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Governance Q&A: Is providing member lists a breach of privacy?

Written By: Jane Garthson
April 2, 2012

A reader wonders whether providing member lists to fellow members is a breach of privacy.

A day in the life: Board chair

Written By: CharityVillage
March 15, 2012

CharityVillage®'s A Day in the Life series gives you a glimpse into the professional lives of people working in a range of jobs in the nonprofit sector. This month we'd like to introduce you to Brenda Rooney, chair of the board of directors at Theatre Wakefield and general manager of the Wakefield International Film Fesitval.

Get your Act together: Changes to the business of BC nonprofits

Written By: Trina Isakson and Bronwen Barnett
March 12, 2012

Readers in British Columbia may be aware of the current consultations taking place regarding Ministry of Finance staff recommendations for changes to the Society Act – the legal framework for societies in BC. Many of the recommendations will have a direct impact on the way current nonprofit organizations operate, and will change the way new nonprofits come into existence in BC.

Falling overboard

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
March 5, 2012

A board of directors is clearly a powerful and necessary mechanism for any nonprofit. When the right mix of individuals sit on a board, decisions regarding the mission, vision and planning can be made with clarity and lively, but functional, debate. But what happens when a board member's performance isn't up to snuff?

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.

Need a little guidance?

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
February 20, 2012

The Canada Revenue Agency's new guidance on fundraising is scheduled to be released in March 2012. We've got all the highlights here.

Putting the spotlight on committees

Written By: Jack Shand
February 6, 2012

Following these committee best practices can lead to a less painful experience when serving on a board of directors.

Governance Q&A: Handling a disruptive member at an AGM

Written By: Jane Garthson
February 6, 2012

This Q&A article advises readers on how they can ethically deal with a disruptive member at an annual general meeting.

Against the 'tyranny of cheerfulness': A review of Pink Ribbons, Inc.

Written By: Lee Rose
January 30, 2012

A review of the film Pink Ribbons, Inc., directed by Léa Pool and adapted from Samantha King's 2006 book of the same title.

Take me to the pilot...program

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
January 16, 2012

Back in October 2011, CharityVillage® covered the early pilot launch of Imagine Canada's new Standards Programs, designed to be a guide to good governance and operating policies and practices and intended to complement standards that many organizations already have in place. So what did some of the participating organizations find out about their own operating standards levels while in the pilot? Is there a clear benefit to being involved in the program?

Governance Q&A: Communicating administration costs

Written By: Jane Garthson
January 3, 2012

Since we value honesty, but donors and funders don't want to support administration costs, how can we ethically define and report on administration costs?

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.

Partnering with government

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
December 19, 2011

From coast to coast, provincial and federal decision-makers are recognizing, some in word and some in deed, the importance of supporting nonprofits and charities to help better communities countrywide. The following is a snapshot of a few of the current and pending government-nonprofit sector initiatives from across the country.

The challenges facing rural nonprofits

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
December 5, 2011

Lack of funding is a common theme for every organization in the sector, especially in the arts. But, the issue can be much more significant in rural communities. Find out the challenges facing rural nonprofits, as well as how they are effectively meeting these challenges to remain sustainable.

Governance Q&A: Who gets the loyalty points?

Written By: Jane Garthson
December 5, 2011

Many organizations require staff to charge expenses to their personal credit cards, reimbursing them at a later date. But if the employee collects loyalty points on their cards, is it ethical for the employee to keep them rather than donate them back to the organization?

Charity Intelligence: Transparent on transparency?

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
November 21, 2011

In an economic climate that's already impacting the flow of donor dollars to the nonprofit sector, Canadian charities, foundations and nonprofits are crying foul over the recent launch and national media coverage of a charity appraisal search engine by a self-appointed watchdog organization that casts a shadow over them all.

Re-Act: How will the CNCA affect you?

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
November 14, 2011

The Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (CNCA) finally received Royal Assent on June 23, 2009 and came into force on October 17, 2011. Though still early for any far-reaching conclusions in terms of impact and implications, some changes are worth a preliminary mention.

Due diligence in foreign charity aid

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
November 14, 2011

Back in 2010, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) released new charity guidance entitled Canadian Registered Charities Carrying out Activities Outside Canada. As the title implies, it has to do with how organizations can legally allocate funding for charitable work outside of Canada, as organizations are prohibited from simply funnelling donor dollars from the Great White North to a foreign-operated charity or NGO, even if that organization shares the same mission and vision as the Canadian one.

Knowing what’s right and failing to do it

Written By: Jack Shand
November 7, 2011

Volunteers and staff have all experienced a wayward member who is considered the loose cannon in the organization, known for wreaking havoc on boards and committees. By not addressing the issues caused by this person, you may be putting your organization at risk.

Governance Q&A: Should nonprofits serve alcohol?

Written By: Anne Buchanan
November 7, 2011

A reader wonders whether an organization should foot the bill for alcohol served at staff retreats and events.

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