Latest Blog Posts

  • MatchBoard leads Manulife employee to opportunity with community group When the board of the YWCA Kitchener Waterloo held a retreat in January, Beth Lautenslager came away with a sense of accomplishment, not to mention relief. Planning the program, backing it up with research, had been her ball to carry. (Disclosure: The day also included a workshop on storytelling provided by the writer, on behalf of Capacity Canada.) “It gave ... Read More
  • Confronting the undead: What zombies, resilience and strategic learning have to do with the non-profit sector Tanya Darisi, executive-in-residence, Capacity Canada OK, so maybe I’ve read too many graphic novels, but zombies are definitely on my mind. The image of the undead mindlessly plodding along, spurring futile efforts and fixations, is surfacing as a metaphor wherever I look. I see them hoarding at the very top of the resiliency cycle, where a rigidity ... Read More
  • Governance boot camp closes with advice — and a surprise Fred Galloway doesn’t mince words when it comes to governance. Non-profits that do it well succeed; those that don’t should brace themselves for a one heck of a slide. “The energy and resources to turn a downward graph around are enormous,” he said March 6 as the latest Manulife Board Goverance Boot Camp wrapped up. Galloway’s management consultancy, F.J. Galloway & ... Read More
  • Fed and watered, a blog can be your non-profit’s best friend Blog is a terrible word. It sounds like a bad breakfast, and it seems to put people off in the same way. Yet there is a huge potential for good in those four letters. A mashup of web and log, blog goes back 20 years to the dawn of civilization, when the Internet was little more than ... Read More