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At FuseSocial, we are here to support the social profit sector any way we can during these trying times. The situation before us is unprecedented, but we are committed to offering support to assist organizations in getting through this to the best of their ability.
We have compiled a list of resources that the social profit agencies may find helpful. We will continue to update this page as the situation evolves and more information and resources become available.
The Alberta government and federal government have a number of supports in place to assist legally incorporated non-profits and registered charities.
Alberta has allocated $2 million to be used to match donations to Alberta-based designated charities and non-profits with COVID-19 fundraising campaigns.
Organizations can apply for funding for projects that enhance community mental health and addiction recovery.
This program provides funding to new community-based programs, initiatives, events and publications.
This grant provides funding of ongoing core operations for non-profit organizations that address social issues.
The Government of Canada is distributing funds through national partners, such as the United Way, Centraide Canada The Canadian Red Cross, and Community Foundations of Canada. Community organizations will be able to apply for funds through the national partners or their local entities. Check their respective websites to learn more about how and when you will be able to apply.
Additional resources are available under Support for Sectors – Non-profit and charitable – delivering essential services to those in need.
The following documents have been created internally to support our partner agencies. Please feel free to share.
Released: November 2020
In a continued effort to identify the needs of the local social profit sector and ensure a strong and viable future, FuseSocial is releasing data specific to non-profits located in Alberta’s north zone.
Read the full Alberta report ABNN Pulse Check Report November 2020
Released: April 2020
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is far reaching and will have significant impacts on the social profit sector. The Edmonton Chamber of Volunteer Organizations (ECVO), in partnership with the Alberta Non-profit Network (ABNN) and its leadership team, including FuseSocial, recently conducted an Alberta wide COVID-19 non-profit impact survey. The province wide results have been sub-categorized by region. In this document FuseSocial is presenting the results from the North Zone of the province, including the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. If you would like more information on the survey please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The North Zone Survey Results can be viewed here
May 06, 2020
Capacity Canada and FuseSocial have partnered with Google to offer access to free versions of paid Google products.
Released: March 31, 2020
Updated: May 11, 2020
As COVID-19 continues to disrupt organizations and pose challenges to business as usual, the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, FuseSocial and IntegralOrg have collaborated to compile a list of essential human resource supports for nonprofit employers.
This information has been compiled as a quick resource guide for nonprofit employers but should not take the place of consulting a legal or human resource professional.
Released: September 18, 2020
The above linked document contains important updated information as it relates to non-profit AGMS
In April of this year when the Covid-19 pandemic began, under the authority of the Public Health Act, Service Alberta issued a Ministerial Order for nonprofits governed by Alberta law. For the duration of the Public Health Emergency (lifted June 15) and for 60 days after, nonprofits were permitted to hold their AGMs remotely, or postpone them for 3+months despite any provision in their articles, bylaws, rules or memorandums.
It is important for non-profits to be aware that effective August 15th this ministerial order is no longer in effect.
Released: March 20, 2020
This document was created in collaboration with Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO)
This document contains updates from the Government of Alberta in regards to Annual General Meetings.
As we continue to work alongside ECVO with joint communication efforts, we will continue to update the information being shared.
For more information related to COVID-19 advocacy efforts, visit ECVO’s website here.
Released: March 16, 2020
Social profit organizations should be considering their business continuity plans and how COVID-19 could impact their workplaces and business processes. The safety of staff, clients and the community should be the top priority. As social distancing recommendations continue, the need to provide a flexible work environment increases.
Released: March 13, 2020
As concerns around COVID-19 grow across the country, province and region, social profits continue to play a central role in supporting communities and continuing to serve clients, all while managing the health and safety of staff and volunteers. Alberta Health Services (AHS) remains the trusted authority on COVID-19 for the region.
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 13, 2020) – In light of the rapidly evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic, FuseSocial is taking appropriate steps to respond to and manage circumstances, while adhering to the direction of Alberta Health Services (AHS). This includes limiting public access to FuseSocial’s home at the Redpoll Centre, until further notice.
Released: Feb 2021
This resource is informed by findings from a national survey of over 1,000 registered charities conducted by Imagine Canada in November 2020.
