None of the umbrella organizations serving Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector alone has sufficient resources to effectively advance policy advocacy on behalf of the entire sector. Further, if a number of Canada’s major umbrella organizations and other charities each committed to the same policy “ask” on a particular topic, the credibility and likely success of that “ask” would be enhanced.

To this end, Imagine Canada has developed and piloted a “network model” of policy advocacy.

The goal of this proposed project was twofold:

  • to develop and pilot test a “network model” of policy advocacy within Canada’s charitable sector; and
  • focus the pilot around the issue of advocacy and “political activity” by charities, and in so doing materially inform federal policy choices on this topic.