Non-profit and Charitable Budget Coalition 2023

Imagine Canada and The Philanthropist Journal are excited to partner in advance of the 2023 Budget Coalition meetings to provide participants with a curated reading list that connects to the driving force behind this event, and some lessons learned that are shaping this work. We hope the content and perspectives provoke and inspire you to start conversations with other participants and dive deeper into critical topics.

Start your pre-coalition reading journey here with Imagine Canada’s recent analysis of the sector’s 300+ pre-budget asks for 2023, Imagine’s reaction to the Federal Budget 2023 and this collection below.

Building the charitable sector’s policy muscle

The need for the sector to lead on policy advocacy has been described as a moral imperative, yet it often faces criticism that it has lost its sense of urgency and become too content as a service-delivery vehicle. Contributor Tim Harper looks at policy institutes across Canada that are teaching the pragmatic skills of building support, refining a policy “ask,” and having bureaucratic and political doors open.

The ties that bind: Four case studies of issue-based networks

Canada is full of examples of groups of organizations, individuals, and communities coming together to address what are often big, systemic issues such as poverty or climate change. This article profiles four networks: International Child Protection Network of Canada (ICPNC); Green Budget Coalition (GBC); Campaign 2000; and BC Alliance for Arts + Culture.

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The advocacy riddle

How do we ensure the sector has a significant voice in affecting public policy? New research shines a light on the sector’s advocacy efforts, the related challenges, and the structures needed to make that advocacy both broad-based and nimble.