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Governance Q&A: Succession planning

Written By: Jane Garthson
May 4, 2009

Steps to take when developing a executive director succession plan.

Ten mistakes that sink collaborations!

Written By: Joan Roberts
April 6, 2009

Ten actions that can cause working collaborations to fail.

Building a new not-for-profit organization

Written By: Paulette Vinette
February 16, 2009

This is the first in a series of articles to assist people involved in building a new not-for-profit organization. Over the next several months, we will discuss key steps in building a solid organization.

Leaner times call for leaner measures

Written By: Betty Ferreira
February 9, 2009

Following these 15 tips can help you save money and prepare for future funder and donor cutbacks.

Lessons learned in a nonprofit world: Are we trying to reach targets or clients?

Written By: Teresa Ierullo
December 22, 2008

In this issue of Lessons Learned, we explore the challenges nonprofit organizations face in trying to be accountable to both funder and client, which are not always in alignment with each other.

Business planning for nonprofits

Written By: Peter Wright
September 22, 2008

Unique complexities that nonprofits have that make deliberate business planning essential and how to create action-oriented business plans.

How are you doing? Take a quiz - no one has to know

Written By: Paulette Vinette
August 18, 2008

By the time your planned evaluation programs kick in, it is too late to make adjustments if you drifted inadvertently. In this article, we offer an easy quiz to help you assess whether you are on track.

Understanding appreciative inquiry: Is the glass half empty or half full?

Written By: Louise Chatterton Luchuk
May 26, 2008

If you feel like you are bombarded with challenges, barriers, problems, and other energy-draining negatives, you're probably in just the right head space to learn more about appreciative inquiry.

Canada's voluntary sector: Grooming from within and without

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
May 12, 2008

Late last year, Imagine Canada released the report Leadership Perspectives: Interviews with leaders of Canada’s charities and nonprofit organizations.

Tools for nonprofit leaders: Conducting an organization review

Written By: Paulette Vinette
March 24, 2008

Many not-for-profit organizations do not have a budget for such a review, and this article offers some tips on how to conduct one in-house.

Canadian nonprofit and charity legal audits: Forget about it!

Written By: Mark Blumberg
March 17, 2008

Discussing the value of an informal legal audit for nonprofits and charities and how lawyers can be effectively and efficiently used to provide real tangible value to Canadian charities and nonprofits.

Using metrics in not-for-profit organization management

Written By: Paulette Vinette
January 21, 2008

Many board members want to see not-for-profit organization metrics in the strategic plan and committee work plans, so this article suggests ways to draft them.

The right people at the right time: Considering dual leadership in the nonprofit sector

Written By: Louise Chatterton Luchuk
September 17, 2007

With today’s hectic pace, how often have you wished there was two of you so you could be in two places at the same time? That’s just one of the benefits cited by Tanya Sather of the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) of her position as co-executive director with Richard Faucher.

Collaboration Nation: Expert advice on working with other organizations

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
August 27, 2007

Regardless of whether you want to work with a sister organization inside the sector, with various government representatives and committees, or with businesses in the for-profit sector on joint charitable ventures, learning what works and what doesn’t in collaborative practices is a first step to successful programming.

Governance Q&A: Nonprofit sector consultants - are they ethical?

Written By: Jane Garthson
August 7, 2007

What to look for when considering expert help from a consultant.

Tools for nonprofit leaders: The old SWOT analysis still works very well...when used to advantage

Written By: Paulette Vinette
July 23, 2007

An example of a SWOT flipchart and how to use SWOT planning and analysis.

Measuring greatness: Defining quality standards

Written By: Blair Witzel
May 7, 2007

Quality is often an elusive concept in project delivery. How do we know that we have delivered a quality project? More importantly, how do we know that we have delivered a quality product?

Outward Bound: Consultants bring help from the outside in

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
March 19, 2007

While hiring outside help may not be the most common route for the society and other organizations, it is still often considered a significant step toward achieving mission goals.

Delivering a project in stages

Written By: Blair Witzel
March 12, 2007

There are various approaches or models for the project lifecycle. This article focuses on the Staged Delivery Model and addresses some of its disadvantages.

A vision of failure

Written By: Peter Wright
February 26, 2007

How to create a long-term plan to prevent organizational failure.

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