Our Recent Collaborative and Partnership Work
Saskatchewan Nonprofit Network Gets Thumbs Up
In early November 2012 150 nonprofit sector leaders met to consider if an independent network or organization could collectively represent the broad interests and aspirations of Saskatchewan’s nonprofits and volunteer agencies.Conceptualization began in February 2012 when several individuals who previously attended Imagine Canada's National Summit in November 2011 considered the feasibility and value of establishing a provincial nonprofit body. These individuals formed a steering committee and commissioned a feasibility study of literature reviews, scans of other similar Canadian entities, key informant interviews, and an on-line survey. The United Way of Saskatoon and Area is deeply invested in seeing the success of this work. In partnership with the United Way of Regina and Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) funding for the Summit event was put forward to ensure the success of both the event and the resources needed to move forward.
A Provincial Summit was held November 5 and 6 in Saskatoon to share findings of the feasibility study conducted by McNair Business Development and to invite further discussion. Summit participants commented on the potential role, mandate, and structure of a provincial network. Dr. Michelle Gauthier, vice president of public policy and community engagement with Imagine Canada, presented on Imagine Canada’s National Engagement Strategy and explained how the Canadian nonprofit sector works collectively in other regions and provinces. The Summit ended with agreement to move forward to establish a provincial nonprofit network in Saskatchewan.
Next steps for the Steering Committee involve continued sector engagement and input, funding considerations, organizational development, broadening the involvement of sector leaders, and communications.
Read the Reports generated through this work:
March 6, 2013 - JUST RELEASED: Summary of Proceedings From November 2012 Summit
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Volunteer Saskatoon is a program of the United Way of Saskatoon & Area, and is part of our Community Impact work focusing on voluntary sector resources and support.