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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NEW LOCATION: Five Good Ideas sessions will now take place at the Central YMCA at 20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto.

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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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Advocacy and Policy

Published on 30/04/2018

Discussing ways to move forward with human rights in the era of reconciliation and nation-to-nation relationship building.

Commissioners Karen Drake (citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario) and Maurice Switzer (citizen of the Mississaugas of Alderville First Nation) of the Ontario Human Rights Commission joined Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane to discuss ways to move forward with human rights in the era of reconciliation and nation-to-nation relationship building. The ideas presented can help organizations […]

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Leadership and Vision

Published on 28/03/2018

In 2012, Kofi Hope was hired to re-start a failed initiative intended to support economic development for Black youth.

In 2012, Kofi Hope was hired to re-start a failed initiative intended to support economic development for Black youth. Over the next six years, he and his team reconstituted the project as the CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals. At the heart of the initiative was a focus on reaching youth who could be labelled […]

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Organizational Effectiveness

Published on 28/02/2018

In this session, Robin shared her ideas for how non-profits can achieve greater clarity and alignment to feel better positioned to answer challenging questions. She also provoked ideas for how leaders can fight the “starvation cycle” in which many Canadian non-profits find themselves.

Non-profit leaders constantly face these types of complex strategic questions: There’s an exciting new funding opportunity, should we pursue it? Our programs are all important, but are they in the right combination or frequency? Some of my board members are passionate about a new idea for growth, should we explore it? In this session, Robin […]

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Advocacy and Policy

Published on 29/01/2018

In this Five Good Ideas session, Jaime Watt, Executive Chairman of Navigator Ltd., presented his five good ideas on how to get your message heard – and acted on.

When approaching politicians with your issues, you will be competing for attention with many other stakeholder groups. To help politicians understand your issues, your message will need to be clear, crisp and concise. In this Five Good Ideas session, Jaime Watt, Executive Chairman of Navigator Ltd., presented his five good ideas on how to get […]

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Organizational Effectiveness

Published on 05/12/2017

Join Alf Spencer, Director of the Accessibility Outreach, Education and Referral Branch at the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, as he discusses ideas and tools to move towards a culture of accessibility. Through his five good ideas, find out how dialogue, community, youth and other elements can all work together to create a more inclusive environment for everyone.

Join Alf Spencer, Director of the Accessibility Outreach, Education and Referral Branch at the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, as he discusses ideas and tools to move towards a culture of accessibility. Through his five good ideas, find out how dialogue, community, youth and other elements can all work together to create a more inclusive environment […]

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Organizational Effectiveness

Published on 31/10/2017

How non-profit organizations can plan for sustainability and stability, knowing that leadership will evolve over time, and that traditional succession planning models may not apply.

Traditional succession planning has always been a challenge in the sector, particularly with smaller organizations. All organizations, regardless of size, strive for continuity of thought and leadership – as it relates to Board, senior management, and program leadership. How can non-profit organizations plan for sustainability and stability, knowing that leadership will evolve over time, and […]

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Resource Development

Published on 25/09/2017

In this session, CanadaHelps Chief Marketing & Product Officer, Shannon Craig, draws on her experience working with Canada’s largest online fundraising platform to offer five practical ideas for effective fundraising in the digital age.

The world as a whole is changing rapidly, and all aspects of life are moving online. Fundraising is no exception. Online giving is growing each year, and it won’t be long before it is the dominant form of giving. Is your charity ready? Increasingly, charities have access to online tools that help level the playing […]

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Communications

Published on 16/05/2017

In this presentation, CivicAction CEO Sevaun Palvetzian presented her five good ideas on how non-profit leaders can communicate effectively with stakeholders and not break the bank.

How can you make a more memorable impact on your partners, funders, and broad stakeholder network? Time and time again, organizations doing important work forget about one key puzzle piece of driving change: effective communication tactics. For non-profit leaders, communicating is essential to building strong partnerships, which is often done on a shoestring budget. Under […]

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Governance

Published on 21/04/2017

Having a smart, creative, hard-working board is a major driver of an organization’s during periods of change or disruption.

Having a smart, creative, hard-working board is a major driver of an organization’s success at the best of times — but during periods of change or disruption it becomes crucial. That’s when any weakness in governance and oversight can crack the foundation of your organization. JoAnne Doyle of United Way Toronto & York Region shared […]

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