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A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out: DANI Toronto champions employment and accessibility

09

Dec 2015

A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out: DANI Toronto champions employment and accessibility

  Here’s something that we know for sure: the nonprofit sector is a leader in advocating for diverse communities. In 2006, DANI (Developing and Nurturing Independence) was created on this premise. Championed by parents of children with disabilities, DANI started as a parent to parent advocacy group and became an incorporated, non-for-profit organization. The organization creates opportunities for young adults with physical and/or cognitive challenges...

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Buying social: Same price, twice the value for communities

08

Dec 2015

Buying social: Same price, twice the value for communities

Originally posted on the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Behind The Numbers blog site. What is social procurement? Is this about online dating? No, we are not talking about your social life here. We are talking about the exciting side of economics (and yes, there is one!). It’s the economics of purchasing power. What we buy matters—and who we buy from matters just as much....

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Participating in Government Consultations – The Canadian Dance Assembly Recaps Ontario’s Culture Strategy

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Dec 2015

Participating in Government Consultations – The Canadian Dance Assembly Recaps Ontario’s Culture Strategy

As an arts advocate and policy wonk, I love a good townhall. The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA), along with much of the arts and cultural sector, is eager to contribute to policies and practices that create systemic change. Not only is there a possibility for Ontario’s cultural activities to flourish, but for arts and culture to connect across sectors and communities. This fall, the Ministry...

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Gratitude & Respect: A Farewell Letter to the Network

02

Dec 2015

Gratitude & Respect: A Farewell Letter to the Network

I am both saddened and exuberant to say that after 5 thrilling, singingly wonderful years in many roles as a network steward and policy lead at ONN, I am stepping forward to work with the Government of Alberta as a Foresight Strategist in the Ministry of Health. I believe it is a chance to make change in another essential sector! I make the shift with...

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Leadership In Changing Times: Trends For A Bright Sector Future

01

Dec 2015

Leadership In Changing Times: Trends For A Bright Sector Future

The following is an excerpt from ONN’s newly-released report, Leadership In Changing Times The vast majority of charities and nonprofit organizations operate locally and are rooted in their communities. Each plays a small part, but together they make Canada a vibrant place to live, work and play. We take it for granted that local citizens, on seeing a need—whether for a local swim club, a...

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

26

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

25

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

23

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

30

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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