Toronto Neighbourhood Centres

The Promise of Social Co-ops - Democratizing Community Services

Submitted by rob on April 9, 2018

Presentation by Rob Howarth made at the March 13 TNC members' meeting, on the model of social co-operatives and their potentially applicability in our current context, as a means to democratize community and social services. With thanks to Pat Conaty, whose 2013 presentation on this topic was the basic of my slide deck (using slides 3-8 from Pat's deck). You can see his excellent presentation on youtube here with the section on social care starting at minute 40:30.

TNC Neighbourhood Equity project proposal

Submitted by rob on February 27, 2018
Over the coming years Toronto Neighbourhood Centres will be exploring the possibilities of creating a TNC Community Investment Fund. Our proposed Neighbourhood Equity project will enable our network to align their strategies for investing organizational assets in ways that improve the economic inclusion of residents living on low incomes.

Creating a more collaborative and caring economy

Submitted by rob on February 27, 2018
December 2017 article in The Philanthropist written by Rob Howarth, TNC Executive Director, exploring the pressing rationale and concrete strategies for social service organizations to become more actively involved in creating more inclusive and sustainable local economies

Groundbreaking City-Sector Policy Initiative

Submitted by rob on February 10, 2018
On December 7, 2017, Toronto City Council adopted a new policy framework, called "For Public Benefit" to celebrate and enhance the City of Toronto’s relationship with the Community-based Not-for-Profit Sector. This framework was co-created over the previous two-year period with a Community Advisory Table and the engagement of over one hundred Toronto-based NFPs.