To assist existing social economy organizations and to help those interested in starting this type of operation we have created a web page that provides links and information on tools and resources available. There are many new and existing tools that can support nonprofits, voluntary groups, social enterprises, cooperatives and other groups.
New Resources Available
The View from Here: Manitobans call for a poverty reduction plan Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) June 2009 http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/reports/docs/poverty_reduction_plan_fullreport_052809.pdf
Creating a Non-Profit Organization guide. This 18 page guide has been prepared for the Canada/Manitoba Business Service Centre by Volunteer Manitoba to help guide individuals through the process of starting a not-for-profit organization. It provides information on starting a not-for-profit, the structure and other considerations. This detailed booklet is available at http://www.volunteermanitoba.ca/newsite/CreatingANonProfitOrg_LowRes.pdf
HR Toolkit now available at the HR Council website. This online resource provides information for managers, employees and board members. There is also an online "HR checkup" to check out the current status of your organization HR situation. Take the HR Checkup at www.checkup.hrcouncil.ca. You can also access tools and resources to assist your organization.
Canadian Cooperative Association and the Co-operatives Secretariat - both provide various tools, guides and information sources related to co-op development.
Resilient Communities Canada is host to a number of links providing timely information on topics related to sustainable community development
The Social Enterprise Guide is available to order from Enterprising Non Profits (ENP). The guide includes an overview of social enterprises, as well as the Canadian context and how to start a social enterprise Canada. Chapter summaries can be viewed on their website, at http://www.enterprisingnonprofits.ca/projects/the_guide/summaries .
Community-University Partnerships in Research - Over the last five years the Canadian Social Economy Hub has amassed significant experience in the theory and practice of community-university research partnerships. On this webpage you'll find some of their own reflections, links to a number of organizations, and a variety of theoretical and practice ("how to") resources on the practice of community-university research partnerships. The goal is to demonstrate and support the immense work and diversity in this burgeoning area of practice
Imagine Canada offers a number of tools and resources (that membership is required to access) on their website including:
MyCharity Connects - a website dedicated to connecting charities to the technologies they need to succeed
The Art of Advocacy: A Handbook for Non-Profit Organizations - the full handbook is available online through the Canadian Community Economic Development Network Financial fitness 101: Building a Financially Healthy Not-for-Profit Organizations- offers financial advice for the development of the not-for-profit sector
Social Enterprise Guide - The Canadian Social Enterprise Guide was originally published in 2006 and was the first extensive and comprehensive published resource, tool kit, and collection of social enterprise stories in Canada. The revised 2nd Edition of the Guide reflects the learning of Enterprising Non-Profits program and its 10 years of supporting the development and success of social enterprise through technical assistance and resource development. The Guide includes chapters written by enp staff, social enterprise practitioners, professional trainers, funders and organizational development professionals.