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This report is a summary and analysis of current research on the status of Ontario’s nonprofit community services organizations. For people working in or with these organizations, the data and trends identified in this report will not be a surprise. Practitioners and researchers close to the sector have, for almost ten years now, been steadily sounding the alarm of a sector under stress. To these we add our own “heads up” to the government and people of Ontario on worsening conditions in the nonprofit community services sector across the province.
The “perfect storm” facing community service organizations results from the confluence of three trends: an increased reliance by governments upon the sector as a deliverer of services, persistent under-funding of the sector’s program and administrative infrastructure, and the pressing requirement for increased service and community-building initiatives to address the impact of growing inequality, poverty and discrimination in our communities.
Social Development Working Group
TNC is a member fo a group of city-wide planning organizations seeking to develop a framework for equity-based social planning in the city of Toronto. For full details on this initaitve, including the draft discussion paper Developing an Inclusive Framework for Social Planning in the City of Toronto please see the project website at http://www.ocasi.org/index.php?qid=852
"Building Inclusive Communties", a publication from the International Federation of Settlements and Neighbourhood Centres (IFS) looks at how neighbourhood centres in Canada and around the world engage their neighbours to create opportunities that foster inclusion and promote diversity. The research also identifies key practices that enhance inclusion in the community and within the organisations themselves.
The findings and the stories related in the web publication constitute the beginning of an ongoing IFS project to share the learnings of hundreds of community based organisations in Canada and around the world.
Stability and Equity; A plan of action to support the community development and capacity building functions of Toronto’s not-for-profit community services sector. The final report from the community representatives on the "Community-City Working Group on Stable Core Funding". November 2004
Community Capacity Draining: The Impact of Current Funding Practices on Non-Profit Community Organizations - full report; executive summary Community Social Planning Council of Toronto In collaboration with the City Community Workgroup on Core Funding By Lynn Eakin, Lynn Eakin & Associates May 2004
City of Toronto's : "Cracks in the Foundation; Community Agency Survey 2003" released Feb 2004
(** This is a LARGE pdf file - 4.2 MB)
A review of Social Planning Activities in the City of Toronto. June 2004 report prepared by consultants Tom Zizys, Mitchell Kosny and Jennifer Bonnell for the CIty of Toronto's review of social planning.
- Observations on the State of Community Planning in Toronto
(TNC report for the City of Toronto Social Development and Administration Division, February 2004) - The City of Toronto has initiated a review of community-based planning activities. As part of the review the City contracted with the TNC and other community-based organizations to carry out research and consultation within their sectors. The TNC has consulted with a sample of its member organizations and documented their observations on the state of community planning in Toronto.
- TNC-Community Planning-Report-Feb04.pdf
- Shaken Foundations; The Weakening of Community Building Infrastructure
in Toronto (TNC, June 2003) - a TNC discussion paper documenting
the impact of a five-year core funding freeze on Toronto's community-based
social service organizations, with recommendations for ensuring stable
core funding required to support community infrastructure.
- Shaken Foundations Full Report (includes 2-page summary) TNC-Shaken-Foundations-June-03.pdf
- Toronto's Quiet Crisis: The Case for Social and Community Infrastructure
Investment - Nov 2002: - A research
initiative of the Toronto Civic Action Network (TorontoCAN) which
estimates the costs of meeting pressing needs in selected areas of
Toronto's social infrastructure, including children's services, parks
and recreation, public health, public libraries, environmental protection,
public shelters, and program grants to not-for-profit community agencies.
This research was funded by the United Way of Greater Toronto with
administrative support from Toronto Neighbourhood Centres, and published
by the University of Toronto's Centre for Urban and Community Studies
- Executive Summary and Introduction: Torontos Quiet Crisis - Summary 2002.pdf
- Full Report: Torontos Quiet Crisis - 2002.pdf
- Shaping a Civic Future: Executive Summary -
Report on the TNC community education project (supported by the Maytree Foundation) to engage community members in the debate about a "New Deal" for our City, and getting all levels of government working together to create livable communities - Shaping a Civic Future Executive Summary.pdf
- Outcome Evaluation for Neighbourhood Centres -
Summary report on the challenges and opportunities of implementing outcome evaluation processes in multi-service neighbourhood centres - Outcome-Evaluation-Summary-1998.pdf
- Action for Access: Opening the Doors to Diverse Seniors Communities
Manual to assist agencies and groups to effectively include seniors of diverse languages and low literacy abilities in their events and programs - Action-for-Access-1997.pdf
- Community Use of School & City-owned Space: May
Summary Report of Survey Findings A Joint Study by the City of Toronto & United Way of Greater Toronto - City-UWGT-Space-Survey-May-2002.pdf
- Myths, Money and Service Provision: An Overview of the Funding
of Canada’s Voluntary Sector: Sept. 2001-
Lynn Eakin and Associates - reviews challenges to voluntary sector
resulting from changing funding practices - Voluntary-Sector-Funding-draft-paper-Eakin.pdf
- Draft Code of Good Funding Practice - May 2002: Building on An Accord Between the Government of Canada and the Voluntary Sector - Federal-Draft-Code-Funding-Practices-VSI.pdf