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Imagine Matters: A newsletter for members of Imagine Canada

You are receiving this email because your organization is a member of Imagine Canada. 

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For July and August, Imagine Matters will be delivered bi-weekly.



Highlights from the Newswire

The newswire service offers a daily to semi-weekly digest of news pertaining to the charitable and nonprofit sector in Canada. Here are some interesting articles from the past week:

Creating a workplace wellness program
CharityVillage - July 3, 2013

Global human rights philanthropy topped $1.2 billion in 2010
Philanthropy Journal - July 2, 2013

Using Outcomes to Measure Nonprofit Success
Nonprofit Quarterly - July 2, 2013

Rediagnosing “Founder’s Syndrome”: Moving Beyond Stereotypes to Improve Nonprofit Performance
Nonprofit Quarterly - July 1, 2013

How to clear up your digital debris (UK)
The Guardian - June 27, 2013

All about mentoring: Nonprofit mentoring programs are taking off all across the country
CharityVillage - June 26, 2013

‘Worst Charities’ Report Prompts Calls for Charities to Respond (US)
Chronicle of Philanthropy - June 26, 2013

Mention money and watch donors give less
Hilborn Charity eNEWS - June 24, 2013

Sector Happenings
A selection of sector related events.

Charity Law Update - June 2013   
Updating Charities and Not-for-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations. Read more.

CSAE 8th Annual Summer Summit (Ontario)
July 11-12, 2013 - Alliston, ON
The Trillium Chapter of the CSAE presents its 8th Annual Summer Summit at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort in beautiful Alliston, Ontario on Thursday and Friday, July 11-12, 2013. Join your peers for a day and a half of intensive professional development and networking. Read more.

ONN Conference 2013
September 19-20, 2013 - Toronto, ON
The ONN Conference attracts experts and leaders across the sector, bringing together community builders, funders and government representatives coming from all over Ontario. This is the only province-wide event for all nonprofits from all sub-sectors. Read more.

July 9, 2013

Member Profile: Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
Hope and Support is Found Here
Every day 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour. There is no cure. Brain tumours are unpredictable and complex. Brain tumours don’t discriminate; they affect people of all ages and backgrounds. They can affect vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. Its effects are physical, emotional, financial, and last a lifetime. Read more.

Would you like your organization to be one of our next Member Profiles, to be featured in Imagine Matters, on our blog and on our website? If so, submit your content – 2 to 4 paragraphs about your organization’s history, mission, reach and impact, along with a link to your website and a photo – via our submission form. Full submission guidelines are available here. Questions? Please contact Brynn Clarke, Manager of Member Services.

Latest Sector Monitor Report Released
Confidence of charity leaders returns amid increase in financial pressures
Responses to the most recent edition of the Sector Monitor indicate a return of confidence among charity leaders amid the trend of continued financial pressures. For complete information describing the state of the charitable and nonprofit sector, please download the full report from the Sector Monitor section of the Imagine Canada website. This edition of the Sector Monitor is the seventh since the program began late 2009. The goal of the program is to provide regular, ongoing insight into the health and vitality of the sector.

Risk Management Tools 

Imagine Canada offers access to several tools to help you manage your organizational risk:

  • The "My Risk Management Policies" tool provides you with over a hundred fully customizable policy samples and templates for nearly every aspect of organizational management.
  • The "My Risk Management Plan" tool guides you through a step-by-step process of building a comprehensive Risk Management plan tailored to your organization.

Currently, these tools are only available in English. Members can purchase both for a discounted price - visit Risk Management Tools for pricing details and to order.

The Pickle: Long Term Fundraising Goals, Short Term Fundraising Staff

For many charities the senior fundraiser role has become a revolving door. And according to the recent CompassPoint report UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising, the trend shows no sign of dissipating.

CompassPoint revealed that half of Development Directors anticipate leaving their position within two years or less. And the study is not alone in its findings. In a separate report, Penelope Burke found the average time fundraisers stay at a job is 16 months.

Read the full article!


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Thanks for your support!
If you follow us on Twitter (and if you don’t, you should!) you may have noticed we recently started tweeting to new and renewing members, thanking them for their continued support or welcoming them on board. We see this as an additional way to engage our members and recognize them for their role in strengthening Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector. But since we no doubt missed those of you who renewed or joined in the first half of 2013, we wanted to take this opportunity to extend a huge thank you to you today. Your engagement is invaluable in advancing our mission to foster effective and sustainable charitable and nonprofit organizations so they can, in turn, support the Canadians and communities they serve.

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