Five Good Ideas

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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June 15, 2021

Webinar: Five Good Ideas to build your finance toolkit

Jeff Szeto, Chief Financial Officer at Avana Capital Corporation and Maytree

Previous Five Good Ideas sessions

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Communications

Published on 22/04/2021

In this session, Marina Glogovac, President & CEO of CanadaHelps, will share insights on one of the hottest topics out there right now: digital transformation.

In this session, Marina Glogovac, President & CEO of CanadaHelps, shares insights on one of the hottest topics out there right now: digital transformation. With a career spanning nearly three decades in technology and media (including working in the magazine industry during the shift to the internet), she knows the challenges that come from forced […]

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Advocacy and Policy

Published on 25/03/2021

How do we best address growing colour-coded inequality – for Indigenous Peoples and peoples of colour, including Black Canadians?

How do we best address growing colour-coded inequality – for Indigenous peoples and peoples of colour, including Black Canadians? What are the institutional, structural, and systemic impacts of racism, faithism, and related inequality in education, housing, justice, health, and employment? How can individuals, groups, and organizations engage in effective trust-building, ally-ship, partnership development, and advocacy […]

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Communications

Published on 25/02/2021

In this Five Good Ideas session Royson James de-mystifies the media and talks about how journalists think so you know when, where, and how to engage them intelligently.

How do you adopt a media mind and make it yours? At some point you may have gotten burned by media or just ignored. Since disengagement isn’t an option, how do you move on and germinate, nurture, and sustain lasting relationships? In this Five Good Ideas session, Royson James, the Toronto Star’s urban affairs columnist […]

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Human Resources

Published on 26/01/2021

In this session, Kristen Pennington, Partner, Employment and Privacy Law at McMillan LLP, discusses meaningful ways an organization can prevent workplace harassment.

Workplace harassment complaints can cause significant organizational unrest, loss of reputation and damage to employee morale, in addition to considerable legal liability. In this session, Kristen Pennington, Partner, Employment and Privacy Law at McMillan LLP, discusses meaningful ways an organization can prevent workplace harassment to avoid such complaints, as well as minimize disruption in the […]

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Leadership and Vision

Published on 03/12/2020

Watch Mary W. Rowe, President & CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute, and the host of CityTalkCanada, as she presents her five good ideas for the non-profit sector to build a city, now and in the wake of a global pandemic.

Cities are the fundamental building block of contemporary society, certainly in Canada where almost 90 per cent of our population lives in a community of 5,000 or more. COVID-19 – and the various measures governments have taken to cope with it – is having a dramatic impact on the future of urban life now, and […]

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Human Resources

Published on 28/10/2020

With over 40% of Canadians living paycheque to paycheque, more employers are asking what they can do to increase the financial health of their staff.

With over 40% of Canadians living paycheque to paycheque, more employers are asking what they can do to increase the financial health of their staff. Alex Mazer and Nora Beatty of workplace retirement plan provider Common Wealth share their five good ideas to help you build financial security in the short and longer term. As […]

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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, talks about his own experience in advocating for change and presents 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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