proudly present you with our second comic! (Kidding, we totally had this planned all...

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Move Over, Dilbert! Introducing The Evaluation Comic Series

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Mar 2016

Move Over, Dilbert! Introducing The Evaluation Comic Series

For years, no one asked us the question, ‘why doesn’t ONN do a comic series?’ Luckily, however, through our work to develop a Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy, someone finally did. The result is an ONN milestone: our first ever comic series!  The evaluation comic series** is inspired by one of the key themes in our conversations with the sector about nonprofit evaluation: when evaluation is undertaken primarily because it is...

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Hey, 2016! We’re ready for ya

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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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Leadership In Changing Times: Trends For A Bright Sector Future

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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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Why should government invest in a strong nonprofit sector?

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May 2015

Why should government invest in a strong nonprofit sector?

Let’s imagine for a moment our community without nonprofits: without libraries, museums, shelters, theatres, trees, places of faith, or health care services, to name just a few. While it’s not intentional, both government and citizens sometimes take nonprofits for granted even though these organizations contributes to their physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Nonprofits interact with people every day and are solution providers in communities. Critical...

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