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Innovation needed in Canada’s charitable sector to safeguard quality of life

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Chief Economist For Canada’s Charitable & Nonprofit Sector Presents Strategic Architecture For Addressing Canada’s Looming Social Deficit

Imagine Canada today released Beyond Synergy: Charities Building the Future Canadians Want, the follow up to the Charities, Sustainable Funding and Smart Growth discussion paper by Brian Emmett, Chief Economist for Canada’s Charitable and Nonprofit Sector. It presents a strategic architecture for government and the charitable and nonprofit sector to address the looming social deficit in Canada.

The missions of charities align with building the future Canadians want – one that is equitable, inclusive, and environmentally responsible – but without attention to the economic contributions of charities and regulatory reform of out-dated rules and regulations, the innovation necessary to fulfill this promise will be greatly impeded.

“Without substantial changes to the current relationship between government and the sector, the ability of charities and nonprofits to provide for the needs of Canadians will be severely hampered,” says Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO of Imagine Canada. “Mr. Emmett’s policy architecture can help us move towards more intentional work with government, and help sustain organizations’ ability to provide the programs and services Canadians need. The first step is in providing charities with a seat at the table.”

Discussed in Beyond Synergy: Charities Building the Future Canadians Want:

  • The “need driven” growth of charities by demographic, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors
  • Economic growth that has not been equitable, inclusive, or environmentally responsible
  • The measurement of GDP and the broader Index of Economic Well-being in relation to quality of life
  • Policy implications and the relationship between the economy and charities
    • Moving from a synergistic to intentional relationship
    • A balanced approach to economic progress
  • A strategic architecture outlining goals, activities, and the resolution of specific issues
    • A new operating environment for charities and government
    • Enabling policies
    • Financial sustainability

To read more, download the discussion paper at imaginecanada.ca/chief-economist

For further reading, see Brian Emmett’s previous discussion paper, Charities, Sustainable Funding and Smart Growth.

About the Chief Economist

In 2013, Brian Emmett joined Imagine Canada in the unique role of the Chief Economist for Canada’s Charitable and Nonprofit Sector. As Chief Economist, Brian is tasked with measuring the impact of the sector and bringing economic issues facing charities and nonprofits to the forefront of public policy decision makers.

The position of the Chief Economist for Canada’s Charitable and Nonprofit Sector is made possible through funding received by the Bank of Montreal, The Counselling Foundation of Canada, The Muttart Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

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Additional information about the Chief Economist: imaginecanada.ca/chief-economist

Imagine Canada is a national charitable organization whose cause is Canada’s charities. Our three broad goals are to strengthen the sector’s collective voice, create opportunities to connect and learn from each other, and build the sector’s capacity to succeed.

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