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.

Millennial engagement: Bringing the next generation into your organization

Written By: Trina Isakson
May 2, 2011

Millennials have been described, and describe themselves, as passionate, connected, optimistic, and wanting to make an impact. Here’s how to welcome them into your organization.

Dear Millennials: A letter to my younger self

Written By: Tara Mahoney
May 2, 2011

What would it be like to send a letter to ourselves, 50 years into the future? Tara Mahoney speculates.

Five easy ways to go green at work

Written By: David Suzuki Foundation
April 19, 2011

It's easy to bring your eco-values to work every morning, just follow our top five tips. Post them today, get your coworkers involved and see how much of a difference you can make.

Staff make the difference at Fresh Start Recovery

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
April 19, 2011

Interview with Stacey Peterson, Executive Director of Fresh Start Recovery, an organization that provides housing, treatment and support for people with addictions in Calgary, after the organization was named as a Donner Award receipient.

Ten mistakes managers make

Written By: Jack Shand
April 5, 2011

These lessons learned in managing others may benefit seasoned, capable executives, as well as newly minted managers.

Are you ready for a crisis?

Written By: Deborah Zanke
March 29, 2011

It’s not just high-profile celebrities, corporations and organizations that need to have a crisis communication plan, all nonprofits should have one.

Achieving dramatic outcomes without core government funding at Alice Housing

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
March 22, 2011

Interview with Joanne Bernard, Executive Director of Alice Housing, an organization that provides safe second-stage housing and supportive counselling for women and children leaving domestic violence, after the organization was named as a Donner Award receipient.

Charity watchdogs: An intelligent development?

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
March 8, 2011

Are charity watchdogs a good idea or are they misrepresenting the sector?

Understanding what nonprofits do

Written By: Jack Shand
March 1, 2011

Do you struggle with explaining just what it is that makes your nonprofit special?

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