Since this time, there has been significant increases in cases of COVID-19, prompting many governments to implement restrictive public health orders. This has resulted in many thousands of jobs lost – 63,000 reported in December 2020 and 213,000 in January 2021.
Within this context, the situation facing charitable organizations – and the communities they serve – has almost certainly worsened. Action is needed more than ever to avoid loss of community capacity.
Read the full report here.
Released: April 2020 by Alberta Nonprofit Network
As the challenges from COVID-19 continue to grow, governments, organizations, and funders need information about the impacts of the pandemic and what is most needed by the nonprofit sector at this time. The Alberta Nonprofit Network (ABNN) broadly distributed a flash impacts survey between March 30 and April 5, 2020 to learn about current and potential impacts and needs of the sector.
The results from the second survey indicate that nonprofits’ assessments of their current and anticipated circumstances was actually quite accurate: their concerns remain largely the same 10 weeks later, although the apparent significance of the impact has changed in some cases. As well, nonprofits are perhaps more realistic now as to how long their organizations may feel the effects of the pandemic, as it is now measured in years rather than weeks or months.
On June 23, The Alberta Nonprofit Network hosted a live webinar at which our sector came together to collectively address provincial-wide issues and discuss different perspectives about how we can move “From Response to Recover” together. A recording of this gathering, as well as a recap of the themes discussed are available on ABNN’s website.
To keep track of government updates and support for nonprofits, Alberta Nonprofit Network (ABNN) has a comprehensive resource page dedicated to supporting social profit specifically related to COVID-19
Gov Programs & Extensions
Social Services Support & Funding
Sector Advocacy Efforts
Resources for Talking to Funders
EVCO is actively engaging in discussions with all levels of government regarding their response to COVID-19 and what non-profits can expect during the pandemic. Their website includes updates and clarification from the provincial and federal governments on the non-profit sector’s most pressing concerns.
Released: March 19 from Alberta Health Services
Albertans can now meet with Alberta-licensed physicians through their smartphone, thanks to an initiative by TELUS Health.
COVID-19 Response Questionnaire – Sept 2020
A useful assessment tool: COVID-19 Response Questionnaire to assist organizations in reviewing specific concerns related to COVID-19 in your workplace.
GofA Workplace Preparedness – May 2020
The Government of Alberta has published a comprehensive document, Workplace Guidance for Business Owners, to support employers in safely re-opening or continuing operations. Organizations are expected to develop and implement policies and procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Consult this document for guidance on:
The information and resources provided are the most recent versions at the time of posting. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) questions or concerns can be directed to the OHS Contact Center by telephone at 780-415-8690.
Created by Community Council
The purpose of this document is to assist Community-Based Organizations, in the creation of a Service Continuity Plan, so that the agency will be able to maintain or quickly resume operations after a service interruption.
Issued: April 9, 2020
Our public policy team is working hard to get the nonprofit and charitable sector the help and support it needs. This Issue Alert is dedicated to important policy and advocacy updates.
A comprehensive list of resources and links from Imagine Canada
Covid-19 has been at the forefront as organizations and businesses work to protect their employees, clients, and communities. As community-based service providers, many organizations are on the front line, serving critical needs that tend to be exacerbated in times of crisis. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced measures to address Covid-19. We have written him a letter requesting the federal government’s response to also include and communicate measures that will assist charities and nonprofits in getting through the challenges we all currently face.
In the past few days, ABNN has been hearing deep concerns from Alberta nonprofits about challenges with managing staff and service delivery, as well as concerns about funding continuity, funding to manage the increased demand for services and the ability to meet funder reporting expectations given current circumstances.
For anyone looking to adopt a new work from home, remote work, or telecommuting policy for their employees or non-profit organization due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We have tips and an example work from home policy template to borrow and build on for your organization.
Volunteer Canada is monitoring the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, heeding the advice of public health authorities and reaching out to our colleagues around the country and internationally, to develop strategies related to volunteer engagement, community investment, and continuity planning. This page also includes links for various Volunteer-involving organizations responses and resources
Join @calgarycvo April 29th for a webinar that looks at three shifts that every nonprofit has to take right now to master their messages online and pivot their brand and stand out in the digital space. https://t.co/N0m1hW2mnQ