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THE SUSTAINABILITY NETWORK E‑NEWSLETTER

SEPTEMBER 2003 - ONTARIO EDITION

 

IN THIS ISSUE:

 

1.  Sustainability Network Breakfast Forum with Joel Solomon of the Endswell Foundation and Renewal Partners

2.  Sustainability Network Program Update: Ontario Training Bursaries Exhausted For 2003

3.  Reminder - Sustainability Network LCD Projector Available on Loan to Groups in the Toronto Area

4.  This Month’s Free Reprinted Nonprofit World Article: “25 Steps to Better Direct Mail Fundraising”

5.  Free Book for Ontario-Based Environmental Nonprofits: “The Guide to Better Meetings for Directors of Non-Profit Organizations

6.  Management Advisory Service - Free Management Advice for Toronto Area ENGOs

7.  Latornell Symposium and Sustainability Network

8.  Bioneers Conference

9.  CIELAP - 33rd Anniversary Reception - Jean Chretien to Attend

10.  Funding Available from the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network & Fund

11.  Update:  National Program in Fundraising Education

12.  Article: Venture Philanthropy

13.  Article: Fundraising in Times of Crisis

 

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1.  SUSTAINABILITY NETWORK BREAKFAST FORUM WITH JOEL SOLOMON OF THE ENDSWELL FOUNDATION AND RENEWAL PARTNERS

 

Friday, October 10, 7:30 - 9:00 AM

Downtown Toronto YMCA, 20 Grosvenor Street

$10 at the door

 

Awakening and activating dormant and distracted capital towards investment in positive societal futures infuses both Renewal Partners Company and the Endswell Foundation.  The Endswell Foundation gives away about $1 million a year to conservation-minded, non-profit groups in British Columbia.  Renewal Partners, a seed capital fund that has invested about $10 million in companies, puts social and environmental outcomes on the same bottom line as financial results.  Among the better known companies in the Renewal portfolio are Happy Planet Foods, Communicopia.net, and Hollyhock.  The presentation will focus on how these organizations are working in tandem to implement positive social change and how The Tides Foundation is also helping with this ambitious and successful example of strategic and venture philanthropy.

 

Joel Solomon is President of Renewal Partners and Executive Director of the Endswell Foundation and is based in Vancouver.  He has a diverse background in politics, real estate, horticulture, seed capital, and philanthropy.  He is a founding director and current vice-chair of Tides Canada, and is a board member of several organizations including the Tides Foundation (U.S.) and the Sustainability Network.

 

The forum will be held at the Downtown Toronto YMCA, just NW of College and Yonge.  IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND, PLEASE PRE-REGISTER by providing your name and affiliation to Shehrina at info@sustain.web.ca.  A continental breakfast will be provided.

 

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2   SUSTAINABILITY NETWORK PROGRAM UPDATE: ONTARIO TRAINING BURSARIES EXHAUSTED FOR 2003

 

Our subsidy program, which has been helping environmental nonprofit leaders accessing NGO management training opportunities since 1998, has been exhausted for this calendar year.  If you would like to pursue a bursary for NGO management training which will occur in 2004, you are encouraged to approach us for support.

 

More information on the training bursary program, visit http://sustain.web.ca/fa/bursary.htm

 

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3.  REMINDER - SUSTAINABILITY NETWORK LCD PROJECTOR AVAILABLE ON LOAN TO GROUPS IN THE TORONTO AREA

 

Environmental nonprofits in the Toronto area are invited to borrow our LCD projector.  We aim to provide environmental nonprofits with temporary access to projection equipment that many organizations find too expensive to purchase or even rent.  We have an EPSON PowerLite 505c multi-media projector.  It requires a lap top to operate and can project video images as well.  We do not provide a lap top or screen.

 

Those interested should contact Shehrina at info@sustain.web.ca to discuss projector availability and loan procedures.  Users will be required to pick up and drop off the projector from our downtown Toronto office (no shipping, couriers or cab pick-ups) and sign a loan agreement (stating terms of use, itemized checklist with replacement costs).  You will be given a “quick guide” for using the projector along with the complete owner’s manual.  Borrowers will be charged $50/day and this will be payable in advance.  There is a $20 cancellation fee if you book and change your mind.  To help you improve your electronic presentation skills, we can also send you a 24 page PowerPoint 2000 tutorial (WORD document) produced by Microsoft.

