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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Leadership and Vision

Published on 05/12/2016

A behind-the-scenes look at how some of our sector’s leaders come up with ideas and how to make them stick.

The evening’s panel discussion provided a behind-the-scenes look at how some of our sector’s leaders come up with ideas, how they can tell when they’ve got a good one, and how to make them stick. Mary Rowe, urbanist, civic entrepreneur and newly appointed Deputy Principal Secretary, Office of the Premier of Ontario, moderated a panel […]

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Organizational Effectiveness

Published on 18/11/2016

How evaluation can strengthen an organization's ability to navigate and thrive in disruption.

These are disruptive times. Events on the other side of the world affect public policies at home. New technology changes the way we communicate, work and live. Our values and cultural rules evolve at a relentless rate. Leading and managing non-profit organizations is less like stewarding a well-oiled machine and a lot more like white […]

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Leadership and Vision

Published on 26/10/2016

Achieving our mission in the midst of new challenges and a shifting context.

We are living in a time of disruption. Whether in the public or private sphere, this disruption is challenging our existing assumptions and models, leading to new and innovative solutions. How we perceive ourselves as leaders and the role we play in leading change in this environment can impact the success of our organizations. How […]

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Resource Development

Published on 25/05/2016

Budgets are an important tool to define our nonprofit organizations – to our funders, to our boards, to our staff, and to ourselves.

Our budgets are an important tool we can use to define our nonprofit organizations – to our funders, to our boards, to our staff, to ourselves. We need to have a strong budget in place to ensure we work on the right projects, provide a clear reason to donate, and help our clients see that […]

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Advocacy and Policy

Published on 26/04/2016

Small- and medium-sized organizations can help inform government policies.

Many non-profit organizations don’t view themselves as part of the public policy landscape because they are focused on delivering services and programs to their clients, not lobbying for change on Parliament Hill or at Queen’s Park. But, in a number of important ways, the voices of these organizations can help shape critical public policy issues. […]

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Human Resources

Published on 20/03/2016

Practical ideas for developing meaningful yet cost-effective HR solutions.

Talent is critical to the success of any organization today. To realize your mission and goals, you need to attract a strong team and create the conditions for your employees to learn continuously, innovate and bring their best every day. In the non-profit sector, we must rise to these challenges despite having limited resources to […]

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Leadership and Vision

Published on 26/02/2016

How non-profits can re-imagine their role in the 21st century.

In this engaging presentation, Sanjay Khanna explored the need for non-profits and social sector organizations to step up to the challenges of economic and social conditions the future brings. He examined why and how to be ready for the long-term risks in four key areas: economic reordering, mental health burdens, extreme weather and climate change, […]

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Published on 20/01/2016

How a strong governance culture can assist an non-profit grow its mission.

Increasing demand for services and declining revenues are characteristics shared by many non-profit organizations. Governments, who traditionally have stepped up to assist, are under financial pressure as well, and are downloading their responsibilities to service providers. In a climate such as this, getting the most from your Board is crucial in maintaining and growing your […]

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Resource Development

Published on 25/11/2015

Establishing a major gifts program that can find and nurture top donors.

Whether it’s due to decreasing government support or increasing need, charities big and small are seeking to diversify and increase their revenue base. So how do small to mid-size charities survive without the substantial resources available to large-scale organizations? By providing practical advice on how to establish a major gifts program that can find and […]

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