At CMCS, we believe in non profits. We know they make our communities better. We admire their volunteer Boards and committed staff. We want them all to be great. So our vision is well run non profits. Our mission is to provide the best services available, starting with strategic planning.
At CMCS, we know the best strategic plans are built on input from everyone connected to the organization. Our inclusive approach gives them all a stake in the plan and in the future of the organization.
GREAT NON PROFITS START WITH PLANNING.
GREAT PLANNING STARTS WITH THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW THE ORGANIZATION BEST.
At CMCS, we are non profit consultants who specialize in strategic planning. Our commitment to people means everyone contributes. No one is left out.
We also offer training for non profit boards of directors and help with bylaws and policies.
Plus, we publish a free newsletter, free "how-to" booklets and a book for Boards of Directors.
Our BIG Ideas newsletter covers the latest developments in the non profit world of governance and operations.
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It has been a pleasure working with both of you and we really appreciate the great job you did in helping us develop our new Strategic Plan.
Andy Rotsma, New Visions Toronto
Starting in March 2020 and until recently, most of our work was conducted via Zoom. We found that everything we did in person, we could do virtually.
And you still got the same great results, with added convenience (and reduced expense).
But if you are back to meeting in person, we are okay with that too. It's still your call.
Food Bank of York Region, OJTBF, Community Living Thunder Bay, Community Living Renfrew County South, Alternatives Community Program Services, Community Living Ajax-Pickering and Whitby, Lake Ridge Community Support Services, Participation Lodge Grey Bruce, Elmira District Community Living, Camphill Communities Ontario, Camphill Foundation Canada, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarington, Toronto Foundation for Student Success, Abilities Centre Durham, Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario, Community Living Trent Highlands, Pegasus Community Project, Keewaytinok Native Legal Services, FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism, Robinson Street Non-Profit Homes, Durham Deaf Services, Community Visions & Networking (Quinte), Literacy Network of Durham Region, Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley, Community Living - Fort Erie, Dresden Rotary Club and Lansdowne Children's Centre.
Do Ontario Non-Profits Outsource Administrative Functions?
Our Survey Question: Do readers of Tom Little's BIG IDEAS newsletter outsource administrative functions?
Your Answer: BIG IDEAS readers indicated first, that only some of you outsource, and second, that when you do it almost always involves the accounting function, with a just a few of you going outside for IT, HR or Property.
This indicates that by and large, Ontario non-profits use staff to fulfil all administrative functions, even in the current circumstances where it can be hard to find qualified candidates for available positions.
Do Non-Profit Boards Comply With Legislation
Our Survey Questions: Is your Board of Directors knowledgeable of all the legislation it must ensure the organization adheres too?
Does it have a strategy for ensuring the Board and staff are in compliance?
Your Answer: BIG IDEAS readers who responded indicated overwhelmingly that their Boards were knowledgeable and that the organization had a strategy for ensuring compliance. This is good news for the sector, where, depending on the particular legislation involved, individual Board members can be held personally liable if compliance is lacking.
Is it better to buy or rent housing?
Our Survey Question: If your organization provides housing, does it:
1. Purchase everything?
2. Purchase some and lease some?
3. Lease everything?
Your Answer: BIG IDEAS readers who responded indicated overwhelmingly (94%) that they purchase all their housing. 6% said they purchase some and lease some, while no one said they only lease.
Do Employees Get Training Before Being Promoted?
Our Survey Question: Do non-profits provide advance training for new managers or do they become “accidental managers”, sinking or swimming on their own?
Your Answer: 92% of BIG IDEAS readers who responded said their organizations provide training in advance of promotion to a management position. No “accidental managers” for them.
Congratulations to all those who have put that preparatory stage in place. Clearly, your organizations and your contribution to your communities are the better for it.