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Digital is the new Black
Published in KCI's Trends Quarterly, the article points out how digitally based technology has an impact on almost every facet of the charitable sector. The author shares some thoughts and best practices to manage data efficiently.

icon pds pdf Building the capacity to innovate
A guide published by Bridgespan Group and the Rockefeller Foundation to help non profits close the gap between their aspirations and their current capacity to innovate. It is meant to help nonprofits build the mind-set and the muscles needed to breakthrough ideas, opportunities, and ways of working and put them into practice. 

icon pds site Demystifying Data for the Charitable Sector
This is a data primer, proposed by Imagine Canada in order to break down the landscape and bring together some of the key definitions, classifications, and issues surrounding data.

icon pds pdf  The capacity for data: how the social sector can build data-informed organizations
There are ways for organizations within the sector to develop their data capacity — their ability to use this data effectively — to become data-informed. One way to do that is for the sector and individual organizations to develop and implement data strategies. A report written by Powered by data, in collaboration with the Ontario Trillium Foundation. 

icon pds site Is Your Nonprofit Built for Sustained Innovation?
"Innovation. The word is so ubiquitous, it’s lost much of its buzz and most of its meaning. Nevertheless, our research suggests that most leaders of nonprofits believe that to advance their missions, they must imagine and create new approaches to solving vexing social challenges." A very insightful article published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review. 

icon pds site Innovate or die: yes, it applies to associations
Published in the CSAE Association Agenda, on June 6, 2017. If associations don’t change to better serve their end users, those customers will gradually find other alternatives. Once that shift has begun, it is very difficult to respond.

icon pds site Social Innovation : Latest Thinking in Canada
Stephen Huddart, President of the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation publishes a comprehensive reflection on the evolution of social innovation thinking and practice in Canada over the last seven years.

icon pds site Radical
Radicle is a new quarterly digest of R&D from across the social impact world. It is curated by the SIG team and funded by The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. Subscription is free.

icon pds pdf How Association Leaders Can Think Differently About the Future
The year 2030 is little more than a decade and a half away, and as association leaders begin to look toward this future milestone, they must prepare for an accelerating and intensifying surge of serious challenges to their long-standing beliefs about what it will take for their organizations to thrive.

icon pds pdf Old problems, new solutions: Measuring the capacity for social innovation across the world

Policymakers, non-government organisations, charities and entrepreneurs across the world are showing increasing interest in “social innovation” as a means of addressing various problems, from poverty and homelessness to environmental degradation. What does the term actually mean?

The Social Innovation Index, sponsored by Nippon Foundation was devised and constructed by an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The report examines, analyses and explains social innovation.

Much has been said about social innovation, but it remains a vague concept for many organizations.

However, it encompasses a set of practices and new methods that deserve close attention. Essentially, social innovation means challenging the status quo, for everyone’s benefit.