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Building capacity for innovation in the social sector

Charities and nonprofits are trying to address some of society's most challenging problems: poverty, homelessness, addiction, mental health, and environmental degradation, to name just a few. Tackling these problems requires both innovation and systems-level change.

Universities hold significant potential as partners for charities and nonprofits seeking innovation. Indeed, there are numerous instances of successful campus-community collaborations. However, these partnerships often prioritize the 'campus' over the 'community.'

This report discusses the social sector’s interest in innovation and the factors affecting its innovation capacity. The authors argue that it is time for campus-community partnerships that build on reciprocity and genuine collaboration to foster real innovation and systems change.


Cover image: Decision Making Framework for Nonprofits

This guide and template are designed to help you chart the best path forward as you make decisions within your organization.

Nonprofits need to be able to make quick decisions in order to keep operations moving forward. From board members to fundraisers, a decision making framework is useful to help determine the best possible data-driven decision.

Imagine Canada and Keela have teamed up to bring you this Decision Making Framework to help you make quick and smart decisions that will help lead you to success.

In this guide, you will:

✔ Learn why data-driven decision making is important

✔ See a nonprofit-specific example of a decision making framework in action

✔ Receive a template to start creating your own decision making framework

Diversity Is Our Strength: Improving Working Conditions in Canadian Nonprofits

Update on the report, posted on July 10, 2024:

‘Diversity is our Strength’ was originally released in the Fall of 2022. The analysis we did for this report was based on the Statistics Canada data related to the nonprofit workforce that was available at the time. Since the release, this data has been updated, including significant revisions to the data the report was based on. As these changes affect some of the report conclusions, we have unpublished the report while our research team is updating our analysis. 

We know how valuable this data has been to many of you in the nonprofit sector. We will publish updated information based on the new data as soon as possible.

Standards gap analysis tool

Download the 73 standards and access a gap analysis tool intended to help organizations identify the gaps in their governance processes and get a sense of their progress toward organizational excellence.

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