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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, August 13, 2018

    As a nonprofit governance consultant, networking is a significant part of my business. I had the pleasure of attending an event with numerous nonprofit leaders where we informally discussed the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. I was pleased to learn that all organizations had anti-harassment policies...

  • Tuesday, August 7, 2018

    In 2011, Canadian Feed The Children (CFTC), an established international development agency, had a choice: either make a significant turnaround or face difficult decisions about the organization’s future.  “CFTC was doing good work, but we were a small player in a large market, confused with...

  • Tuesday, July 31, 2018

    As I walked into the meeting, my stomach churned. I felt way out of my league. What did I have to offer?  Who would listen to my ideas? Who was I to be running the meeting? What will I do if someone challenges me? This was my mind chatter when I was managing a team through...


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