Resources for Charities and Non-Profits

There’s a range of great resources that Sleeping Lion regularly uses to assist US and Canadian charities and non-profits. Some of our favorites include Blue Avocado – a great blog authored by Jan Masaoka concerning all things of interest to non-profits.  US focus, but some relevance to Canadian organizations Free Management Library – an incredible easy-to-use resource of online  management tools, documents, policies, etc.   The Library has thousands of links to resources for both for-profit and non-profit organizations.  Topics run the gamut from personnel to financial management to use of social media.    I’ve had this bookmarked for years! Idealist.org – need we say more?  This is the starting place for anyone wanting to enter the nonprofit field as a volunteer or employee. Charity Village – the Canadian portal for non-profit news, jobs, resources and training. Nonprofit Career Resource Guide – More info for anyone considering a career in the nonprofit field. HR Council – information about Canada’s non-profit labour force.  Their Tool Kit provides guides and samples of everything related to human resources – job descriptions, evaluation processes, legislation, diversity, benefits, compensation, etc.   An essential starting place for everything to do with non-profit employment. We know there are plenty more – feel free to add...

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Canadian Impact Investing Resources

Canadian Impact Investing Resources

Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) has taken a leadership role in encouraging its members to consider implementing the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance recommendation that foundations invest at least 10% of their capital in mission-related investments (MRI) by 2020. CFC currently provides a number of resources for and about impact investing and Canadian community foundations including information about the range of approaches, investment options and resources.  ...

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US CDFIs – Oportunity Finance Network

Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) is the leading US network of community development financial institutions (CDFIs) investing in opportunities that benefit low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged communities.   OFN Members have originated more than $30 billion in financing across rural, urban and Native communities particularly in markets that are often overlooked by conventional financial institutions,  with cumulative charge-off rates of less than 2%!   OFN offers membership, training, financing, consulting and advocacy on behalf of its members. OFN’s mission through 2025 is to lead CDFIs and their partners to ensure that low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities have access to affordable, responsible financial products and...

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Tools for Co-operatives

Tools for Co-operatives

In the US – the University of Wisconsin Center for Co-operatives provides start-up resources, events, training, research, and publications about all aspects of co-operatives including economic impact.  Their chart outlining the difference of various types of US corporations is one of the best summaries available. In Canada – the newly formed Cooperatives and Mutuals Canada is a national, bilingual association that represents more than 18 million co-operative members from 9,000 co-operatives.   It partners with provincial co-operative development organizations across the country to deliver training, advocacy and events that support the cooperative...

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Resource for Foundations – Mission Investors Exchange

Resource for Foundations – Mission Investors Exchange

Great Tools for Foundations interested in Impact Investing A member organization and web site offering great resources for foundations and other charitable funders (generally US-based) thinking about mission-related, program-related or impact investments. Publisher of the Community Foundation Field Guide to Impact Investing, now used across the...

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Tools – Social Enterprise Council and Guide

Tools – Social Enterprise Council and Guide

A great resource for social enterprises across Canada – the Social Enterprise Council of Canada web site has industry news, tools and the free downloads of the Canadian Social Enterprise Guide, a great resource for non-profit organizations or charities that want to start a social enterprise. Regional support organizations include: The Toronto Enterprise Fund (TEF) (ON-Toronto) The Centre for Social Enterprise Development (CSED)  (ON-Ottawa) Le Chantier de l’économie sociale (Quebec) TRICO Charitable Foundation (AB) Common Good Solutions (NS) CCEDNET Manitoba (MB) enp BC...

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