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 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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February 23, 2023

Webinar: Five Good Ideas for building effective relationships between community organizations, governments, and businesses

Agapi Gessesse, Executive Director, CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals and Founder, Lehizibu Consulting and Strategy group

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Organizational Effectiveness

Published on 25/01/2023

In this session, Amy and Katie offer tangible advice on how we can better incorporate our missions and values in our engagement with technology.

How can non-profits advance equity, self-determination, and reciprocity through our use of technology? Data and digital technologies can be essential tools to help non-profits and charities meet our missions and multiply our impact. Yet, non-profits have not always been well-served by technology, nor have we seen our core values embedded in how technology is developed, […]

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Resource Development

Published on 25/11/2022

In this session, George Georghiades, Principal and CEO of Lexington Park Real Estate Capital Inc., presents his five ideas on how non-profits can best prepare, manage, and use their office space.

For many non-profit organizations, how to think about real estate, or their office space, is an important but often overlooked issue. From identifying specific requirements for space and location, ensuring relevant approvals are in place, to engaging key professionals to guide them through the process, there are many steps that non-profits need to consider before […]

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Governance

Published on 24/10/2022

In this session, Michael Herrera, Chief Financial Officer at George Brown College, will share his five good ideas on how to build a healthy relationship between staff and the board for the financial wellbeing of their organization.

Boards of directors in the non-profit sector have responsibility for governance of organizations, and this includes financial decision making. How senior leadership and finance staff keep board members informed depends on good data, transparent communications, and trust. In this session, Michael Herrera, Chief Financial Officer at George Brown College, will share his five good ideas […]

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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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