The Non-Profit Sector (also known as the Third Sector) on PEI
What is the Non-profit Sector (Third Sector)?
The non-profit sector includes organizations that are not-for-profit and non-government, as well as the activities of volunteering and giving which sustain them.
Other terms used to describe this set of organizations include voluntary sector, charitable sector, community-based organizations, and/or civil society.
Organizations within the non-profit sector may vary in terms of their size, activities, financial resources, and other characteristics.
Despite their presence in almost every country in the world, the economic benefits and impacts, exclusive of the significant social benefits, that the third sector contributes to society are typically not part of economic development and planning discussions.
*Source: The Community Foundation of PEI – Building the Capacity of PEI’s Third Sector (Third sector is also known as the non-profit sector) *study done in 2011.
United Way PEI celebrates the legacy and prepares for the future of PEI's Non-Profit Sector, thank to Community Fund for Canada's 150
David Webster, Community Impact Facilitator of the United Way PEI, says that funding from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th will allow the United Way to work with others to focus on the following three activities:
- Celebrating the contributions of individuals who have been instrumental in building the non-profit sector,
- Recognizing the contributions of the sector by sharing the stories of individuals and families impacted by the work of non-profit organizations, and
- Bringing together members of the non-profit sector at a conference in September, 2017 to celebrate, network, and plan for the future.
This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th and collaboration between the United Way of PEI, the Community Foundation of PEI, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast. The United Way of PEI has provided matching funds to this project, which celebrates the Island’s non-profit sector.
“Imagine what our lives, and our Island communities, would be like without our community-based not-for-profit organizations,” says Andrea MacDonald, CEO for the United Way PEI. “All of us benefit in some way.
“We have made a three-year commitment to helping to build the capacity of PEI’s non-profit sector,” says Andrea. “We will be looking into what would be the best way and who should be involved to carry this work forward, based on the feedback and direction gathered from our research and collaborations.”
The conference in September lays the foundation for the work now being done on the Island’s non-profit sector to cultivate relationships and set priorities.
For more information, contact David Webster, Community Impact Facilitator, United Way PEI, at 902-892-4155, or email [email protected].
For more information about the United Way PEI, visit www.peiunitedway.com.
2017 Canadian nonprofit sector salary and benefits study
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The 2017 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary and Benefits Study executive summary is Courtesy of CharityVillage® and The Portage Group Inc.
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The Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island: Building the capacity of PEI’s Third Sector *study done in 2011
About the Community Foundation of PEI
The Community Foundation of PEI was incorporated in 1993. It is part of a network of Community Foundations across Canada, and has three main functions:
- Endowment Building/Donor Service – The charitable gifts of many donors are pooled to create permanent, income-bearing endowment funds which form revenue sources that are available to benefit the community in perpetuity.
- Grant Making – The income earned by invested funds is used to provide grants to a wide range of charitable organizations. Community Foundations add value by supporting projects that strengthen the quality of life in communities.
- Leadership – Community Foundations take a leadership role in bringing together a broad range of stakeholders within communities to address mutual issues of concern. Community Foundations serve as a repository of best practices which can be shared for the benefit of many.
As part of its continuing efforts to strengthen third sector organizations individually and collectively, the Community Foundation of PEI commissioned a Building Community Capacity Study. The intent of the study was to take a look at the social and economic impacts of the sector, to identify key challenges and to determine which supports, resources and initiatives would be most beneficial for building capacity and sustainability within sector organizations.
*Sourced from introduction page of the study
Highlights of the study
The study indicated that the achievements of PEI’s third sector organizations are many and cross many different disciplines. The sector brings communities together to work on common purposes, provides much-needed social services such as life skills training, respite care and terminal illness support, educates, employs, promotes and supports health and wellness, and advocates for causes that may not otherwise have a voice.
