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August 21, 2019
Written by Michelle Baldwin, Executive Director I am the one who creates brave new spaces for play, belonging and connection. Do not proceed if you want your life to remain as it is. These are the words I heard a month before starting the Foundations of Purpose program in a preparation call. I remember in this moment feeling overwhelmed with both excitement and fear, but sure that I wanted to... Read More
August 9, 2019
News Release For Immediate Release Minister Ng announces Women Entrepreneurship Strategy investments Government of Canada investing over $4.2 million to support women entrepreneurs in southwestern Ontario August 9, 2019 – London, Ontario – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada The Government of Canada is advancing women’s economic empowerment with the first ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES),a $2-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025. Today,... Read More
August 2, 2019
Current round of applications due are September 10th, 2019 for the Libro Social Enterprise Incubator, a program of Pillar Nonprofit Network starting October 1st, 2019. Starting a social enterprise? Embedding social values into an existing business? Creating a sustainable model for your nonprofit? Give yourself the best chance of success by immersing yourself in the right environment. Sponsored by Libro Credit Union, our social enterprise incubator gives you a front... Read More
August 2, 2019
Looking to start or grow a social enterprise? It can be challenging to take time for strategic business planning when you are managing the daily needs of your organization. Innoweave, an initiative of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, provides up to $10k in funding to support your team. Funding is available to nonprofits, for-profits and cooperatives to hire external consulting services to support market research, strategic planning, financial models, pricing,... Read More
July 17, 2019
#followthefellowship blog entry by Michelle Baldwin Policy impacts everything around us. Government policies have innumerable effects on living conditions, influencing everything from funding levels to the programs and services that are made available to our communities. Providing front line services gives nonprofits an advantage in policy conversations; through our organizations, Canadians communicate their values, hopes and ideals and, in turn, we act as an organized expression of these civic desires... Read More
June 18, 2019
#followthefellowship blog entry by Michelle Baldwin How to Embed & Embrace Failure & Learning in Your Organization Throughout my time as Executive Director of Pillar Nonprofit Network, the use of the word failure has been met with eye rolls, people shifting uncomfortably in their seats and outright debates about using the “f” word. While opening up on this topic is still taboo for some, at Pillar we pair failure with... Read More
June 11, 2019
The Ontario government released the 2019 Budget on April 11, its first since taking office last June. On May 9, it released the 2019 Expenditure Estimates. What does the budget mean for our sector and specifically London and area? On this page you will find some useful links to keep you updated on current policy changes and we will do our best to add additional links as they become available... Read More
June 6, 2019
#followthefellowship blog entry by Michelle Baldwin The Banff Centre Foundations of Purpose program provided Michelle Baldwin a stunning background to do deep listening, expand awareness and inquiry. Aligning actions and decision making with purpose feels more important than ever right now. #followthefellowship #leadership #vulernability @banffcentre #banffcentre Follow along #followthefellowship Tweets by ml_baldwin Facebook Instagram LinkedInRead More
June 6, 2019
We are delighted to announce the addition of new staff members for the summer! They will bring their expertise to special projects at Innovation Works and VERGE Capital , as well as Pillar's Impact Consulting and Communications programs. We look forward to learning from their contributions to the team. Matthew Gennaro Matthew holds an undergraduate degree from King's University College and a diploma in Nonprofit Management from Western University. He... Read More
May 28, 2019
#followthefellowship blog entry by Michelle Baldwin An epic journey through Europe includes Yunus Business Centre, University of Florence and Social Enterprise NL . Themes include: What is intent of social impact How legal structures drive your business model Social enterprise as tool to create sustainable communities Impact first social enterprises Role of government – activism vs. collaborative spirit Cross sector collaboration – you need all the levers of nonprofit, social... Read More


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