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14

Aug 2018

How I spent my summer vacation

By Benjamin Miller The Ontario Nonprofit Network has been studying the way the government funds nonprofits through transfer payments for many years. I was brought on this summer as a research fellow to take a fresh look at these relationships. I started by reading through Ontario’s core policy statements like the Transfer Payment Accountability Directive and the Transfer Payment Operational Policy Agreement, and the government’s...

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19

Jul 2018

I am Charity, Hear Me Roar

Court recognizes charities’ unlimited right to nonpartisan political advocacy for charitable purposes By Benjamin Miller Two years ago, Canada Without Poverty (CWP), an Ontario anti-poverty charity that advocates for policy change, took the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to court for limiting its constitutional right to political speech. This week, the Superior Court of Ontario said CWP was absolutely right. The court struck down CRA’s 10%...

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05

Jul 2018

Lobbying is not a dirty word…

By Burkhard Mausberg Government relations is a fickle art. Its success is rarely guaranteed. Outside events can scuttle the best laid plans. Access to decision-makers is often limited. And then elections happen. All this makes government relations a marathon, never a sprint. I’ve used the words “government relations” here because the words “lobbying” and “lobbyists” have become dirty words. The image of greedy industrial lobbyists...

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A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out: DANI Toronto champions employment and accessibility

09

Dec 2015

A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out: DANI Toronto champions employment and accessibility

  Here’s something that we know for sure: the nonprofit sector is a leader in advocating for diverse communities. In 2006, DANI (Developing and Nurturing Independence) was created on this premise. Championed by parents of children with disabilities, DANI started as a parent to parent advocacy group and became an incorporated, non-for-profit organization. The organization creates opportunities for young adults with physical and/or cognitive challenges...

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Is the Federal Government silencing charities? Or is charitable law just outdated?

14

Apr 2015

Is the Federal Government silencing charities? Or is charitable law just outdated?

Is the federal government silencing charities it doesn’t agree with? I don’t know. But one thing is certain… I shouldn’t be in a position to ask that question. The laws of this country shouldn’t be so unclear that such a thing is even possible. Our charitable laws in Canada are out-dated and far too open to interpretation. No government should find itself vulnerable to criticism...

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What’s Collective Impact all about?

05

Mar 2015

What’s Collective Impact all about?

Have you heard the term Collective Impact lately? Are you wondering what it is and whether it can help advance your mission? Here’s a quick summary and links to the latest articles so that you’re in the know. Collective Impact (CI) is a formal approach to cross-sector collaboration to solve complex social issues (e.g. poverty, youth unemployment, climate change). CI initiatives coordinate mutually reinforcing activities...

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Ontario Retirement Pension Plan: What does it mean for nonprofits?

05

Feb 2015

Ontario Retirement Pension Plan: What does it mean for nonprofits?

A dwindling number of Ontario workers enjoy a workplace pension plan these days, as more employers decide that they cannot afford the cost and the risk. At the same time, working-age Ontarians are having a harder time saving than in the past as they graduate with more debt, pay more for their housing, and watch their wages stagnate in today’s tough economy. Since people are...

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3 Creative Strategies for Nonprofits in 2015

23

Jan 2015

3 Creative Strategies for Nonprofits in 2015

This new year, I wish the network many unexpected gifts, happy encounters and joyful surprises. Looking back, 2014 was an amazing year for the Ontario Nonprofit Network! Among the many notable moments: we led analysis and engagement on the provincial election, supported the sector on new anti-spam legislation, launched the next stage of our sector-wide labour force strategy and created an online job site to...

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Top 5 ways to do strategic social media at nonprofit events

28

Nov 2014

Top 5 ways to do strategic social media at nonprofit events

Social media integration is a huge component of running an event as it allows you to engage internally with event guests as well as with a larger external audience. Here are our tips to establishing a solid social media strategy for your event! 1. Curate Content Content is everything. It’s important to note that Twitter still seems to be a viable platform for events, while...

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An 8-minute AGM?!

04

Nov 2014

An 8-minute AGM?!

ONN gets down to business in 8 minutes at its first Annual General Meeting We’ve had lots of interest about ONN’s 8 minute AGM. For the record, it turned out to be 9 minutes…but who’s counting? Comments and questions like: Why rush such an important governance mechanism? How can I have a short AGM? Please share your script with me! And what if our members...

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