Canadian Amateur Sports to Share the Wealth

“Since being awarded the 2010 Vancouver Games, Canadians have been spending an increasing amount of money on the very best athletes in pursuit of Olympic and Paralympic medals. Now, a review of the federal government’s high performance sport program says that needs to change.

Own the Podium, which targets $64 million of federal funds to athletes and sports with the most potential, has succeeded in the sense that Canadian athletes are winning more medals, the report released Thursday states.

But it also found that the targeted funding program has destabilized the sports system with wildly fluctuating budgets where high performance funding is there one day for a sport and gone the next, along with its experienced coaches, staff and even athletes. And the short-term focus on winning medals at the next Olympics precludes the development of the next generation of athletes, putting Canada’s ability to keep winning medals in doubt.”

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Starting a Nonprofit

Group Of Business People Having Board Meeting Around Glass Table

“Welcome to our general subject guide to starting a charity or nonprofit organization in Canada. Here you will learn about some of the basic things to consider before you decide to start a nonprofit, as well as resources and tools to help you through the early stages of the process.

If you know of a resource that you think we should add to our collection, please send an email to editor@charityvillage.com with the details.

Initial Questions

The nonprofit sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in North America right now, and with almost 150,000 registered charities and nonprofits currently operating in Canada, it shows no signs of slowing down. Of course, as more and more organizations are added to the mix, groups must become increasingly creative in the planning and carrying out of their mission. Keeping this in mind, there are several questions that should be considered before you begin the process of starting your own nonprofit organization or charity.

Do you have a clear understanding of the problem or need you want to address? Is that need ongoing or short-term?”

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5 Simple Upsells and Downsells That Drive Profit

“Would you like fries with that?

These are the iconic words every teenager who worked at McDonald’s in the late 80s and early 90s said to every customer. This was before value meals and back when everything was ordered à la carte. “Would you like fries with that” was also my first exposure to the power of upsells.

If you take a look around, upsells are everywhere. In grocery stores, they are the rack of candy bars and trashy magazines. In fast food places, they are the $1 sundaes. In high-end stores, they are the pair of socks to go with those shoes.

There is a reason that nearly every business uses upsells. It’s often the difference between profit and loss; the difference between success and failure. And while we are looking at upsells, we are also going to tackle the downsell, which you don’t see as often, but can put a ton of money into your bottom line.”

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8 Hormones Involved in Exercise

“In the movie Fletch, released the same year that ACE was founded (1985), comedian Chevy Chase plays the role of Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher, a reporter working undercover to expose drug dealing on the beaches of Los Angeles. Over the course of his investigation, Fletch assumes a variety of creative characters as he identifies the corrupt businessmen and cops involved in the drug-dealing ring. In one scene, Fletch pretends to be an airplane mechanic and tries to fib his way into a hangar by saying he was there to check the ball bearings. “It’s all ball bearings nowadays,” is one of the most memorable quotes of this iconic ‘80s movie.

If you work as a personal trainer or group fitness instructor you have no doubt been asked how exercise can help someone achieve a specific goal. If you want a fun, but honest way to answer these questions, you can channel your inner Fletch by replying, “It’s all hormones nowadays.”

The endocrine system regulates the production of hormones, which are chemicals that control cellular functions. Hormones can affect a number of different cells; however, they only influence the ones with specific receptor sites. Hormones control a number of physiological reactions in the body including energy metabolism, reproductive processes, tissue growth, hydration levels, synthesis and degradation of muscle protein, and mood. Hormones are responsible for both building new muscle and helping to burn fat, so it is important to have an understanding of which ones are released in relation to exercise as well as understanding the physiological functions they influence. ”

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How to Run a Remote Startup Across Time Zones

Remote Team

Times have changed, and anyone with an eye on trends could have seen it coming. As the world went web-based, so did the traditional office space. A study by Global Workplace Analytics says, “Regular work-at-home, among the non-self-employed population, has grown by 115 percent since 2005.”

Innovative communication tools have evolved to accommodate this new work force. There are tools, apps and programs galore to reconcile time zone differences, connect people virtually and back up the promises of increased productivity.

But, remote teams face challenges, too, and it’s easy for them to fall apart without the right supports in place. If you are considering a remote startup, here is some advice on how to set up for success.”

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Greatest Sports Couples in History

“Some of the most famous sports couples aren’t sports couples at all. They’re a mixture of sports and celebrity, such as David/Victoria Beckham, Russell Wilson/Ciara, Tom Brady/Gisele and one that’s taken center stage at the Stanley Cup Finals: the Nashville Predators’ Mike Fisher and country music superstar Carrie Underwood.

But a true sports couple involves two great athletes. Today, we rank the 17 best of those couples throughout history by taking into account sports prowess, strength of relationship, likability and other various factors. Couples can be currently married, divorced, dating, broken up or whatever, as long as they were known to be an item at some point.

