Is a Joint Venture or Strategic Partnership right for my Organization?

 

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Written By: Jeremy Busch-Howell*, member of the Board of Directors

In an earlier post I discussed joint ventures, strategic partnerships and mergers as strategic alternatives that non-profits should consider as part of their strategic process, and how such strategic alternatives are particularly relevant in our current economic climate. In this post I will discuss certain matters that should be considered prior to entering into a joint venture or strategic partnership (for ease, joint ventures and strategic partnerships will be referred to jointly as “joint ventures”, recognizing that there are certain differences between the two). Continue reading

Fortune Favours the Bold: Unlocking Value during Tumultuous Times

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Written By: Jeremy Busch-Howell, member of the Board of Directors

Things appear grim in Alberta. While dwelling on our current economic uncertainty is more than a bit unpleasant, nearly every reputable bank or relevant government agency correctly predicted a mild recession for 2015 and, with the price of oil remaining incredibly low, are predicting a mild recession for 2016 as well. Continue reading

See our Guest Blog Posted on Imagine Canada: Succession Planning Made Easy

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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.

Common Fundraising Pitfalls

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Written By: Marlene Mulligan, formerly Design & Development

Most every organization and every cause feels they need more funding. Some may not be too urgent, maybe in a place where they could do more with more and some realities may be quite urgent and in a place of barley being able to keep up with demand and keep the lights on. Whatever your situation, if you are facing fundraising challenges, its possible your organization may have succumbed to some of these common pitfalls we see among our 500+ members. 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

The Problem with Strategic Planning

Simply put, strategic planning is the process of making the decisions about where your organization is going in the next few years and outlining the steps needed to take it there.

Although it sounds simple, in reality it’s anything but. Yet it’s a necessity, not a luxury. Your board wants to see a strategic plan, your funders want to see a strategic plan and, when used, instead of put on a shelf to collect dust, a strategic plan can actually help your organization get where it wants to go. Continue reading

Strategic Planning: More Than Just Your ABCs

After eight years as EducationMatters Executive Director, Barbara Buggraf is retiring. Propellus managed to snag an interview with the exiting ED on her last day on the job. In a conference call with Marilyn Field, EducationMatters interim Executive Director, we discussed EducationMatters past couple of months – which have been turbulent to say the least. Continue reading