Building an enabling financial environment for the voluntary sector
A new report by Katherine Scott: Pan-Canadian Funding Practice in Communities was commissioned by the Task Force on Community Investments, and examines the Government of Canada's current funding practices for the voluntary sector. This report has been submitted to the Independent Blue Ribbon Panel, which is advising the federal Treasury Board on guidelines for grants and contributions. (Also available: the executive summary [September 11, 2006]
A report by Katherine Scott: The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector in Ontario kicks off a series of regional reports on the vital 'third pillar' of Canadian society. [June 29, 2006]
The CCSD partnered with Imagine Canada and Canadian Policy Research Networks to submit a brief to the Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities, led 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. (October 28, 2005)
Voluntary Sector Awareness Project organized 100 Community Conversations across the country where thousands of local and provincial organizations exchanged information and considered the benefits and challenges of creating a “unified voice” for the voluntary sector. As part of the Project, 17 sessions for Social Development organizations were held. A discussion paper (Greater than the Sum of our Parts) and online feedback form are available to allow individuals not attending a Community Conversation the opportunity to provide their input.
With its involvement in Funding Matters, the CCSD continues to play a leadership role on issues and challenges facing the nonprofit and voluntary sector in Canada, such as concerns around financing and capacity in the sector. The Council has participated in a number of initiatives to help move these issues forward, including:
The Voluntary Sector Awareness Project will create a public awareness campaign to broaden understanding about the voluntary sector and the social and economic contributions the sector makes to Canadian society. The CCSD is one of the project partners (2005-2006).
Member of the Voluntary Sector Forum;
The National Survey of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations (NSNVO), which for the first time maps the size and scope of Canada’s nonprofit and voluntary sector. The CCSD was a member of the Voluntary Sector Research Consortium which developed this survey (2004);
Funding Matters: The Impact of Canada’s New Funding Regime on Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations, CCSD (2003);
The Voluntary Sector Initiative, development of The Code of Good Practice on Funding (2002);
The Voluntary Sector Initiative, Working Group on Financing (2000-2002);
"Scott's presentation brought together funders and non-profit organizations who voiced concerns and strategized solutions for our community. That work has prompted Halton's regional government to take a closer look at our social infrastructure."
Dr. Joey Edwardh,
Community Development Halton
Katherine Scott, CCSD's Vice-President of Research, is a widely respected researcher and policy analyst. Her work has dealt with issues of social and economic inclusion affecting families, women and children, and she is the author of the report Funding Matters.
Katherine will continue to engage communities and organizations in work resulting from this study by participating in speaking engagements and workshops for organizations facing funding challenges.
Funding Matters…For our community
Challenges and Opportunities for Funding Innovation in Canada's Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (Phase II). This report summarizes the findings of community-based workshops and presentations undertaken through the project, highlighting common themes and innovative community practices. It also documents different proposals for funding reform raised over the course of the project. This project was a dissemination initiative based on Funding Matters, the 2003 CCSD report on the impacts of the current funding regime on nonprofit and voluntary sector organizations in Canada.
Funding What Matters…in our communities
Funding and financing have been identified as priority issues within the voluntary sector and key concerns to the long-term vitality and sustainability of Canada’s social architecture. Significant advances will only be accomplished when funders and community organizations come together to redesign funding frameworks that work for both parties, thus changing the structures and mechanisms that shape the relationship between the parties and set the context for nonprofit activity. The proposed new CCSD project, Funding What Matters…in our communities, moves to a new phase, engaging funders and exploring opportunities for meaningful funding collaboration and innovation – at the pan-Canadian, regional and local levels.
Since the release of Funding Matters in 2003, many new resources have been developed to provide information about and tools for organizations and communities on issues related to financing and capacity, both at the individual community and national levels.
Please let us know of any innovative work you may be aware of that should be added to the list.
For more information about the Funding Matters project, Katherine Scott: email@example.com.