Episode 5.06 – Cathy Taylor – Executive Director of the Ontario Non-Profit Network

Cathy (she/her) has been a member of the ONN team since June 2012. Throughout her 20 years working in the nonprofit sector, including as the founding Executive Director of the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington, she has been passionate about collaboration and leadership in the sector. Cathy works with sector colleagues from across Ontario and Canada, as well as private sector and government officials, to create an enabling policy environment for nonprofit organizations. Cathy’s roots are in the environmental movement and she has been active in municipal politics. She holds a degree in political studies and history from Queen’s University, and attended the Maytree-York University Executive Directors Leadership program. Outside of work, she enjoys time with her family and her garden in Erin, Ontario.

To frame our conversation:

  • Introduce yourself and your background.
  • Introduce ONN and what it does.
  • Overview of the NFP Sector particularly in SW Ontario – does it differ between urban and rural communities? 
  • Impacts of COVID on the sector.
  • You just had a report on the caring economy come out, what did that report highlight and reveal? 
  • Non-profits and municipal governments generally have a very close relationship due to the overlap in the mandates for service. How can NFP, particularly in smaller communities, advocate the same governments that provide their funding?

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