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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...

  • Monday, January 29, 2018

    Donors have many questions when making their donation decisions - but there are three big ones. To help them make their decision, make sure all of your marketing tools answer these questions. The Three Questions 1.  Why should I donate to you? Donors want to know “Why should I care...

  • Monday, January 22, 2018

    New Toronto Foundation program smashes stereotypes, and you can too. The idea When we first started sharing our vision for 50 new funds set up by millennials and Gen Xers in May 2017, some leaders in the sector scoffed at us. It was a big idea: create a two-year program that teaches new...

  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    The first time I got a job as an Executive Director, in the late 1990’s, everyone was talking about the Carver Model of Governance. I had no idea at the time that there was such a thing as a ‘model of governance.’ The strict adherents to the Carver Model studied it, developed policies and educated...


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