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Archives December 2011

The announcement

December 19, 2011

The Board of Directors and staff of the HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector (HR Council) met recently to continue their discussions concerning the future of the organization in the wake of the federal government’s announcement that the Sector Council Program will no longer be in place after March 2013.

Because this signals the end of core funding for the organization, new options for funding operations must be considered. Even more important and as a first step, the Board and staff needed to thoroughly review and consider the organization’s mission, vision and core work.

The group was clear – it will not abandon what it has built and offered to the sector since 2005. It will remain focused on supporting sound HR management, national labour force research initiatives and sharing information across the nonprofit sector.

The HR Council is exploring new and diverse ways to finance its work and these will likely include more entrepreneurial approaches to its products and services. The Board is setting guidelines for revenue generation and developing a plan to monitor risk factors over the short term. The staff is setting a planning process in motion to bring a preliminary business plan forward by the end of February.

Why a new HR Council? Because our stakeholders said so!
In the past few weeks, the HR Council has heard from a number of stakeholders and the feedback in response to our funding predicament has been overwhelmingly encouraging.

We met with our partners in the Building Cohesion in Labour Force Strategies Project which is meant to promote communication between key stakeholders in the nonprofit sector and provide an ongoing forum for convening partners from across the country to discuss labour force initiatives.

Our provincial partners clearly see a role for the HR Council going forward. They consider that the HR Council should continue to develop and support labour market information (LMI) and persist in making expert information about HR accessible to the sector. They certainly recognize the value of a pan-Canadian approach as a key connecting point.

Within days of that meeting, over 500 delegates attended the National Summit for the Nonprofit and Charitable Sector in Ottawa that was organized by Imagine Canada. Human Resources was one of the four priority areas that National Engagement Strategy consultations identified over the previous two years. About one hundred participants joined in the HR discussions and suggested five top-of-mind HR issues: LMI, succession planning, salaries and benefits, HR attraction and retention and core competency development.

The summit attendees in that stream and in others voiced their dismay that the HR Council’s survival might be at risk and were clear that the HR Council is essential, that ensuring its continuity must be a high priority and that the organization should reach out for support. This large group specifically requested that ongoing developments be communicated to them.

Developments will be updated on this website as they become available. Thank you for your ongoing support.