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December 2016
Nonprofit Spotlight
Sean Kelly on Clean Nova Scotia
CRA Political Activity of Charities
CSC-NS Submission

Charitable organizations are important vehicles for citizen engagement and, through years of program evaluation and research, there is tremendous "evidence-based" data that accumulates in the charitable sector, whether health, environment or other topic - knowledge and data that should
ethically be used to improve public policy.  Did not health charities make "mental health" a sexy topic and thereby a government priority?   Charities are a key vehicle for citizen engagement - citizens who want to have a say in public policy.

So, combining evidence-based knowledge and citizen engagement, it makes sense for charities to be freely allowed to work on public policy issues - Internationally, other jurisdictions like UK and New Zealand have made these recognitions and changes.  The charitable sector usually has a stronger "evidence-based" platform that most paid lobbyist, so it makes no sense for CRA to keep this antiquated system that actually
makes public policy development too political and less well informed.

We believe CSC can add its voice to international examples, encouraging Canada to modernize its CRA rules to allow this sector to be an active player in public policy, to see this change as positive for Canada, and for the sector to be recognized as one of the main vehicles for citizen engagement.

Introducing Marg MacIntosh

Marg has been working for non-profit organizations for 20
years in the Administrative field. She has a Sociology / Biology degree from Acadia. Marg has been a volunteer for the same charity since 1999. In her spare time she enjoys cross stitching.

You can reach her at
CSC-NS Membership Program

To reinforce its sustainability and accountability, CSCNS is developing a membership structure. A membership structure will strengthen the voice of the non-profit sector by representing a diverse cross-section of organizations in every region of the province.

Become a member today
(from the Ontario Nonprofit Network)

We all have a role to play in the broader movement of decent work. Nonprofits can lead by example now, by creating or improving decent work in their own organizations and advocating for better conditions. The nonprofit sector can be a major catalyst for conversation and action on what decent work could mean for Canada, Ontario, our communities and the sector itself.

To read more about "Promising Practices", click HERE.
The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit is a manifesto for a culture shift in the nonprofit sector, starting conversations about the importance of individual self-care and WE-care in the workplace.

The Happy Healthy Nonprofit takes off where The Networked Nonprofit and Measuring the Networked Nonprofit left off — helping individuals and the nonprofit organizations where they work how to live and work in more sustainable ways.

For more information or to order the book, click
Five Important Questions to Make Evaluation Useful

Nonprofit evaluation is most likely to be frustrating and under-used when it’s done for poorly articulated reasons, when relationships aren’t based on trust and there isn’t enough attention to alignment between methodologies, approaches, and intended uses.

To download ONN's Evaluation Discussion Guide, click

ONN's interactive webinar to explore our brand new guide to is currently full. Watch for future webinars or you can out yourself on the waiting list for the December 7th webinar  HERE.
The non-profit governance guides and sample policies formerly freely available from the Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education have now been moved to Grant MacDonald's website. Most have been updated and some new ones have been added.  Check it out HERE
Hold The Date!

June 6-7, 2017 CSCNS Provincial Conference

A Nova Scotia Celebration of Change

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia will be hosting its second bi-annual Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector  Provincial Conference June 6-7, 2017 in Membertou in Cape Breton.

Details to follow. Watch for our call for presenters early 2017.
6th Annual 12 Days of Cookies begins December 5th

The staff of Annapolis Valley Regional Library invites you to share in the joy of cookies.

For twelve days in December, staff and the public will be baking – and sharing – recipes and cookies. Each recipe along with pictures will be shared online via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and on the AVRL blog. All branches and the Bookmobile will be taking part in this 12 day cookie extravaganza December 5-9, December 12-16, and December 19-20.

There is also a contest to encourage public participation and a chance to win a ‘cookie gift bag’. Contest rules are available on the AVRL website (

This is a fun way to showcase the library’s collection of cookbooks, and magazines, especially during the holidays when many people are baking.  We invite everyone to come, see and taste what we are baking.  
Be sure and check out the AVRL Feed Your Mind blog to see which branch will be sharing cookies that day.
Click Here to Register

Status of Women Canada launched a Call for Proposals for projects to support gender equality in Canada.

The deadline for applications under this Call for Proposals is noon (12:00 p.m) Pacific Standard Time, December 8, 2016.

For more information click HERE.
Invest In Your Business.  Invest In A Graduate

Available to companies of 100 employees or less, start-ups, non-profits and social enterprises.
Would you like some financial help with the next person you hire? The province’s Graduate to Opportunity program helps small businesses hire recent university and college graduates by providing salary support for the first two years of employment -- 25% the first year, 12.5% the second year -- for new jobs paying at least $30,000.
The process is quick and easy:  complete applications are normally approved within days.

Employers say the financial incentive is making a real difference and their recent grads are bringing enthusiasm, creativity and skill to the workplace. 

Find out more HERE, or call 902.424.6000.
VON Annapolis Valley looking for new board members

For 95 years, VON Annapolis Valley has provided community support services, home support, and nursing care—working to ensure people can live longer and healthier lives at home.
Our volunteer board works to raise funds, promote and help fund charitable programs, and advocate for the community and VON Annapolis Valley.
We are searching for new members to join our board. If you are interested, please contact
Central Kings Community Health Board Membership

The Central Kings Community Health Board is seeking applications for membership.  If you would like to volunteer and contribute to the health of your community through health promotion, community partnerships and advocacy, or would like to learn more about the work of Community Health Boards, contact the office at: or 902-538-7088. 

Full Stack Web Developer and Administrator

Common Good Solutions

Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Human Resources Manager

Prescott Group

Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Training Coordinator/Manager

Halifax Employers Association

Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Executive Director

The Law Foundation of Nova Scotia

Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Executive Director

Truckers Association of Nova Scotia

Truro, Nova Scotia
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Operations and Programming Manager

Our Health Centre

Chester, Nova Scotia
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The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia provides customized services in board governance and strategic planning to non-profit organizations across the province.

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