Have your say - Make a difference

publication date: Oct 23, 2018
author/source: via Imagine Canada and Mikhael Bornstein

There are three important, easy, opportunities for you to make a difference in the charity sector right now.

The Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector is collecting input through an online survey to better understand the challenges faced by charities and nonprofits across Canada. This could include anything, from whether the definition of charity should be modernized, to issues that have a real impact on your day-to-day operations, like improvements to how grants and contributions are administered. The online questionnaire is open until November 2. Key results from this survey will be included in the committee’s final report. 


Data Collection on Charitable and Nonprofit Sector Statistics Canada is conducting consultations in an effort to modernize the way they collect, use and disseminate data, as well as to gather input on information needs, what data is collected and how it is used.

Statistics Canada historically collected and disseminated data about the size, scope, financing, and human resources of the charitable and  nonprofit sector through the Satellite Account of Non-Profit Institutions and Volunteering.

Currently we don’t have up-to-date data to accurately describe the extent of the sector’s contribution. It is critical that we have up-to-date data in order to understand our contribution, advocate for improved operating environments and influence public policy, especially given the sector’s role in helping the government achieve its policy objectives around inclusive innovation and economic growth.

You can help by taking part in the consultations and urge Statistics Canada to collect and analyze data on the social purpose sector. Email Statistics Canada (mailto:statcan.consultations-consultations.statcan@canada.ca) if you would like to participate in the consultation activities or for more information.

The 2018 Canadian Fundraising Leadership Survey has been released and we need your input! With your help we will conduct the first comprehensive survey of leadership style in the Canadian fundraising community. A deeper understanding of leadership style will lead to better leadership practices, improved leadership development programs, and more effective recruiting within the sector. This research will help us better understand the impact of leadership style on fundraising results.

The survey should take less than 15 minutes of your time to complete and all responses will be kept completely confidential. You can request a copy of the results if you choose. The research is being sponsored by the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada and is supported by Hilborn:ECS. The survey is being led by Mikhael Bornstein, CFRE.

Imagine Canada exists to work alongside other charitable sector organizations — and often in partnership with the private sector, governments and individuals in the community — to ensure that charities continue to play a pivotal role in building, enriching and defining our nation.
Mikhael Bornstein, CFRE is a certified Master Trainer for AFP. He has a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University. He is the education co-chair for CAGP - Toronto.

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