Engaging with government is an important part of nonprofit work.
We can work together to reflect the collective nonprofit voice.
We believe that public policy is better when the nonprofit sector voice at the table. We recognize and address issues affecting Alberta’s nonprofit sector and work to increase opportunities to come together as a network to advance and strengthen the voice of Alberta nonprofits.
We can only do this work through the valuable input from our members, partners, and networks.
Your voice is vital. It matters to our work and contributes to our nonprofit advocacy and public policy work that impacts the nonprofit sector and communities. Ensuring your voice is heard is our priority – it’s why we conduct regular surveys. We want to gain your knowledge and perspective because your nonprofit organizations represent the people and community you serve.
We work together with leading organizations, many of them our partners and collaborators, in order to ensure that our sector is represented at the influential and decision-making tables. We identify and implement proactive solutions and help stakeholders to recognize issues affecting the sector and to participate collectively in shared solutions.
We have worked in strategic partnership with other nonprofit organizations to influence the direction of;
- privacy legislation
- vulnerable sector police information checks
- lobbyist act
- charitable donation tax credit
- nonprofit data
- funding mechanisms
- Alberta nonprofit incorporation review
Regular engagement with policy makers is the responsibility of us all in the nonprofit sector. Together, we can build relationships and create pathways to inform all levels of government about diverse topics and issues related to your organization’s mission and impacting Albertans.
Government Relations Portal: This incredible resource developed by the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) includes relevant information, resources, and a tool kit to help enhance your work in government engagement.
Influencing Public Policy is another CCVO resource designed to help nonprofits understand what advocacy activities are allowable under the guidelines of the Canada Revenue Agency Policy Statement on Political Activities (CPS-022). (This CCVO 2010 publication has been recently updated to reflect new changes from the CRA.)
As presently structured, the Carbon Levy program places a disproportionate burden on Alberta’s nonprofits and charities that have little means at their disposal to recoup these costs. CCVO, ECVO, and Volunteer Alberta are working with the Ministry of Environment and Parks on this issue.