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      Thursday, May 28, 2015                                                                      




May 2015: IN THIS ISSUE

Inside ONN

ONN Policy Updates

Policy News



So, why should government invest in a strong nonprofit sector? ONN Board Member and Pillar Nonprofit Network’s Michelle Baldwin tackles the question of why government and funders need to see support for nonprofits as an investment in strong communities, not just a charitable exercise, with the space to be innovative.


Inside ONN


Read all about it! Diane Davy of WorkInCulture reveals the potential for the creative community and its workforce to get ready for change by working together across the sector: Building our workforce- nonprofit collaboration is not just a nicety

Want to get more nonprofit workforce updates to share with your team? Sign up for our Labour Force News Flash.



June 10: How insurance can assist with an eco-friendly lifestyle

More and more consumers are conscious of their impact on the environment. And we know nonprofit staff are keen to live their community-building values when they buy, including home and auto insurance.

The insurance industry has adapted and is now providing more green options and coverage. So what’s available in the marketplace and how can you distinguish between true eco-products that respect the environment and communities? 

Our exclusive insurance partners at HUB will provide nonprofits and their employees an overview of products available, including:

  • New insurance enhancements that enable customers to replace damaged or destroyed property with energy efficient and environmentally-friendly products
  • Insurance ratings for hybrid vehicles and listings for most-efficient vehicles
  • Electric bike coverage
  • Paperless policy documents using email 

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Time: 12-1pm
Cost: Free
Presenter: Brent McAnuff, HUB Ontario


Welcome Amisha Shah and Ben Liadsky, ONN’s newest “Get stuff done-ers”

We’re thrilled to welcome two new team members! You may recognize Amisha’s name- she was a Humber public admin placement student in 2013 and we’re so happy to have her back as our Administrative Coordinator. Amisha recently worked at St. Michael’s Hospital on an implementation project to update business processes. She’s also a McMaster grad in Political Science and Religious Studies. In her spare time, Amisha provides mentorship to various young professionals in the nonprofit sector.

As our Program Associate for our new evaluation project, Ben will support our work to create a sector-driven evaluation framework and evidence network. He has more than five years of experience working in the nonprofit sector in a variety of capacities from project management to fundraising to communications. He holds a master's degree in International Studies with specialization in Global Environmental Policy from the University of Northern British Columbia where his research focused on the role of local governments and transnational environmental networks in addressing climate change. Read more here about the awesome skills and experience they bring to Team ONN.


Thank you to students Clarissa Yahn and Tim Richardson

We are so lucky to work with talented placement students! Clarissa (Georgian College’s Marketing & Advertising Communications) brought her copywriting and creative design skills to create new sub-brands and updated materials with fresh new looks (see this month’s new Webinar Wednesdays and Labour Force logos for example). Tim (Seneca College’s Nonprofit Leadership and Management) helped map the growth of our network, using dynamic visual mapping software to highlight regional connectivity, and showcase how digital platforms can help our working groups work together over long distances. He and his nonprofit, Project Canoe, were recently featured in the Toronto Star


ONN Conference 2015


Woohoo! Conference registration is open and our early bird special has big savings. Join us Oct. 20-21 at a brand new venue this year, the Allstream Centre, with over 450 nonprofit leaders and policy thinkers from across Ontario. Do governance, assets, advocacy and evaluation affect your nonprofit? These are the key themes this year. Make sure you and your community are here as we talk nonprofit drive policy, leadership and action for thriving communities.  

Get the details: Pre-Conference: Building Foundations and Conference: Seizing Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available, starting at $250!

Interested in volunteering? Learn more here


New ONN website!

Our vibrant website is here! We heard valuable feedback in our communications survey to the network last year on how we could improve our platforms- including our site. And we listened! We’ve built our new site to be easier to navigate, see at a glance recent news, read our policy analysis and submissions, learn more about our services for nonprofits and discover ways to get involved! Let us know what you think!

Summer Sale! 15% off all Job Postings for June

Need extra help this summer? Thinking of hiring a student, or a new employee? Let us help you find your nonprofit superstar by taking an additional 15% off all job postings for the month of June (starting June 1), when you use the coupon code: hellosunshine

Connect Nonprofit Jobs is Ontario’s nonprofit job board, connecting job seekers with paid positions in the nonprofit sector. As part of our mission to build a strong and resilient nonprofit sector, Connect Nonprofit Jobs is helping us achieve that by capturing valuable information about our province's labour force. But don't take our word for it: almost 1 million Ontarians are employed in the nonprofit sector.

