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Five Good Ideas—Practical Strategies For Non-profit Success Edited by Alan Broadbent & Ratna Omidvar Toronto: Coach House Press; 2011 isbn: 978-1-55245-246-2 At first glance of the cover of Five Good Ideas—Practical Strategies for Non- Profit Success, readers may conclude that the focus of the book is limited to five important areas for consideration in the…

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Better Together: Restoring the American Community By Robert D. Putnam and Lewis M. Feldstein with Don Cohen Published by Simon & Schuster, 2003, 318 pp. US $41.95. REVIEWED BY YVES SAVOIE Executive Director, Family Service Association of Toronto Robert Putnam sparked a broad debate about the state of community with the publication, in 2000, of…

Effective Performance: Guidelines for Not-For-Profits

Introduction The effects of not-for-profit organizations (NFPs) on our daily lives are immense. Their importance demands that we take notice that many NFPs-from hospitals to environmental groups, from school boards to trade associations, and from large volunteer organizations to small self-help groups-are facing tight economic times, and are grappling with the question of what they…

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The Board Member’s Guide to Fund Raising Published by the National Center for Nonprofit Boards, Washington, D.C., (1991), pp. 140 For many people fund raising is an onerous task even in the best of economic times when donors may have a propensity to be generous. During a recession, successful fund raising can be even more…

Strategic Planning For Voluntary Agencies

What we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expect generally happens —Disraeli The future for Canadian voluntary agencies in the first half of the twentieth century was assumed, and proved, to be very much like the past. Most voluntary agencies continued to be supported by private donations. Small operating budgets and staffs were augmented by…