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Mowat NFP

The not-for-profit (NFP) sector is an essential driver of Ontario’s economy and society. Its resilience has emerged as a critical issue for Ontario’s future. In 2012, Mowat established a research hub to look at the NFP sector and to provide evidence-based research and analysis on systemic issues facing the sector in Canada, with a particular focus on Ontario.

As part of an independent think tank with strong partnerships with government and the sector, Mowat NFP brings a balanced perspective through which to examine the challenges facing today’s sector and to support its future direction. Mowat NFP works in partnership with the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) to ensure our research and policy recommendations are timely and relevant to the sector and reflect its values.

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Latest Research

October 27, 2016 | Lisa Lalande, Joanne Cave, Rajesh Sankat

Unpacking Impact

Exploring Impact Measurement for Social Enterprises in Ontario

With support from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG), Mowat NFP developed this report to examine the concept of common impact measurement frameworks and standardization globally, and identify specific opportunities to strengthen impact measurement practices for the social enterprise ecosystem in Ontario. More
October 20, 2016 | Lisa Lalande, Jamie Van Ymeren, Alexa Greig

Change Work: Summary & Promising Practices

Moving Decent Work Forward in the Not-for-Profit Sector

This report is a summary of the Change Work report that was published in November 2015 and includes six promising practices that NFPs can draw on when considering how to implement or advocate for decent work in their places of employment. More
January 14, 2016 | Lisa Lalande

On the Mend

Putting the Spark Back in the Government-Charitable Sector Relationship

The recent concerns over the “advocacy chill” highlighted systemic problems in the relationship between the government and sector. The newly elected federal government has given the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the Department of Finance the mandate to clarify the rules governing political activity and develop a new legislative framework to “strengthen the sector”. More

Sector Signals

Sector Signals are short descriptions and analyses of early warning signs that should be on the sector’s radar. They may be innovative ideas or challenges facing the sector. Topics are identified through sector engagement and are developed through collaboration. The goal of the Sector Signals series is to provide recommendations for action and suggestions for future research.

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Sector Opportunities

Mowat NFP aims to be responsive to opportunities in the sector for research and learning. Sector Opportunities are activities that are identified through consultations and that are emerging priorities for the sector.

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Lisa Lalande

Executive Lead, Mowat NFP


Steering Committee

Helen Burstyn
Special Advisor, Social Enterprise, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Blair Dimock
Vice-President, Performance and Strategic Investments, Ontario Trillium Foundation

Sandy Houston
President and CEO, Metcalf Foundation

Ryan Lock
Director, Social Enterprise, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment

Michelynn Lafleche
Director, Research, United Way Toronto

Matthew Mendelsohn
Director, Mowat Centre

Colette Murphy
Executive Director, Atkinson Charitable Foundation

Elizabeth McIsaac
President, Maytree

Cathy Taylor
Executive Director, Ontario Nonprofit Network


Mowat NFP is generously funded by The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Metcalf Foundation, Atkinson Foundation, United Way Toronto, Maytree, and the Mowat Centre.



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