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While we are calling this “community development,” in reality we mean it to be a gathering of budding activists and experienced practitioners from the whole universe of community work fields – community organizing, neighbourhood building, environmental advocacy, capacity building, social movements building, unions, cooperatives, social enterprises, etc. This initiative is a collaborative effort on the part of people from the universities, colleges, community networks, labour organizations, anti- racism/anti-oppression networks, social justice groups, and others. We invite you to join us in creating a learning, sharing, networking opportunity in Toronto that we believe would be a benefit to your community or organization. Our vision of this event includes: morning and afternoon workshops, time for networking, evening social events, Friday forum with guest speakers, field trips to local sites, cultural celebrations, and more.
We hope this will be only the first of many such events of a Toronto CD Institute that becomes a force for change. What it will look like, how it will be organized and led, and in which directions it will grow will be topics for discussion before, during, and after the Spring 2008 Institute.
This workshop, facilitated by Laurie Mook and Jack Quarter of the University of Toronto and Eric Plato of Frontier College, provides a tool and hands-on experience in accounting for volunteer value in your organization. It also provides an introduction to the online software VolunteersCount to account for volunteer value in your organization. Non-profit executive directors, board members, financial officers and volunteer coordinators will find the information offered and discussion generated in this workshop valuable.
Join us in this workshop to:
- Examine the value of volunteer resources in your organization, and how to document it in a credible way
- Learn how to use such information to tell your "Performance Story" in financial statements, annual reports, funding proposals and in volunteer recognition programs
- Explore ways of demonstrating the social value of non-profit organizations to policy makers and accounting bodies
FORMAT: An interactive workshop with opportunities to askquestions and tailor information to your own organization.
COST: $100 + GST; Each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount.
This report is the result of a recent survey of 56 community economic development (CED) organizations undertaken by the Canadian Community Economic Development Network‟s (CCEDNet) Ontario Region. This project signifies an important movement towards better understanding and developing the sector in Ontario, drawing upon the framework of a national report with a similar focus that was published in 2003. Though the report is not a comprehensive study it serves as a solid sample of CED in the province.
Why should you lobby?
Letters, emails, and in person meetings are all avenues for lobbying. Meetings with MPPs, Candidates, and/or their staff in your riding will help raise awareness of CED/social enterprises and highlight the main issues within the movement. Educating and informing legislatures about needs within the social enterprise and CED movement will help persuade the government that their support is important and required.
The following are a few key points these meetings would help achieve: