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Government of Canada suspends CASL private right of action

UPDATE:  The Government of Canada is suspending the implementation of certain provisions in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) in response to broad-based concerns raised by businesses, charities and the not-for-profit sector. The provisions, known as private right of action, would have allowed lawsuits to be filed against individuals and organizations for alleged violations of the legislation. The provisions …

Volunteering 101 – information for first-time volunteers

So you want to volunteer. That’s great! Have you decided how to launch yourself into the unknown world of volunteerism? Here are some tips to get you started. Step 1: Self-reflect: Take the time to answer these three easy questions. What are you passionate about? What skills do you have? How much time do you …

Why nonprofit workers are susceptible to burnout

For those who attended our Annual General Meeting on May 10, you will recall the lessons Beth Kanter taught us on how to remain calm and collected while working at a nonprofit organization. The nonprofit expert and co-author of The Healthy Happy Nonprofit, discussed how to prevent burnout and maintain optimal job performance. So, why are …

A Year in Review: The 2017 AGM

  It’s difficult to sum up a year’s worth of work in a single brochure. Last year, the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations spearheaded a number of projects and initiatives to strengthen the nonprofit sector in our city. The 2016 annual report showcases our past work such as the Moving to Action initiative, board-to-board networking and …

Boost your nonprofit’s digital presence

“Networked Nonprofits don’t work harder or longer than other organizations, they work differently. They engage in conversations with people beyond their walls — lots of conversations — to build relationships that spread their work through the network.” – Beth Kanter  On Thursday, May 11, Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations had the pleasure of hosting internationally …

Building and Sustaining Strong Volunteer Leadership

The Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations would like to thank Volunteer Coordinators and Managers who made Volunteer Week a success and those individuals who promote volunteerism everyday. Join us for a networking breakfast and exciting learning opportunity on May 31! True commitment is difficult to find these days. Job turnover is high as workers are …

An Interview: Why Partnership Brokering Matters

Guest post by: Jocelyn Daw With Partnership Brokers Training Course right around the corner, who better to advocate for it than past participants. So JS Daw & Associates took a (virtual) trip across the pond and interviewed two graduates of the Partnership Brokers Training Course who are presently working in London, UK. Scroll down to …

Please get a licence, City of Edmonton tells nonprofits

Most nonprofits are unaware that City of Edmonton Bylaw 13138, as amended on February 1, 2016, requires any organization providing goods or services in Edmonton to have a business licence.  And yes, this includes nonprofits and charities! “Nonprofit organizations do require a licence to operate within the city of Edmonton limits,” explains Nonnie Jackson, Licensing and Policy …

Policies are policies, are policies (or are they?)

Not all policies are created equal. The rules we live, work, and play under impact our behaviours and our organization’s state of health. When I talk about policy manuals and policy writing, I almost always return to my training in appreciative inquiry (AI). One of the guiding beliefs in appreciative inquiry is that organizations move …

Building Successful Partnerships

There is a growing demand worldwide from all sectors for greater competence in scoping and managing the partnering process, especially as many of the partnerships we are seeing evolve are non-traditional, cross sector collaborations. Many of these partnerships are as a result of complex societal issues that cannot be tackled by one agency or sector …