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 […]
Five Good Ideas
Upcoming Five Good Ideas sessions
- February 28, 2018: Five Good Ideas for greater strategic clarity with Robin Cory, Partner, Colbeck Strategic Advisors
- March 27, 2018: Five Good Ideas - From the Ground Up: Leading with Integrity and Innovation with Kofi Hope, Executive Director, CEE
- April 30, 2018: Five Good Ideas about advancing reconciliation with Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission
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Previous Five Good Ideas sessions
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]