 

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4.  THIS MONTH’S FREE REPRINTED NONPROFIT WORLD ARTICLE: “25 STEPS TO BETTER DIRECT MAIL FUNDRAISING”

 

This month, we are able to offer another Nonprofit World reprint: a 2 ½ page article that provides numerous principles to help nonprofits use this fundraising tool.  Much of the information relates to fundraising in general - other suggestions specifically relate to direct mail.

 

Please be advised that our next full-day workshop for environmental nonprofit leaders will feature David Love and others from Stephen Thomas Consulting on direct mail.  More details at sustain.web.ca  under Upcoming Events.  The workshop will be announced formally in the October e-newsletter.  

 

To obtain a free copy of this article as a PDF attachment, please email Shehrina at info@sustain.web.ca

 

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5.  FREE BOOK FOR ONTARIO-BASED ENVIRONMENTAL NONPROFITS: “THE GUIDE TO BETTER MEETINGS FOR DIRECTORS OF NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

 

This month, we are able to offer free copies of The Guide to Better Meetings for Directors of Non-Profit Organizations by Eli Mina of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (59 pages) to select environmental nonprofits based in Ontario. 

 

The guide was developed to help organizations conduct their meetings more effectively.  It addressees the dual need of order and participation.  The book presents key ideas, insights and best practices to assists directors and executives of nonprofit organizations in planning and facilitating productive meetings.  The author is a consultant who specializes in chairing contentious meetings, advises on how to demystify the rules of order, and facilitates board development workshops.  He is author of a more extensive resource prepared for the American Management Association.

 

We can provide one book per organization and reserve the right to limit distribution if demand is extraordinarily high.  We ask that the lead staff or volunteer for the applicant organization make the request and that the book be made available throughout the organization.

 

To apply for your free copy, email your name and the organization’s mailing address to Shehrina at info@sustain.web.ca.  Please include one sentence that makes clear what environmental nonprofit organization will be retaining the book and the nature of your work on environmental issues.  We will review the list and mail the book to qualifying organizations by late September.

 

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6.  MANAGEMENT ADVISORY SERVICE - FREE MANAGEMENT ADVICE FOR TORONTO AREA ENGOs

 

The Management Advisory Service (MAS) maintains a roster of 120 volunteers with extensive experience in management.  For 10 years, they have been matching non-profit organizations in Toronto with skilled management experts to resolve problems relating to management, computers and information technology, human resources, strategic planning, marketing, accounting and finance, facilitation and communications.  When applying for assistance, nonprofits provide background on their organization, details of the situation for which you are requesting assistance and expected results. There is no fee and assignments usually last approximately 3 months but can extend longer.

 

For more information, please contact Don Taylor at dtaylor@volunteertoronto.on.ca or

416-961-6888.

 

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7.  LATORNELL SYMPOSIUM AND SUSTAINABILITY NETWORK

 

The 10th Annual A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium will take place from November 12-14, 2003 at the Nottawasaga Inn in Alliston, Ontario.   The event attracts a wide range of speakers and over 600 delegates from Conservation Authorities, federal and provincial governments, municipalities, universities, private business and community groups.  This year's conference will explore barriers and solutions to a number of natural resource issues in Ontario including policy, successful community initiatives and leading edge research about watersheds.

 

Paul Bubelis of the Sustainability Network will present “Building Stronger Environmental Organizations” on the afternoon of November 12.

 

For information on the program and how to register, please visit www.latornell.ca

 

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8.  BIONEERS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT

 

As a supporting partner, we are proud to announce that the second annual Toronto Bioneers Conference which will be broadcast to Toronto via satellite on October 17-19, 2003 at the Toronto Distillery District.  The annual Bioneers conference in California is a cutting-edge conference dedicated to environmental, cultural and restorative issues. Plenary speakers appearing via satellite this year include: David Suzuki, Janine Benyus, Paul Stamets, Fred Kirschenmann, Maude Barlow, Van Jones, David Orr, Severn Cullis-Suzuki.  The Toronto conference will begin with local programming followed by the satellite presentation daily.

 

Fee: $75 pass for three days, $30/day (student pass, $45 for three days).  To register visit www.ideasthatmatter.com or contact Sarah Gledhill at 416-944-1101 x246.  For information on the conference, visit www.bioneers.org 

 

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9.  CIELAP’S 33RD ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION - JEAN CHRETIEN TO ATTEND


The Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP) invites you to their 33rd Anniversary Fundraising Reception at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto onthe evening of Monday, September 29, 2003.  Gilbert Parent, Canada's Ambassadorfor the Environment, will be the keynote speaker.  CIELAP will also be presenting its first Annual Award for Advancing the Environmental Agenda to Prime Minister Jean Chretien for leading Canada to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.

