On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, from 6:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m., HNN is hosting a session of particular interest to members of Boards of Directors and lead staff in nonprofits: Staying on Track: The Role of Board Self-Evaluation. While we all know that effective Board performance is a critical factor in good governance of nonprofits. Experience indicates that few nonprofit Boards regularly engage in meaningful reflection on their collective performance as a volunteer board. When they do, it is often a tacked-on activity at the end of a meeting at a time when people are anxious to leave. This begs the question: How meaningful can the feedback really be? The Learning portion of this Learning/Networking Session will explore the benefits of effective Board self-evaluation and the use of Board self-evaluation as a tool to improve governance in your nonprofit. The session will include take-away tools that can be put to use in your organization immediately.
The session, which includes a dinner, will further feature important information on the capacity-building activities of HNN and, in particular, on the new consulting team that we are about to launch and the capacity-building learning opportunities that HNN is developing for the new year (2015).
The session is being held in the Georgetown Room of the Bay Area Learning Centre, 860 Harrington Court, Burlington, and the registration fee is $20 for HNN members and $30 for non-members. Seating is limited so register early at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/learningnetworking-session-tickets-14202095851 or by calling 905-632-1975.
On June 11, nonprofits in Halton gathered to hear Gillian Tuck Kutarna share information about and insights into Canada’s new Anti-Spam Legislation which comes into effect on July 1, 2014. Gillian, a lawyer from Miller Thomson LLP in Guelph, and a member of their Education and Charities and Not-for-Profit Law practice groups, presented a detailed overview of the new legislation, described the significant impact it will have on how nonprofits and charities use electronic communication, and responded to a wide range of questions.
Members of HNN can access a copy of her presentation in the Members Only pages (just login). For information and resources provided by the Government of Canada, go to www.fightspam.ca.
Based on feedback from HNN members present at the session, HNN will be posting additional resources to assist in the transition to the new electronic communications requirements. Check back to access these resources as they are posted.
HNN’s next Learning/Networking Session is set for Wednesday, June 11 from 9:00 to noon. Along with formal networking opportunities and updates (focused in particular on The New Narrative for the sector), the session will focus on new Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation.
CASL comes into effect on July 1, 2014, and will restrict the kinds of electronic messages that charities and nonprofit corporations can send to their stakeholders. Find out what steps your organization can take to comply. Our resource person for this learning opportunity is
Gillian Tuck Kutarna (Lawyer from Miller Thomson LLP in Guelph, and a member of their Education and Charities and Not-for-Profit Law practice groups ). There is limited seating, so register today! Member cost is $20 and non-member $30.
For further information and to register on-line, please click here.
We are delighted to announce the launch of an occasional series of reflection papers from the Halton Nonprofit Network. The purpose of these papers is to encourage dialogue and provoke discussion around key issues confronted by the nonprofit sector in Halton.
HNN would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for its commitment to local capacity-building efforts through its funding for 2 years of HNN’s capacity-building activities. This grant will support shared learning (both formal large sessions and smaller peer-lead sessions) as well as HNN’s exploration of ways to provide affordable consulting supports to nonprofits.