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Archives November 2012

The Conversation Gets Bigger!

November 14, 2012

As many are aware, the HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector (HR Council) has faced significant challenges over the past year, both in terms of funding and ensuring that the sector’s HR needs are served. The date of March 2013 loomed large as the deadline for the end of core funding. The organization strategized and met with as many partners as possible to explore potential ideas and innovative solutions. What emerged was a very clear understanding that the work had to move forward even if the organization itself could not endure.

In September 2012, the HR Council Board of Directors made the difficult call - by June 2013, the HR Council will cease operations. This, however, does not mean that all the good work and the very important materials made available to the sector on the HR Council website will disappear. The board and staff have worked to establish a process whereby the HR Council’s assets could be transferred to another national organization and the mandate upheld.

Many funders and partners were contacted and several expressed a desire to help. To ensure fairness and widespread dissemination of the process, a call for expressions of interest was made public. The HR Council was buoyed by the expressions of support that came forward. The process was wrapped up in October and a decision was made. Over the next few months, the HR Council will work with the Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) to transfer assets with the intention of safeguarding the work as a new model for support for HR management resources and Labour Market Information (LMI) is created.

CFC, over the next two years, will host a nationwide visioning exercise—a conversation with the sector—to develop a shared leadership model and to determine the work moving forward.

The board and staff join together in thanking the sector for their input and support over the past few years. While the organization will close, it is most important that the tools, templates, reports and research remain in the public domain. Even more important – the people! They are, after all, what makes this sector work.