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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


Radical Relatedness: exploring the spiritual dimension of family service work

By Michael McKernan – Family service work has, at the heart of its mission, the urge towards community. The richest sense of what we offer our clients is an experience of meaningful connection with themselves; with the community of family, friends and fellow workers; and with society in general. The book includes discussions on the value of spirituality as it relates to social work practice, and the concepts and language used to address the emotional and intellectual baggage that has marginalized spirituality in social work.

288 pages, published 2004


Political Asylums

by Ronald A. LaJeunesse – The author researched and wrote an historical account of the impact of public attitudes and social policy on mental health service delivery in Alberta..

331 pages, published 2002
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