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.

The mentor within: Using a mentoring program to improve retention

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
June 14, 2011

Can a mentorship program help you retain staff? Some organizations say it can.

Filling the service gaps at Community & Primary Health Care (CPHC)

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
May 31, 2011

Interview with Ruth Kitson, Executive Director of Community and Primary Health Care (CPHC, and organization that provides universally accessible and comprehensive primary health care and community support services to a diverse population, after the organization was named a receipient of the Donner Awards.

Taking the right risks at Nova Scotia's Educational Program Innovations Charity (EPIC)

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
May 17, 2011

Interview with Barry Waldman, Executive Director of EPIC, an organization in Nova Scotia with a mission of advancing marginalized learners through innovation, empathy, volunteerism, diversity and partnership, after the organization was named as a Donner Award recipient.

Mergers: Not a four-letter word

Written By: Viola Dessanti and Jenn Miller
May 17, 2011

Mergers have long occupied a complicated place within the nonprofit sector. With increased competition for resources, however, more nonprofits are seeing mergers as necessary and even valuable.

Preparing the next generation of nonprofit leaders

Written By: Deborah Legrove
May 17, 2011

Who is grooming the next generation of nonprofit leaders? It should be you!

Using smart business practices at Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada — Calgary and Area Chapter

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
May 10, 2011

Interview with Executive Director Mark Wolff after the organization was named as a Donner Award receipien in recognition of its service for people with disabilities.

The hidden curriculum of community involvement

Written By: Dev Aujla
May 2, 2011

Increasingly, Millennials are bringing new insight to nonprofit organizations, lessons they haven’t learned in the classroom, but through real-world experience.

Getting along with GenY: A manual to millennials

Written By: John Grant, Candy Ho and Aaron Sanderson
May 2, 2011

With Canada’s baby boomers approaching retirement, these future vacancies leave Generation X and Millennials no choice but to collaborate to construct a new landscape for our nonprofit workforce.

Straight from the source: A crowd-sourced article about Millennials by Millennials

Written By: Jules Andre-Brown, Jessica Doherty and Trina Isakson
May 2, 2011

This experiment saw three article coordinators reach out to their Millennial networks to collaborate on a series of questions about engaged citizenship, work, social media, and stereotypes.

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