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Admin Ratio Is a Poor Indicator of a Charity’s Effectiveness

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Nov 2015

Admin Ratio Is a Poor Indicator of a Charity’s Effectiveness

Originally posted by The Huffington Post Canada 9/17/2015 When we look at businesses for evaluation or investment, we first look at the results that the business has delivered, products sold, customers gained, profits generated, and the track record over time. If we are more sophisticated, we might look at other things such as marketing and operating margins, cost of sales, or revenues per employee to understand...

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We Need to Talk About Decent Work

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Nov 2015

We Need to Talk About Decent Work

A few weeks ago, as part of a crowd of about 500 nonprofit workers, we listened as we were urged, “Remember, we are employers and job creators and have a responsibility to provide decent work.” We began sharing an idea that we hope will inspire and ignite the sector – the idea of decent work. Over the past 11 months at ONN, Toronto Neighbourhood Centres...

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Driving Nonprofit Change, Cohen Style

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Nov 2015

Driving Nonprofit Change, Cohen Style

Originally posted by Nonprofit Quarterly, November 20, 2015. By AMY BUTCHER November 8, 2015; Pathways & Journeys Much has been said about Rick Cohen’s legacy in the nonprofit world, and one moniker in particular that he earned is “honorary Canadian.” He indeed had a fondness for the Great White North, as he himself said back in 2013, when he wondered whether a merger with Canada...

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Big Ideas That Inform Our Work

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Oct 2015

Big Ideas That Inform Our Work

The following is an excerpt from Cathy Taylor’s opening remarks at the ONN’s 2015 annual conference. Be bold, the Premier said. Although I am quite sure most of us don’t need a push to be bold – it is a good reminder that we owe it to our organizations, our sector, our communities to strive to be bold – even when it seems like we’re...

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Simple tips for communicating about impact – Part 2

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Sep 2015

Simple tips for communicating about impact – Part 2

Nonprofits in Ontario are often asked about the technical details of their evaluation work — things like survey response rates, or the amount of measurable change. As we work toward a Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy, we’ve noticed that there aren’t as many opportunities to talk in-depth about why we do evaluation, and what we hope to learn. In Part 1 of this blog, we offered...

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Building Tech Capacity in the Nonprofit Sector

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Sep 2015

Building Tech Capacity in the Nonprofit Sector

It’s difficult to predict the future direction of the nonprofit sector, but it seems inevitable that digital technology will play an increasingly fundamental role in how we operate. The digital sphere offers a multitude of options for reframing how we deliver services, and evaluate and share results: in short, for becoming networked nonprofits in the fullest sense. But are we ready to seize the digital...

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Simple tips for communicating about impact – Part 1

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Sep 2015

Simple tips for communicating about impact – Part 1

As we work on the development of a Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy, we have learned that one of the tricks to succeeding at outcome evaluation happens before you even get to the stage of designing surveys or completing reports. It involves focussing your measurement on a small number of concrete, measurable outcomes that are more or less within your control. Picking those outcomes can be...

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Fully Integrated: Reach for the Rainbow teaches us a few things about accessibility

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Sep 2015

Fully Integrated: Reach for the Rainbow teaches us a few things about accessibility

The nonprofit sector is positioned to champion accessibility. Many organizations work with persons with disabilities as part of their core mandate, and most nonprofits consider how their work contributes to inclusive communities. As a part of our EnAbling Nonprofits initiative, ONN is highlighting nonprofits that not only meet their accessibility compliance requirements, but go above-and-beyond to lead a culture of accessibility within their organizations and...

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Sharing Staff: Developing a Culture of Decent Work

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Aug 2015

Sharing Staff: Developing a Culture of Decent Work

ONN has been supporting and leading the development of a labour force strategy for the nonprofit sector over the past three years. Through research, analysis, pilot and demonstration projects, we are seeking and building solutions to support our paid workforce – over 1 million in Ontario. Our research on leadership in the nonprofit sector identified many opportunities for collaboration and creativity as we support our...

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Nonprofits: This federal election is the time to step it up!

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Aug 2015

Nonprofits: This federal election is the time to step it up!

Let’s talk, nonprofit leaders. This federal election provides nonprofits with a chance to kick start an important conversation for our sector: what role does (and should) nonprofits play in democracy? How can the nonprofit sector build a healthier democracy? You’ve likely heard the depressing statistics: voting rates have declined by 14% in the past three decades; youth and newcomers are less likely to vote; a...

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