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Should non-profit organizations be run using a business model?

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Change and Charity: Should non-profit organizations be run using a business model?

What is the role of commercial business models and practices in non-profit community spaces? Do they contribute to an efficient implementation of the work or do they take us away from a lived expression of grassroots, non-commercialized commitments? This public conversation looks at the management practices of non-profits and whether-how they benefit from being run like private enterprises.

This conversation is organized in collaboration with the Community Service Initiative at the Concordia University John Molson School of Business


Iris Unger has had over 35 years of experience in the nonprofit sector working in the areas of community development, economic development, entrepreneurship, employment, tourism, women’s issues, youth, special needs, poverty ,education and immigration. She is the Executive Director of YES Montreal, a provincially mandated, not-for-profit charity that assists individuals in obtaining employment or starting and growing small businesses in Quebec. Other previous employment includes the Downtown YMCA Centre-ville, Federation CJA and the Oxford Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Unger has a BA from Concordia, and a post graduate degree from McGill University.

Jenny Therriault wears many hats and leads an active lifestyle. With over 8 years experience in marketing and advertising, she brings her business skills to the foundation's management on a daily basis. She helps with all aspects such as business development, finance, and marketing to name few Having also an entrepreneurial background with her husband, the concept of philanthropreneurship is not new to her. On a personal level, she loves the fun side of life; getting people together and going out for runs!

Moderator: GerArd-o SieRra

Changement et charité

Cette conversation est organisée en collaboration avec le MBA en services communautaires de l’École de gestion John-Molson (John Molson School of Business).

Invitées : Iris Unger, Jenny Therriault

Modérateur: Gerardo Sierra