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Key wins from 2019 for Ontario’s nonprofit sector!

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Dec 2019

Key wins from 2019 for Ontario’s nonprofit sector!

The past year was filled with changes, challenges, but also some incredible wins. Despite the evolving landscape, the sector came together to make 2019 an exceptional year for the collective work of our network. We realized advancements on a number of policy fronts, some of which we have been working on for over seven years!  As 2019 comes to a close, we would like to...

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What the new report on Grants Ontario means for nonprofits

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Dec 2019

What the new report on Grants Ontario means for nonprofits

December 12, 2019 As part of its annual report, the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) of Ontario has released a chapter entitled, “Oversight of Time-Limited Discretionary Grants: 2019 Value-for-Money Audit” (summary). Much of the chapter focuses on the Grants Ontario portal (now Transfer Payment Ontario, or TPON), which ONN and our network have long been interested in seeing expanded and improved. The chapter notes...

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Casting light on decent work opportunities for young nonprofit workers 

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Dec 2019

Casting light on decent work opportunities for young nonprofit workers 

Nonprofit leaders who see a role for younger workers in the sector play a key role in making that vision a reality. This view-from-the-top perspective helps youth make room for themselves, says Emily Cordeaux, manager of grants and evaluation with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.  As part of ONN’s ongoing engagement with young nonprofit workers, we asked Cordeaux to speak at a luncheon for decent work...

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Red tape: Reforming transfer payment agreements

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Nov 2019

Red tape: Reforming transfer payment agreements

The nonprofit sector plays a vital role as an economic driver, employing about a million people in Ontario. As a sector, Ontario nonprofits receive less than half of their revenue from governments, which means they can leverage public investments – via earned income, donations, and volunteer contributions – into services that directly benefit the people of Ontario. ONN and the nonprofit sector have been advocating...

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Achieving efficiencies while maintaining control

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Oct 2019

Achieving efficiencies while maintaining control

Non-profit organizations in Ontario are grappling with a new and very different operating environment these days.  This new environment is expected to result in drastic structural changes to Ontario’s non-profit sector – pushing for consolidation amongst similar-interest organizations specifically. Many Ontario non-profit organizations are concerned about the impact of the widespread cuts and program restructuring to their identity, autonomy as well as the communities they...

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Minimize and manage your risks

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Oct 2019

Minimize and manage your risks

Running a nonprofit is complex, but managing your risk through insurance doesn’t have to be.  From a Board Director’s liability to fundraising events, nonprofit organizations and stakeholders are exposed to unique risks. Directors & Officers Liability Insurance is one solution to help minimize these risks. Nonprofit Directors and Officers Liability Insurance, also known as D & O Coverage, helps cover the cost of damages and...

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Supporting emerging leaders through decent work

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Sep 2019

Supporting emerging leaders through decent work

Nonprofits play the long game when it comes to achieving their mission. They work hard to build relationships with funders and stakeholders, and to establish roots in the communities they serve. Success also requires sustaining a work culture that attracts, supports, and retains young workers to ensure the stability of the sector for years to come.  At ONN, we believe that decent work practices play...

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A new era for nonprofits’ and charities’ advocacy and engagement

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Sep 2019

A new era for nonprofits’ and charities’ advocacy and engagement

By John Beebe and Kallee Lins Imagine Canada has created the Election Hub to inspire sector advocacy and participation in the upcoming federal election. The post below, co-written by Imagine Canada and Ryerson University’s Democratic Engagement Exchange, argues that charities’ engagement in the electoral process is fundamental to furthering the causes we work on and building a robust democracy. You can view the original on...

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Five reasons why your nonprofit needs a professional procurement policy

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Aug 2019

Five reasons why your nonprofit needs a professional procurement policy

By David Rourke, Round Table Procurement Services From the Board of Directors to funders to community members they serve, nonprofits have a long list of stakeholders to take into consideration when determining how money is spent and how suppliers are chosen. Establishing and enforcing policy to govern the way a nonprofit buys goods and services, also known as a procurement policy, can help nonprofits ensure...

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Bracing for the budget impact

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Jul 2019

Bracing for the budget impact

By Terrance S. Carter, Barry W. Kwasniewski and Ryan M. Prendergast, Carters Professional Corporation Ontario’s 2019 budget may affect many nonprofit and charitable organizations across the province. Organizations expecting changes in their provincial funding arrangements need to know their specific rights and responsibilities.  Nonprofit boards of directors and leadership need to take a clear-headed and informed approach to resolve fiscal challenges. Proper planning and preparation...

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