Non Profit Sector Initiatives
Non for Profit Governance
Not-for-Profit boards are a constantly evolving entity, typically comprised of selfless, community-minded individuals who have come together to accept the great responsibility of acting as Trustee and Steward of a cause. This article raises a number of areas that boards should be addressing.http://www.cbj.ca/features/june_12_features/not_for_profit_governance.html
Volunteers Exempted from Criminal Record Review Program
The Ministry of Justice has released this informaion: Volunteer agencies may now request an exemption from the Registrar of the Criminal Record Review program if they commit to obtain police record checks for their volunteers. Volunteer agencies that choose to continue using the services of the Criminal Record Review program are welcome to do so. If you manage volunteers who work with children and/or vulnerable adults at licensed care facilities, including licensed or licensed-not-required child care facilities and licensed after school programs, and facilities licensed under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act (e.g. hospices, seniors residential care homes), you can now choose between the Police Record Check at your local RCMP/Police detachment and the Criminal Record Review Check through the Ministry of Justice.
AVRBC and Volunteer BC recommends the RCMP/Police Record Check for screening volunteers, for the following reasons:
-The RCMP/Police Record Check offers the opportunity to screen volunteers based on negative contacts with police and pending charges, rather than focusing more exclusively on convictions. This gives Managers of Volunteers the ability to make informed decisions about placement and supervision to minimize risk and maximize safety.
-The RCMP/Police Record Checks include a Vulnerable Sector Screen that compares potential volunteers against the list of Paroled Sex Offenders.
-The RCMP/Police Record Check is free of charge in most communities. Where fees exist, they are collected at the police detachment.
Request an Exemption
To request an exemption for your organization please mail a written request to:
Sam MacLeod, Registrar
Criminal Records Review Program
Ministry of Justice
PO Box 9217 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9J1
For More Information Contact:
T: 604 412 6131
President, Volunteer BC
T: 604 274 6150
Possible Changes to the Societies Act - Discussion
The Society Act outlines the rules that govern B.C.’s more than 26,000 societies. Societies are non-profit corporations organized primarily for social purposes. They make valuable contributions to B.C.’s families and communities, ranging from small community-based organizations to large charitable foundations. Legislation to amend or replace the Act is targeted for 2013.http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/cep/fcsp/society_act_discussion.htm
HST Rebate for Charities
Eligible registered charities and qualifying non-profit organizations will be able to claim a 50% rebate of the 5% federal portion of the HST (which replaces the GST in BC) and a 57% rebate of the 7% provincial portion of the HST. For more information, please visit http://hst.blog.gov.bc.ca/faqs/rebates/#15
HR Council Releases 4th Report
Mission Driven: Toward a Labour Force Strategy for Canada's Voluntary & Non-profit Sector is the fourth report by the HR Council.This important research offers everyone involved with the sector an unprecedented opportunity to understand the attitudes and experiences of people working in non-profit organizations and the conditions under which they work. The research sets the framework for an open dialogue about how a range of actors, employers, employees, organized labour, funders, policy makers, boards, and researchers, can work together to ensure that Canada's non-profit sector continues to attract the people and skills it needs. For more information about the HR Council's fourth report, go to Mission Driven.
Government/Non Profit Initiative - "Better Outcomes"
The Government/Non-Profit Initiative (GNPI) began in May 2007 with a round table discussion about improving the relationship between the sector and government. Over an 18 month period many individuals and organizations laboured diligently to support the work of the initiative. On November 19, 2008 GNPI held a Summit where decisions were made on the most important objectives for the initiative to move forward. Proceedings from the Summit are available on the GNPI websitewww.nonprofitinitiative.gov.bc.ca
Questions or comments, contact the GNPI Team Leads;
Mark Medgyesi Mark.Medgyesi@gov.bc.ca and
Barbara Grantham BarbaraG@vancouverfoundation.ca
Imagine Canada Release
Growth in Charitable Giving Outpaced Volunteering prior to Economic Downturn: Latest Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating Data
New data released from the largest Canadian study on giving and volunteering reveals how key segments of the population support one another and their communities. Findings from the 2007 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating provide a portrait of activities that are integral to the Canadian social fabric and allow us to understand how and why Canadians contribute to their communities either through donations, volunteering or helping fellow Canadians directly. The Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating is conducted by Statistics Canada every three years and was developed through a unique partnership of federal government departments and voluntary organizations.
For more information about the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, download the full report at http://givingandvolunteering.ca