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

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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

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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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Reforming Police Record Checks

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Jun 2015

Reforming Police Record Checks

On June 3, 2015, the Government of Ontario introduced Bill 113, the Police Record Checks Reform Act. This was a milestone in a multi-year drive to improve the police record checks system in the province. With Bill 113 now starting to make its way through the Legislature, it’s a good time to take stock of where we are with police record checks and look ahead...

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Building our workforce – nonprofit collaboration is not just a nicety

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May 2015

Building our workforce – nonprofit collaboration is not just a nicety

At WorkInCulture, we serve the broad arts and culture sector across Ontario including many nonprofit arts organizations, most of which are micro or small (and by small, I mean five or fewer employees). Within this reality, I see first-hand that nonprofit collaboration isn’t a nicety, it’s a necessity. Policy and advocacy are grey areas in WorkInCulture’s mandate – we want to do the best by...

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Why should government invest in a strong nonprofit sector?

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May 2015

Why should government invest in a strong nonprofit sector?

Let’s imagine for a moment our community without nonprofits: without libraries, museums, shelters, theatres, trees, places of faith, or health care services, to name just a few. While it’s not intentional, both government and citizens sometimes take nonprofits for granted even though these organizations contributes to their physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Nonprofits interact with people every day and are solution providers in communities. Critical...

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Well-managed purchasing- It’s about more than just saving money

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Apr 2015

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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Growing a regional nonprofit network

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Apr 2015

Growing a regional nonprofit network

Back in November 2013, the Ontario Nonprofit Network hosted a regional meeting in Chatham-Kent. With the inspiration and encouragement of ONN, United Way of Chatham-Kent began a steering committee to explore the possibility of having a local nonprofit network. With everyone in agreement, United Way of Chatham-Kent submitted a grant application to the Ontario Trillium Foundation in the summer of 2014. Thanks to the Foundation,...

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