UPDATE: Are there too many Alberta Non-Profit Organizations Duplicating Services?
Like you I am concerned about what’s coming at the non-profit sector in terms of cuts from funders, in particular from the Alberta Government which is the biggest funder of non profits.
I am also concerned about voices that are quick to identify the number of non-profits or the notion of duplication of services as what I call “easy” rationale for funding cutbacks.
I am not suggesting that the sector shouldn’t work collaboratively to innovate, redefine or reshape itself, but I also believe the formation of non profit organizations is a fundamental aspect of citizenship in action.
As well, we all know that “duplicate” services exist everywhere – in all sectors. Communities need more than one church, one school, one gas station, one grocery store … well, you get the point. Where people do their business and if and how non profits receive funding or donations should be based on criteria related to quality, impact, efficiency, and so forth.
So, I have prepared the attached brief document as my attempt to put forward research-based information about the sector, along with some narrative that is meant to prompt dialog.
Certainly the very nature of such a document is positional, but if there is advocacy within its contents it is of a soft nature. I believe it to be the role of leaders of non profit organizations to advocate for the sector and if what I have put together offers even a small measure of assistance to your efforts and voice, I will be content.