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Trends in Charitable Giving in Canada (Article)
Canada’s social sector is huge and diverse, with over 170,000 organizations nationwide contributing an average of 8.1% of Canada’s total GDP. [1] To put that into context, our sector contributes more... (posted December 3, 2018)

If you can read a nutrition label, you can read a financial statement (Article)
Financial statements look intimidating, with their dense columns of numbers. It can be really tempting to gloss it all over and leave the heavy lifting to the treasurer. This is a very bad idea. All... (posted November 5, 2018)

How to make the best of the diversity on your team (Article)
Diversity matters. Diverse teams demonstrate greater creativity [1] and objectivity [2], serve clients better [3], and achieve superior financial performance [4]. However, these benefits only accrue... (posted October 22, 2018)

A 360-Degree Organizational Assessment (Article)
A 360-Degree Organizational Assessment is a tool for gathering information that can be used to help senior management and board members gain a better understanding of how your organization is doing, to... (posted October 9, 2018)

Set your Board up for Success: Board Orientation (Article)
You have a robust board renewal policy, which means you now have new blood on your board. Congratulations! Now you need to give these new directors the knowledge and skills to lead effectively. -- What... (posted September 25, 2018)

Managing Data about your Volunteers: Are you protecting their privacy? (Article)
You need to collect information about your volunteers, during recruitment and also during their time with you. This information needs to be protected. -- Types of Personal Information -- In a volunteer... (posted September 7, 2018)

Starting a new Social Enterprise? Learn from other people’s mistakes. (Article)
A social enterprise is a business which serves a social mission. Starting a new business is really hard; only half of new Canadian businesses survive their first 5 years. [1] The good news is, failure... (posted July 19, 2018)

Managing Risk (Article)
We all take risks every day, from taking a shower, to driving to work, to developing a new program for our stakeholders. Risk is unavoidable, but it can be managed. -- What is a Risk? -- A risk is a... (posted June 26, 2018)

Assessing Risk: Is your brain deceiving you? (Article)
We humans are terrible at assessing risk accurately. Basically, this is because the human brain evolved when we lived in caves, hunting and foraging to keep ourselves alive long enough to pass our genes... (posted June 1, 2018)

Legal Obligations of Board Members (Article)
You are a volunteer board member. You donate your time to the organization and you work hard. You may like to think that your legal liabilities are different from those of board members of for-profit organizations;... (posted May 17, 2018)

Shifting your Charity to a Social Enterprise: The Earned Income Framework (Article)
Donor dollars are drying up and government grants are harder to get, but your charity still serves a need which is not being served any other way. How do you keep going? Shift part of your income stream... (posted February 14, 2018)

What knowledge and skills should an ideal board have? (Article)
Whether you are looking to join a board, or you are recruiting for your existing board, it helps to think in terms of competencies, rather than responsibilities or expertise. “Competencies are general... (posted December 12, 2017)

Role & Responsibilities of a Board (Article)
“Governance refers to the processes and structure used to direct and manage an organization's operations and activities. It defines the division of power, and establishes mechanisms needed to achieve... (posted August 17, 2017)

So you want to integrate Social Enterprise into your organization. How are you going to do it? (Article)
Social Enterprises are revenue-generating businesses with two goals: * to achieve social, cultural, community and/or environmental outcomes, and * to earn revenue The ultimate aim of a social enterprise... (posted August 14, 2017)

Board members: how effective are you? Take our self-assessment. (Article)
So, you've joined a board of directors. Thank you for stepping up! How is it going? Are you being as effective as you can be? How do you know? Try this board member's self-assessment to find out. [1]... (posted July 4, 2017)

The Canadian charity sector loses at least $12 MILLION a year to fraud. Are you sure you’re not exposing yourself to risk? (Article)
Consider this: * 5-7% of gross annual revenue in all non-profits gets lost to fraud [1] * If an organization cannot pay its debt, the members of the Board of Directors can be held personally responsible... (posted May 17, 2017)

Are you Ready to Join a Board of Directors? (Article)
You have great skills and some spare time to carve out. You feel passionate about an organization's cause and want to give of your time and skills to help the organization achieve its mandate. Does that... (posted May 10, 2017)

Defining the Role of the Management Board: a Case Study (Article)
Today's post is guest-written by Norman Moyer, chair of the Management Board of Centre 454, an Ottawa-based community ministry. We are very grateful for his contribution. Centre 454 is one of five community... (posted May 8, 2017)

Board members: Learn from other leaders' experience (Article)
Thomas Edison once famously observed, when asked about his repeated failures to create a working light bulb, “I haven’t failed. I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” Mistakes are our best... (posted April 4, 2017)

How to prepare for an interview to join a board of directors (Article)
Ottawa alone has about 2,000 non-profit organizations, all of which need hard-working, dedicated people to serve on their boards of directors. Joining a board is a great way to develop your leadership... (posted March 3, 2017)

What Kind of Board are you on? (Article)
So, you’ve joined a Board of Directors. Congratulations! Thank you for stepping up. How can you make your best contribution? A good starting point is to clarify the type of board you are sitting on.... (posted February 3, 2017)

How to be the most effective board member you can be (Article)
by Maria Lahiffe There are so many good reasons to join a non-profit board. You’ll meet great people and expand your sphere of influence; increase your financial literacy; learn how to run an effective... (posted August 24, 2016)