Five Good Ideas

Given the current situation around COVID-19, all upcoming Five Good Ideas in-person sessions have been cancelled until further notice. However, we will continue to hold sessions through webinars and will post them on this page.

Five Good Ideas is a lunch-and-learn program where industry and issue experts discuss powerful yet practical ideas on key management issues facing non-profit organizations. The sessions are most useful for management staff and board members at small and mid-sized non-profits.

Each expert presents five concise ideas and explores with the audience how these ideas can be translated into action. During each session, participants organize into small groups and continue the discussion to generate the best and most relevant of all ideas.

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five-good-ideasThe Five Good Ideas Book

Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success features a collection of the best ideas from past Five Good Ideas sessions.

Upcoming Five Good Ideas sessions

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October 28, 2020

Webinar: Five Good Ideas for building financial health through the workplace

Alex Mazer, co-founder, Common Wealth and Nora Beatty, Director of People Operations, Common Wealth

Previous Five Good Ideas sessions

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Advocacy and Policy

Published on 28/09/2020

In this Five Good Ideas session, Paul Taylor, Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto, will talk about his own experience in advocating for change and present his five good ideas for you to use in your own work.

Many of us are seeing the need to create a better world, one that is more just, equitable and sustainable. COVID-19 has caused us to ask a lot of questions about how we can build back better. It’s a moment that has the potential to be profoundly transformative. In this Five Good Ideas session, Paul […]

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Resource Development

Published on 30/06/2020

In this period of uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic, many non-profit organizations have revised budgets and modified revenue projections to reflect the new reality.

In this period of uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic, many non-profit organizations have revised budgets and modified revenue projections to reflect the new reality. While it’s essential that we exercise caution in our outlook, we must also seek every opportunity to set priorities and plans that strengthen our fundraising potential in 2020 and 2021. […]

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Organizational Effectiveness

Published on 26/05/2020

Robyn Osgood and Dave McKechnie discuss their five good ideas for organizations to think about as we start to re-open our workplaces.

In this session, Robyn Osgood, Managing Director, McMillan Vantage Policy Group, and Dave McKechnie, Chair, Employment & Labour Relations, McMillan LLP, discussed their five good ideas for organizations to implement as we think about re-opening our workplaces, including re-examining how we work and implementing lessons learned over the course of the COVID-19 crisis. Download session […]

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Organizational Effectiveness

Published on 02/04/2020

To help us navigate our new way of work, we're reaching out to experts in our network and ask them to share with us their five good ideas on some of the issues that will matter to non-profit professionals.

While we’ve cancelled our upcoming in-person Five Good Ideas sessions, we want to continue to share good ideas during the COVID-19 epidemic. To help us navigate a new way of working, we’re reaching out to experts in our network and asking them to share their five good ideas on issues that matter to non-profit professionals. […]

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Leadership and Vision

Published on 26/02/2020

In this Five Good Ideas session, Michal Hay, founder of Progress Toronto, shares her experiences on building power, winning, and making change.

Our cities are becoming increasingly unaffordable and income inequality is widening faster than ever before. People, communities, and an entire generation are being squeezed out. The decisions made in the halls of power can either take us down a more progressive path or deepen the divide. Unfortunately, many decision-makers are removed from the day-to-day experiences […]

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Human Resources

Published on 28/01/2020

As work becomes busier, deadlines tighter, and pressure to do more with less becomes the rule rather than the exception, it is not surprising that the “self-care” movement has become more popular than ever.

As work becomes busier, deadlines tighter, and pressure to do more with less becomes the rule rather than the exception, it is not surprising that the “self-care” movement has become more popular than ever. But as organizations continue to require their people to deliver more with less, “self-care” strategies can only go so far. In […]

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Organizational Effectiveness

Published on 26/11/2019

Charities know about the tax regulations that govern their work and work hard to stay compliant.

Charities know about the tax regulations that govern their work and work hard to stay compliant. That said, as organizations are all faced with competing pressures for time and resources in their work, it is often tough to prioritize what gets done and figure out how to meet these requirements efficiently. But there are things your […]

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Communications

Published on 29/10/2019

Podcasting is growing in popularity as a tool for reaching and engaging new audiences. But how can nonprofits use it to fulfill their missions?

Podcasting is growing in popularity as a tool for reaching and engaging new audiences. But how can nonprofits use it to fulfill their missions? Director of Social Engagement for the Atkinson Foundation, Ausma Malik, shares her experience as the host-producer of Atkinson’s Just Work It podcast. She offers five good ideas for getting your purpose […]

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Leadership and Vision

Published on 30/09/2019

In this session, Paulette Senior provided key insights on reflexive leadership as a lifelong effort to do the hard work of changemaking, starting with yourself and moving outward to your organization and the broader society itself.

Every leader wants to become the most effective they can be, and leaders of changemaking organizations carry a special responsibility to “be the change.” But there’s always a gap between how you see yourself and how others see and experience you. Closing that gap – enabling your “inner leader” to match your “outer leader” – […]

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