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Building our workforce – nonprofit collaboration is not just a nicety

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May 2015

Building our workforce – nonprofit collaboration is not just a nicety

At WorkInCulture, we serve the broad arts and culture sector across Ontario including many nonprofit arts organizations, most of which are micro or small (and by small, I mean five or fewer employees). Within this reality, I see first-hand that nonprofit collaboration isn’t a nicety, it’s a necessity. Policy and advocacy are grey areas in WorkInCulture’s mandate – we want to do the best by...

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Why should government invest in a strong nonprofit sector?

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May 2015

Why should government invest in a strong nonprofit sector?

Let’s imagine for a moment our community without nonprofits: without libraries, museums, shelters, theatres, trees, places of faith, or health care services, to name just a few. While it’s not intentional, both government and citizens sometimes take nonprofits for granted even though these organizations contributes to their physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Nonprofits interact with people every day and are solution providers in communities. Critical...

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Well-managed purchasing- It’s about more than just saving money

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Apr 2015

Well-managed purchasing- It’s about more than just saving money

Purchasing is often considered to be a necessary evil in many organizations and nonprofits are no different. All nonprofits require goods and services to keep their organizations running and fulfill their mandates within the community. They need to buy things to literally keep the lights on but, with so many competing priorities, purchasing rarely gets the attention it should. Nonprofits know intuitively that there is...

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 Or is charitable law just outdated?

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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 Or is charitable law just outdated?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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Growing a regional nonprofit network

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Apr 2015

Growing a regional nonprofit network

Back in November 2013, the Ontario Nonprofit Network hosted a regional meeting in Chatham-Kent. With the inspiration and encouragement of ONN, United Way of Chatham-Kent began a steering committee to explore the possibility of having a local nonprofit network. With everyone in agreement, United Way of Chatham-Kent submitted a grant application to the Ontario Trillium Foundation in the summer of 2014. Thanks to the Foundation,...

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Moving Away from a Culture of Can’t

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Apr 2015

Moving Away from a Culture of Can’t

There is a lot of pressure on community benefit organizations to be more “business like”. Some of this “business like” behaviour is really code for “be more competitive”, including approaches to labour force costs. On the surface, with governments looking for efficiencies and value for money, with donors and volunteers experiencing “fatigue” and with the “culture of can’t” looming large, it does seem that being...

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What’s Collective Impact all about?

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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?

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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

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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

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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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