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Guest Writers

  • Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    For many volunteers, sharing their professional skills and experiences with a nonprofit can be a meaningful way to give back while developing important leadership capabilities. It’s also a great way to add bench strength and knowledge across sectors and expedite community impacts across the board....

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    In Diversity and inclusion: Not just another item on the to-do list we talked about why is it important for nonprofits to build diverse and inclusive workplaces. As I mentioned in the first blog, the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) undertook a survey in 2013 that illuminated the leadership of...

  • Monday, March 21, 2016

    Nonprofit marketing communications does not equal fundraising. But many organizations lump the two together and this is a problem; because it holds nonprofits back. Please note: I’m in no way questioning the value of fundraising itself. And yes, many fundraisers are, and need to be, excellent...

  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016

    It’s a paradox for many charities and nonprofits: they serve multicultural clients with an ethos that embraces diversity and inclusion, but it is not reflected in their workforce. In 2013, the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) undertook a survey that illuminated the leadership of nonprofit...

  • Monday, January 11, 2016

    Succession planning is a topic that is off-limits in some organizations. It raises the spectre of difficult conversations and walking on eggshells. In other organizations the topic verboten. Such thinking is needless and, I would suggest is actually irresponsible. Given what’s at stake in a...

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015

    One of the major trends in fundraising within the past decade, which is showing no signs of abating, is the trend to greater charitable accountability. This should be no surprise to those with even a cursory review of the media. In Canada, accountability has become a societal expectation. It...

  • Tuesday, July 7, 2015

    As Board Chair of CanadaHelps, I joined with Imagine Canada and other sector colleagues in mid-May for a Day on Parliament Hill. We were a diverse group with a common agenda; raise the profile of the charitable sector and build relationships with parliamentarians. It was not the first time...

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    A case study from the Canadian Red Cross partnership with Walmart I was meeting with a friend who works for a Hospital Foundation recently, and in conversation she asked about our database and our analytics capabilities. A vendor approaching her had made quite a show of demonstrating what was...

  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018

    A business process is a set of activities that fulfill an organizational goal and are useful whether you are a for-profit, nonprofit or charity. There are many types of processes, which vary based on your operations. These can be management, operational or support-role based.   Trying to...

  • Monday, April 30, 2018

    Everyone talks about partnership. But talking about collaboration isn’t the same as doing it. Genuine collaboration is hard, especially when it requires working across sectors and systems.  Ineffective partnerships can be wasteful and challenge traditional power dynamics. It can be regarded more as...


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