|literacy.ca||Volume 5, No. 3, Fall 2003|
Non-Profit Sector Issues and Resources
The Capacity to Serve
The results are in! The first phase of a two-year research initiative called the National Survey of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations is a new report entitled The Capacity to Serve: A Qualitative Study of the Challenges Facing Canada’s Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations. It is a first step in documenting the strengths and challenges faced by these organizations. The findings will come as little surprise to those in the literacy field. The report suggests ways to strengthen and build capacity among non-profit and voluntary organizations. These include developing:
Statistics Canada was commissioned to do this qualitative research by the Voluntary Sector Initiative (a joint effort of the federal government and the voluntary sector). The next phase will be a quantitative assessment of the size and scope of the sector, due in Spring 2004. Both the report and the Summary are available free of charge at www.nonprofitscan.ca.
Developing Human Resources in the Voluntary Sector (HRVS)
The goal of the HRVS project is to strengthen the capacity of organizations in the voluntary sector to attract, support and keep skilled and committed employees through the development of human resources. Practical tools are now available at the new website: www.hrvs.ca.
As a work-in-progress, this is the kind of website you will want to bookmark and check regularly for new resources and features. You are also encouraged to contribute any relevant information. You’ll find information about:
For more information on this project, check out the website at www.hrvs.ca or contact: Kirstin Beardsley, Project Assistant, Developing Human Resources in the Voluntary Sector (HRVS), Community Foundations of Canada, at tel: 613-236-2664.
National Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance Program
In order to assist organizations and protect volunteer board members, Volunteer Canada is pleased to announce a national Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance Program (DOLI) available to all non-profit organizations and particularly targeted at those with budgets under $100,000. In partnership with Aon Reed Stenhouse and Encon, the national DOLI program offers two distinct liability insurance packages, depending on whether your organization’s annual operating budget is under or over $50,000. For more information, contact Volunteer Canada at www.volunteer.ca.
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