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Apr 2018

Examining women’s compensation in the nonprofit sector – Part 3

Benefits – Pension Plan, Maternity Top-ups By Pamela Uppal This is the third in a three-part series of blogs examining women’s pay in the nonprofit sector. Part 1 and Part 2 are also available online.  Given the broader gender pay gap for women in the labour market, how does it manifest in the nonprofit sector? In short, what does women’s compensation in the nonprofit sector look like?...

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Mar 2018

We can build thriving communities through “shared platforms”

Written in partnership between the ONN, Laidlaw Foundation and Imagine Canada “Investing in our communities is not just about creating good jobs and economic growth. It is also about building communities that we are proud to call home.” – Canadian Government Priority Across Canada, in every community, public benefit nonprofit organizations are hard at work reducing poverty, providing affordable housing, developing opportunities for young people,...

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Feb 2018

A relationship for the public benefit

– A  Toronto initiative that could be copied in cities around the province By Margaret Hancock (Family Service Toronto), Rob Howarth (Toronto Neighbourhood Centres) and Sean Meagher (Social Planning Toronto) On December 7, 2017, Toronto City Council adopted a new policy framework, called For Public Benefit, to celebrate and enhance the City of Toronto’s relationship with the community-based not-for-profit sector. This framework was co-created over...

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Evaluating Public Benefit

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Dec 2017

Evaluating Public Benefit

Evaluating Public Benefit: How Changing Evaluation Practice Might Help to Solve an Identity Problem As an evaluator working in the nonprofit sector, I’m often struck by the things our society sees as inherently, obviously worthwhile, and the things it feels it needs to evaluate. For example, everyone seems to take it as given that public parks are not simply worthwhile, but are in fact a...

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The importance of a trusted wireless services partner

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Dec 2017

The importance of a trusted wireless services partner

A Challenging Market The wireless services market is complicated. Navigating through ever-changing options and products in the marketplace and staying abreast of new technologies that could help your staff get the job done takes a lot of effort. Ensuring that your organization’s current mix of cell phones and wireless plans are meeting your needs at the best price requires no small amount of experience. It...

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Creating a Learning Culture: Lessons from the ONN Conference

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Nov 2017

Creating a Learning Culture: Lessons from the ONN Conference

Thanks to Peel Leadership Centre for permission to reprint this blog post. In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the others find themselves equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” – Eric Hoffer, social philosopher and author Last week, we attended Nonprofit Driven, an annual event for nonprofits and charities that is hosted by the Ontario Nonprofit Network. The event is attended...

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How the social procurement movement enhances nonprofit sector revenue and impact

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Oct 2017

How the social procurement movement enhances nonprofit sector revenue and impact

Thank you to Imagine Canada for permission to repost this article. We definitely know the tide is turning when industry leaders like Mitchell Cohen, the President of the Daniels Corporation, encourages the private sector to “climb aboard the social procurement train”. (Globe & Mail, June 14, 2017) As with any business, increasing sales opportunities is a critical factor for success. But for social enterprises (1), additional sales translate into more than just increased...

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Four reasons the nonprofit sector needs a new name

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Sep 2017

Four reasons the nonprofit sector needs a new name

Civil society, social economy, the voluntary sector, the third sector, the nonprofit sector, the charitable sector… These are some of the terms used to describe nonprofit organizations collectively, yet these names don’t fully capture all that the sector is and does in serving communities. The nonprofit sector in Canada is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Canadian economy. Virtually every Canadian is connected...

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Shop smart: The case for delivery over drop-in

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Aug 2017

Shop smart: The case for delivery over drop-in

As the summer winds down (sad face), this is the time for many to start gearing up for the craziness that comes with a renewed commitment to get back to the grind. September brings a sense of a fresh start as we use the energy boost we were hopefully able to take advantage of over the holidays (summer camp operators – your time is coming!)...

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Postcards from the collaborative economy

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Aug 2017

Postcards from the collaborative economy

In the nonprofit sector, we often seem to be fighting uphill battles trying to combat poverty and exclusion, addictions and mental illness, climate change, racism, political disengagement and many other challenges in our communities without the sense that we are making real progress against “the system.” As we work to support our community members’ access to jobs, food, and housing, and their exercise of rights,...

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