Working together: Is it working out for non-profit groups? Dynamic new research from the Wellesley Institute

    TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - Collaboration - everyone's talking about it, but
does working together really help non-profit agencies operate more effectively
and efficiently; and, even more importantly, does it lead to better services
for clients? The Wellesley Institute, which is celebrating its tenth
anniversary of advancing urban health, is pleased to announce the release of
the latest reports in its collaboration series, along with a major new paper
on community-based research.
    "While non-profit, voluntary and charitable groups are often neglected or
taken for granted, the non-profit sector comprises hundreds of thousands of
organizations of various sizes," notes Rick Blickstead, CEO of the Wellesley
Institute. "In dollar terms, it contributes a larger share to the overall
economy than automobile manufacturing, but the health of the third sector is
rarely given serious public or policy attention. The third sector generates
$81 billion annually - which represents 7.1% of Canada's Gross Domestic
Product. The third sector is a major employer - with labour compensation of
almost $70 billion annually. That compares to about $60 billion for the retail
trade, and less than $15 billion for motor vehicle manufacturing."
    "While the economic impact of the third sector is enormous, the social
impact is even greater," reports Michael Shapcott, Director of Community
Engagement at the Wellesley Institute. "Non-profit organizations deliver some
of the most vital services in our communities and our country. By far the
biggest segment of the third sector delivers essential health services,
followed by a range of social services, housing, culture and recreation. Third
sector groups helps us to stay healthy and deliver critical health services
when we are ill; provide good quality homes for about one-in-twenty Canadians;
and nurture our bodies, our souls and our minds. They entertain, amuse and
educate us and our children."

    Today the WI officially releases three reports on collaboration in the NFP

    -   "From Many Voices" explores the experiences, opportunities and
        challenges in a multi-stakeholder process, and identifies the
        conditions for success in collaborative projects involving the non-
        profit, public and private sectors.
    -   "Deliberate Relationships" scans relationships between government and
        the third sector (non-profit/voluntary).
    -   "Collaboration in the Third Sector" establishes a vision for a new
        collaboration framework, with recommendations and actions for the
        non-profit sector, funders and non-profit agencies.

    The WI is also pleased to add a timely and pivotal release to the growing
body of knowledge in community-based research (CBR): "New Directions in
Community-Based Research". Dr. Brenda Roche's work outlines the need to better
integrate community perspectives, insights and experiences with research that
is grounded conceptually and methodologically.

For further information:

For further information: Michael Shapcott, The Wellesley Institute,
(416) 605-8316,

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