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Stronger together: Collective advocacy in changing times

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May 2019

Stronger together: Collective advocacy in changing times

By Cathy Taylor This is a disconcerting and uncertain time for the public benefit sector in Ontario. A change of government brings about changes that affect the environment in which our sector operates. From legislative and policy changes that affect our operations, like the nonprofit labour force and our financing, as well as changes impacting issues our sector cares deeply about: climate change, the arts,...

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Building equity and community impact through social procurement: Reflections on the 2019 Buy Social Canada Summit

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Apr 2019

Building equity and community impact through social procurement: Reflections on the 2019 Buy Social Canada Summit

By Teshini Harrison This past February, I had the opportunity to attend Buy Social Canada’s annual summit. Billed as the event for “ exploring the rapidly emerging and expanding field of social procurement,” I found it insightful and informative. It offered a great opportunity to see a wide range of purchasers from across the country and from all sectors, including government, corporations, and anchor institutions...

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Network Weaving 101: What your network role says about you

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Feb 2019

Network Weaving 101: What your network role says about you

By: John Saunders One key strength to network building is that anyone can do it. In fact, most of us are already weavers to different extents, even if (like me) you might feel you still have a lot to learn. Everyone can develop leadership capacities and play a vital role in network development and growth. And as the leadership capacities of members grow, so too...

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Strengthening democracy requires building community: A taste of Democracy XChange 2019

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Feb 2019

Strengthening democracy requires building community: A taste of Democracy XChange 2019

By: Teshini Harrison On a cold January afternoon, a group of us young and old followed Chef Ashrafi down the hall of Toronto’s Regent Park Community Food Centre, where we were instructed to grab an apron, a hair net and wash our hands before being put to work in the kitchen. This was how my experience of the Democracy XChange 2019 (DXC19) began. Founded by...

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Network Weaving 101: You’re already doing it

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Jan 2019

Network Weaving 101: You’re already doing it

Network Weaving 101: You’re already doing it By: John Saunders Nonprofits survive (and thrive) through their networks. They collaborate to share resources, build capacity, and develop solutions – often for sector-wide challenges. Engaged effectively, networks often amount to more than the sum of their individual members. Network members contribute toward addressing a shared problem or opportunity that involves more than their own selves or organization....

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Leveraging the Power of Networks

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Jan 2019

Leveraging the Power of Networks

Leveraging the Power of Networks By: Lisa Watson If you’re like most nonprofit leaders, you’re devoting significant effort to your networks. But how intentional are you about making your networks effective and impactful? I recently spoke with 500+ nonprofit leaders at Nonprofit Driven 2018 about the power and potential of networks, including the Ontario Nonprofit Network. Participants milled about the huge ballroom connecting with colleagues...

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Dec 2018

Decent work means decent work for women

You can’t build a decent work movement in the nonprofit sector without women By: Pamela Uppal and Randall Terada, Decent Work Team, Ontario Nonprofit Network   Shining a GBA+ light on decent work The fact that we have a highly feminized workforce changes the way in which we are building a decent work movement in the nonprofit sector. Women workers are not a separate group...

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Nov 2018

Federal Fall Economic Statement

By Liz Sutherland With a charities advisory committee, nonprofit journalism, and a “social finance” fund, the federal Fall Economic Statement says ‘an election is coming’ Last week, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau unleashed some pre-election largesse in the form of the Fall Economic Statement. Most of it — $14.4 billion in foregone tax revenue over five years — was showered on the for-profit sector but...

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Oct 2018

Employment Standards Matter

By Cathy Taylor With the recent introduction of Bill 47, there has been much talk about employment standards. This current debate on employment standards pits employers against employees. But we know in our years of work on labour force issues and decent work that we are all in this together. There is no “us” and “them”. A decent work environment improves employees’ work lives, employment...

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Sep 2018

How we developed a pension plan tailor-made for the nonprofit sector

By Michael Kainer Let me start with an ending: I am pleased to share that ONN’s pensions implementation task force – created in 2017 to implement the first pensions task force’s recommendations – has brought its work to a close. Our main proposal is that ONN recommend OPTrust Select as the pension plan for the sector. And the ONN Board has accepted that recommendation. It’s...

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