Our Blog


A Volunteer with VHA Home Healthcare in Toronto loads PPE before delivering to staff at other locations.

20

Apr 2022

COVID-19: A Disruptor and Wellspring for Volunteerism

ONN was pleased to welcome Joanne McKiernan, Executive Director of Volunteer Toronto to Nonprofit Driven 2021. This profile is part of an incentive prize at the conference to recognize attendees and their work. In the spring of 2020, we jolted as millions of volunteers were dismissed from their roles due to public health restrictions and program closures. Shortly after the voluntary sector absorbed another blow;...

Read More


Helping women reclaim their power and resiliency at North York Women’s Centre

08

Apr 2022

Helping women reclaim their power and resiliency at North York Women’s Centre

ONN was pleased to welcome Taraneh Vejdani of North York Women’s Centre to Nonprofit Driven 2021. This profile is part of an incentive prize at the conference to recognize attendees and their work. I joined the nonprofit North York Women’s Centre (NYWC) in August 2020, during the initial shock of the COVID-19 pandemic. What started as a two-month contract blossomed into the full-time role of...

Read More


Five ways for nonprofits to engage this election

05

Apr 2022

Five ways for nonprofits to engage this election

“We need to be the water. If there’s a barrier, we find our way over it, under it, through the little cracks – we find a way to move it forward.” -Pam Frache, Workers’ Action Centre  I first heard these powerful words from Pam during ONN’s webinar on engaging communities in election advocacy. Nonprofits have been moving like water these past two years; time and...

Read More


Reflecting on COVID-19: Five key takeaways for the sector

24

Mar 2022

Reflecting on COVID-19: Five key takeaways for the sector

In March 2020, we wrote a letter to the ONN network titled “Nonprofits on the front lines of COVID-19.” It was the first communication to our sector about what the pandemic might mean for us – our work, staff, volunteers, families, and communities. We knew that whatever was going to happen, it would cause chaos and uncertainty for the nonprofit sector. I knew that the...

Read More


Reflections on the state of Decent Work for Women in the nonprofit sector

07

Mar 2022

Reflections on the state of Decent Work for Women in the nonprofit sector

Happy International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month! Let’s take a moment to celebrate women and gender diverse folks across the nonprofit sector whose transformative efforts are helping to create a more just and equitable future for all Ontarians. We know that 77 per cent of the nonprofit workforce across Ontario and Canada consists of women workers. It’s with this staggering statistic (80 per cent...

Read More


Four lessons learned about governance innovation

04

Mar 2022

Four lessons learned about governance innovation

Embracing messiness, discomfort, and ambiguity A big thing that often gets in the way of embarking on change work – like reimagining how nonprofit organizations think about and do governance – is the sheer messiness of it all. Discomfort, or even dread, is common when we confront change or try something new. Add in a sense of ambiguity about how things may unfold, along with...

Read More


Prioritizing Black joy is central to Black wellness

24

Feb 2022

Prioritizing Black joy is central to Black wellness

In a previous blog post, I wrote about acknowledging Black fatigue and centering Black wellness as necessary to advancing Decent Work for Black workers in the nonprofit sector. Prioritizing Black joy is critical to centering Black wellness and combating anti-Black racism.  Black joy can be understood as a form of rest. Clever Cruz, the founder of the Black Joy  Project states that “Amplifying Black joy is...

Read More


A letter to the nonprofit sector on centering Black wellness and rest

17

Feb 2022

A letter to the nonprofit sector on centering Black wellness and rest

Here, at ONN, I spend the majority of my working time thinking about, breathing in and strategizing around decent work and racial justice and Indigenous justice. Since joining the team in June 2021, almost every week, I’ve connected with nonprofit leaders and workers about embedding practices that support decent work in the nonprofit sector and trying to figure out how they can implement internal practices...

Read More


Nonprofits are experiencing an HR crisis. Repealing Bill 124 can help.

31

Jan 2022

Nonprofits are experiencing an HR crisis. Repealing Bill 124 can help.

Over the past few months, I’ve been in countless meetings where folks from across the nonprofit ecosystem have been talking about the rapidly intensifying HR crisis in our sector. I’m hearing panic, urgency, and even despair in their voices. Leaders are sharing how they are unable to recruit and retain staff, while workers are talking about burnout and mental health concerns. I also find myself...

Read More



Page 1 of 1912345...10...Last »