Redefining ourselves: Building a foundational narrative for the nonprofit sector

Written By: Michelle Jondreau
June 21, 2012

Is the Canadian nonprofit sector still struggling to find its voice?

Championing sustainable financing: Progress following the National Summit

Written By: David Venn
June 19, 2012

What progress has been made since Imagine Canada's National Summit six months ago?

The balanced scorecard: From strategic plan to effective execution

Written By: John Paul de Silva
June 12, 2012

To effectively and comprehensively execute a strategic plan, organizations should create a balanced scorecard.

Why DiverseCity Counts

Written By: Brock Smith
June 6, 2012

New report reveals why diversity in leadership on nonprofit boards matters.

Harnessing the potential of cross-sector partnerships

Written By: Dave Nanderam
May 24, 2012

Practical advice to help your organization tap into high-calibre volunteers.

Governance Q&A: The charismatic founder

Written By: Jane Garthson
March 5, 2012

This article addresses how staff and board members can help the charismatic founder of an organization to gracefully move away from a leadership position.

The case for interim staff leadership

Written By: Jack Shand
January 3, 2012

At times when the chief staff executive position suddenly becomes vacant and the issues before the board seem too large, too overwhelming, and too systemic to be fixed without a different approach, it may be appropriate to consider interim management.

Be it resolved: Four tips for better meetings

Written By: Karyn Dumble
January 3, 2012

It's time to take a fresh look at meetings and the amount of time you spend in meetings each week. Here are four resolutions that will get your meetings off on the right foot.

Starved for attention yet striving for greatness

Written By: Michelle Jondreau
December 6, 2011

From all across the country nonprofit leaders convened for the National Summit for the Charitable and Nonprofit Sector to share ideas on maximizing the sector's contributions to Canada and the world over the next decade. So why the focus on improving how the sector demonstrates its impact?

Staff retreats on a shoestring

Written By: Jodie Shupac
November 7, 2011

For the typically cash-strapped nonprofit, a staff retreat can seem like a luxury, reserved for private companies with revenue to spare. But organizing a staff retreat on a budget is not only feasible, some executive directors argue it's a necessary and integral component of long-term strategic planning.

How to design and evaluate your mentoring program

Written By: Trina Isakson
October 17, 2011

Good mentorship program design and matching is crucial to the effectiveness of mentorship relationships. Not only does good design lead to good outcomes, bad design can lead to worse outcomes than not having a mentorship program at all.

The path to executive leadership

Written By: Jack Shand
October 3, 2011

If you're wanting a career in nonprofit executive leadership, this article is a must read.

Women and work in the nonprofit sector

Written By: Caroline Veldhuis
September 19, 2011

Many women were a-twitter when data released from the 2011 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Compensation and Benefits Survey showed men earning more than women in the top five out of six job levels.

Social revolution: How new media is changing nonprofits

Written By: Susan Fish
September 19, 2011

We talked with several Canadian nonprofit organizations to understand the impact of social media on how they operate and communicate.

Asking the right question

Written By: Roberto Alvarez
August 15, 2011

This article shows why problems would be more easily solved if managers only asked the right questions.

Food for thought: Canadian nonprofits improving access to fresh food

Written By: Shaun Smith
August 8, 2011

As we move into high summer and farmers across the country start bringing in their annual crops, the image of a group of accountants from PricewaterhouseCooperspitching in to harvest fruits and vegetables is probably not what springs to mind. But that's exactly what happened last summer at an Ontario farm as part of a growing trend amongst food-based nonprofits trying to close the gap between Canada's neediest citizens and access to healthy food produced in a sustainable, eco-friendly manner.

When it's time for founders to exit

Written By: Jack Shand
August 2, 2011

This article helps the founding members of an organization recognize when it's time to move on.

The rise of the hybrid: Colliding sectors

Written By: David Evans
August 2, 2011

The nonprofit and business worlds have collided. New types of organizations increasingly mix and match the characteristics of both sectors, which can collectively be referred to as hybrids.

Great Northern Arts Festival

Written By: Shaun Smith
July 18, 2011

Last month, in our series about summer arts festivals run by nonprofits, we looked at the partnership between Toronto’s Luminato festival and The New Yorker Magazine. This month, we head way up north, to the town of Inuvik on the Mackenzie River Delta in the Northwest Territories, to look at the challenges and opportunities faced by coordinators of the Great Northern Arts Festival (GNAF).

Young...and restless: The 20-something ED

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
July 11, 2011

It's becoming more and more common. Youthful and bold, new faces are emerging at the helm of a growing number of organizations. Some have the baton passed onto them while others are launching their own initiatives. Using buzzwords such as "innovative", "creative" and "impactful", these young guns brandish shiny social media tools in their holster and display energy levels typically reserved for ninjas.

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