We often say, people are the greatest asset to a charity. Finding great talent requires directing considerable time and energy into budget planning, job postings, interviews and negotiations. And while the employment landscape is constantly changing we have to adapt with it.
Sometimes people attempt to meet the needs of family members, employers, children, friends, or society in general before meeting their own needs, and working to please and care for others often interferes with one's self-care routine and can take a toll on a person's well-being.
Below are some things we can all do at home and work to shine a light on the volunteers in our lives.
"...what is the vision/mission/purpose of the organization, what was the strategy to achieve the vision and mission, governance structure, what were the objectives for the year and what was accomplished (including challenges, risks, issues), financial and non-financial highlights and what is the organization's plan moving forward..." "Transparency and accuracy of the reporting is essential in telling the charity's story and building trust amongst stakeholders and donors."
Thanks to the millions of marchers who took to the streets on January 21, 2017, in over 600 cities worldwide... shared values are being defended and a new movement has begun. To me, the Million Women March represents the best of solidarity and community. But marching isn't enough. That's why on Monday we all need to keep the momentum going.
“Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to certain health issues. The top three causes of death among adolescents are road traffic injuries, AIDS-related illnesses and suicide." - WHO and UNAIDS, October 6, 2015
The Ontario Ministry of Education reports "approximately 700,000 students attend more than 850 publicly funded secondary schools in Ontario." With these sizable numbers the significance of a Ministry policy and standardized financial literacy curriculum is profound and I imagine it will present unprecedented opportunity and threat for the Ontario [aforementioned] charities related to policy, access to schools, fundraising and the recruitment of volunteer mentors to deliver their programs.
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.
Over the course of the past year I have visited websites as part of my own research and professional curiosity. What became evident to me is that charities can do more to leverage their websites to provide the public with information about social impact, operations, governance and financial health. Highlighted below are 5 common areas I suggest charities focus on to ensure their website has robust content and promotes a culture a transparency.
You may determine particular measurements carry more weight of importance over another due to the nature of your organization's purpose and operating model. Implicit in the list is the need to correlate data sets of one to another or multiple sets, therefore I encourage you to examine them collectively.