The Sustainability Network acknowledges the Couchiching Conservancy for their generous initiative in taking the Great Lakes Learning Network attendees on a tour of their beautiful conservancy and educating us on the area's history and significance. ... See MoreSee Less
Many productive and fruitful discussions took place at the Great Lakes Learning Network. The Sustainability Network expresses sincere thanks to the Great Lakes Social Network Analysis project advisors for dedicating their time and effort into giving guidance and support, including Jill Ryan (Freshwater Future), Stephanie Smith (Alliance for the Great Lakes), Todd Ambs (Healing Our Waters Coalition), and Lindsay Telfer (Canadian Freshwater Alliance). ... See MoreSee Less
The Sustainability Network is honoured to have the opportunity to host the Great Lakes Learning Network, as part of the Great Lakes Social Network Analysis project. Thank you to Great Lakes conservation leaders who joined us to discuss our research results and plan the next steps to enhance collaboration between organizations working to conserve the Great Lakes. ... See MoreSee Less
Article: Going into Business for Wildlife Conservation from the Stanford Social Innovation Review
To achieve large-scale, long-term success, wildlife conservationists need to think like the private sector and invest in business innovation.
In “Going into Business for Wildlife Conservation”, Gautam Shah claims wildlife conservationists must think like the private sector and invest in business innovation to achieve large-scale, long-term success. Conservation organizations have been successful at slowing environmental destruction, but with accelerating environmental degradation, this is an endless battle. Development of sustainable business models to support large-scale conservation will be a real breakthrough. Shah clarifies that a sustainable business model includes developing new solutions that 1) sell a product or service that the public values, 2) generate revenue which can be directly invested in conservation, 3) do not have a negative environmental impact, and 4) do not rely on donations or grants. Such a model will eliminate the dependency on limited funding.
Shah proposed three initiatives. The first is for conservation NGOs to allocate one to three percent of their yearly budget to experimenting with new business models. The second is for donors to seek opportunities to invest in new business ventures that have conservation impact and potential to preserve wealth. The third is for everyone to start looking at conservation through the eyes of the public, rather than only through the eyes of their own passion. These initiatives will enhance our ability to finance effective programs and truly engage a worldwide audience.
Report: 2016 Digital Outlook Report - Nonprofit Trends and Strategy
Ready, Set, Go! But where are we going? When it comes to digital, what is the role of the leaders at my organization? How should digital influence the staff and skills of my organization? What is “alignment”, and why does it matter to me?
2015 was a banner year for integration, as nonprofits reshaped and retooled to combine traditional (offline) and digital (online) endeavors, acknowledging that in modern marketing, digital shouldn’t exist in isolation. The 2016 Digital Outlook Report contains data from hundreds of organizations across the globe and Care2, hjc, and NTEN have collaborated to bring you this recap of trends and strategies, highlighting best practices and expert insights along the way.
You will find: - Case studies from digital strategy leaders representing organizations of all shapes, sizes, and budgets. - How experts are organizing their teams, getting buy-in and budget, and executing their digital strategy. - A look at digital trends and strategies for nonprofit success in 2016 and beyond.
Reports: Financial Management Guides for Nonprofits
Humanity Financial Management works to strengthen the financial management of non-profit and charitable organizations. They believe that reliable financial processes and improved capacity for financial leadership can make a real difference to the important work of Canada’s non-profit sector and have made available two great guides with this in mind.
Financial Management Roles and Responsibilities presents a financial responsibilities matrix for each financial management position in an organization (Bookkeeper, Controller, CFO, CEO/ED, Treasurer, Board). Many organizations don’t have this many positions – the key point is that most of these roles and responsibilities need to be allocated to someone in all organizations. Check out this 17 page guide from 2015 at: www.humanityfinancial.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Financial-Management-Roles-and-Responsibiliti...
Resiliency is the capacity to respond effectively to change, to adapt successfully to new and unforeseen conditions and circumstances – and to seize opportunity. It’s an essential characteristic of organizations that are built for ongoing success.
In 2013, program officers at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation began working in partnership with grantees to examine and discuss seven factors that can contribute to organizational resiliency. The resources below were generated through the Foundation’s experience. These tools are being shared to heighten interest in resiliency as an asset for nonprofits operating in a dynamic landscape, and to fuel new conversations regarding the value of resiliency in the context of grantee-grantmaker relationships.
This guide features seven factors that can contribute to organizational resiliency. - Culture of Learning - Talent & Leadership - Context (Outside-in Thinking) - Planning & Execution - Reputation & Communications - Partnerships & Alliances - Financial Footing The factors are presented in a way that can fuel discussion and inform action to strengthen resiliency.
Article: Blumberg's Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector 2014
Blumbergs' just released this Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector 2014 as part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project. This is the fifth snapshot of the Canadian charity sector that has been provided by Blumbergs. The database covers about 84,500 of the 86,000 registered charities in Canada that filed their T3010 for the 2014 year and were processed into CRA’s Charity Listing database by February of 2016.
