A Guide to Social Prosperity Tools
Since February 2011, Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo has delivered over 20 learning events designed to build capacity in the nonprofit sector by fostering more sustainable and resilient organizations. These workshops have explored topics including nonprofit branding, shared services, sustainable funding, board governance, strategic planning, social innovation, and accreditation through Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. This Guide to Social Prosperity Tools brings together many of the tools that have been introduced since 2011, providing useful tips on how they might be used in Canada. The Guide is intended to help networks, organizations, and individuals apply the learning from Social Prosperity Canada workshops.
Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo’s Accreditation Preparation Workbook
Accreditation builds the capacity of nonprofits and charities by encouraging them to develop strong policies and processes that contribute to increased organizational resilience and impact. Becoming accredited through Imagine Canada’s Standards Program demonstrates to funders and community members that an organization is meeting national standards of excellence.The Social Prosperity Accreditation Preparation Workbook is designed to help nonprofit and charitable organizations prepare to apply for accreditation through Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. The Workbook is organized into five sections corresponding to the five areas of the standards: Board Governance, Financial Accountability and Transparency, Fundraising, Staff Management, and Volunteer Involvement. Each section includes explanations of the standards and provides tools and resources to assist organizations to come into compliance.
The Framework for Building Prosperous Communities
Social Prosperity’s Framework for Building Prosperous Communities presents strategies designed to increase social prosperity by building capacity in the nonprofit sector. The Framework’s strategies emerged from extensive conversations between community, business, academic, and government leaders in Wood Buffalo and Waterloo Region. The Framework is informed by best practices and the guidance of community leaders who have generously donated their time and expertise to this project.