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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March 25, 2021

Webinar: Five Good Ideas for racial justice change-making

Lesa Francis, Avvy Go, Samya Hasan, and Shalini Konanur.

Previous Five Good Ideas sessions

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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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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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