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.

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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 24, 2022

Webinar: Five Good Ideas on bringing your financial story to the board

Michael Herrera, Chief Financial Officer at George Brown College

Previous Five Good Ideas sessions

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Organizational Effectiveness

Published on 28/09/2022

In this Five Good Ideas session, Sabreena Delhon, Executive Director of the Samara Centre for Democracy, presents her five good ideas for how non-profits can evolve their impact in this period of transformation.

Over the past few years non-profit organizations have been navigating massive changes related to the future of work, technology, and the breakthrough of social movements into public consciousness. As inequality continues to deepen and accelerate, expectations of how non-profit organizations make a lasting and scalable impact are shifting. There is new pressure to adapt, engage […]

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Organizational Effectiveness

Published on 01/06/2022

Katharine Coons, national workplace mental health specialist at the Canadian Mental Health Association’s national office, presents five good ideas on how to create a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.

As we’re entering year 3 of the pandemic, our workplaces, and how we work, have profoundly changed. These have been challenging times, in particular for our mental health. How we respond, as organizations and on a personal level, will have a big impact on how we come out of the pandemic. In this session, Katharine […]

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Organizational Effectiveness

Published on 26/04/2022

Join Teresa Marques, President & CEO of the Rideau Hall Foundation, for five good ideas on how to navigate effective partnership development within the non-profit and charitable sector.

If you want to go far, go together. Well, at least sometimes. There are many compelling reasons why charities and non-profit organizations might seek to collaborate in different ways: to have greater impact, for broader reach, to create efficiencies, or perhaps when driven by funder interests. But as great as partnership and collaboration sound, they […]

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Organizational Effectiveness

Published on 29/03/2022

In this Five Good Ideas session, Galen MacLusky and Nandita Bijur of Prosper Canada share the mindsets and principles that have helped their organization introduce and integrate human-centred design into their projects.

With a growing number of barriers to accessing vital services, we need to think critically about accessibility and people’s services experiences in the social and public sector. Human-centred design is an approach which centres the voices and lived experiences of people who are impacted in the design or re-design of a program or service. During […]

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Communications

Published on 24/02/2022

Join communications advisor Marlene Oliveira considers the importance of specific frameworks, tools and tactics, including your non-profit’s strategic plan, brand, website and storytelling.

How strong are your non-profit organization’s communications fundamentals? After two years of communications emergencies, now might be a good time for a review. During this session, communications advisor Marlene Oliveira considers the importance of specific frameworks, tools and tactics, including your non-profit’s strategic plan, brand, website, and storytelling. As you watch the session, explore how […]

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Advocacy and Policy

Published on 26/01/2022

In this Five Good Ideas session, Matthew Mendelsohn provides an overview of lessons he has learned during his time in government, advocacy, consulting and policy think tanks on the best ways to influence the decisions governments make.

What are the best ways to influence governments and change public policy? In this Five Good Ideas session, Matthew Mendelsohn, a public policy entrepreneur, researcher, strategic advisor and public sector executive, provides an overview of lessons he has learned during his time in government, advocacy, consulting and policy think tanks on the best ways to […]

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Organizational Effectiveness

Published on 25/11/2021

In this Five Good Ideas session, Rosemarie Powell, Executive Director of the Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN), shares the lessons she has learned as the leader of a community-labour coalition charged with implementing community benefits agreements.

Local communities want the workforce building public infrastructure to reflect the demographics of their neighbourhoods and for the accrued economic benefits to be shared more equitably. Construction unions also recognize community benefits as an opportunity to increase diversity and inclusion in their workforce. If the goals and values are shared, how can the promise of […]

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Governance

Published on 25/10/2021

In this Five Good Ideas session with Owen Charters, President & CEO of BGC Canada, find out how a board can be better.

They say strategy starts with the board, but is that really true, and should it be? Whether you’re an executive director or CEO (including an aspiring one), managing a board is a skill that’s rarely taught, yet vital to any senior non-profit leader. In this Five Good Ideas session with Owen Charters, President & CEO […]

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Organizational Effectiveness

Published on 28/09/2021

Employers are looking to find ways to create a hybrid workplace where their staff can work in the office as well as from home

COVID-19 forced employers and employees to adapt to a virtual workplace. More than one and a half years into the pandemic, many employees don’t want to go back to the old ways of working, and employers are looking to find ways to create a hybrid workplace where their staff can work in the office as […]

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