- There is increasing evidence that the third sector is a significant employer and economic force provincially, nationally and globally;
- Within Atlantic Canada, the provincial governments of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador have ministerial responsibility for the nonprofit and voluntary sector that helps to ensure policy, promotion and other supports for the sector. Government stakeholders in Prince Edward Island recognize the importance of third sector organizations and consider them valuable partners in service delivery, but this recognition is not supported through formal policies or a designated bureaucratic structure such as a Third Sector Secretariat;
- The Prince Edward Island third sector includes a wide range of organizations established to meet the needs of individuals and communities. Some of the metrics of PEI’s third sector include:
- 943 nonprofit organizations
- $230 million in revenues in 2003
- 6,172 Islanders employed
- 53,621 volunteers
- 56% volunteer rate (3rd highest in the country)
- 89% donor rate (2nd highest in the country)
- The number of non-profit organizations and their employees is greater than the bioscience, information technology and aerospace sectors combined;
- Additional indicators on the contributions PEI’s third sector organizations make to the province were developed by compiling and analyzing information from a small sample (35) of organizations. This analysis estimated based on a three-year average is as follows:
- $357,426 annual revenue per organization
- $328,366 annual expenditures per organization
- 5,417 annual paid staff hours per organization
- 2,917 annual volunteer hours per organization
- 987 clients served per organization annually
- Percentage breakdown of PEI non-profit organizations by category:
- Religion/Faith 28%
- Sports & Recreation 19%
- Education & Research 9%
- Grant making, Fundraising & Volunteerism Promotion 8%
- Social Services 7%
- Business & Professional Associations & Unions 6%
- Health 6%
- Arts & Culture 5%
- Development & Housing 5%
- Environment 4%
- Organizations not classified 3%
- The most significant challenges of PEI third sector organizations include:
- Accessing funding
- Recruiting volunteers
- Increasing awareness of organizations and the sector
- Accessing affordable, flexible, and coordinated training and professional development
The study concluded that PEI’s third sector is a vital part of Island society and of the provincial economy and deserves increased support and recognition. Since this report was launched, the Community Foundation of PEI opened up discussions with all levels of government and third sector organizations and stakeholders to share the findings presented in this report and to receive their feedback. It is expected that the dialogue will continue and will identify potential partners and collaborations to explore recommended strategies and initiatives.
Volunteering within the non-profit sector offers valuable experience
In December 2016, the Community Connector Volunteer Fair was held at UPEI. Organizations that depend on the work of volunteers talked about the many ways volunteers can make a difference in the community and in their career…. read more.
Extensive lists of volunteer opportunities on PEI
Volunteer PEI links people with local community organizations, encourages youth to get involved, helps individuals develop skills to advance their careers, and develops knowledge resources that support effective and efficient volunteer capacities.
For more information, visit www.volunteerpei.ca/about-us/.
Canada Volunteer Directory provides a list of volunteer opportunities in Canada organized by category, city and province. The Canadian volunteer database contains over 4,000 non-profit organizations, charities and agencies from over 500 locations across Canada.
For more information, visit http://www.canadianuniversities.net/Volunteer/Prince_Edward_Island.html.
Hiring practices and volunteer options: Specific PEI non-profit organizations
Homelessness Partnership Strategy for PEI
Unique community program aims to prevent & reduce homelessness
by Stacy Dunn
The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), funded by the Government of Canada provides funding through two streams for activities and programs to prevent and reduce homelessness in the designated communities of Charlottetown and Summerside as well as Rural PEI. HPS defines homelessness as individuals who are chronically, episodically and imminently at risk of homelessness.
On PEI, a file review in 2015 found 72 percent of those identified as homeless were couch surfing, in a correctional or psychiatric facility, addictions facility or emergency shelter. The majority of the people – 28 percent – were homeless one or two times a year. In the file review 150 Island service providers were invited to participate, 103 service providers responded from 22 different community and government sectors. The service providers surveyed their clients, finding 209 clients met the definition of homelessness.
In 2016, the PEI HPS program and Community Advisory Board participated in a National Point in Time Count. “We anticipate a second Point in Time study will happen in March 2018 and one staff person will be hired to coordinate this study,” said Wendi James-Poirier, PEI HPS Coordinator. “We have two fantastic community advisory boards that have done a lot of work in the last few years to address homelessness in the province. We are also very fortunate to work closely with various programs and services committed to affecting change.”
