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We're always on the lookout for great ideas, information and inspiration to share with you. Updated constantly by our editorial coordinator, Marina Dawson, Hot off the Web features links to great content, stories, blog posts and articles that we've come across online. 

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Seven ways to prevent passion exploitation at your nonprofit

June 17, 2019

Seven ways to prevent passion exploitation at your nonprofit - I was talking with a new friend recently, who had stopped working at nonprofits years ago. When I asked her why, she said, when she and her friends worked at nonprofits, they would all say that they were “dragged through the street” by them. I asked what that meant.

Rural philanthropy in Canada: 21st century strategies bloom in Canada’s hinterland

June 11, 2019

Rural philanthropy in Canada: 21st century strategies bloom in Canada’s hinterland - When a group of Prince Edward County residents decided to establish a community foundation for the pastoral rural island region in eastern Ontario in 2008, they began not with an endowment, as is typically the case, but only a concept and, well, crossed fingers.

A mid-career pivot can be a rewarding experience

June 10, 2019

A mid-career pivot can be a rewarding experience - From her earliest days, Samyukta Rajkumar had dreams of helping people. So she qualified as a nurse and practised for three years in the Toronto and Mississauga regions at various hospitals, working mainly in the intensive care unit, along with some stints in the emergency room.

Three ways to be a better LGBTQ ally in the office

June 10, 2019

Three ways to be a better LGBTQ ally in the office - Whether you’re actively involved in activism in your free time or just attend annual pride parades, you totally support the LGBTQ community and everyone you know in it. But how can you show that support in the office? Try to change HR policies? Keep a rainbow flag at your desk? Start a breakroom conversation with, “Hey, I know you’re gay and I totally support that!” (Please don’t do the last one.)

Canadians on disability return to work sooner than desired

June 10, 2019

Canadians on disability return to work sooner than desired - As many as seven in 10 Canadians on average have needed downtime from work at some point in order to recover from a disability – but a similar percentage of workers also say going on extended disability leave could be detrimental to their finances.

How to break bad habits at your nonprofit

June 5, 2019

How to break bad habits at your nonprofit - Routine is both a friend and enemy. It allows us to go through the countless tasks of the day without having to stop and think about each and every one of them. When we can do some things on autopilot, it frees our brain to plan and think through other ideas. The problem is that we sometimes adopt a routine or habit that isn’t helpful, or at least isn’t the most efficient or effective.

How to address a not-so-self-aware co-worker

June 5, 2019

Here’s how to address a not-so-self-aware co-worker - There are the co-workers who are constantly interrupting you in meetings. There are the ones who don’t seem to pull their weight. And there are even the ones who blast their music or chew their gum at the loudest possible volume.

“Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel”: a straightforward story about bridging cultural differences

June 4, 2019

Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel”: a straightforward story about bridging cultural differences - In this month’s blog post, I thought I would expand on one of the leadership strategies I introduced last month that could help to improve intercultural relationships, namely: avoid underestimating and discounting talent because of cultural differences. In so doing, I am also going to share a rather in-depth description and example of the kind of positive outcomes a leader could enjoy if she or he developed a few helpful habits.

Canada’s lack of digital accessibility is robbing its workforce of resilient talent

June 4, 2019

Canada’s lack of digital accessibility is robbing its workforce of resilient talent - Imagine for a moment that through no fault of your own, you lost your driver’s license. Then, thanks to commercialized innovation and legislative reform, you acquired an autonomous vehicle, which allowed you to regain your independence.

Limiting beliefs that hinder fundraising success

May 29, 2019

Limiting beliefs that hinder fundraising success - As an experienced fundraiser and leader you might not remember all the limiting beliefs that held you back at the start of your career. Many of those beliefs are tied to the fears that surround asking such as: 1) “I don’t know how to ask”, 2) “I’m too embarrassed to ask”, 3) “I don’t know who to ask”, 4) “I don’t have time to ask”, and 5) “If I ask, they will say no”.

49 free nonprofit webinars for June 2019

May 29, 2019

49 free nonprofit webinars for June 2019 - June brings sunshine and flowers, so what better way to keep your allergies at a distance than attending free, educational nonprofit webinars? Topics this month include grant application help, nonprofit marketing career growth, proposal writing, using surveys for nonprofits, volunteer management, and LOTS more.

Seven steps toward building resiliency

May 29, 2019

Seven steps toward building resiliency - How do you define resiliency? Many define resiliency as the ability to bounce back from a setback. Some refer to it as one’s ability to push through difficult times. Following a keynote speech recently, this definition of resiliency was shared: Putting the pieces of a dropped vase back together as close to the original form as possible, knowing that sometimes it’s impossible to put things back exactly, which results in the creation of a new normal.

Exceptional board members, clear expectations

May 28, 2019

Exceptional board members, clear expectations - It’s a typical scenario. Your freshman board members start with enthusiasm, but once the initial excitement of being part of your organization fades, they begin to lack follow-through or initiative. A board that is not living up to your expectations or simply not performing can quickly degrade the overall board member experience.

The nine most annoying email habits every office worker deals with

May 23, 2019

The nine most annoying email habits every office worker deals with - Do you love your inbox? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably a definitive ‘no’. But there’s one thing that makes all this worse — the frankly appalling etiquette of our email contacts.

13 meeting minutes templates to help you ace your nonprofit board meeting

May 22, 2019

13 meeting minutes templates to help you ace your nonprofit board meeting - It’s not surprising that nonprofit board meeting minutes are often either overlooked or under-utilized. After all, whether you’re working at or serving as a board member for a small NGO or a large-scale international organization, there are dozens (millions?) of tasks on your plate.

Six months later, is cannabis still a workplace concern?

May 22, 2019

Six months later, is cannabis still a workplace concern? - The legalization of recreational cannabis was a hot topic for Canadian employers prior to Oct. 17, 2018. Six months later, it appears much of that hype was overblown — just as it was with Y2K, according to Jason Fleming, strategic adviser at Cannabis at Work in Toronto.

Career detours – for good, better, or worse

May 22, 2019

Career detours – for good, better, or worse - Have you ever been on route somewhere and found yourself on a detour? Maybe you got lost or intentionally saw an interesting ‘curve off the road’ and decided to check it out. Sometimes detours turn out to be the best part of a trip or excursion.

Ten truths every board member should know

May 15, 2019

Ten truths every board member should know - Let’s say you’ve just joined a nonprofit board. You’re flattered. You really love the work the organization does. You have a general sense of the role of a board member – something about ‘governance’ and yes, you probably heard the word “fundraising.”

What to do when your employee presents a mental health concern

May 14, 2019

What to do when your employee presents a mental health concern - The owner of a mid-sized business, you’re going about your daily routine when you’re approached by one of your most dedicated, hardest-working employees. He wants to speak privately. As you sit down to talk, you notice this employee is visibly distraught. He proceeds to explain, emotionally and with reservation and difficulty, that he’s experiencing mental health challenges.

Moving on: A quick guide for nonprofit workers in career transition

May 13, 2019

Moving on: A quick guide for nonprofit workers in career transition - The Counselling Foundation of Canada supported the creation of this new resource for nonprofit workers who are experiencing a career transition to help them navigate what can be an uncertain time in their life. The nonprofit sector is diverse and strong and there is great potential for those interested in continuing to work in the sector whether they be arts, social services, environment, employment, or other organizations.

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