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The Impact Equation

Leading the Evaluation Agenda

To see ACCA’s The Exchange, where this article is featured, click here.

The Ontario Nonprofit Network recently published Learning Together: Five Important Discussion Questions to Make Evaluation Useful in which they ask five questions:

This guide helps nonprofits articulate more clearly the purposes and processes of an evaluation,

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BC – BE Aware

The new Societies Act is coming!

Learn about the new Societies Act. Here.

A guide to the transition process can be found here.

Also, visit Law for Nonprofits to learn more: here.

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The Times, They are a-Changing

“The nonprofit sector is large and robust, and our staff and volunteer leadership play a critical role in Canadian communities,” say the authors of An Overview and Trend Analysis for Volunteer Board of Directors of Community Organizations in Canada, published by the Ontario Nonprofit Network.

They continue: “However,

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“So here lies the central confusion:

If diversity is so high profile, and everyone knows it’s a social and economic necessity, why is it not uncommon to hear that nothing has changed in the past 30 years? Why have respondents to AP’s diversity survey, under the liberating cover of anonymity, said that in their organisation: “There is a tick box mentality rather than an enthusiasm for diversity.

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Diversity in the Workplace

A survey of over 500 UK-based arts workers suggest the sector is “deeply conflicted about the best way to improve diversity in its workforce.”

The good news is 83% of the respondents indicate a strong commitment to improving diversity in the workplace. But, there is less unity on what action to take to improve diversity.

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Funding Update from our Friends at CAPACOA

The Minister of Canadian Heritage announced a series of changes related to grants and contribution management. These will speed up the turnaround on applications and payments. They will also make multi-year grants more frequent.

“We are pleased with these improved service standards. Faster turnaround and predictable multi-year funding will allow better planning and will encourage innovation by arts organizations.”
—Frédéric Julien,

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Words, Words and More Words

Do the words we choose help or hinder us? Can one word be so overburdened with meaning that it is essentially meaningless?

In a relatively short period of time, the word diversity has become one of our most used words. But, what exactly do we mean when we use that word?

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Building a Better Business (Model)

It has often been said: “there has to be a better way”.

Shared platforms may be one such way.

The term shared platform is commonly used to describe a situation where an organization adopts and provides a legal home for a project or initiative that is unincorporated and does not have its own legal status.

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Crunching the Numbers

Earlier in the year, Hill Strategies released its report: “Finances and Attendance of Arts Organizations”. Containing information that will be important for every arts consultant, it offers Canadian statistics on art museums and galleries, artist-run centres, and performing arts presenters, as well as an American report examining the sustainability of arts and culture organizations in select cities.

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From the ACCA President’s Desk

I’m pleased to pass on just a few of the comments and observations made by ACCA members during a phone conversation outreach effort made by board members:

  • Arts and culture silos  – we need to continue to reach out to a broader cross-section of our communities;
  • Issues of sustainability still front and centre for many organizations;

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