Visit www.connectjobs.ca. New to the job board? Just click “Sign Up” and you will be prompted to create a new account in just a few steps.

As a bonus, we’ll promote your job post through ONN’s vibrant social media channels to our 8,000+ followers. We’ll help you reach passionate community builders across Ontario!


ONN in the news

ONN’s Cathy Taylor presented at Chatham Kent Nonprofit Network’s first ever conference to 100 nonprofits gathered to talk regional strategy and collaboration. She was featured in the Chatham Daily News.


ONN Policy Updates

Community benefits should be part of Infrastructure and Prosperity Act

ONN presented this month to the Standing Committee on General Government on Bill 6 recommending that community benefits should be included in the statute to leverage public dollars already being spent to benefit Ontario communities. Community benefit agreements (CBAs) provide a way to create locally-driven benefits for specific local communities- such as tackling youth unemployment, quality jobs, support social enterprise activity, affordable housing and healthy communities. ONN has been working with a coalition of nonprofits on this issue who share broad consensus and also presented similar recommendations to the committee. Read our submission here


Community Hubs survey for Ontario - by June 5

Don’t forget about the online survey: you have until June 5 to add your feedback: Nonprofit Input on Community Hubs 

ONN has co-designed this in-depth survey with the Premier’s Community Hub Framework Advisory Group to help nonprofits get their voices heard. The results of the survey will go directly to the government, as well as to ONN’s policy team, and we’ll each be doing analysis. Based on the survey results and other perspectives we hear through the network, ONN will also be making a formal submission with a sector-wide lens. 

A Data Strategy for the Sector

Data matters to the sector. It is another tool to help us meet our missions in our communities. 

Accessing and using data in a new way opens up an important opportunity for nonprofits in Ontario. It’s important for our policy work as a sector: whether evaluation, funding reform, or labour force development, we need data as evidence and to provide context for the state of our sector and the diverse communities we serve.

So we are figuring it out together: ONN is convening research and discussion to determine the nature of a data strategy for Ontario's nonprofit sector. How could a data strategy for Ontario’s nonprofit sector help out nonprofits and communities? Would it be worth investing in? What could it look like? 

Watch for more updates on this file in the coming weeks. We’re also developing a data strategy reference group. Interested in contributing? Contact Heather Laird, Policy Lead at heather@theonn.ca.


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Grant Opportunities

Energize Microloan Fund for the Arts 

To support efforts to make arts facilities more energy efficient, ArtsBuild Ontario and the Community Forward Fund have launched this fund. Arts nonprofits can apply for small loans from $2,500- 5,000 (at an interest rate of 3.5%) to be used for funding projects, reports or plans to make their creative spaces more energy efficient. Apply here.


Policy News

Ontario Government Consultations

Consultation on the Open Data Directive- by July 1

Early this month, the Government of Ontario launched the Open Data Directive. It aims to maximize access to Ontario government data based on the principles of “open by default”- that is, unless the data is exempt for privacy, security or commercially-sensitive reasons- it should available to the public. The directive sets out key principles and requirements for publishing open data and applies to data from Ontario ministries and provincial agencies.

The directive is still in draft form and feedback on the document is welcome. We’re pleased to see new technology being used- you can make comments in the shared Google doc!  Or you can comment by tweeting at @ONgov using #openON hashtag or email the team directly. 


Consultation on Infrastructure Priorities- by Sept. 18 

The province is asking for input on the design of new infrastructure programs and a framework to prioritize needs for communities and regions outside the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. With $15 billion allocated for infrastructure investment, this is an important opportunity to add your voice. Read the discussion paper and submit your feedback


Consultations to strengthen labour laws: The Changing Workplaces Review- by Sept. 18

The Ontario government is doing public consultations to consider how the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Employment Standards Act, 2000 could be amended to best protect workers while supporting businesses in a changing economy. This will include topics such as the increase in temporary jobs and part-time work, and the effects of globalization and trade liberalization. The consultations will be held across Ontario, starting June 16. 

As part of ONN’s policy focus on the nonprofit labour force and a decent work movement, we’re putting a list together of people and organizations who are interested in this legislative review and have expertise and knowledge to share. If interested, please contact Joan MacDonald, Labour Force Project Lead, at joan@theonn.ca

Click here to read the Changing Workplaces Review Guide to Consultations for more information, including the context and questions to be addresses. Three ways to provide input: click here for details.


Ontario Employment Standards- is your nonprofit up to standard?

