The Goldie Company

Understanding Sustainability in the Canadian Nonprofit Sector

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The Goldie Company and BNP Strategies, in association with Collis & Reed Research developed and administered a survey to query nonprofit and charitable organizations from across Canada on the degree to which they perceived themselves as being sustainable. The main objective of this project was to develop an understanding of how these organizations define sustainability and based upon their own criteria, the extent to which they consider themselves to be a sustainable organization. A total of 146 non-profit and charitable organizations from across Canada took part in the survey.

This new report based on the survey offers unique insight into the concept of sustainability in the nonprofit sector. In particular, the survey highlights beliefs and attitudes towards sustainability, and draws attention to the prerequisites and challenges faced by nonprofit organizations as they endeavour to become more sustainable. Key characteristics include:

  • The three fundamental best practices that lead to sustainability
  • Challenges common among those organizations with low sustainability ratings
  • The impact of Stewardship practices on sustainability      
  • The vital role of leadership and planning in achieving sustainability
  • Increasing competency through training       

ISBN 978-1-927375-22-8  Civil Sector Press 2014