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May 2, 2023
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LONDON, Ont, May 2, 2023 – It is with great pleasure that we announce Mariam Waliji's appointment as the Vice President - Impact, Equity & Governance for Pillar Nonprofit Network. A dynamic and engaged community member and leader, Mariam joined the Pillar Nonprofit Network in late 2020 as a part of the WOSEN (Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network) project where she played an integral role in co-creating accelerators for... Read More
April 28, 2023
LONDON, Ontario, April 28, 2023– Pillar Nonprofit Network members who gathered for the organization’s annual general meeting Wednesday, April 26 have elected a completely new board of directors. The slate of nine candidates was recommended by a community advisory panel, appointed by the outgoing board to coordinate the transition. None of the past board members stood for re-election. The new board met briefly after the members’ meeting to elect officers... Read More
April 11, 2023
After two federal budgets in which the nonprofit sector was "meaningfully included," Imagine Canada reports, the 2023 Federal Budget misses an opportunity to follow up with "measures that would address chronic issues that impact a sector that provides vital direct services to millions of Canadians in communities across the country." The new federal budget presented last week by Finance Minister Freeland does offer piecemeal support for targeted nonprofit sub-sectors --... Read More
April 4, 2023
Pillar Interim CEO Maureen Cassidy wrote to City Councillors asking that they not proceed with a committee-recommended appointment to the London Police Services Board in their Council meeting of April 4, but hit pause and seek greater community input.Read More
April 3, 2023
Muslim-led organizations, both local and national, have responded with disappointment in the weakness of the process and findings of a recent review of Islamophobia in CRA practices. Other nonprofit organizations across Canada, including Pillar Nonprofit Network, have collaborated on a response, calling for better processes in a newly announced investigation.Read More
April 3, 2023
Among the outcomes shared by Pillar's Community Advisory Panel following a community conversation and online survey was the membership's desire to hear from Pillar's Interim CEO about Pillar's operations. In an email to members and Pillar newsletter subscribers sent Monday, April 3, Maureen Cassidy outlines the organization's recent activities.Read More
April 2, 2023
LONDON - April 2, 2023. Pillar was pleased to send thanks to City Councillors last week for their support of the Health and Homelessness Whole of Community System Response. In a letter to Councillors, Interim CEO Maureen Cassidy noted staff leadership in stewarding cross-sectoral collaboration, expressed Pillar's willingness to help build out the community's buy-in, and encouraged "the same balance of urgency and trust-building that has characterised this collaboration to... Read More
March 28, 2023
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In fall 2021, London, Ontario was added to a list of over 50 cities around the world named as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) City of Music. With this designation, London joined close to 300 cities in 90 countries that make up the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). The mission of the network is to build partnerships between cities that “have recognized creativity as a strategic... Read More
March 23, 2023
As part of our Impact Consulting program, Pillar is offering 30 minute free strategic planning introduction presentations and consultations to boards of Pillar member organizations.Read More
March 23, 2023
Innoweave, an initiative of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, provides up to $10k in funding to support your team’s capacity-building. Check out the Innoweave site to learn more and take your organization to the next level. Interested in applying? Contact Manager of Impact Consulting, Julie Forrester at for application support.Read More


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