Below are some things we can all do at home and work to shine a light on the volunteers in our lives.
On November 11, Canadians will pause at 11:00 o'clock to remember the fallen men and women who lost their lives in wars dating back to the First World War. Remembrance Day is a time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for all Canadians to continue to enjoy the freedoms we value. This is also a time to give.
Raising charitable children is a journey, set by our example and deliberate lessons that reinforces our shared values of empathy, compassion, trust and a commitment to community. These values shape the character of our children and serve as the foundation for them to become charitable in their words and deeds.
The action of one individual impacts us all! So, in my sadness and rage, I ask myself,"What can I do?" I share my list below to encourage others to take action. Create your personal plan in support of Orlando and the worldwide LGBTQ community. Let's make a collective positive impact!
The Muttart Foundation's 2013 report, "Talking About Charities" speaks to the trust level Canadians have in their charities. While 79% of Canadians report having a lot or some trust in charities, there is a need to understand why 20% say they have little or no trust in charities. In my opinion, it's the erosion of trust, accountability and health of the board team inside the organization that has rippled to the public arena.
With over 1.3 million people working in over 89,000 charitable and nonprofit organizations in Canada, the sector is a dynamic and caring place to work with a reach well beyond its local and national borders. Imagine the collective power of positive change that could ripple globally if all Canadian charities made workplace diversity and inclusion a greater priority.
Thousands of teens across Canada are making a meaningful difference in our communities. Let's salute our teen volunteers during National Volunteer Week 2016 (April 10-16) for giving their time and talent.
In the final preparation remember to take time to pump up your team, thank them for what they have done and will do to make the event a success.
Nonprofit executives and board volunteers today are leading organizations through a time of rapid change and challenge. To succeed in this new era our organizations need to embrace a continuous improvement mindset and seek ways to become better in all areas of our work.
Assessing or evaluating board of director performance in the nonprofit charitable sector is not common practice, however boards would benefit from adopting a process.