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Non-Profit & Charitable Network

The Non-Profit & Charitable Network is committed to acting as a facilitator and catalyst to help the network access resources for organizational capacity building. The content on this page highlights resources from our workshops. Our goal is to begin strengthening the Perth-Huron non-profit and charitable sector as a key priority of our community.

October Non-Profit & Charitable Meeting: Making Your Case For Support

Why is fundraising so hard? Fundraising successfully requires us to step outside of our own heads and speak in terms our donors will understand. Because this is so difficult, many of us default to messages based on how our organizations look and sound to us. It’s logical. It’s factual. But it does not motivate donors. If you want to write fundraising material that will create dedicated supporters, you won’t want to miss this workshop! Join the experts from V Formation and learn how to write a two-page, donor-focused letter for foundations, businesses, and individual supporters.

Speaker Bios: Neil Hannam, MA, CEO

Neil Hannam

Neil has over 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector. Before establishing V Formation in 2013, he spent the previous 12 years in healthcare fundraising and was the Executive Director of the Campbellford Memorial Hospital Foundation. Neil then moved to the Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health as CEO and served on both hospitals’ senior management teams. 

Neil completed a Master’s degree in 2013. His thesis focused on organizational transformation.

Neil is currently on the Board of Directors for the DBIA in the City of Peterborough and was a Rotarian for 20 years. Neil served on the board of the Kawartha Gymnastics Club for four years, completing his term as Board Chair in 2019. Neil was the founding Board Chair of the Peterborough Regional Farmers Network and the treasurer for COSA Canada, a restorative justice organization.

Karen L. Ormerod, MM, Principal Consultant

Karen Ormerod

Karen has worked in the not-for-profit and charitable sector for over 40 years. Described as a visionary leader and organizational change agent, she earned a Master’s of Management Degree for National Voluntary Sector Leaders from McGill University in 2003 and her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2015.

In addition to her work experience leading local, provincial and national charities, Karen remains committed to the sector in her role as a volunteer. She currently volunteers as Treasurer for a Sports Club and has held volunteer roles with the Durham Community Foundation, Girl Guides of Canada, Scouts Canada, Pickering Village Soccer Club, and the Migraine Association of Canada.



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September Non-Profit & Charitable Network: State of the Sector report

In May 2022, the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) and l’Assemblée de la Francophonie de l’Ontario (l’AFO) engaged nonprofit Community Researchers to conduct a bilingual survey of Ontario nonprofit organizations. The focus was on the experiences of nonprofits between April 2021 and March 2022, with regards to their financial health, staffing and volunteers, and general operations. This followed three previous surveys conducted by ONN and l’AFO in 2020 and 2021.

Nonprofits in Ontario are in the midst of confronting fallout from the pandemic – unprecedented demand for services, a domino effect of record breaking inflation, deepening financial precarity, and a relentless HR and volunteer crisis. It’s clear that current solutions are not working; the sector’s health is worsening. There is an urgent need for a coordinated sector response and long-term public policy solutions to not only mitigate challenges nonprofits are facing now, but also to prepare us for future emergencies. Without action, the erosion of Ontario’s critical social infrastructure will only speed up.

The survey was conducted between May 11 and June 3, 2022 and received approximately 1,500 responses. It was open to all nonprofits, charities, and grassroots groups in Ontario with a mission to serve a public benefit. This includes volunteer-run organizations, nonprofit social enterprises, and nonprofit cooperatives. In an effort to shine a light on the specific impacts on organizations and groups that are often overlooked and underrepresented in policymaking due to systemic racism and colonialism, this year respondents were asked to indicate if they identified as Black-lead, -serving, and/or -focused, and/or Indigenous-led,-informed, -benefitting, or -partnership (B3 and I4 for short). Subsequently, three per cent of respondents identified as B3 organizations and two per cent as I4 organizations. We will continue to build on this data, working with network partners.

Speaker Bio: Candice Zhang

Candice Zhang
Stemming from her passion for social change, public policy, and innovation, Candice (she/her) has pursued various opportunities in policy analysis, research, and project management with a number of organizations, including the Daily Bread Food Bank, Toronto Youth Cabinet, the HIV Legal Network, and the Simon Fraser University Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue. She has worked with diverse populations including youth, LGBTQ2S communities, people living with HIV, as well as Canadians affected by income and housing inequalities.
Candice holds a Master’s Degree in Global Health Policy from the University of Edinburgh, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Queen’s University. Candice joined the ONN in March 2021.




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May Non-Profit & Charitable Network Meeting: VolunteerismNon-Profit Meeting May 2022

Volunteers are at the core of what many non-profits do. 

