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An 8-minute AGM?!

04

Nov 2014

An 8-minute AGM?!

ONN gets down to business in 8 minutes at its first Annual General Meeting We’ve had lots of interest about ONN’s 8 minute AGM. For the record, it turned out to be 9 minutes…but who’s counting? Comments and questions like: Why rush such an important governance mechanism? How can I have a short AGM? Please share your script with me! And what if our members...

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The Power of Community Knowledge

03

Nov 2014

The Power of Community Knowledge

“But I need THAT piece of Lego!” One Sunday morning, my boys, aged 6 and 10, were sitting at opposite ends of the kitchen table, each with a pile of Lego in front of them. Both were completely immersed in their individual projects. As their respective piles dwindled, and with creations half-constructed, they began to eye the bits and bricks across the table from them....

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The Legacy of Open for Business

02

Oct 2014

The Legacy of Open for Business

This is a process created by the Ontario government, and led by the (former) Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment. It’s an initiative to “create faster, smarter and streamlined government- to-business services and to establish a modern system of government. It’s a key part of the Ontario government’s commitment to make the Province more attractive to business while continuing to protect the public interest.”...

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A Data Strategy for Ontario’s Nonprofit Sector

11

Sep 2014

A Data Strategy for Ontario’s Nonprofit Sector

On Wednesday August 27th, the Ontario Nonprofit Network hosted over two dozen people to discuss an Open Data Strategy for Ontario’s Nonprofit Sector.  We were all sent some material to read and videos to watch prior to the meeting: Markets for Good Video & Markets for Good Concept Paper From Stories to Evidence: How Mining Data Can Promote Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector ONN Submission regarding Open...

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Measurement Shouldn’t be a Burden

04

Sep 2014

Measurement Shouldn’t be a Burden

This is an exciting time at the Ontario Trillium Foundation. We’re in the throes of finalizing what ReDesign2015 will look like. This is the first overhaul to our granting framework in more than a decade, and organizational change is always challenging. As we move towards the launch of ReDesign2015, we know that we want to move the pendulum so that measurement and evaluation contribute to a shared...

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Considering Social Enterprise

08

Jul 2014

Considering Social Enterprise

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology undertook an extensive review of the Canadian Business Corporations Act back in 2010 and recommended consultation on 4 discrete issues, one of which was the rules applicable to incorporation of socially responsible enterprise.


Police Records Checks – We Can Do Better

29

Mar 2014

Police Records Checks – We Can Do Better

There is no doubt that the costs and timeframes required for conducting police records checks in many places across Ontario are unacceptable. Nonprofit and charitable organizations, along with students, employees and employers are being put in an untenable situation of waiting weeks and months for checks to be completed, in order to ensure a safe environment for those that are the most vulnerable in our communities.


Connecting ‘builders’ to help shape the future of Ontario’s nonprofit sector

29

Mar 2014

Connecting ‘builders’ to help shape the future of Ontario’s nonprofit sector

I had only been living in the province of Ontario for a few months when I saw the Call for Applications for an inaugural fellowship of Connect the Sector, in partnership with the Ontario Nonprofit Network. Connect the Sector is group of nonprofit professionals with the vision to connect across generations and collaborate for systems change in the nonprofit sector. I had spent the previous...

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Pathways to Policy Change

30

Jan 2014

Pathways to Policy Change

The idea of “policy change” pops up regularly nowadays in conversations where people are doing whatever they can to dramatically strengthen their communities. They share a sense that public policies – e.g. income security policy for seniors, policies designed to manage the pace of oil sands development, regulations that determine what drugs are covered (or not) by public health plans – can yield the deep,...

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A new year and new beginnings for ONN

08

Jan 2014

A new year and new beginnings for ONN

It’s the time of year to wish you health and happiness, and love and fulfillment in the months ahead – and we do wish all that for you at ONN. We also wish you success in your endeavours, and the joy that comes from giving to others and working together to build a better world.



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