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Jamie Niessen, our former CEO, recently wrote about our CEO transition for Imagine Canada’s blog. Check out the post here. For more details on our transition, check out this post from the fall.

If you’re thinking about earning Imagine Canada’s charity and nonprofit accreditation check out their Standards Program for all the ins and outs. Good luck.

Why Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

It doesn’t matter what part of the world you are in, when people come together in a group they create a culture – it is an unstoppable force and what makes traveling and being immersed in different cultures so magical.

In any workplace, a culture tends to be created by the people everyone from the CEO to the volunteers. A workplace culture can really help to advance the mission, or it can contribute to mission drift. Continue reading

Social Media Used of Good: Twitter Hashtags

Propellus sent our storyteller, Kim Wright, to Stanford University for the Social Media on Purpose conference.  The conference was made for non-profit organizations to help them learn ways to better engage their community through social media. She came back brimming with insights to share with our members. Continue reading

Social Media Used for Good: Twitter

Propellus sent our storyteller, Kim Wright, to Stanford University for the Social Media on Purpose conference.  The conference made for non-profit organizations, to help them learn ways to better engage their community through social media. She came back brimming with insights to share with our members. Continue reading

Why We Celebrate

Did you know that Canada is a leader in the non-profit and voluntary sector? Canada is second only to the Netherlands when it comes to this sector. Of the plentiful non-profits in Canada, 54% of those are run entirely by volunteers. Who exactly are these volunteers and what do they do?

In this fast-paced world, volunteers are stepping up more than ever, and are taking advantage of advances in technology to contribute their time and talents in more ways than ever. The person checking their email on the train beside you in the morning could very well be a volunteer taking advantage of those precious few minutes to work on their volunteer projects. Continue reading

Engage: Festival Volunteers

With schools on break, family arriving from out of town and taking off work for some fun in the sun, people are always looking to put some of their summer time to use volunteering at one of the many festivals around town. From music festivals, foodie festivals and outdoor fundraisers, there are endless volunteer opportunities for people in the summer. When done well, recruiting and engaging event and festival volunteers can create life-long, year-round volunteers.    Continue reading

Template: Volunteer Application and Position Evaluation

A key to Volunteer Engagement, is placing volunteers into roles that suit their needs and interests. How do you achieve this placement? A well formatted volunteer application form can help.

Once the volunteer has settled into the position, it is time for evaluation. Is this the right fit? Is the organization and the volunteer achieving desired outcomes? A volunteer position evaluation can help. We have a template for that too! Continue reading

7 Tips to Engage Volunteer Board Members

Non-Profit organizations are always looking to recruit board members and once they are recruited, they are always looking to keep their board members engaged. Engaged board members can do wonders for your organization; they help fundraise, engage the public with your cause and are champions of your organization’s mission.

It can be said that the most successful non-profit organizations are backed by a strong, committed and engaged group of board members. Once you have recruited a board member, how do you keep them engaged? It all starts with the on-boarding process. Continue reading

People Matter: Part 3 – Enable and Empower

In our last leadership blog we mentioned enable and empower as one of things leaders need to do, but we didn’t open up that idea. Today we need to unpack the responsibilities of the leader in this area.

Really it begins with enabling, and that can be as simple as making sure your team has a decent computer to work with.  This is called allocating resources which is often seen as budgetary responsibilities but is really not – budget will come later for the leader!  This is all about ensuring that every person on your team has everything they need to do their job effectively.  Continue reading