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Nonprofits on the front lines of COVID-19

11

Mar 2020

Nonprofits on the front lines of COVID-19

*For our full list of COVID-19 resources, please click here.* Dear colleagues, Nonprofits are on the front lines of our communities- in good times, challenging times and times of community crisis. Dealing with a fast-moving virus-like COVID-19 is not and will not be an isolated incident. It is essential that our sector be prepared and lead by example. More than ever, it is important to...

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ONN becomes an  international ally

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Feb 2020

ONN becomes an international ally

ONN is proud to be the first International Ally of the US National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits). Our work to create a vibrant and resilient nonprofit sector in Ontario is strengthened by the creative, collaborative and networked strategies and resources of the Council of Nonprofits and its 25,000-plus organizational members. Leaders from the Council of Nonprofits, including the Chair of the Board, Donna...

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The future of work must be decent work

25

Feb 2020

The future of work must be decent work

Originally posted on the Broadbent Institute Last year, we learned that since 1999, four workers died at the Fiera Foods factory in the Greater Toronto Area. One of those workers was Amina Diaby. She was 23, a Black woman, a refugee from Guinea and an aspiring nursing student that had only been on the job for two weeks. Her life was cut short by an increased use of temporary...

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Why pay transparency matters for nonprofits and workers

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Feb 2020

Why pay transparency matters for nonprofits and workers

Connect Nonprofit Jobs (Connect Jobs) was launched in 2014 to connect job seekers passionate about the sector with paid nonprofit positions. Members of the Ontario Nonprofit Network post their jobs for free and we promote them to our tens of thousands of supporters. Our vision for Connect Jobs is to be a platform that can help build a stronger and more resilient nonprofit sector.  At...

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Making space for emerging leaders is key to building a better nonprofit sector

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Jan 2020

Making space for emerging leaders is key to building a better nonprofit sector

Last fall’s Nonprofit Driven conference gave ONN an excellent opportunity to touch base with emerging nonprofit leaders. At the session, Developing the next generation of nonprofit leaders through decent work, panelists and participants shared their views on challenges facing younger workers. They provided a clearer picture of the sector as a whole, while also adding perspective on different experiences – and opportunities – going forward...

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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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