They support programs, inspire intrinsic realization, help us deliver services, keep us accountable by sitting on boards + more!
As employers and service providers we’ve had to adapt and innovate to survive during the pandemic so we could continue to work towards fulfilling our missions. And because of restrictions, some non-profits were unable to continue utilizing volunteers.
As we begin to re-engage with volunteers, let’s make sure we are maximizing our relationships with them.
How do you maintain both service provision and morale amongst uncertainty?
How have things changed since the initial pandemic wave?
How are organizations coping with the challenges of re-opening and recalling volunteers?
How are organizations recruiting and retaining new volunteers?
In this session, Volunteer Canada will present information about:
  1. How things have been going from a national perspective
  2. Specific challenges non-profits are facing, and
  3. Ideas for expanding on or adapting your current volunteer engagement strategies


Volunteer Reengagement graphic VIEW A PDF OF THE PRESENTATION

Research & Data Consortium Webinar: The Future of Small Communities

Over the past three years, rural communities and small cities across Ontario have experienced an influx of change. While there is a tendency to focus on the causes of these disruptions, it is imperative that local opportunities for progress are recognized.

This panel discussion will present expert insights into critical considerations related to wealth, labour and housing. Rural communities and small cities have an unprecedented chance to thrive in a post-COVID Canada.

Moderator & Chair:

Leith Deacon · University of Guelph
Leith Deacon is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development and a Registered Professional Planner with the Canadian Institute of Planners. Leith’s primary research interest is focused on resilient communities and the intersectionality of critical social, economic, environmental and legislative considerations. Find out more

Mike Moffatt · Ivey Business School
Mike Moffatt is a Canadian Economist and Professor of International Trade. He will speak about his report, “Baby Needs a New Home” — narrowing in on Perth and Huron Counties. Find out More

Ellen Sinclair & Danielle Letang · Rural Ontario Institute
Ellen Sinclair is the Executive Director of the Rural Ontario Institute which provides leadership development training as well as research and analysis.

Danielle is the Rural Ontario Institute’s Rural Housing Information System Data Analyst.

Ellen and Danielle’s presentation will highlight workforce trends in rural communities across Ontario and identify considerations for a resilient workforce. Find out more

Eddie Matthews · Chamber of Commerce
Eddie Matthews is the General Manager of the Stratford and District Chamber of Commerce. He will discuss the 2022 Ontario Economic Report, focusing on the economic outlook for Perth- Huron.


April Non-Profit & Charitable Network Meeting: Conversation Cafe & Elections Canada

Let’s encourage civic engagement by increasing voter accessibility!

Elections Ontario presented available tools and services supporting individuals in voting in the upcoming provincial election.

Meeting Resources

May 2022 ∙ Volunteerism ∙ Watch the RecordingVolunteer Reengagement Presentation

May 2022 ∙ Research & Data Consortium webinar: Future of Small Communities ∙ Watch the Recording

April 2022 ∙ Conversation Cafe & Elections Canada ∙ View PresentationAccessible Voting Handout ENVisit the About Accessibility page of Elections Ontario

March 2022 ∙ Workforce, the Impact of Gender and Mental Health ∙ Watch the Recording

January 2022 ∙ Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace  -Where to Start ∙ Watch the Recording

November 2021 ∙ Storytelling and the Use of Social Media ∙ FlyerDownload the PresentationWatch the Recording

October 2021 ∙ Organizational Resiliency: Recovery Through Radical Accountability ∙ Flyer 

September 2021 ∙ Ontario Business Registry (OBR) and Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) ∙ FlyerDownload the Presentation 

June 2021 ∙ Workplace Diversity & Inclusion ∙  Flyer 

May 2021 ∙ Recruiting Volunteers During & After Covid-19 ∙ Flyer 

Third Party Resources

  • Four County Labour Market Planning Board website:
  • Canada Helps – Canada’s Charities Ready for Digital Transformation? Report:
  • Tech Soup – connects charities to donated and discounted technology, and offers learning resources and courses for non-profits:
  • Canadian Charity Law – free online course to inform about becoming a board member or director of a Canadian charity or non-profit:
  • ONN Non-Profit Survey Results:
  • Humanizing Our Differences video series – Immigration Partnership of Huron County:
  • Cyber Seniors – provides free tech support and training for seniors using an intergenerational, volunteer model: 
  • HRintervals (Nonprofit Sector HR Toolkit):
  • Changing Work: Valuing decent work in the not-for-profit sector:
  • The University of Guelph: Vulnerable, Inequitable, and Precarious: Impacts of COVID-19 on Newcomers, Immigrants, And Migrant Workers in Rural Canada – Download the PDF HERE
  • Statistics Canada new data on experiences of discrimination among the Black and Indigenous populations in Canada
  • The Ontario Nonprofit Network election toolkit includes a detailed section on election rules for non-profits and advocacy, inspiring ways to engage communities, and a list of resources from the sector and beyond. Access the toolkit.

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