Take advantage of our new wireless program

In December, we were thrilled to launch the ONN Wireless Services program to help nonprofits save time and money on their wireless services needs. We’ve partnered with TELUS and Sky Wireless to provide stellar service and support to organizations of all sizes.

This program joins the three great supplier solutions we’ve rolled out under the ONN Purchasing Program: ONN Employee Benefits, ONN Office Supplies and the ONN Print Program.  

New jobs posted

Save 15% on all job postings in February with discount code newyear. Did you know? ONN members get free job postings all year!

Current top job: Executive Director, Fife House

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ONN Connectors are organizations, corporations and individuals that believe in building a strong and resilient nonprofit sector in Ontario – like you!

ONN Connector Highlight

Ignite NPS is a foundation which supports the development and broad distribution of practical research, resources and tools designed for board members and staff of non-profit organizations across the sector. The goal is to ignite new ways of working and help leaders to adapt to the complex and competitive landscape.

Ignite NPS provides grants to projects and initiatives which advance the mission. As well, the Ignite NPS’ Chair, Linda Mollenhauer, volunteers her time and expertise to work in collaboration with consultants, capacity-building organizations and sector-wide organizations on projects that are aligned with the mission.

Toronto Foundation pools philanthropic dollars and facilitates charitable donations for maximum community impact. Their individual, family and organizational funds number more than 500 and they administer over $400 million in assets. Through strategic granting, thought leadership, and convening they engage in city building to strengthen the quality of life in Toronto.

Philanthropists come to Toronto Foundation to help simplify and enhance their charitable giving in Toronto and across Canada. They also offer a community of like-minded people for those who want to make connections, learn and amplify their impact by collaborating with others.

Get to know more of the organizations, individuals, and corporations

that support our work as ONN Connectors.

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Reminder: ONCA proclamation still years away

The enabling legislation (Bill 154) has passed so the Ontario Government can move forward to proclaim ONCA, the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. But do not rush to change your bylaws or articles of incorporation. The Act won't be proclaimed for at least two years. Then, you have a further three years to bring your legal documents into compliance. There is plenty of time to get compliant – and we are still waiting for the regulations which may include some important details.

Show your funders our new evaluation guide

We’ve just published a guide to help you and your funders to better evaluate your projects, called Collaborative Evaluation Approaches: a how-to guide for grantmakers.

Collaborative evaluation involves grantmakers and grant recipients investing time and working together to develop or implement an evaluation approach that addresses questions that matter to both groups, and this approach is much more likely to produce useful results.

This guide complements our Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy initiative to create a more enabling ecosystem for evaluation in the nonprofit sector. We thank the Ignite Foundation for making this guide possible.

Bill 148 webinar held; second one to be held soon

Last Friday our Bill 148 webinar helped 500 nonprofits and other interested groups to better understand the new changes to the Employment Standards Act. Our next Bill 148 webinar will be in February.

First public policy webinar held; don’t miss the next one

Earlier this month, almost 100 nonprofits heard inspiring stories and learned great tactics for engaging in the election. This was the first in a five-part series, Nonprofits Driving Public Policy, co-presented with Maytree, with the Community Foundations of Canada as our learning partner. The second webinar, on strategies to influence public policy, will be March 7, 12-1pm. The webinar is free for ONN members. 

Stay up to date on our Decent Work for Women project

We continue to examine the experiences of women working in the nonprofit sector and will release a literature review soon. 

Send your budget ideas to the Ministry of Finance

The Minister of Finance is hosting pre-budget consultations to find out what more the government can do to create jobs and grow the economy, while eliminating the deficit. We encourage all Ontario nonprofits to share their ideas with the Minister by the February 9 deadline. Our pre-Budget submission is online. http://theonn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/2018-prebudget-submission-Dec-2017.pdf

Take note: new regulatory changes affecting Ontario nonprofits

Ontario nonprofit employers should note that several new provincial regulations came into effect January 1, including major changes to rules governing minimum wages, employment standards, labour relations, children in care, child and youth pharmacare (OHIP+), credit union deposit insurance, and Homes for Special Care Act per diems: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2017/12/regulation-and-fee-changes-coming-into-force-january-1-2018.html

Update regarding over-reach through the Patients First Act

Many of you will recall we wrote a year ago about the funder over-reach enabled by the Patients First Act. The Act allows Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)-appointed supervisors to take over the assets and programs of community-governed nonprofits despite their accountabilities to multiple funders and, in many cases, under Income Tax Act charitable regulations. The new LHIN authorities have now been published and a related “Q and A” document explicitly addresses the question of funder over-reach: http://www.torontocentrallhin.on.ca/en/LHINAuthorities.aspx

We have concerns about the lack of appeal mechanisms, due process, and other safeguards in the legislation.

