In the wake of the annus horribilis that was 2020, ONN’s board, policy committee, and staff have been strategizing about our role in positioning the nonprofit sector to navigate the changing landscape and playing a pivotal role in an equitable recovery. We’ve overhauled our policy priorities to ensure we’re focusing on what we see is most needed at this time. Although everyone’s eyes are on...
As we (hopefully!) emerge from the long dark shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations around the world, including nonprofits, are preparing for a return of non-essential staff to workplaces. After over a year of off-and-on shut-downs and re-openings, I wanted to share with you some of the learnings and suggested action items from the nonprofits we support.
Last month, a report was published that delved into the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audit experience of Muslim charities in Canada. The conclusions are troubling at best, and frightful at their worst. Operating from a place of fear is not what any charity in Canada should face as they focus on meeting their missions to support and strengthen their communities. The severe damage these revocations have on Muslim communities, and the chilling effect on Muslim Canadian organizations more broadly, should be a critical concern to all of us who volunteer, work and support charities and the nonprofit sector in Canada.
Usually, nonprofit organizations find themselves reflecting on the past year — typically, 12 months — as part of their annual report or in preparation for their AGM. However, as time has felt fluid and disconnected since the pandemic started, I’m finding myself looking back over the last 16 months and wondering, “Did all that happen in the last year? How did time simultaneously pass so...
ONN was thrilled to welcome SACK’s Maryam Pandi to Nonprofit Driven 2020. This first-person profile is part of an incentive prize at the conference to recognize attendees and their work. I moved to Canada from Iran five years ago. In the beginning, like many other newcomers, I spent a lot of time figuring out my voice within the community I lived in. I’ve always been...
Seniors in Ontario deserve care that has their best interest at heart. See what opportunity nonprofits have to reform seniors’ care and the care economy.
We are dismayed and frustrated the Ontario government has chosen to bulldoze its way through Bill 254’s legal challenges, invoking Section 33 of the Charter rather than amending the legislation to appropriately deal with legal and community concerns.
The news of 215 Indigenous children killed in a residential school in Kamloops, the community of Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc, is devastating. We grieve for these children, their families, and survivors, and the ancestors and legacies lost. Government-led colonialism has stripped Indigenous Peoples of their land, culture and belonging historically, and colonial violence remains a present reality.
The sector deserves better: Missed opportunities in the federal response to the Senate report on the charitable sector
Last month, the federal government released its response to Catalyst for Change, the 2019 report of the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector. The government response, long in coming, is underwhelming and does a great disservice to the tens of thousands of charities and nonprofits that have stepped up during COVID-19 to meet the needs of communities. This is a missed opportunity for a...
This article was written by ONN Board Member Myna Kota. Myna is the Public Policy and Stakeholder Affairs Lead at Casey House. She has more than 15 years of experience with both local and national nonprofits. You can view her original article here. 15 years ago, after a brief stint in the private sector, I started my first job at a nonprofit organization. Since that...