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A hostile environment

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
May 10, 2012

Government action leaves green organizations seeing red.

Governance Q&A: Asking board members to give

Written By: Jane Garthson
May 10, 2012

Given how much time board members give to their charity, is it ethical to also expect them to donate? Jane Garthson explains why it's not only ethical, it's necessary.

Trend watch for nonprofits

Written By: Jack Shand
May 9, 2012

Nonprofit leaders responsible for strategic planning can't afford to sit back or rest on their laurels - they always have to be looking ahead. We've got you covered, as Jack Shand explores the five biggest trends set to impact nonprofits in the year to come.

Imagine Canada launches Standards Program

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
May 8, 2012

Sector-driven initiative aims to raise the bar on accountability

Developing the nonprofit sector in Nova Scotia

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
May 2, 2012

New report lays out recommendations for provincial organizations as well as for nonprofits across the nation.

The 2012 Federal Budget – What charities and nonprofits need to know

Written By: Rachel Kalbfleisch
April 2, 2012

The 2012 Federal Budget was tabled last Thursday. We’ve sifted through the 500-page document and have picked apart the responses and reactions, pulling out everything we think you need to know to understand its impact.

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.

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