This past spring it hosted an event called PEI Connects with the support of a community volunteer committee. “It was the second year for the event. Our inaugural event in 2016 was by invitation only and the second one was open to public. About 47 people participated with access to community services, free haircuts, clothing, blood pressure checks, a hot meal, and more. It was a fantastic day.”
Wendi said the reasons for homelessness on PEI are numerous: addiction/ substance abuse; poor housing options and condition of housing, low or no income and affordability of housing; family breakdown and conflict, criminal activity, health and disability and domestic violence.
Wendi also advised that the biennial PEI HPS Report Card on Homelessness will be issued in the Fall of 2017.
Community Advisory Board on Homelessness
Members of the community advisory board include:
- Canadian Mental Health Association PEI Division
- Boys & Girls Club of Charlottetown
- Community Connections Inc.
- John Howard Society
- Veterans Affairs
- Family Violence Prevention Services
- Salvation Army
- Social Assistance program
- Mental Health & Addictions
- Housing Services
- Service Canada
- Mi’kmaq Confederacy
- The City of Charlottetown
- volunteer community members
The John Howard Society is on the Rural & Remote Advisory Board with:
- Dept. of Housing Services
- Service Canada
- Volunteer community members
For more information on the Homelessness Partnership Strategy on PEI, contact Wendi James-Poirier at 902-367-3356. Visit pei.johnhoward.ca/services/homeless/.
The Homelessness Partnership Strategy is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada with the John Howard Society of PEI as the Community Entity.
The following is a list of some of the service providers on the Community Advisory Board and the Rural & Remote Advisory Board which help individuals through various resources:
Boys & Girls Club of Charlottetown
Boys & Girls Club of Charlottetown aims to link prospective employers with job-seeking youth, and focuses on employability skills and other training.
“The Club” is a program for youth ages 16 to 29 in need of services.
- a job board updated daily
- assistance with writing resumés and cover letters and preparing for interviews
- GED tutoring
Call 902-894-5884 during opening hours or email [email protected].
Location: 35 St. Peters Road, Charlottetown
For more information, call 902-892-1817 or visit www.charlottetownbg.com.
Community Connections Inc.
Community Connections Inc. provides a range of employment, residential, and support services to adults with intellectual disabilities in East Prince. They assist individuals to develop to their full potential, provide support to access and use community resources, and offer empowerment to contribute and participate in a meaningful way within their community.
For more information, contact Frank Costa at 902-436-7576 ext. 103 or e-mail [email protected].
Visit facebook at Community Connections Inc.
Funded in whole or in part through Canada/PEI Labour Market Development Agreement.
John Howard Society of PEI
John Howard Society delivers a Wrap Around Housing program in Eastern PEI. The JHS assists Island offenders in the difficult transition from institutional to community living. They offer employment and pre-employment assistance services. The individual and staff work together to develop an employability plan that meets the client’s needs.
For more information, call 902-566-5425. Visit www.pei.johnhoward.ca.
Funded in whole or in part through Canada/PEI Labour Market Development Agreement and Community and Correctional Services of PEI.
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
CMHA delivers the My Place Housing First program funded through the HPS Program. Also, CMHA/PEI Division Clubhouse programs provide supports and services to adults who have experienced mental health issues. Based on an International Model of Recovery, Clubhouse programs use a person-centred approach to provide a wide range of supports such as:
- Social & personal development
- Pre-vocational skills development
Clubhouse programs are committed to supporting individuals’ return to the workforce. Clubhouse supports specific to employment include career decision making, skills enhancement, job search, employment maintenance, and employment resources.
These programs are funded in whole or in part by Skills PEI and the Canada/PEI Labour Market Development Agreement.
Clubhouse programs are offered at three locations on PEI:
- Fitzroy Centre, Charlottetown
For more information, call 902-566-4463 or e-mail [email protected]
- Hope Centre Clubhouse, Alberton
For more information, call 902-853-3871 or e-mail [email protected]
- Notre Dame Place, Summerside
For more information, call 902-888-2237 or e-mail [email protected]
For more information, visit www.pei.cmha.ca.