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David Rourke

Achieving efficiencies while maintaining control
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Achieving efficiencies while maintaining control

Non-profit organizations in Ontario are grappling with a new and very different operating environment these days.  This new environment is expected to result in drastic structural changes to Ontario’s non-profit sector – pushing for consolidation amongst similar-interest organizations specifically. Many Ontario non-profit organizations are concerned about the impact of the widespread cuts and program restructuring to their identity, autonomy as well as the communities they...

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25 Oct 2019
Five reasons why your nonprofit needs a professional procurement policy
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Five reasons why your nonprofit needs a professional procurement policy

By David Rourke, Round Table Procurement Services From the Board of Directors to funders to community members they serve, nonprofits have a long list of stakeholders to take into consideration when determining how money is spent and how suppliers are chosen. Establishing and enforcing policy to govern the way a nonprofit buys goods and services, also known as a procurement policy, can help nonprofits ensure...

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27 Aug 2019
The importance of a trusted wireless services partner
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The importance of a trusted wireless services partner

A Challenging Market The wireless services market is complicated. Navigating through ever-changing options and products in the marketplace and staying abreast of new technologies that could help your staff get the job done takes a lot of effort. Ensuring that your organization’s current mix of cell phones and wireless plans are meeting your needs at the best price requires no small amount of experience. It...

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06 Dec 2017
Managing the Year-End Buying Crunch
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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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02 Mar 2017
Purchasing:  The 3 C’s of healthy supplier relationships
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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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06 Aug 2015
Well-managed purchasing- It’s about more than just saving money
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Well-managed purchasing- It’s about more than just saving money

Purchasing is often considered to be a necessary evil in many organizations and nonprofits are no different. All nonprofits require goods and services to keep their organizations running and fulfill their mandates within the community. They need to buy things to literally keep the lights on but, with so many competing priorities, purchasing rarely gets the attention it should. Nonprofits know intuitively that there is...

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22 Apr 2015