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The charitable and non-profit sector is an essential driver of Ontario’s economy and society. Over the last two decades, Canada’s not-for-profit (NFP) sector has evolved significantly, continuing to contribute an essential part of Canada’s social fabric, civic life, and economy. But its resilience has emerged as a critical issue.

In 2012, Mowat established a research hub to provide evidence-based research and analysis on systemic issues facing the non-profit sector in Canada. The substantive focus of Mowat NFP’s research agenda will assess the policy drivers and enabling conditions that can strengthen, accelerate and scale the NFP sector’s contributions to build thriving communities and improve well-being.

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 umbrella organizations such as the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) and Imagine Canada to ensure our research and policy recommendations are timely and relevant to the sector and reflect its values.

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This research series from Mowat NFP explores different dimensions of an enabling environment in the relationship between the charitable and non-profit sector and government. The series is intended to help the federal government and the charitable and NFP sector develop a modern federal policy framework that enables the sector and strengthens its ability to improve the quality of life of Canadians and people around the world.

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Collaborating for Greater Impact

February 6, 2018 | Mowat Centre

Building an Integrated Data Ecosystem

The latest report from Mowat NFP’s Enabling Environment series analyzes how charities, funders, governments and academic institutions can create a more enabling environment for data collection, analysis and sharing for the charitable sectors in both Canada and the UK. Read More

Latest Research

Collaborating for Greater Impact

February 6, 2018 | Mowat Centre

Building an Integrated Data Ecosystem

The latest report from Mowat NFP’s Enabling Environment series analyzes how charities, funders, governments and academic institutions can create a more enabling environment for data collection, analysis and sharing for the charitable sectors in both Canada and the UK. Read More

Measuring Outcomes in Practice

October 13, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Fostering an enabling environment for measurement in Canada

There is growing recognition that the social and economic challenges affecting individuals and communities are highly interconnected. Read More

Bridging the Gap

September 19, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Designing a Canadian What Works Centre

As demand for evidence-based policymaking increases at all orders of government, Canada must build capacity to generate and mobilize evidence. This paper explores the concept of What Works Centres, independent and non-partisan organizations structured to create, collect and curate evidence on public policy challenges and the success - and failure - of government and community-based interventions. Read More

NFP Paper Categories

Legislation and Regulation
The Integration Agenda

Data and Information
An Open Future

Financing and Funding Models
From Investment to Impact
The Social Enterprise Opportunity for Ontario

Capacity Building
Unpacking Impact
Change Work: Summary
Change Work: Full Report
Diversity & Inclusion
Demonstrating the Results of Capacity Building
A Platform for Change
Shaping the Future
Human Capital Renewal in the Nonprofit Sector

Government-Sector Relationship
On the Mend
Charting a Path Forward

 


Staff

Lisa Lalande

January 1, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Executive Lead, Mowat NFP

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Regular Contributors

Joanne Cave

April 11, 2011 | Mowat Centre

Researcher

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Advisory Committee

Sandy Houston
President and CEO, Metcalf Foundation

Susan Manwaring
Partner, Miller Thomson

Elizabeth McIsaac
President, Maytree Foundation

Cathy Taylor
Executive Director, Ontario Nonprofit Network

Bruce MacDonald
CEO, Imagine Canada

Michelynn Lafleche
Vice President, Strategy, Research and Policy, United Way Toronto & York Region

Blair Dimock
Vice-President, Partnerships and Knowledge, Ontario Trillium Foundation

Katie Gibson
Director, Programs and Integration Branch, Ministry of Status of Women

Andrew Parkin
Director, Mowat Centre

Staff Lead:

Lisa Lalande
Executive Lead, Mowat NFP

Funders

Mowat NFP is generously funded by the United Way Greater Toronto, the McConnell Foundation, Gary Whitelaw and Linda Mollenhauer Foundation, and the Mowat Centre. During the year, it also receives research-based grants from other funders to support specific research projects.

Events

There are no upcoming events for Mowat NFP.
 
 

Past NFP Events

Unpacking Impact Conference

June 21, 2016 | Mowat Centre A one-day forum for exploring impact measurement for social enterprises. Read More