Resources

Information, research, and resources strengthen the nonprofit sector.

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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Top Resources

Guide

Insurance Toolkit for the Voluntary Sector

This Insurance Toolkit for the Voluntary Sector is a practical guide developed to help voluntary sector organizations understand their insurance needs and navigate the complex process of finding the appropriate insurance coverage. Originally developed by CCVO in 2006, it was updated in 2021 by the Government of Alberta, Insurance Bureau of Canada and Volunteer Alberta to reflect changes to voluntary sector insurance resulting from the implementation of Bill 58 (Alberta’s Freedom to Care Act).

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Organizational Change and Revenue Diversification: Part 2

Presented by the Volunteer Canada Council, this two-part webinar series offers a case study on how a volunteer centre addressed the challenge of staying relevant and sustainable, using a practical approach. This second session looks at the organizational change, where they were after, and the challenges and successes of changing. This session also offered a questions period where others were able to share their own experiences.

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Organizational Change and Revenue Diversification: Part 1

Presented by the Volunteer Canada Council, this two-part webinar series offers a case study on how a volunteer centre addressed the challenge of staying relevant and sustainable, using a practical approach. This first session looks at the overview of Volunteer Ottawa, the impetus for change, and steps to revenue diversification.

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Cyber Security Awareness Training Co Hosted with OASSIS

Watch this free webinar, co-hosted by OASSIS, to learn about the different types of cybersecurity threats facing your non-profit or charity. We’ll cover how to identify these threats, as well as offer some insight into how to protect your organization’s sensitive data from cyberattacks. You’ll walk away with proven strategies that you can put in place right away to protect yourself and your organization.

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Flowing Fridays (Un)Learning Brief – March 2023

Volunteer Alberta works to nourish the conditions for civic engagement and volunteerism in Alberta. One of those conditions – we believe – is that people have the necessary energy and time to engage in their communities meaningfully. In the summer of 2022, we started to wonder how we might begin to challenge the current paradigm about work, starting within our organization, to create more time, space, and energy for our team. We were curious about how we might resist and reset some of the unhealthy conditions that exist in the social profit/non-profit sector around workaholism, unrealistic expectations, perfectionism, and exclusion. We became curious about what would happen if our staff team had more time available for them to use as they liked. To do so, we are experimenting with four-day work week and no-meeting days. In the spirit of “(un)learning out loud,” we’ve created this brief to share a bit about our experiment and what we’ve discovered so far.

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Introducing ACCESS Shared Services

In this Speaker Series, hosted by the Alberta Community & Co-operative Association (ACCA), members of the Allied Community & Co-operative Shared Services (ACCESS) team introduce the concept of shared services, and the new nonprofit co-op, ACCESS. If you’re seeking alternatives to completing back-office tasks while balancing operational demands, you’re in the right place!

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Introduction to Program Design

A workbook and guide on designing programs and services. This resource will help you understand and articulate your why

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Tipsheet

Virtual Engagement Tipsheet

A tipsheet for planning, hosting and creating engagement for virtual events. Includes ideas for virtual volunteer recognition

Template

Program and Service Review

The Program/Service Review will provide greater clarity around the work your organization does and how programs and services are interconnected.

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Guide

Starting a Volunteer Centre

Use this guidebook, adapted from Volunteer Canada, to start a volunteer centre in your community. Includes commonly asked questions, resources, and ideas for consideration as part of the start-up process.

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