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“We’re number one!” — Getting the word out about Canada’s great non-profit data

It’s a little-known fact that Canada is the leader in the quantity and quality of the data about its non-profit sector. We’re trying to change that. A blog entry we wrote for the federal government open data website just made it online.

In English: Canada – a World Leader in Non-profit Data

En français: Le Canada : chef de file mondial en gestion des données sur le secteur sans but lucratif

We are very happy to have the opportunity to help to get the word out about this tremendous advantage we have compared to other countries. Onwards and upwards!

These developments have made Canada the clear leader in the quantity and quality of information available about its non-profit sector. Considering the size and importance of the non-profit sector, and growing recognition of the importance of using data to drive innovation questions, this is a tremendous accomplishment. It presents Canadians with substantial opportunities.


As Canadians, we need to capitalize on the lead we have in this area. We should be developing our expertise in using data domestically to build a smarter social sector and we should export that expertise internationally—as policy-makers, as researchers, as civil society organizations, and as businesses.

Ajah’s PoweredbyData at Transparency Camp and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Our non-profit arm, PoweredbyData, recently took a trip to the US to host a discussion at Transparency Camp in Washington, DC, and attend a workshop hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the members of the Markets for Good community.

You can read more about the two events and what PoweredbyData presented over at the initiative’s website:

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Opportunity Watch: Aboriginal and Metis funding

Ajah’s opportunity watch is taking a quick look at funders that support Aboriginal and Metis peoples around the country this week. All of these founders emphasise the importance of preserving and transmitting the culture and knowledge of native peoples.

In the east we have the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Program supported by the government of Newfoundland and Labrador.  This government program invites both cultural organizations and professionals to apply for funding and the deadline is approaching fast, on April 15. The advisory committee is made up of various native community representatives including Innu, Inuit, Mi’kmaq and Metis.

In Saskatchewan we found two programs offered by the SaskCulture, a non-profit, community based organization. The first is The Aboriginal Arts & Culture Leadership Grant  and it supports arts and cultural leaders within the Aboriginal communities.  The grant is available for First Nations bands or for schools that have a cultural mandate. The deadline to apply is April 15 as well.

As for the Metis communities in Saskatchewan, we found the Métis Cultural DevelopmentFund another program of SaskCulture. This fund encourages sharing, learning and celebrating the Metis culture of community groups in the province. It provides support to cultural organizations in areas not typically funded by conventional systems mainly looking to benefit children through skill development and mentorship. The next semi-annual deadline to apply is April 30!

That’s it for this week folks! There are many more governmental programs and organizations to be found on Fundtracker.  Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Research collaboration

ANSER had it’s AGM over lunch. Before it started, Nancy Neamtam from Le Chantier de l’économie sociale gave a brief 20 minute overview of the social economy in Québec. The Tamarack Institute has a introduction to her work (it’s 12 years old though).

What has been achieved in Québec around the community economic development movement / the social economy is tremendously impressive. I’ve been curious to find out about the state of the social economy in other Canadian provinces. I hope to find out about that over the next two days.

Now I’m attending one of the sessions on Governance & Management:

Evaluating Collaborative Processes: The Case of Saskatoon Regional Intersectoral Committee
Louise Clarke – University of Saskatchewan
Making Sense of Partnerships: Executive Directors’ Perspectives
David Este – University of Calgary
“Building Community”: Partnering to Mobilize Knowledge of the Social Economy
Lou Hammond Ketilson – Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, U of Sask

Chair: Ushnish Sengupta from UofT.

Because it’s a smallish session, we did a go-around to introduce ourselves. It’s great to know that there are feds in the audience. Through my work at Ile sans fil I have had the chance to meet several government researchers who are doing their best to positively influence relevant government policy.

Note: There are PDF’s or Excel sheets online with the conference schedule for you to download. I published the Excel sheet as an webpage for myself, but maybe someone else would be interested.

Upcoming conversations on community – university research

Both Daniel and I have led discussions by University of the Streets. They are hosting three bilingual conversations next week alongside the big social studies conference happening (of which, Ansers is a component).

Check it out: Series de conversations publiques dans le cadre du Congrès des sciences humaines 2010

Dans le cadre du Congrès 2010, L’Université autrement : Dans les cafés organisera une série de conversations publiques sur des thèmes en lien avec « Le savoir branché ».
Pour plus d’information :

Conversation #1
Réussir une réforme scolaire est-il un rêve réalisable?
Mercredi 31 mai, 18h à 20h
Burritoville: 2055 Bishop (@ de Maisonneuve)

Conversation #2
Comment redéfinir le contrat social entre les universités et la société?
Mardi 1 juin, 18h à 20h
Le Dépanneur: 206, Bernard Ouest (@ De l’Esplanade)

Conversation #3
Quel est le rôle des chercheurs universitaires dans la recherche communautaire?
Mecredi 2 juin, 18h à 20h
Burritoville: 2055 Bishop (@ de Maisonneuve)

and in English

Conversations Series: Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
For Congress 2010, the University of the Streets Café will be organizing a series of public conversations around the theme of Connected Understanding.

For full conversation details:

Conversation #1
Is successful school reform an impossible dream?
Monday, May 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
Burritoville: 2055 Bishop (@ de Maisonneuve)

Conversation #2
How do we redefine the social contract between universities and Society?
Tuesday June 1, 6 to 8 p.m.
Le Dépanneur: 206, Bernard Ouest (@ De l’Esplanade)

Conversation #3
What is the role of the university scholar in community-based research?
Wednesday, June 2, 6 to 8 p.m.
Burritoville: 2055 Bishop (@ de Maisonneuve)

I’ll be at the last one, at the very least. Say hi if we haven’t met.