The Island’s non-profit sector, also known as the community sector, employs 3,350 people and had a direct economic impact of $136 million in 2019, according to a report by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC).
About 1,700 non-profit organizations in the province provide access to critical services and programs in areas such as social services, environment, health, education, employment, arts & culture, sport & recreation, and more.
About 70 percent of people who work in this sector are women, and 65 percent of non-profit organizations on PEI are led by women.
The Community Sector Network of PEI (CSNPEI) has 28 members. “They represent a diverse range of interests, and we are looking for more organizations to join us in achieving our vision of a sustainable and valued community sector on PEI,” says Executive Director Alexia Riche.
She says that joining CSNPEI provides several benefits for organizations. “Members can advocate for what matters to them and share their priorities and concerns to inform sector priorities moving forward.
“Another benefit of joining CSNPEI is the ability to post jobs, events, and volunteer opportunities on the website we are currently developing. At present, there is a lack of a centralized place where people can read about opportunities in the community sector.
“Our new website will profile the work the sector is doing and provide a wealth of governance resources, including sample policies and more.”
The APEC report says there are about 53,000 volunteers on PEI. “They may volunteer for a one-time event or for longer commitments, such as sitting on boards,” she says. “However, the number of volunteers has gone down significantly since COVID-19 began.”
Alexia says many of those involved in the sector are planning to retire in the near future, and their organizations may not have a succession plan. “That is a gap CSNPEI has identified that needs to be worked on.”
For more information on the Community Sector Network of PEI, visit Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
Contact Alexia Riche at Alexia@csnpei.com
For more about the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, visit www.apec-econ.ca