What does your non-profit gain or hope to gain from participating in a regional, provincial or national non-profit network?
Has this expectation changed over the last 5 years? If so, how?
We find there’s an opportunity for sharing knowledge/information. At the Volunteer BC conference, able to connect to others offering similar programs and compare notes. Make each other aware of opportunities.
Looking at trends, ideas that other orgs have used and have worked. Like our phone check in system, Vernon had one first, so we talked with them about this. Discuss best practices and find different opinions on how things work. People get offended when they are lumped in with the coast – our needs our very different. Most effective networking is to learn from regional organizations about what has worked, what hasn’t, how to use social media., etc.
The expectation hasn’t changed. People we’ve worked with are pretty honest, just want to give advice, see where support is available. In Kootenay’s we try to anticipate needs and step in.
We are members of volunteer BC and volunteer Canada. Volunteer BC helps by giving a provincial perspective at funding sources, legislation, etc. Vol BC had been a great help to us all along.
They have really stepped up what they are doing over the last few years and that has been a great help to us. They have increased workshops they are doing and they have come North to our region to present. “This is super!” we can’t access things that happen in the Lower Mainland.
For the first part of the question, there is no change.
For the second part, we have always had the expectation to maintain strong networks and be aware of the changes as it happens.
Yes, over the last 5 years we have expanded our work to include other parts of the province. We have partnered with capacity building organization in the Kootenays Working increasingly with organizations that are provincial in scope (e.g. Federation of Community Social Services of BC). Part of it is about learning about the context that organizations are working in. If we’re able to work at a greater scale we can have a bigger impact particularly if there is a buy-in from a provincial organization. It’s about building shared understanding and increasing the capacity of organizations in the province as a whole. Municipalities banding together regionally to support capacity building activities. We are seeing those opportunities more and more.
Relationship with your community, funders, non-profit and government.
What is unique about your community / situation?
What do you hope to gain from participating in a regional, provincial or national non-profit network?
Have your fundraising strategy changed?
Have the demographics of your community changed, how are changes reflected in your services?
Does your community has a community foundation?
What is your organization’s relationship with local aboriginal or first nation’s organizations?