The Official Opposition in Alberta

Members of the Opposition are MLAs who are not part of the governing party. The role of the opposition is to hold the government accountable, criticize government activity, propose amendments to policies, and present themselves to the public as an alternative to the party in office. Leader of the Opposition Rachel Notley and her party’s MLAs were recently sworn in and she has announced her party’s critic roles, as noted in this post.

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Introducing the NEW Boland Survey Platform!

We know that detailed surveys can sometimes be confusing and difficult to maneuver, often due to outdated platforms with limited flexibility. Administered by CCVO, the Boland Survey – which collects comprehensive data on HR practices and salaries in the nonprofit sector – admittedly fell into that category, until recently that is. In the coming weeks, the 2019 Boland Survey will launch on a completely NEW online platform.

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Cabinet Sworn In

A new cabinet was appointed yesterday as Jason Kenney was sworn in as Alberta’s 18th Premier. Please join CCVO in offering congratulations to the new Ministers, and in continuing the nonprofit sector’s commitment to working with the Government of Alberta in fulfilling the sector's vital role as major contributors to the economic, social, and cultural fabric of the province.

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Building a Vibrant Nonprofit Workforce with the Boland Survey

The Alberta nonprofit sector is a source of great innovation, solutions for complex problems, and exceptionally creative collaborations. None of these activities occur without a committed, professional, and skilled workforce. Your organization’s total compensation strategy – salary, health and wellness benefits, vacation, and additional incentives – plays a crucial role in employee retention and satisfaction. For your strategy to be effective, you should be sure to revisit it regularly, and not only upon hiring. Read more about the Boland Survey and how its data can help you create a competitive and fair compensation structure for your employees.

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Reflections on the 2019 Connections Conference

When CCVO asked if the Suncor Energy Foundation would like to share reflections from attending this year’s Connections Conference, I offered to try and squeeze a day’s worth of learning into just a few paragraphs. It’s a tough task, because the CCVO conference tends to be full of “sparkling moments” that take participants and their thinking far beyond the conference perks I half-jokingly mentioned above. I think we’ve probably all been to conferences where the calibre of presentations, table discussions, and networking did not meet our needs or expectations – but this is not one of those conferences.

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Thank you for making it known that #nonprofitsvote!

Voter turnout for the Alberta 2019 provincial election was 64%. We haven’t seen a number this high since the ’80s. To all of you in nonprofits who helped make this happen, great work! The campaign inspired hundreds of social media posts and shares, reaching almost 100,000 people. Organizations were very creative with their participation and much of the fun happened in teams and through social media engagement.

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Make it a Voting Party with #nonprofitsvote Week!

We are very fortunate to live in a place where voting is a right and a privilege that we can enjoy freely. Every chance we get to vote, is a chance to celebrate democracy, and our freedom to mark a ballot. Advance polls are a great opportunity to gather a group of voters; take friends, colleagues, and family members and head to the ballot box.

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Finally the Conversation Has Begun

Studies show that sexual harassment is a major issue in fundraising – both from donors and from those in a superior position. This is not just a women’s issue, but an issue that is fundamental to the principles of the charitable sector—a sector based on equality, justice and equity. Finally, the conversation has begun. But there is more, so much more, to say before all of the brilliant, kind, well-meaning bosses say, “enough.” 

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Join the #nonprofitsvote Campaign! Nonprofit Vote Kit Now Available

CCVO has launched #nonprofitsvote, an exciting campaign, to encourage nonprofit staff, board members, volunteers, and people who access the services of nonprofits to engage in the upcoming provincial election. The campaign is a nonpartisan effort to ‘get out the vote’ by increasing nonprofit voter participation in the Alberta 2019 provincial election.  

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The Alberta Nonprofit Election Toolkit Has Launched!

We’re excited to announce the release of the complete Nonprofit Election Toolkit - a practical guide for nonprofits to engage in advocacy during the 2019 Alberta election. We created this Toolkit to support nonprofits in engaging more deeply in public policy advocacy and to inspire conversations about the crucial role that Alberta nonprofits play in our communities.

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'Decent Work for Women' in the Nonprofit Sector

In celebration of International Women’s Day, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the women who work tirelessly in the nonprofit sector – and also honour them by committing ourselves to reaching parity. We'd like to draw your attention to the exceptional work of the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) in a recent report: Decent Work for Women. This report is focused on the experiences of women working in the nonprofit sector in Ontario. In this post, we discuss its findings – and how we can take these findings into consideration in Alberta.

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Get Out the Vote and Join #nonprofitsvote

With more than 26,000 nonprofits in Alberta, it’s not a stretch to say that nonprofits touch the lives of every single Albertan, whether it be as staff, volunteers, board members, or clients. Nonprofits have a responsibility to speak up about the issues that matter to us and drive us to make positive contributions to our communities. In the final post of our election toolkit, learn how we can use our collective voice to encourage #nonprofitsvote and make a difference.

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My Reflections on CCVO’s Policy Lunch and Learn: Nonprofit Advocacy 101

We kickstarted our first lunch and learn with a short presentation, making the case on why advocacy work is critical to our success as a sector. The strength and impact of the nonprofit sector peaked a lot of interest, as several attendees were spotted taking photos of the presentation and jotting down notes around the impressive stats on the sector. I appreciated the overall positive tone of the conversation among participants and during the session, and later reflected on how advocacy can often be a long and difficult journey with road blocks along the way.

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Reflections on 2018

This first few weeks of 2019 have been an exciting and busy time at CCVO! We began the year finalizing details for the first of our Policy Lunch & Learn series, continuing plans for the 8th annual Connections Conference, creating an Alberta Nonprofit Election Toolkit, and celebrating the approval of our 2019-2021 Strategic Plan. These activities, just some of the great work our team is focused on, reflect the adaptive thinking happening at CCVO, as we explore what it means to be an adaptive organization, and how we can support other organizations to be adaptive in the ever-changing environment we work in.

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