Tag: nonprofit sector


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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We can all be allies for creating decent work

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Apr 2017

We can all be allies for creating decent work

With the final recommendations of the Changing Workplaces Review coming this spring and potential changes to Ontario’s employment and labour laws, the launch of the Better Way Alliance is bringing  attention to employers who are championing decent work practices such as fair wages, stable employment and paid sick days. The Better Way Alliance is made up of over 20 small businesses and nonprofits in Ontario,...

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The big unveil: A strategic plan to strengthen the Ontario nonprofit sector

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Apr 2017

The big unveil: A strategic plan to strengthen the Ontario nonprofit sector

This year, ONN celebrates the 10 year anniversary of our grassroots beginning. With a research fellow, the indomitable Lynn Eakin, a visionary steering committee, an inspiring place to call home at the Centre for Social Innovation, and a founding issue (the good ol’ Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporation Act or “ONCA”), we had set the stage for a new way of organizing: a networked approach to public...

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Managing the Year-End Buying Crunch

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Mar 2017

Managing the Year-End Buying Crunch

Tell us if you’ve heard this one before: “The good news is that we have additional funding. The bad news is that we have to spend it by the end of March!”  Ahh, the end of the budget year can create any number of challenges, but none generate mixed feelings like the last minute discovery of extra funds. Whether created by an unexpected source of...

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Evaluation: Expanding design learning

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Jan 2017

Evaluation: Expanding design learning

Late last fall, ONN’s evaluation project took me to the American Evaluation Association’s annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia, to present alongside Andrew Taylor, ONN’s Resident Evaluation Expert. For me, it was an important professional development opportunity (one of the seven elements of decent work) and, thinking back, it was a bit of a surreal experience. Never did I think I would be in Atlanta at...

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

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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

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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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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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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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Office supplies purchasing: There’s more to it than you might think!

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Sep 2016

Office supplies purchasing: There’s more to it than you might think!

Office supplies – paper, toner, pens, folders, etc. – are one of the few expenses that almost every organization incurs.  No matter if you’re a nonprofit, for-profit, public sector, large or small – odds are you need to buy supplies to support your operations. This widespread and common need has resulted in no shortage of sources for these types of supplies.  You can find a...

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