 

For more information, or to order tickets ($100 - half tax deductible), call Anicia Bonilla at 416-923-3529 ext. 28 or visit www.cielap.org (What’s New).

 

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10. FUNDING AVAILABLE FROM THE GREAT LAKES AQUATIC HABITAT NETWORK & FUND

 

The Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network & Fund (GLAHNF) is designed to assist non-profit, non-government, grassroots environmental and community groups with small grants - maximum $3 500 in U.S. funds - to improve the future prospects for our wetlands, rivers, lakes and nearshore areas.  The deadline for the spring round is September 31.   The initiative is made possible by a grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation.

 

The Request for Proposals outlines in detail the kinds of projects that GLAHNF will fund. The focus is on local projects that build community awareness of aquatic habitat protection and that promote the changes needed to better protect our Great Lakes basin wetlands and waterways. The fund is not designed to pay for on-the-ground restoration work or habitat improvement.The RFP, grant application form and summaries of past projects can be found at http://www.glhabitat.org or you can contact Linda Pim at the Federation of Ontario Naturalists (1-800-440-2366 ext. 243 or lindap@ontarionature.org) Julian Holenstein at Environment North (807-345-7784 or conserve@tbaytel.net) or Jill Ryan, Fund and Network Director (231-347-1181 or jill@watershedcouncil.org) for the RFP.A Special Opportunity Grants program (maximum $500 US) is also described in the RFP.  There are no deadlines for this emergency grants program.

 

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11.  UPDATE:  NATIONAL PROGRAM IN FUNDRAISING EDUCATION

 

For years, universities and colleges across Canada have helped educate people interested in fundraising in the nonprofit sector.  This September, the National Program in Fundraising Education will introduce new programming intended to support and foster charitable fundraising that is ethical, effective, and efficient.  The comprehensive revisions to the curriculum address both format and content.

 

The NPFE certificate program is offered across Canada through a consortium of six post-secondary institutions including Algonquin College in Ottawa (http://www.algonquinc.on.ca/ce/pm/CE6108X.html) , and Ryerson University in Toronto (http://ce‑online.ryerson.ca/fundraising/default.htm).

 

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12.  ARTICLE: VENTURE PHILANTHROPY

 

A 6 page article from the Chronicle of Philanthropy examines venture philanthropy, a new approach to grantmaking born out the technology boom that stresses long term grants, measurable results and hands on management of the charity by the grantmaker.  The article examines the birth of this phenomenon and its post-crash maturation.

 

To obtain a copy of this article as a PDF file, please contact Shehrina info@sustain.web.ca and indicate the title of the article. 

 

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13.  ARTICLE: FUNDRAISING IN TIMES OF CRISIS

 

Fundraising in Times of Crisis by Kim Klein is a 9 page article published in the July/August 2003 issue of the Grassroots Fundraising Journal.  It is adapted from Kim Klein’s forthcoming book of the same title.

 

The poor economy, the war on terrorism and associated erosion of public trust in the nonprofit sector brought on by scandals and perceptions of mismanagement will mean that nonprofits may need to re-frame their fundraising.  For example, large grants will likely become less frequent and groups will need to rely more on individual donors of all sizes in the years to come.  In this article, Kim Klein discusses the nature of the crisis and the way organizations can begin to retool their fundraising to survive and grow during this difficult time.

 

To obtain a copy of this article as a PDF file, please contact Shehrina info@sustain.web.ca and indicate the title of the article. 

 

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HELP US GROW OUR LIST!

 

We are always looking for ways to broaden our reach and impact.  If you know an Ontario-based environmental leader who could benefit from our programs and services, please forward them this message and encourage them to sign up for our free, monthly, e-newsletter at http://sustain.web.ca

 

ABOUT THE SUSTAINABILITY NETWORK


The Sustainability Network is a support centre for environmental nonprofit organizations.  Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of the environmental community by improving organizational management and leadership skills.  Find out more at http://sustain.web.ca

 

Paul Bubelis, Executive Director, bubelis@sympatico.ca

 

Shehrina Tabassum, Program Assistant, info@sustain.web.ca 

 

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comments.

 

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