Author Archives: Lynn Eakin



Lynn Eakin

Lynn is ONN's Policy Advisor. Lynn has been providing consulting services to the nonprofit sector since 1989. Currently Lynn, one of the founding members of ONN, is involved in better positioning the sector to address the cross-cutting policy issues it faces. She continues to engage in sector research and is involved with ONN in identifying, developing and advocating for systemic reforms to improve the ability of the sector to undertake its important work.

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The sector deserves better: Missed opportunities in the federal response to the Senate report on the charitable sector

Last month, the federal government released its response to Catalyst for Change, the 2019 report of the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector. The government response, long in coming, is underwhelming and does a great disservice to the tens of thousands of charities and nonprofits that have stepped up during COVID-19 to meet the needs of communities. This is a missed opportunity for a...

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27 May 2021
Four reasons the nonprofit sector needs a new name
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Four reasons the nonprofit sector needs a new name

Civil society, social economy, the voluntary sector, the third sector, the nonprofit sector, the charitable sector… These are some of the terms used to describe nonprofit organizations collectively, yet these names don’t fully capture all that the sector is and does in serving communities. The nonprofit sector in Canada is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Canadian economy. Virtually every Canadian is connected...

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29 Sep 2017
Developing Big Data Analysis for Public Benefit
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Developing Big Data Analysis for Public Benefit

Big data is a term for “datasets whose size is beyond the ability of typical database software tools to capture, store, manage, and analyze.” [1] The world now has the capacity to use big data for a range of applications. In the nonprofit sector, as well as within government, we are in the early stages of exploring the uses of big data for our work in...

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30 Jun 2016
Leadership In Changing Times: Trends For A Bright Sector Future
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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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01 Dec 2015