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A Time to Reap: Re-investing In Alberta's Public Services

The Parkland Institute's Committee on Alberta's Finances prepared this report. The authors contend the Alberta government is stuck in yesterday’s rhetoric of debt crisis. 2004...

Boomers Are Ready for Nonprofits But Are Nonprofits Ready for Them?

Jill Casner-Lotto reports on the challenges and promises that lie ahead for human resource management in the nonprofit sector.

Coping With Change: Human Resource Management in Canada’s Non-profit Sector

Brisbois and McMullen point out that while interest in, and recognition of, the social, cultural, and economic contributions of the non-profit sector have grown in recent years, little is known about how the sector or how organizations within it are organized. This is especially true, the authors suggest, regarding information about paid employees and human resources in the sector.

Globalization and the Voluntary Sector in Canada

This report presents the results of an exploratory study surveying the views of leaders in the voluntary sector on the relationship between globalization and the sector itself, looking closely at the organizations themselves.

Job Quality in Non-profit Organizations – Human Resources in the Non-profit Sector

This report by McMullen and Schellenberg is part of a series published by the CPRN about paid employees and human resources in the non-profit sector. McMullen and Schellenberg note that while we have begun to learn more about volunteers and charitable giving, relatively little is known about the non-profit sector – despite growing interest in it, and its social, cultural, and economic contributions. This report is an attempt to fill some of those research gaps.

Mapping the Non-profit Sector: Human Resources in the Non-profit sector

This article by Grant Schellenberg and Kathryn McMullen addresses issues relating to identification, classification, and measurement of employees in the Canadian non-profit sector and provides “information on the size and composition of the sector and on the characteristics of both organizations and paid workers in it.” The authors find that a disproportionately large number of non-profit employees are women (about ¾); that they are largely concentrated in middle-aged groups; that they nearly twice as many employees in the non-profit compared to the for-profit sector hold university degrees (approximately 30% versus 15%); that a large proportion of employees can be characterized as management or professionals (approximately 33% versus 10% in the for-profit sector); and that close to 1 in 5 employees have children under 12 at home, a higher level than in the for-profit sector.

Skills and Training in the Non-profit Sector – Human Resources in the Non-profit Sector

McMullen and Schellenberg argue that interest in the non-profit sector has surged in recent years, along with the recognition of the contributions of the sector socially, culturally, and economically. They argue that while attention has been paid to organization structures and the composition of employment, greater attention needs to be focused around training and skill needs in the sector.

Strategizing in a New Context: A Voluntary Sector Dialogue

In July 2004, a roundtable hosted by the Public Policy Forum, Canadian Policy Research Networks and the Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations allowed voluntary, non-profit, and charitable sector leaders to explore issues relating to the voluntary sector’s relationship with the federal government.

The 2005 Non-Profit Performance Report

This comprehensive report by Sylvia LeRoy and Jason Clemens analyzes the effectiveness of the management, staff, volunteers, and sitting boards in the non-profit sector. The report was issued in advance of the Donner Canadian Foundation Awards for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services, Canada’s largest non-profit recognition program, which includes nine award categories. LeRoy and Clemens explain that although measuring success in a comparable manner is no easy task in the non-profit sector, the study was undertaken by examining 10 business aspects of each organization.

The Saskatchewan Voluntary Sector in the Context of Social Enterprise: A Case Study of Family Services Regina

In this paper James Pitsula discusses the volunteer sector and the importance of the government as part of a partnership to encourage social entrepreneurship.

There’s Madness To This Method

Sherri Torjman comments on how the lack of attention focused on the Auditor General’s report released in November 2005 is a missed opportunity for “more appropriate accountability.”

Towards a New Partnership for Community Building

This report presents research findings from the Private/Voluntary Sector Forum, launched in 2001 by the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy’s Imagine Program. This forum brought together the private and voluntary sectors with the aim of developing a framework for working together more effectively, both to build communities and strengthen collaborative partnerships.

Value for Money? Cautionary Lessons about P3s from British Columbia

This paper examines the rise of public-private partnerships (P3s) in British Columbia, whereby a private group overtakes the development and operation of a public project (examples include hospitals and bridges).