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Simple tips for communicating about impact – Part 2

30

Sep 2015

Simple tips for communicating about impact – Part 2

Nonprofits in Ontario are often asked about the technical details of their evaluation work — things like survey response rates, or the amount of measurable change. As we work toward a Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy, we’ve noticed that there aren’t as many opportunities to talk in-depth about why we do evaluation, and what we hope to learn. In Part 1 of this blog, we offered...

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Building Tech Capacity in the Nonprofit Sector

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Sep 2015

Building Tech Capacity in the Nonprofit Sector

It’s difficult to predict the future direction of the nonprofit sector, but it seems inevitable that digital technology will play an increasingly fundamental role in how we operate. The digital sphere offers a multitude of options for reframing how we deliver services, and evaluate and share results: in short, for becoming networked nonprofits in the fullest sense. But are we ready to seize the digital...

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Simple tips for communicating about impact – Part 1

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Sep 2015

Simple tips for communicating about impact – Part 1

As we work on the development of a Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy, we have learned that one of the tricks to succeeding at outcome evaluation happens before you even get to the stage of designing surveys or completing reports. It involves focussing your measurement on a small number of concrete, measurable outcomes that are more or less within your control. Picking those outcomes can be...

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Fully Integrated: Reach for the Rainbow teaches us a few things about accessibility

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Sep 2015

Fully Integrated: Reach for the Rainbow teaches us a few things about accessibility

The nonprofit sector is positioned to champion accessibility. Many organizations work with persons with disabilities as part of their core mandate, and most nonprofits consider how their work contributes to inclusive communities. As a part of our EnAbling Nonprofits initiative, ONN is highlighting nonprofits that not only meet their accessibility compliance requirements, but go above-and-beyond to lead a culture of accessibility within their organizations and...

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Sharing Staff: Developing a Culture of Decent Work

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Aug 2015

Sharing Staff: Developing a Culture of Decent Work

ONN has been supporting and leading the development of a labour force strategy for the nonprofit sector over the past three years. Through research, analysis, pilot and demonstration projects, we are seeking and building solutions to support our paid workforce – over 1 million in Ontario. Our research on leadership in the nonprofit sector identified many opportunities for collaboration and creativity as we support our...

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Nonprofits: This federal election is the time to step it up!

19

Aug 2015

Nonprofits: This federal election is the time to step it up!

Let’s talk, nonprofit leaders. This federal election provides nonprofits with a chance to kick start an important conversation for our sector: what role does (and should) nonprofits play in democracy? How can the nonprofit sector build a healthier democracy? You’ve likely heard the depressing statistics: voting rates have declined by 14% in the past three decades; youth and newcomers are less likely to vote; a...

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What Evaluation Can Really Do for Nonprofits (A.K.A. What the heck is a Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy anyway?)

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Aug 2015

What Evaluation Can Really Do for Nonprofits (A.K.A. What the heck is a Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy anyway?)

Written by Andrew Taylor & Ben Liadsky.  Imagine that when it came time to do an evaluation, you could focus on the questions that were important for your organization and your community. Imagine that conducting an evaluation wouldn’t break your budget and overburden you or your staff, or seem like a useless exercise. Imagine that the evaluation process would produce evidence you could really use....

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The Importance of Government Relations: The Green Budget Coalition

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Aug 2015

The Importance of Government Relations: The Green Budget Coalition

Ottawa, being the centre of the universe when it comes to the world of federal government relations, is abuzz with activity as stakeholders are preparing their engagement strategies and lobbying efforts leading up to the next federal election on October 19, 2015. I recently attended a government relations lunch hosted by a large Public Relations firm in Ottawa (to remain undisclosed) where I was offered...

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Purchasing:  The 3 C’s of healthy supplier relationships

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Aug 2015

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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On the Road to Intergenerational Employment

30

Jul 2015

On the Road to Intergenerational Employment

A model of early career employment within the nonprofit sector: The nonprofit sector can be a great place to work. It often provides employees with the opportunity to be a part of an inspiring cause. But, for many “early career” employees, those who are post-secondary students, recent graduates, and seeking or working in their first jobs, obtaining meaningful and sustainable employment within the nonprofit sector...

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