Anna Kournikova and Russian hockey players (divorced)
Kournikova broke onto the scene in 1997 with a run to the Wimbledon semifinal as a 16-year-old. Though she’d eventually climb to No. 8 in the rankings in 2000, she never had a better Grand Slam than that Wimbledon. The Russian famously never won a tournament at any level (though she had two doubles Grand Slam titles) and by 2003 she was out of the sport, at the age of 22…”

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Five Productivity Tips for Your Small Business

As a small business owner, the success of your business lies solely on your shoulders. You not only need to manage your resources wisely but also ensure that your team members are efficient as well. To make productivity a key part of your company’s culture, it’s important to lay out your expectations for yourself and your team and monitor results periodically.

Here are five ways you and your team can become more productive.

1. Create email rules.
Imagine you’re working on an important document and your email keeps buzzing every few minutes. How much does that distraction cost you in time and the quality of work you do? Consider setting specific hours for emails and communicate that with your team members so they know what to expect of you as well as of each other. Communication is healthy so long as it doesn’t hamper productivity.

2. Set up morning huddles.
Meeting for just 15 minutes at the start of the shift can go a long way. Not only is this a great opportunity for team bonding but it also helps to communicate the daily goals, discuss issues and answer queries. Having each member take turns in managing the discussion will ensure your team feels that their voices are being heard and ideas seriously considered.

3. Create to-do lists.
It helps to use tools such as Google Calendar and Reminder to create to-do lists and collaborate with team members by sharing expectations and meeting periodically to check progress. Each time you check off an item from your to-do list, it creates a satisfying feeling of accomplishment. Use this positive feedback cycle to keep yourself going throughout the day.

4. Prioritize.
Ask yourself: If you could only accomplish one task today, what would it be? When you know what’s the first priority of the day, work on it as though there is nothing else to do. Once you’ve completed the task, ask yourself the same question again and repeat the process. Remember, multi-tasking used to be considered a golden method of getting many tasks done simultaneously. However, recent studies have suggested that multi-tasking is not the most efficient way of getting work done.

5. Be flexible.
Striving for high levels of productivity shouldn’t make you overlook the human factor in the business you run. There will be times when you might not feel your best and the same goes for your team members. Being the boss doesn’t mean you have to be stiff and strict. There are many successful leaders today that work with the attitude of rolling with the punches.

The 25 Greatest Sports Movies of All Time

“With the seventh Rocky movie, Creed, coming out later this month and My All American, an inspirational sports film about a former Texas football player, hitting theaters Friday, we at FTW decided to rank the top 25 sports movies ever made. The master list from which to choose is smaller than you think: Since 1976, Box Office Mojo lists the release of just 204 sports movies. By comparison, 604 films have dropped in 2015 with dozens of more slated before the end of the year. It’s not a genre that’s particularly popular: Just 12 sports movies had made more than $100 million at the box office and those were mostly cheesy comedies or feel-good stories peripherally about sports (The Blind Side). Our only rule: No documentaries. There are too many great ones out there (not Hoop Dreams — that’s the most overrated sports film ever) and they’re far too different from a comedy or drama to compare. (That list will come at another time.)

25. THE KARATE KID

The final movie on our list was tough to choose — it was one tale of a diminutive outsider fighting for respect against another, but we had to go with Daniel LaRusso; sorry Rudy. Though the music is great and the last scene is pretty good, the cloying Notre Dame love is a little much and Rudy’s a bit whiny, no? I mean, leave Dan Devine alone. He has a team to coach! But Karate Kid? It’s just Daniel-San, Mr. Miyagi and Elisabeth Shue battling the world. Well, them and Joe Esposito.”

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Nonprofit Times Power & Influence Top 50

“Philanthropy is dead. Long live philanthropy.

The days are long gone when donors sent nickels, dimes and quarters in envelopes provided by charities in support of mission. And, in general, donors didn’t ask very many questions about how the money was spent.

Also gone are the days when transparency, accountability and data were quaint ideas about how a nonprofit should be operated.

Nonprofit executives must have the acumen to understand what data means and have the ability to pivot. Partnerships are now sought, as need grows exponentially and traditional sources of funding are evaporating. Say good-bye to federal block grants and other forms of contracting with federal and state governments.

It’s no longer philanthropy. It’s social good and that often involves profit for organizations and in some cases “donors.” Impact investing and social impact bonds got off to a slow start but are now accelerating as viable funding sources. Social entrepreneurs are developing new revenue streams and are becoming integral elements of the development process.”

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Want Your Team to Collaborate More?

“The technology we have at our disposal makes it possible for many companies to offer comprehensive remote work options. But a recent study has found that if you want to increase collaboration among your employees, proximity is the answer.

The MIT research looked at the work that went into 40,358 published papers and 2,350 patents developed at the university from 2004 to 2014, and found that actual face-to-face interaction and sharing work space led to more collaboration across different disciplines.

“If you work near someone, you’re more likely to have substantive conversations more frequently,” explained the study’s lead author Matthew Claudel, a doctoral candidate in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. “You have a better chance of meeting someone, connecting and working together if you are close by spatially.”

Claudel found that researchers who sat in the same work space were three times as likely to collaborate on papers compared to those who work 400 meters away from each other. The frequency of collaboration is halved when researchers are 800 meters apart.

So based on the MIT findings, if you want to create a space that inspires innovation, make it possible for your employees to talk things out face to face.

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