Alberta Nonprofit Public Policy
Nonprofit Public Policy Work
Today more than ever, we need a province-wide approach to address issues impacting our sector and we need to leverage our combined expertise in order to elevate our presence and voice.
ABNN has pulled together a number of resources to help Alberta's nonprofit sector bring their voices to election platforms, policy development and decision making:
We will continue to add to these as we receive resources or become aware of new resources. If you have an item to add to this list, please email us your resources!
ABNN Draft Policy Agenda
In January 2019, ABNN coordinated two workshops (one in Edmonton and one in Calgary) to discuss what a policy agenda could look like for the Alberta nonprofit sector as a whole. Representatives from 49 nonprofit organizations discussed our sector’s strengths and challenges, and key initiatives we believe will advance our sector as a whole. The outcomes of the meeting include:
Resources & Reports
Report: Catalyst for Change: A Roadamp to a Stronger Charitable Sector - A report from the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector; includes 42 recommendations that touch on the people who work and volunteer in the sector, how the sector receives money, and how it is regulated. It is a culmination of Canada-wide survey results, witness testimonies, and written submissions.
Alberta Culture Report with information about Alberta's nonprofit voluntary sector.
Report from StatsCan on Non-profit Institutions and Volunteering: Economic Contribution, 2007 to 2017.
Imagine Canada has provided preliminary observations and comments about the data and how it points to the continued importance of charities and nonprofits as key contributors to a vibrant and dynamic economy.
The Impact of Alberta's Social Sector - Describes the economic and social impacts of Alberta's non-profit sector.
ABNN has pulled together a number of resources that Alberta nonprofits have collectively developed to inform our responses and capacity during elections. Some are issue-specific, some are subsector-specific, and some are sector-level and issue-neutral.
While some of these resources were created for the 2019 provincial election, the format and issues of these resources are still applicable and can be of use for other advocacy, policy work or election campaigning.
Again, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of additional resources!
Qualified Educators, Quality Care - Defines AECEA's role value and authority within child care system.
Election Messages - Election messages one pager.
Provincial Recommendations for Refugee Claimants - Recommendations to the Government of Alberta on the importance of facilitating a stronger systemic support for refugee claimants.
Sample Policy Letters - A variety of letters from the Alberta Chamber of Commerce to political figures.
Alberta Council of Women's Shelters
Election Advocacy Toolkit - Resources, tools and tactics for supporting public policy advocacy efforts of the community disability sector.
Election Resource describes 'Putting Safety First: A Three Point Plan to Help End Domestic Violence in Alberta' to various political parties in Alberta.
Letter to the Parties (sample) - A letter used by Alberta Recreation and Parks Association to encourage parties to support parks and recreation.
Advocacy and Action Tools - Offers practical guidebooks for political action and advocacy.
Pledge for Public Education - A website showcasing the Pledge for Public Education campaign.
Vote for Wilderness - AWA has pulled toghether questions to ask your candidates about wilderness issues in Alberta.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Election Toolkit - This toolkit teaches youth how to get engaged and involved in elections.
Election Simulation - An Election Simulation resource designed to actively engage students with issues they are concerned about, give them opportunities to stand as candidates for an election, explore political party affiliations, run campaigns and vote in an election.
20000.ca - This new platform will support ALIGN Members, additional Alberta Human Service agencies and concerned members of the public to easily connect with political candidates.
Recommendations for the 2019 Alberta Budget - A letter to provincial leaders with recommendations on importance of supporting out- of-school programming in the lives of children and youth.
2019 Election Tool Kit - A tool kit designed to provide you with materials to support your efforts in advocating for better mental health outcomes in Alberta.
Policy Brief: Succeeding Together - Describes CCVO’s policy agenda for the upcoming election.
Election Toolkit and Vote Kit: CCVO has rolled out a nonprofit election toolkit to provide your organization with resources, tools, and information to help you confidently engage in the upcoming provincial election.
Election Campaign Toolkit - Door knocking responses and letters for candidates.
Seniors' Issues Primer - This document was created to help seniors prepare to ask questions of candidates in the upcoming provincial election.
letsdothisalberta.ca- description of strategies for tackling poverty in Alberta.
The Inter-City Forum on Social Policy and the FCSS Association of Alberta have developed a FCSS Advocacy ToolKit with key messages, fact sheets and tools to help communicate the value of FCSS programs.
Position Paper - A position paper calling for an integrated approach to Early Childhood Development.
Public Interest Alberta
The Nonprofits Driving Public Policy Webinar Series - a five-part webinar series to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits to actively participate in the development of public policy to influence positive change for communities.
Five ways to strengthen the work of Ontario Nonprofit - a pre-budget submission to the Ontario government.
How to write a pre-budget submission - A webinar about how to give recommendations to government when it begins to plan for the fiscal year.
Advocacy Campaigns - Public Interest Alberta is a non-profit, non-partisan, province-wide organization focused on education and advocacy on public interest issues.
Plain Language Voting Guide - SRSAN developed this voting guide in the last election to support creating a united voice for people with different abilities.
Election Toolkit - A variety of resources including election issue summaries, advocacy tips and sample letters.