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Evaluating Social Impact with the Goldilocks Toolkit
Evaluating Social Impact: Free Toolkit!

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the Centre for Effective Global action have partnered to gather lessons from around the non profit and social business world, and have consolidated this information into a free toolkit for evaluating social impact. They liken the struggle many organizations face in implementing new monitoring and evaluation strategies to Goldilocks and the Three Bears – sometimes it takes a while to find the system that is ‘just right’.

We can relate. Working with many non profits and small businesses, we know how daunting it can be to invest precious time and resources into program evaluation. The Goldilocks Toolkit provides an excellent overview of evaluating social impact, designed to help you find that perfect fit.




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Measuring social impact in sport

atPlay has learned a lot in a year.

I still remember sitting in Wychwood pub at the corner of St. Clair West and Bathurst last December, catching up with Rob for the first time in a few years. We talked about our past in non-profit, our goals and aspirations, and Colombia. Slowly the stars began to align and by the second pint we had all but shaken hands on our new partnership.

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System Development Fund from Canadian Paralympic Committee Opens

The Canadian Paralympic Committee has issued a call for applications for the 2016 System Development Fund, with potential grants of up to $10,000 available to eligible sport and recreation organizations.

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Upcoming Deadlines: Ontario Trillium Foundation

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is the largest grantmaker in Ontario and a major supporter of sport and recreation projects. If your organization is a nonprofit or charity seeking funding, consider the following upcoming grant deadlines.

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Grant Writing Tip: Be People-Centric.

Successful grant writing is a nuanced, layered, process. This is a message atPlay communicates to all of our partners, and we hope it is a message readers of our grant writing tips are internalizing as well. Today’s tip touches on a central theme common to many of our blog posts: grantmakers consider more than just the application received when evaluating potential grantees.

Today’s grant writing tip: Be a people-centric organization, and demonstrate this in your application.

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Grant Writing Tip: Always Strictly Adhere to Application Guidelines

It’s the mission of the atPlay team to improve the quality of grant applications submitted by sport, recreation, and healthy living organizations. While becoming grant-ready is no overnight task, there are some approaches organizations can take to address what we view as “low hanging fruit” in terms of submitting quality applications. Today’s grant writing tip is a simple one that can make a big difference: always strictly adhere to the grantmaker’s application guidelines.

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Upcoming Grant Opportunities with Ontario Arts Council

Founded in 1963, the Ontario Arts Council is one of the single biggest supporters of arts and culture in Ontario. An arms-length agency of the provincial government (similar to the Ontario Trillium Foundation), the OAC financially supports thousands of individuals and organizations annually. In 2014-2015, the Council awarded more than $50 million in funding to the arts community.

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Grant Writing Tip: Focus on Solutions, not Problems!

We’re back with another grant writing tip for non profit and charitable organizations seeking to increase their grant writing success rate. Today’s tip emerges directly from the conversations we’ve had with grantmakers: the focus of your grant proposal should always be on a solution, not a problem.

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Ontario Trillium Foundation Registration Now Open

Organization registration for the next cycle of Ontario Trillium Foundation is now open. Organizations have until Wednesday, August 12 to register their organizations in order to to be eligible for the next round of funding.

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Spotlight On: Trillium Foundation’s “Promising Young People” Grant Stream

As the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s deadline for grant proposals approaches, atPlay Consulting is breaking down each of the six defined “Action Areas.” Today we’ll look at the stream supporting the overall development of children and youth – “Promising Young People”.

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