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Executive Leadership

Training isn’t just important. It is vital. (Article)
By Maria Lahiffe “Employers recognise the value in having a skilled workforce, but all too often, they treat training as something of an afterthought. Particularly when the finances are tight, skills... (posted July 31, 2019)

How can we strengthen Canada's Charitable Sector? (Article)
by Maria Lahiffe Why is it so hard to do great works of charity? The Senate put together a Special Committee to investigate this very question. “Canada’s charitable and non-profit sector is diverse... (posted July 12, 2019)

What can you say during an election? The rules have changed. (Article)
by Maria Lahiffe Your organization does important work, for a group of people who really need it. You need to get the word out about your work, to bring in potential donors and volunteers, and to educate... (posted May 31, 2019)

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)

What should you delegate? (Article)
by Maria Lahiffe According to Stanford University, 72% of chief executives need to improve their delegation skills. [1] Delegation is one of the hardest things for a leader to do, even though it can... (posted August 28, 2017)

Fostering a Culture of Philanthropy in your Organization (Article)
by Maria Lahiffe “At the heart of every organization is its people. They create the culture and determine the direction that the organization takes, so if the people are not bought in to the fundraising... (posted August 15, 2017)

Build a Board that likes to fundraise (Article)
by Maria Lahiffe When board members are engaged in fundraising, organizations raise more money. [1] However, it can be really hard to engage your board in fundraising activities. There are a number of... (posted July 11, 2017)

Help your donors help you better (Article)
by Maria Lahiffe Most organizations seek to cultivate regular donors, that is, people who donate a constant amount at regular intervals, like $50 per month. But what if I told you that the same $50 a... (posted May 25, 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)
by Maria Lahiffe 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... (posted May 17, 2017)

Keys to Effective Delegation (Article)
by Maria Lahiffe “The surest way for an executive to kill himself is to refuse to learn how, and when, and to whom to delegate work.” – James Cash Penney, founder of the J.C. Penney retail chain.... (posted April 18, 2017)

How to Engage your Board in Fundraising (Article)
Today’s post is cross-posted from Mena Gainpaulsingh, CEO of Purposeful Fundraising, a fundraising consultancy which works with organizations to increase their fundraising capacity, connect deeply with... (posted March 9, 2017)

How to Realize Every Objective in Your Strategic Plan by Avoiding Assponsibility! (Article)
Today’s post is cross-posted from Procope Consulting, a local organization which provides business advisory services to not-for-profit organizations. We are very grateful for their contribution. Please... (posted February 2, 2017)

Strategic Planning Framework (Article)
by Maria Lahiffe All organizations should have a strategy in place for how they will achieve their mission. Your plan should articulate specific goals and describe the action steps and resources needed... (posted September 20, 2016)