It’s Back! Transform Your Story 2016 Now Open

You heard correctly. The fund is back thanks to our partners at Chevron Canada. Check out the project page for all the details.

And here’s some videos of 2015 participants on how they’re implementing their organizations newly built capacity in areas of program design, business planning and culture.


 

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Big News: Crowdfunding Pilot Launched

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A key barrier in creating strong non-profit organizations is access to donor dollars to improve the skill level and infrastructure in an organization. This collaboration between our founding sponsor (The Margaret and Andrew Stephens Family Foundation), our members , and Propellus aims to address this challenge through crowdfunding. Continue reading

Does Your Organization Pass the On-Brand Test?

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Written By: Sarah G. Schmidt, Design & Development

A quick Google of “how do you know if you are on-brand?” and you will get a plethora of companies selling you services ranging from surveys to full on marketing support. It’s a bit daunting. Because it’s not a simple question, people (and businesses) are quick to suggest you need extensive professional support, and offer you a laundry list of possible solutions. Continue reading

Q & A: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Organization Assessment Tool

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A conversation between Kelsey Merkeley, OAT Project Lead and Sarah G. Schmidt, Design & Development

Sarah: We’ve launched the tool and I was hoping you could tell me more about this project.

Kelsey: Sure, the Organization Assessment Tool (OAT) is an interactive tool that we developed for our members. It has two parts: Part 1 begins with the Organization Assessment Tool Questionnaire (OATQ), where members complete an 18-question self-assessment on the structure of their organization and the delivery of their organization’s programs. Part 2 begins after the member has completed their OATQ self-analysis. Continue reading

Becoming CEO of Propellus

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Written By: Doug Watson, Director Member Services & Operations

I guess it starts with dropping out of high school (oops, not supposed to tell people that). Actually it’s true. One of the reasons I didn’t just drop out once but three times is because I didn’t like the way things were run. Even in my ignorance I understood that things could be a little neater, a little tidier, even take into account the person you are serving when deciding how things will happen. Continue reading

Making Your Leadership Team, Team #1

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Written By: Jamie Niessen, CEO and President

If you’ve ever worked on the leadership group of an organization then you’re probably familiar with this scenario: Everyone shows up to the meeting as a representative of their department or area of responsibility. Strategies, plans and problems are all discussed and each member of the leadership team dutifully represents his or her respective constituency. Continue reading

Building a Culture to Match the Mission

I first met with Marina Giacomin, Executive Director of the Servants Anonymous Society (SAS) in their offices, the colossus of a building is tucked just behind the main drag of Inglewood.

Their building has to be huge to house the number of programs that SAS runs in Calgary.

SAS offers long-term programs and ongoing support to women who are victims of, or at risk of, sexual exploitation. Perhaps most importantly SAS also offers hope and wholeness to this vulnerable population.  Continue reading