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Cuts at the Ontario Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council today announced across the board cuts for operating clients. The OAC’s budget will be reduced to $60 million in 2019.2020 necessitating cost reductions and cost saving measures including: Existing operating clients’ funding baselines will be reduced by 8% Five project grant programs will not accept applications this year National and International […]

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Interim Leadership: More Gain, Less Pain

A recent assignment as interim executive director for a mid-sized non-profit confirmed my experience that engaging an interim executive director or CEO during times of transition results in a more successful permanent hire and a more productive organization. Finding the right permanent non-profit leader has never been more difficult. The expansion of responsibilities and the […]

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Boards & Advocacy: Engagement is Essential

BoardSource has released an updated edition of their excellent publication Ten Basic Responsibilities of Non-Profit Boards which puts advocacy high on the list of essential responsibilities for voluntary non-profit leaders. Why Is Advocacy Important Board Work? The missions of non-profit organizations are too important for boards not to contribute their voices to amplify our messages. […]

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Transform the Future with Scenario Planning

Executives and Directors of non-profit organizations are being squeezed by increasingly complex challenges in the work environment and flat or decreasing resources with which to address those challenges. And there is tremendous pressure, especially on charities, to keep pushing expenditures ever lower. But continuing to do the same activities with fewer resources and then expecting […]

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