From Grass Roots Press
Job quality and human resource issues are a hot
topic in the non-profit sector these days. Here are
a few resources worth exploring.
- The Canadian Policy Research Network (CPRN)
has conducted a series of comprehensive studies
of paid employment in Canada’s non-profit
sector. The groundbreaking research examined
the non-profit sector’s workforce, its working
conditions and opportunities for skill
development, its retention and renewal
challenges, and its human resource
management practices. CPRN has published five
reports detailing the findings of their research.
All five research reports, as well as summary
reports and supplemental articles, are available
for free download at the CPRN website at:
www.cprn.org. You can also call CPRN for more
information tel: 613-567-7500.
- The CPRN also has an interesting web resource
for those interested in finding out how their
job compares to those in other organizations.
The site at www.jobquality.ca allows visitors to
browse through dozens of indicators on job
quality, and to compare their work experience,
their firm and their industry with others across
the country. The site is updated regularly with
- One very informative website is called
Developing Human Resources in the
Voluntary Sector (HRVS). HRVS provides
information and tools to help voluntary
organizations attract, support, and keep
employees. The site includes a Good Human
Resource Practices Toolkit, a Human Resource
Planning Guide, reports on employee and
retirement benefits in the voluntary sector.
You can even order a CD-ROM information
package for boards of directors on the
importance of human resources, and more. For
more information call tel: 613-236-2664 or visit
their website at www.hrvs-rhsbc.ca.
- The Canadian Society of Association
Executives (CSAE) has released the 2003 Association Executive Benefits
The report is recognized as the definitive source
of compensation and benefits information in
Canada’s not-for-profit sector. For more
information, contact CSAE at tel: 800-461-3608
or visit their website at
- Volunteer Canada has released a 28-page
Guide to Volunteer Program Management Resources.
The guide lists books, guides, manuals, and other
resources from Canada and around the world.
A brief description and review accompanies each
item. The guide is available as a free download
from the Volunteer Canada website at:
You can also purchase a print copy for $7.50 plus taxes and
shipping from Volunteer Canada at tel: 800-
670-0401 or email: email@example.com, or visit:
Advocacy on the Agenda
voluntary organizations recognize that playing an active role in
influencing government policy is key to achieving
their missions. At the same time, government
acknowledges that the voluntary sector has a
valuable and crucial role to play in shaping
effective public policy. Yet many voluntary boards
don’t have the background or skills needed to
successfully engage in policy dialogue.
In response to this need Volunteer
Canada and United Way of Canada-Centraide Canada have
developed Advocacy on the Agenda: Preparing
Voluntary Boards For Public Policy Participation to
support voluntary organizations and their boards
of directors in their policy dialogue efforts.
The 58-page manual is available
for free download at: www.volunteer.ca/volunteer/pdf/boardadvocacymanual.pdf or you can order a print copy for $12
plus taxes and shipping. Contact Volunteer Canada
at tel: 1-800-670-0401, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit www.volunteer.ca.