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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 to strengthen the Perth-Huron non-profit and charitable sector as a key priority of our community.

Survey Invitation

Ontario Non-Profit Network

We need your data for a pandemic pulse check for the future of Ontario’s non-profits
In a provincial election year, we have a critical window of opportunity to inform the next government’s actions to work alongside and support our 58,000 organizations. New data will be crucial to identify the long-term impacts for organizations on staff and volunteers, financial health, and the extent of increased demand on organizations, coupled with an escalating HR crisis.

Data is valuable from every organization!

The survey is open to all non-profits, charities and grassroots groups in Ontario with a mission to serve a public benefit and will close on May 31.
Why Take the Survey?
✅ New data will enable our sector to collaborate, advocate and shape the future of the sector, together.
✅ Data-informed evidence will further enable your planning and policy work.
✅ You can win two tickets to ONN’s Nonprofit Driven 2022.

Take the survey – it only takes ten minutes Click Here

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


May Webinar: The Future of Small Communities, Research & Data Consortium

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.

March Workshop: Workforce, the Impact of Gender & Mental Health

COVID – 19 has heightened labour force concerns. Join us in discussing two key areas:

  1. Work force mental health
  2. The extent to which women workforce participation has been impacted


  • Gateway Centre Of Excellence in Rural Health – Leith Deacon
  • Four County Labour Market Planning Board – Tingting Zhang & Kee May Ip

*Click here to view the workshop recording

Board Governance Workshop Series – February 2022

Covering the basics of Board Governance in the not-for-profit sector including;

  • Overview of various Governance Models and Documents, (including Letters Patent and Bylaws)
  • Board Recruitment
  • Orientation
  • Development
  • Evaluation
  • Roles
  • Responsibilities
  • Boards and Staff

Workshop presenters

  • Neil Hannam, MA, CEO: 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
  • Karen L. Ormerod, MM, Principal Consultant: Karen is a visionary leader and organizational change agent who has worked in the not-for-profit and charitable sector for over 40 years


Meeting Resources

January 25, 2022 ∙ Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace  -Where to Start ∙ Watch the Recording

November 9, 2021 ∙ Storytelling and the Use of Social Media ∙ FlyerDownload the PresentationWatch the Recording

October 26, 2021 ∙ Organizational Resiliency: Recovery Through Radical Accountability ∙ Flyer 

September 28, 2021 ∙ Ontario Business Registry (OBR) and Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) ∙ FlyerDownload the Presentation 

June 22, 2021 ∙ Workplace Diversity & Inclusion ∙  Flyer 

May 25, 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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* Please note that we have made our best effort to vet and review all resources and links shared above but as we are linking to external sites United Way cannot ensure the ongoing quality and reliability of links.


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