The National Engagement Strategy (NES) is a multi-year initiative that began in 2009 and has involved over 2,000 individuals and 1,300 charities and nonprofits across Canada.
The overall objectives of the NES are to:
- Strengthen the collective voice of the sector to advance common issues.
- Create and strengthen linkages, networks, and partnerships to enhance sector effectiveness.
- Foster knowledge exchange and innovation to build capacity.
Today, Imagine Canada continues to convene organizations across Canada on key issues, called Priorities for Action, identified through the last four years of the NES. Increasingly, we are aligning our public policy priorities with those coming out of the NES in order to make progress on the Priorities for Action.
The Priorities for Action
- Improved conditions for the attraction and retention of paid staff
- More diversified and sustainable financing
- Better understanding of the sector and its impact
- Enhanced support for organizations to engage volunteers/external talent
Ongoing support for the National Engagement Strategy is provided by the Agora Foundation through the Margery J. Warren Endowment Fund and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation as well as by Imagine Canada, Volunteer Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and many local umbrella organizations across the country.