Tag: decent work


Helping women reclaim their power and resiliency at North York Women’s Centre

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Apr 2022

Helping women reclaim their power and resiliency at North York Women’s Centre

ONN was pleased to welcome Taraneh Vejdani of North York Women’s Centre to Nonprofit Driven 2021. This profile is part of an incentive prize at the conference to recognize attendees and their work. I joined the nonprofit North York Women’s Centre (NYWC) in August 2020, during the initial shock of the COVID-19 pandemic. What started as a two-month contract blossomed into the full-time role of...

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Reflections on the state of Decent Work for Women in the nonprofit sector

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Mar 2022

Reflections on the state of Decent Work for Women in the nonprofit sector

Happy International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month! Let’s take a moment to celebrate women and gender diverse folks across the nonprofit sector whose transformative efforts are helping to create a more just and equitable future for all Ontarians. We know that 77 per cent of the nonprofit workforce across Ontario and Canada consists of women workers. It’s with this staggering statistic (80 per cent...

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Prioritizing Black joy is central to Black wellness

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Feb 2022

Prioritizing Black joy is central to Black wellness

In a previous blog post, I wrote about acknowledging Black fatigue and centering Black wellness as necessary to advancing Decent Work for Black workers in the nonprofit sector. Prioritizing Black joy is critical to centering Black wellness and combating anti-Black racism.  Black joy can be understood as a form of rest. Clever Cruz, the founder of the Black Joy  Project states that “Amplifying Black joy is...

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A letter to the nonprofit sector on centering Black wellness and rest

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Feb 2022

A letter to the nonprofit sector on centering Black wellness and rest

Here, at ONN, I spend the majority of my working time thinking about, breathing in and strategizing around decent work and racial justice and Indigenous justice. Since joining the team in June 2021, almost every week, I’ve connected with nonprofit leaders and workers about embedding practices that support decent work in the nonprofit sector and trying to figure out how they can implement internal practices...

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Nonprofits are experiencing an HR crisis. Repealing Bill 124 can help.

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Jan 2022

Nonprofits are experiencing an HR crisis. Repealing Bill 124 can help.

Over the past few months, I’ve been in countless meetings where folks from across the nonprofit ecosystem have been talking about the rapidly intensifying HR crisis in our sector. I’m hearing panic, urgency, and even despair in their voices. Leaders are sharing how they are unable to recruit and retain staff, while workers are talking about burnout and mental health concerns. I also find myself...

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Expanding ONN’s decent work movement with women working in francophone nonprofits

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Nov 2021

Expanding ONN’s decent work movement with women working in francophone nonprofits

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...

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A multi-ethnic group of toddlers are sitting on the floor and are playing together with toys while on a play date.

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Apr 2021

Pooling risk and resources can help build a parental leave top-up fund for nonprofit workers

We have heard loud and clear that women are facing a triple threat when it comes to fair wages in the nonprofit sector: the care penalty, a gender discount, and limited benefits. Wages in the sector are lower compared to other sectors, despite the fact that our workforce is highly educated and experienced. In addition, women earn less than men, especially in senior leadership positions...

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Fostering organizational resilience and innovation in times of crisis: Literacy Ontario Central South

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Jan 2021

Fostering organizational resilience and innovation in times of crisis: Literacy Ontario Central South

Faced with the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, literacy organizations in Ontario have had to navigate keeping their programs running while also accepting the need to change how they operate. It’s a challenge Literacy Ontario Central South region has faced – and met – over the past year, while deepening support for staff, volunteers, and learners alike in the process. In late 2020, ONN met...

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Dreaming in Colour: FoodShare’s Paul Taylor on Building Decent Work and Confronting Anti-Black Racism

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Oct 2020

Dreaming in Colour: FoodShare’s Paul Taylor on Building Decent Work and Confronting Anti-Black Racism

As nonprofits face the challenges of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, ONN has sought out leaders in the sector to share their insights and experiences to help foster decent work and recovery. In this post, Randall Terada and Teshini Harrison spoke with Paul Taylor, Executive Director of FoodShare, a Toronto-based nonprofit committed to food security and food justice. For him, advocacy and service work are...

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Sustaining a culture of care for staff and volunteers: Community Literacy of Ontario

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Sep 2020

Sustaining a culture of care for staff and volunteers: Community Literacy of Ontario

Nonprofit service providers often face ongoing challenges trying to maintain services, balance budgets, and ensure their programs are reaching the right people efficiently and effectively. This year’s COVID-19 pandemic has intensified those struggles across the province. For Community Literacy of Ontario (CLO), supporting staff and volunteers plays a vital role in sustaining the organization – and the work of dozens of other literacy organizations across...

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