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Taken from WHAT’S NEXT for PHILANTHROPY, Monitor Institute Download Report “As innovation theorist Bhaskar Chakrovorti explains in The Slow Pace of Fast Change, ‘The players in various networked markets appear to be prisoners of their own individualism. The problem is that the decisions that make sense at the individual or institutional level are not necessarily the best choices when viewed in the aggregate.’ “The result in philanthropy is a system with no natural mechanism for coordinating effort, for learning, for sharing knowledge about what does and doesn’t work, or for… Read more WHAT’S NEXT for PHILANTHROPY

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Community Transformation, Not Just Sector Change

There is a growing body of information about the trends and forces facing non-profit organizations and even more opinions on how the sector needs to address them. There is a lot of talk and a good amount of action taking place around shared services and shared space. Social enterprise is becoming more of a player in generating revenue for non-profits. Collaborations are engaged in work force issues, especially those that are coming down the road. Funders are meeting. Governments are making changes to how they invest in non-profits. And on… Read more Community Transformation, Not Just Sector Change

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More Info about the NP Sector

The latest edition of the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organization’s IN BRIEF series, Challenging Perceptions & Misconceptions of Alberta’s Voluntary Sector, sheds some light on these comments and poses additional questions to be pondered. You might also be interested in this MHC think piece about if there are too many non profits duplicating services. It is in the side bar of this blog or HERE There are also links to some of the data Imagine Canada did about Alberta’s giving and volunteering at the NPVS Table website. Other posts on… Read more More Info about the NP Sector

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Non Profit Workforce – What’s the data?

We have got to start digging deeper into the data we have to make sure we understand what the real issues and challenges are. And as we do that we will find compelling reasons why we need to dig even deeper. Just working with big numbers doesn’t help us to hone in and figure out strategy. So here’s some drill down about the non profit workforce in Alberta. There are just over 19,000 non profit organizations. For the sake of simplicity, I am sticking with the 19,000 number. There are 175,000… Read more Non Profit Workforce – What’s the data?

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Current Issue of The Philanthropist

Here are the current offerings from this important journal, featuring articles by Edmontonians Martin Garber-Conrad (Edmonton Community Foundation) and Bob Wyatt (Muttart Foundation) as well other excellent food for thought pieces.  Visit and bookmark and check out their past issues. Articles Overview from Canada: Modernising Charity Law Abstract PDF Bob Wyatt   “Oil and Water or the Perfect Margarita?” Where is the “Social” in the “Social Economy?” Abstract PDF Michael Edwards   Learning, Development, and Money: Lessons from Bangladesh Abstract PDF Ian Smillie   “A Crisis is a Terrible Thing… Read more Current Issue of The Philanthropist

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Who provides the money to charities?

One might think in Canada, with all its emphasis on social programs, that the government provides a larger percentage of funding to nonprofit organizations that does the United States. According to Charity Village, that’s not true. In Canada 31% of revenues to charities come from government; US governments provide 57%. The differences don’t end there. Canadian charities rely on fees for service (51% of revenues)  more often than their US counterparts (31% of revenues). Revenues from philanthropy in Canada are 9%, compared with 12% in the United States.  Who knows what… Read more Who provides the money to charities?

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