This spring, WWF-Canada and TELUS are inviting Canadians to share their ideas for action-oriented projects that bring communities closer to nature, helping it thrive. The best ideas will be awarded a Go Wild Community Grant presented by TELUS ranging from $1,000 - $7,000 to bring that project to life. If you have a creative idea to help nature thrive in your community, apply before May 13 and indicate how you would Go Wild and what connecting with nature means to you. Projects are helping forge deeper connections to nature and generating solutions to the challenges facing our planet, starting in their own communities. Go Wild projects across the country are already working to restore habitats, plant community gardens for pollinators, engage youth on environmental issues, and much more.
WWF-Canada and TELUS want you to join us and Go Wild! Go Wild Community Grants will award grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 to support creative ideas from Canadians on how to protect, restore, moni...
The Automotive Recyclers of Canada has partnered with Scout Environmental (formerly Summerhill Impact) to offer granting initiative, Grants in Gear, for a third year. The nation-wide program will provide funding worth up to $100,000 to Canadian environmental non-profit and entrepreneurial groups and municipal/regional governmental bodies.
To date, Grants in Gear has funded eight organizations across Canada working to achieve measurable impact for the environment through their winning ideas. ARC will be extending this opportunity to four more organizations whose project ideas seek tangible results in emissions reduction or pollution prevention in the transportation sector or automotive recycling or reuse excellence. They welcome eligible organizations of all sizes who seek to make a positive environmental impact on the automotive industry. This year, ARC will disburse up to four grants worth a maximum of $25,000 each with one grant being offered as an optional legacy grant. This will allow previous winners to apply for additional funding to increase the capacity of their existing program. Applications will be accepted from March 25 to May 6, 2016.
MAS Workshop: Enhance Your Leadership and Communications Skills
Join Management Advisory Service at this workshop to improve your leadership and communication skills. This workshop was developed specifically for Board members, Executive Directors and management team members of not for profit organizations.
What you can expect to learn: - Leadership Skills: How to build & strengthen effective teams; Understanding various leadership styles; and, How to strengthen your role as a leader - Persuasive Communications: Understand different communication styles and the impact they have on your ability to influence; How to become more proactive and persuasive when dealing with others; and, Ways to increase collaboration with people you interact with at work. The workshop will be lead by two experienced professionals in the field: Glenn Christie and Denyse Burns. Denyse has over 25 years experience in business consulting and executive coaching. She has worked with audiences ranging from Fortune 500 CEOs to not for profit managers. Glenn has held a number of positions with companies around the world, helping organizations and people become more effective.
Date: June 2, 2016 Time: 9am to 4pm Location: Metro Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St, Toronto, ON Cost: Until May 1, $70.00 After May 1, $80.00
Management Advisory Services Workshop on Enhancing your Leadership and Communication Skills June 2, 2016, 9 am – 4 pm Metro Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto Join MAS at this workshop to im...
Charity Village Webinar: The 20 Questions Nonprofit Directors Should Ask About Marketing & Fundraising
This webinar, presented by Lelia MacDonald of Management Advisory Services and Charity Village, helps board members ask the right questions and helps executive directors supply the answers. By participating in this webinar, you will learn how to clarify and protect your brand, create an environment where fundraisers thrive, and balance revenue efficiency with your organization's other goals. The session is great for board members, senior leadership and executive directors or CEOs.
Happy to share a 15 minute video highlights from a Green Economic Perspectives presentation that TD chief Sustainability Officer Karen Clarke-Whistler gave several weeks ago here at the Sustainability Network offices. GEP is the public side of the Economic Literacy Project.
This monthly feature in the Digest is provided by Jeffrey Good, Sales Representative, VP Cresa Toronto, and Real Estate, Charity + Non-Profit Practice Lead. As a Vice President with Cresa Toronto Inc., Brokerage, Jeff brings a combination of for-profit expertise and charitable organization passion that is unique in the real estate world. Check out Cresa Toronto at www.cresa.com/toronto... See MoreSee Less
Supercharge Your Communication Planning: Create a strategic communications plan
May 25, 2016, 9:00am - May 25, 2016, 2:00pm
This in-depth, hands-on workshop will provide you with the framework to develop a practical communication plan for your organization, program or campaign. It will cover establishing goals, developing ...
29 leaders from across the Great Lakes (18 U.S., 11 from Canada) spend three days on beautiful Sparrow Lake south of Gravenhurst parsing social network analysis (SNA) data and strategizing to strengthen the ENGO community. ... See MoreSee Less
On April 27th, the Centre for Social Innovation presents environmentalists from all sectors together to tell stories of how they pushed progress, and created change. Tales from the Trenches: Environmental Storytelling from the Frontlines of Progress will feature stories about how for-profits worked to build not only a sustainable world but also a sustainable business, how non-profits found the societal levers to effect change, and what inspired activists to bring the message directly to the halls of power. Featuring: Atiya Jafar, 350.org Bernie Li, Centre for Social Innovation Emily Hunter, Greenpeace Eric Beynon, Carbon X Prize Paul Bubelis, Sustainability Network Rob Shirkey, Our Horizon It’s shaping up to be an awesome night, you won’t want to miss. Looking forward to seeing you there! ... See MoreSee Less
Climate change and the state of the environment are two of the most intractable problems the world faces today. Join us for this evening of storytelling, networking, and drinks to gain insight into wh...