Five Good Ideas

Given the current situation around COVID-19, and following the recent announcement of the City of Toronto to cancel all events until at least the end of June, all upcoming Five Good Ideas in-person sessions have been cancelled. However, we will continue to share five good ideas through our just launched Five Good Ideas: Home Office Series. We hope you will find the series helpful as we navigate a new way of working.

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

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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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Organizational Effectiveness

Published on 28/05/2019

Peter Sloly discusses security and justice in the physical and virtual world.

Exponential technology changes mean that almost everything that we know will be radically altered in the next 10 to 20 years – this includes our basic understanding of “security and justice” in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. While we can’t imagine being without our everyday technology, like our mobile phones, smart speakers, and computers, many of […]

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Human Resources

Published on 30/04/2019

Naki Osutei talks about her ideas for building teams that deliver projects and uplift people.

Individuals may generate ideas but teams bring them to life. In some cases we are working with teams of people who report to us in a workplace setting, in other instances our teams may be composed of volunteers. We may have a team of 2 people or a team of 200. But in all cases, […]

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Human Resources

Published on 28/03/2019

In the complex, uncertain, and fast-paced times we’re living in, there is a big shift underway in the workplace.

There is a big shift in the workplace underway right now: younger generations are replacing the large number of current leaders who are retiring. And as this group of young people navigates their way into the sector, they also have to deal with the many myths and stereotypes that seem to follow them everywhere they […]

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