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We have gathered some key resources that shed light on the different ways the nonprofit sector, volunteerism, and civic engagement support our society. We continue to monitor social trends, explore statistical information, and gather inspiring resources that support you in your day-to-day work.

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Reimagining Non-Profit Governance through a Social Justice Lens

This report responds to the question: how might we use a social justice lens to reimagine nonprofit governance in Alberta? It includes an overview of trends and historical injustices in nonprofit governance and opportunities for transforming inequitable governance approaches. This report serves as both a foundational document for the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) in charting a course for supporting Alberta non-profits in reimagining their governance approaches as well as a beginning guide for any non-profits interested in making their internal governance practices more equitable.

This report was generated through a review of academic and grey literature as well as two group conversations with ECVO staff. Themes from the literature review and ECVO conversations, as well as quotes from the conversations, are woven together in the following pages.


Your HR Tools – HR Intervals is a new, improved and entirely free HR toolkit for the nonprofit sector. 

Specifically developed for managers, employees and board members who perform HR functions at their nonprofit organizations, the HR Intervals service builds off assets from the former HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector with an updated and reimagined set of resources. The content, which is accessible in both French and English, has been adapted and updated by a team of nonprofit HR professionals and reviewed from an equity and inclusion lens. 


Intersections and Innovations: Change for Canada’s Voluntary and Nonprofit Sector

The Muttart Foundation has spent many years focusing on building the capacity of charities in Canada. The publication of this collection is another contribution to that effort. By understanding more about itself, the sector can continue to develop and find new ways to serve Canadians and those in need outside our nation. The authors of these essays bring different perspectives on the role and inner workings of Canada’s charities. Collectively, they bring an unprecedented insight into the work of organizations whose diversity is exceeded only by their desire to serve.


Transforming the Non-Profit Community in Edmonton

The desire to transform the non-profit community emerged early on during the
COVID-19 pandemic, and came from a group of leaders who saw the need to
reimagine how non-profit organizations operate. They proposed the idea of
a non-profit Beveridge Report (a report that was published in Britain in 1942
and provided the foundation for the welfare state) and asked the Edmonton
Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) to lead the work


Volunteer Recruitment and Hiring

What are volunteer recruitment and hiring? What is the process? Why is it important? What recruitment strategy should your organization use and how to build it?


Weaving Through the Community: becoming a responsive board

By Lindsay Ann Cooke – This book makes the case that non-profit boards are an important component of a healthy society where citizens participate in a meaningful way. The book examines the motives of people who choose to volunteer as board members and suggests that, though there may be many reasons, some altruistic and some self-serving, board members connecting to the concept of the “Servant Leader” will be the most successful in governing their organization.

75 pages, published 2001


Transitions: the art of implementing positive change

By Karen Bruce – Transitions introduces a new change model that focuses on four foundational building blocks: Window of Opportunity, Leadership, The Human Side of Change, and Reflections. The concepts are introduced through a fictional group of characters that are working through a controversial merger of two nonprofit organizations. The emotional difficulties of dealing with personal reluctance to change, system and process issues, staff concerns, diverse stakeholder interests, and community needs are explored through the interaction of the characters.

97 pages, published 2006


Social Enterprise: philosophy, processes and practicalities

By Shelley Williams – Has your organization thought about diversifying its funding base? Have you been told by other funders that you need to diversify your sources of funding? Have you considered social enterprise but not even contemplate it as it seemed an overwhelming task? Shelley Williams takes a thorough look at the pros and cons of nonprofit organizations going into revenue generating endeavors using a workbook style format.

105 pages, published 2005


Sermons for the New Millennium

By Martin Garber-Conrad – This collection of essays explores issues related to the non-profit sector at the dawn of the 21st Century. Heated discussion of the future accompanied the end of the last millennium and historical perspective was in short supply. The emphasis in the book is the practical: what ideas can provide perspectives that can be used here and now? Along with the book’s valuable insights, its light, sometimes humorous style makes it a pleasure to read.

168 pages, published 1999


Responding to Diversity

By Maureen Collins – This workbook is a personal, thoughtful, and action oriented reflection on the author’s journey as she facilitated an organizational change process of responding to diversity. This workbook can be used as a tool by individuals for personal reflection or by working groups to focus discussion. The workbook is of value both to groups who are just starting to think about how to address issues of diversity in service work and to those who already have experience.

49 pages, published 2006