  • Keep us informed: If any nonprofit finds themselves in the situation of having their board taken over by a LHIN-appointed supervisor, or your organization explores further whether Patients First conflicts with the sector’s governance legislation, please let us know: liz@theonn.ca.

Free social enterprise training

Social Enterprise Institute provides an online learning platform for nonprofits and charities to start or grow social enterprises. With courses tailored to fit every unique SE development and maximize impact, it provides “just in time, just what you need” resources, such as videos, templates, and worksheets. Their delivery model levels the playing field for rural and urban organizations and provides timely and expert coaching, regardless of where organizations operate.

CPA Canada's Not-for-Profit Executive Forum

Embrace Change | February 26-27, 2018 | Toronto, ON or attend virtually

Lead your organization to thrive into the future. As a progressive leader in your nonprofit, you know change is inevitable and look to leverage opportunities change brings to increase impact for your organization.

Keynote speaker: Bruce Kirkby, Acclaimed Explorer, Writer and Photographer: "Change Leadership and Management: Navigating the Uncertainty, Unfamiliarity, and Discomfort of Growth"

Try CPA Canada’s virtual option. Save $100 off registration and cut travel costs without diminishing your access to expertise.

Sparkrock’s Fuel Good 2018

February 7-9, 2018 | Toronto, ON

Fuel Good 2018 is a conference built for nonprofits to provide the inspiration, education, and connections you need to transform the operations of your organization. It’s not just about technology, it’s about new approaches, new processes, and being able to serve more people with less effort, stress and expense.

Fuel Good hosts nonprofit, human services, and education organizations from all corners of North America. Through inspiring keynotes, innovative talks, educational breakouts, hands-on sessions, and tons of networking, there will be plenty to do! 

Advocate for the sector

Some great advocacy examples are emerging as the provincial election approaches: 

  • Our friends at the Rural Ontario Institute will provide an opportunity to each of the political parties to articulate how their platforms respond to rural priorities. To help formulate the questions of importance to rural Ontario, please take a moment to respond to the Institute's short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ruralelectionpriorities2018
  • A group of artists, arts workers, and arts supporters are working together to convey the power and impact of the arts in Ontario to decision makers, in time for the next provincial election and beyond. For more information: http://ontariansforthearts.ca

Tell Statistics Canada how you use census data

To help it create the 2021 Census, Statistics Canada wants to know how you use census data. Let the department know! Deadline: February  9. http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2021/consultation/index-eng.cfm 

Get more strategic about finance

ONN’s long-time nonprofit finance collaborator Betty Ferreira has written a white paper on how nonprofits can digitally transform their finance function, shifting the focus from bookkeeping to strategic financial leadership: https://www.sparkrock.com/finance-digital-transformation.

Funding for ‘decent work’ projects

The Atkinson Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry for its Decent Work Fund. The fund is a grants program that takes aim at addressing growing income and wealth inequality. Join Atkinson’s webinar on February 13  to learn more and to ask questions about the Atkinson Decent Work Fund.

Deadline: March 5. http://atkinsonfoundation.ca/community/atkinson-decent-work-fund/ 

Funding for tech

CIRA, through its Community Investment Program, is accepting applications for projects that “help build a better online Canada, specifically in the areas of infrastructure and access, online services, digital literacy, and research. 

Deadline: February 28. https://cira.ca/community-investment-program 

Funding for youth

Laidlaw Foundation is accepting expressions of interest for its Youth Direction Action program.

Deadline: March 5. http://laidlawfdn.org/funding-opportunities/youth-direct-action/

Support for workforce development 

Metcalf Foundation, in partnership with the Aspen Institute, is accepting applications for its Toronto Sector Skills Academy. Participants in the skills academy work with peers from a variety of organizations, learn from experts in the field, strengthen partnerships, engage in experiential learning with practical applications, and acquire new skills to explore, catalyze, and enable sectoral workforce strategies. Fellows attend three retreats and three workshops over a 10-month period. 

Deadline: February 16. https://metcalffoundation.com/our-programs/program-area/inclusive-local-economies/ 


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