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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The Five Good Ideas Book
Upcoming Five Good Ideas sessions
January 26, 2022
Webinar: Five Good Ideas to Influence Public Policy
Matthew Mendelsohn, Public policy entrepreneur, researcher, strategic advisor and public sector executive
Previous Five Good Ideas sessions
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]