A Brief to the Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities

Imagine Canada, CCSD and Canadian Policy Research Networks. October 2005 .application-pdf

Imagine Canada, CCSD and CPRN responded to a request for public input by Justice Gomery. Endorsed by the Voluntary Sector Forum, the submission provides a voluntary perspective into the important topic of what can be done to improve accountability in the Government of Canada.

beyond the boxBeyond the Box: Thinking Strategically about Technology Grantmaking in Canada’s Voluntary Sector

Prepared by Catherine Ludgate, IMPACS and Mark Surman, The Commons Group. January 2004. application-pdf

A concise background paper developed for the Voluntary Sector Initiative Changing Technology Funding Practices Project, that looks at the challenges facing grantmakers in funding technology, and offers some guidelines for grant-makers in assessing technology funding requests.

Building a Collaborative Partnership between the Government of Saskatchewan and the Voluntary Sector: A Review of Best Practices

Prepared by: INNOVA Learning March 2005.

The report looks at government-voluntary sector relationships in Saskatchewan as well as other jurisdictions and focuses attention on collaborative partnerships between the two sectors. It provides lessons that have been learned in developing collaborative relations, and details best practices that can be used as guideposts in developing collaborative partnerships. It looks specifically at best practices in Saskatchewan and makes recommendations to further strengthen the formal relationships between the Government of Saskatchewan and the voluntary sector.

Visit the Encyclopidia of Saskatchewan for more information on Saskatchewan's voluntary sector initiatives.

Getting Down to the Details: Conceptualizing Organizational Sustainability in a Changing Economy

Marilyn Struthers, 2003 Journal for Nonprofit Management, Vol.7 #1 application-pdf

This paper explores the potential for a new conceptual framework of “resourcing practices” to provide a practical lens for organizations to scan, analyse and compare models of organizational sustainability, and sets out four key capacities for financially vibrant organizations. It is based on case studies on ten financially vibrant organizations in Ontario.

Inventory of Effective Practices in Financing and Resourcing of Voluntary Sector Organizations in Canada

Voluntary Sector Initiative

This set of regional case studies highlights successful financing and resourcing practices of Canadian voluntary organizations. Sixty-three case studies were collected in six regions, encompassing all provinces and territories. The inventory presents examples of the creative ways voluntary organizations are raising, accessing and utilizing funds and resources to strengthen their long-term organizational capacity to meet the needs in their communities. It is hoped that by sharing these successes, other organizations may find ideas to adopt or adapt to their own circumstances.

The Inventory, which is organized into a database that can be searched using a range of criteria, and available at Voluntary Sector Initatives' website.

Over the Horizon: The Future of Canada’s Capital Market for Social and Environmental Innovation

Social Capital Market Roundtable. A report of the session sponsored by Tides Canada Foundation and Social Capital Partners. September 2004 .application-pdf

Tides Canada Foundation and Social Capital Partners hosted a roundtable dialogue on the state of “social” capital markets in Canada to look at the new forms of innovation in finance for social purpose initiatives led by non-profit or charitable organizations or hybrids involving for-profits.

Resources for Accountability and Financing Management in the Voluntary Sector

Voluntary Sector Initiative 2003 application-pdf

Provides organizations with resources, including Web site links, to advance their financial management knowledge and skills as well as to enhance their accountability. The document is presented in four overview modules and includes information on the changing environment for accountability and financial management in the private, public and voluntary sectors in Canada; methods to enhance accountability; mechanisms of financial management used by the voluntary sector; and learning opportunities in the areas of accountability and financial management.

The highlight of the guide is the extensive listing of resources in the subject areas of accountability and financial management found in the appendices.

Setting the Agenda: Moving Forward on Financing

A Report by the Working Group on Financing, Voluntary Sector Initiative, October 2002. application-pdf

This report of the sector-only working group on financing outlines recommendations intended to set the agenda for further progress in the area of financing of the voluntary sector and its organizations. The recommendations are divided into two sections: recommendations to the Government of Canada and recommendations to voluntary sector organizations, including those that have or anticipate a funding relationship with the federal government.

Stability and Equity: A plan of action to support the community development and capacity building functions of Toronto’s not-for-profit community services sector

Community-City Working Group on Stable Core Funding, Toronto, November 2004 application-pdf

This final report by community representatives on the “Community-City Working Group on Stable Core Funding” includes recommendations for stabilizing Toronto’s not-for-profit community services sector, and broadening its capacity to strengthen civic engagement, community building and service delivery within all of Toronto’s diverse communities.

For more reports visit Toronto Neighbourhood Centres website.

Supporting Organizational Infrastructure in the Voluntary Sector

This report was commissioned by the Voluntary Sector Initiative Secretariat, and was prepared by Lynn Eakin, Lynn Eakin and Associates. May 2002 application-pdf

The funding of the voluntary sector to deliver programs or services has typically followed a common formula and practice that evolves over time. Funding formulae and funding practice have not been well supported by research or best practice literature and some funding practices have subsequently proven to be counterproductive. The ability of existing funding practice to support organizational infrastructure is one of the areas emerging as problematic.

This paper identifies some of the challenges and barriers to achieving the goal of including infrastructure funding in program/service contracts. It also outlines the need to bring funders from the three levels of government, the private sector, foundations and United Ways together to build and sustain, through supportive and fair funding practices, a vibrant voluntary sector capable of addressing the social and cultural needs of Canadian communities.

For more reports and papers by Lynn Eakin, visit Lynn Eakin: Beyond Numbers website.

Voluntary Perspectives from the McGill-McConnell Program

Voluntary Perspectives from the McGill-McConnell Program is a selection of more than two dozen major papers written by graduates of The McGill-McConnell Program, Master of Management for National Voluntary Sector Leaders. 2005. These papers offer contemporary perspectives on leadership challenges in the voluntary sector, often through the reality of each author’s organization. They also address a range of theoretical and practical topics, such as board-staff relations, youth participation in philanthropy, voluntarism and the application of complexity science to organizational dynamics.

What We Heard: Findings From Discussions in Communities About a Voluntary Sector Human Resources Council

Prepared for: The Voluntary Sector Human Resources Council Feasibility Study, October 2004 application-pdf

This report sets out the major findings from discussion groups that were recently held across the country with people from the voluntary sector. It summarizes participants’ input on a number of overarching issues affecting the sector’s human resources environment, as well as their specific concerns in five key human resources areas. The report also provides a synthesis of participants’ comments and suggestions on how a proposed Voluntary Sector Human Resources Council should work. The findings from these groups, together with the results of an electronic survey and input from selected stakeholders from both inside and outside the voluntary sector, will be instrumental in shaping the vision for a new Voluntary Sector Human Resources Council.


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