“How can residents and agencies be more effective partners in addressing needs and services within the Lawrence Heights and Neptune community?” This was the question that led to BePart, a collaborative project between residents and local agencies in Lawrence Heights and Neptune, two related social housing neighbourhoods in North Central Toronto. The project was guided […]
Non-Profit Sector Innovation
The government of Australia knows that the non-profit sector is vital in the national aspiration to create a “stronger and fairer country”. The new National Compact: Working Together adopted by the Australian government in March is built on a set of principles that begins: “We believe a strong independent [non-profit] Sector is vital for a […]
The Wellesley Institute is pleased to join with innovators from around the world at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, an annual invitation-only event at Oxford University in England. Even before the official launch of Skoll, a group of Canadians joined together for dinner to share news and views about the current state of […]
The British Parliament has just passed the UK Equality Bill, and it’s on the way to the Queen for royal assent. Among other new responsibilities, the new legislation creates a new public sector duty to reduce socio-economic inequalities.
UforChange is a dynamic, arts-based training project for “at-risk youth” in downtown Toronto. The Wellesley Institute is proud to be a partner in this amazing, community-based initiative. UforChange is just wrapping up its first cohort of 54 youth participants – leading up to a community showcase in May. More than 100 young people will be […]
The need for rigorous program evaluation in the non-profit sector continues to grow as agencies and service providers strive to meet the needs of accountability to funders and clients about effective use of resources and improving program excellence and outcomes. Participatory Program Evaluation (PPE) is a model that provides an opportunity to build an agency’s […]
The Ontario government’s 2010 provincial budget sets out a cautious fiscal plan for the coming year. In our 2010 pre-budget submission, the Wellesley Institute encouraged Ontario to invest in equity and innovation to ensure a healthy future. Here is a first glimpse at the Ontario budget and the three core recommendations proposed by the Wellesley Institute:
The new session of the Ontario Legislature was launched earlier this afternoon with the traditional Speech from the Throne which included a strong expression of support for the tens of thousands of non-profit groups that make a vital contribution to health, housing, social services, culture, recreation, faith and many other essential components of our community.
Michael Shapcott, the Wellesley Institute’s Director of Affordable Housing and Social Innovation, will join Ontario Minister of Transportation Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Star social policy report Laurie Monsebraaten for a breakfast meeting: “What do effective organizations do to influence the political process?” presented by the Public Affairs Association of Canada. Event Details
The Wellesley Institute is partnering with YongeStreet, a new on-line urban magazine that focuses on health, equity and innovation – three of our top priorities.