This post was contributed by Andrea Dicks, President of Community Foundations of Canada, based on interview questions from ONN. Nonprofit funders, including governmental, non-governmental, and donors, have an important role to play in supporting nonprofit and charities to provide decent work – they can be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. You spent formative years of your early career working in...
Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) took effect on October 19, 2021. Nonprofits who are subject to ONCA have until October 18, 2024 to transition to the new rules.
The Cooperation Council of Ontario/Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario (CCO) has recently published a report, Community Investment in Ontario. This report explores the current environment for community investment organizations (CIO) in Ontario. CIOs are organizations (co-ops, nonprofits, or otherwise) that provide average investors with opportunities to invest locally so that dollars keep circulating and building communities. In the preparation of this report, ONN was...
Élargir le mouvement pour le travail décent d’ONN avec des organismes à but non lucratif francophones
L’été dernier, l’ONN, en partenariat avec l’Association des francophones du Nord-Ouest de l’Ontario (AFNOO) et l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO), a mené des consultations auprès des femmes travaillant dans les organismes à but non lucratif francophones. Dans des rencontres facilitées par Debra Violette de PGF Consultants, nous avons demandé à deux groupes de femmes – des cadres supérieurs et des travailleuses de première...
This past summer ONN, in partnership with l’Association des francophones du Nord-Ouest de l’Ontario (AFNOO) and l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (L’AFO), conducted consultations with women working in francophone nonprofits. Facilitated by Debra Violette from PGF Consultants, we asked two groups of women respectively – senior leaders and frontline workers – what their experiences were of working in the nonprofit sector. Find out what...
The Government of Canada recently completed a consultation on the minimum amount registered charities must spend each year under the Income Tax Act. This required minimum spending is called “the disbursement quota” or DQ for short. Currently, the Income Tax Act requires that registered charities spend 3.5 per cent of their assets that are not involved in charitable activities or administration. The Government had committed...
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...