Attention all nonprofit employers: Do you have your Employment Standards poster up? Employers have until June 19 to make sure the poster has been distributed. This is just one part of Bill 18, Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014. We’ll have more news on Bill 18 in a future eblast.


Does your nonprofit receive transfer payments? Transfer Payment Administration Modernization (TPAM) Common Registration Initiative

Attention all nonprofits that receive Ontario government funding: you should expect a data request from our colleagues at the TPAM Project, a team within the Ontario Government that is working to modernize the system of transfer payments for nonprofits and the broader public sector.

How your response will help the sector

ONN encourages all provincially-funded nonprofits to respond to TPAM’s request for information. The data will support the introduction of one-time reporting of each organization’s basic information, a key request from the nonprofit sector in our Funding Reform advocacy work.

Take action by June 4!


Sector News and Resources

Budget 2015- Voices from the Network

It’s great to see Ontario nonprofits involved in the Ontario Budget process, providing analysis and insight into how the 2015 Budget will impact organizations and communities. Click here to read more.


New report: The Precarity Penalty

United Way Toronto and McMaster University has released their second research report as part of PEPSO (Poverty and Employment precarity in Southern Ontario). It confirms that there has been a dramatic rise in the number of insecure jobs in the workplace, penalizing workers across all income levels and impacting the health of communities. The report includes tangible solutions that focus on modernizing policy and programs for today’s labour market- including support of a strong community services sector and addressing employment challenges for young people. Read it here.

ONN’s Cathy Taylor was a panelist at the 2015 PEPSO Symposium sharing ONN’s work on building a sector driven labour force strategy and our work with partners to create a decent work environment in the nonprofit sector.


AFP Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy- by May 29

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy- Canada has launched a multi-year initiative to support diverse leaders in the fundraising and not-for-profit sectors to enhance their leadership and fundraising skills, and give them an opportunity to develop organizational policies and practices on diversity and inclusion.

AFP is especially keen to engage people who may not necessarily have a Fundraiser title, or may not consider themselves to be a Fundraiser, but who carry out fundraising functions. The program includes complimentary professional development opportunities, full scholarships to 2 large conferences, webinars, and a mentorship relationship. Get more details here.


Social Enterprise updates

Add your input to the 2015 Social Enterprise Survey for Ontario, being conducted by the  Canadian CED Network, partnering with Simon Fraser University and Mount Royal University. ONN encourages nonprofits doing social enterprise to participate. The contributions of nonprofits engaging in social enterprise are important and growing, but the sector has not been widely studied or understood. Your participation is critical to informing policy recommendations to enhance support for the sector. This initiative builds on the results of the previous 2012 Social Enterprise Survey for Ontario, the first profile of the nonprofit social enterprise sector in the province, and will expand to include the for-profit social purpose business for a comparative analysis. Email pchamberlain@ccednet-rcdec.ca to get the survey link.



Making an Impact: Ontario’s Social Enterprise Progress Report [2015]

Impact: A Social Enterprise Strategy for Ontario was released by the Government of Ontario in September 2013. The multi-year strategic plan was launched with the long-term goal of making Ontario the best place in North America to start, grow and invest in social enterprises. The Progress Report, “Making an Impact – Ontario’s Social Enterprise Progress Report”, provides updates on activity to date relating to the 2013 Strategy.

The report highlights the outcomes and key deliverables that have been achieved, including the Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund, which enables 11 non-profit intermediaries to provide support and funding to social enterprises across the province. Click here for “Making an Impact - Ontario’s Social Enterprise Progress Report (2015)


Nominate an Accessibility Champion! 

The Ontario Government is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and is looking for champions across the province. Nominate your champion and learn more about Accessibility celebrations by emailing accessibility@ontario.ca to get your toolkit.


New report: Why Canada needs a Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario

Mowat Centre has released its new report on the key issue areas that should be part of federal discussions on Ontario’s economy, especially in light of an upcoming federal election. Read the report here


Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards

The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards recognize the valuable contributions volunteers, innovative nonprofits and forward‑thinking businesses make to their communities through voluntary contributions and innovative ideas and approaches to address social challenges. Volunteering, charitable donations and philanthropy all play a key role in helping communities to address these challenges. Recognize the tremendous contributions of a volunteer you know who improves the well-being of families and communities across the country. Learn more about the Awards here


Google AdWords free advertising & support

A great opportunity to get tech savvy with your nonprofit marketing! Get up to $10,000 of free advertising on Google and have specialists guide you through the registration process and how to build campaigns (a value of over $1,500). 7 spots are open for June. Email info@80proofdigital.com or see their nonprofit page for details.











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