Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership


About the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership

The Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership (SNP) is an informal partnership of organizations that collaborate with one another and other organizations toward the betterment of the nonprofit sector. Formerly referenced as the Saskatchewan Network of Nonprofit Organizations (SNNO), the Partnership has made a 24 month commitment to continue the further exploration and development of a provincial network serving the nonprofit sector in Saskatchewan.

Our mission is to benefit the nonprofit sector through research, networking, public awareness, sector strategy development and thought leadership. Our long-term vision is that the nonprofit sector is widely recognized as a fundamental and essential contributor to Saskatchewan’s success.

Ultimately, our success will result in improved services for the beneficiaries of the work of the nonprofit sector in Saskatchewan. Specifically, we aspire to achieve the following:

  • Increased public awareness of the activities and results achieved by the nonprofit sector;
  • Deeper understanding of the issues, risks and opportunities within the nonprofit sector by the organizations within the sector, government, and the public; 
  • Better understanding of how to resource the nonprofit sector resulting in sustainable support and partnerships for services delivered by nonprofit organizations; 
  • Stronger collaboration across the nonprofit sector; and, 
  • Enhanced career opportunities within and across the nonprofit sector.

Our first priority is to facilitate research to gather baseline data on the nonprofit sector in Saskatchewan. This includes the Saskatchewan Social Enterprise Sector Survey 2015 and a broad provincial sector survey planned for 2016. In addition, we will disseminate knowledge about the sector and related issues as we continue to develop a model for a provincial nonprofit network.

  • The Saskatchewan Social Enterprise Sector Survey 2015 was the first profile of social enterprises in Saskatchewan. Social enterprises work in communities to achieve training, income, social, cultural, and environmental mission. They contribute to local economies and growth while striving to address social inequalities. You can check out the full report here and similar surveys conducted in other provinces across Canada here

Senior leaders of the following organizations serve as founding partners:

  • Catholic Family Services of Saskatoon 
  • Community Initiatives Fund 
  • Family Service Regina 
  • Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association 
  • United Way Regina
  • United Way Saskatoon and Area 

To receive updates on the work of the Partnership and other information relevant to the nonprofit sector email us at snno@sasktel.net.

 

Background

Following attendance at Imagine Canada’s National Summit in November 2011 a group of nonprofit leaders in Saskatchewan came together to explore the concept of a provincial organization to serve the sector similar to other provinces across the country. Under the umbrella of the Saskatchewan Network of Nonprofit Organizations (SNNO) the group undertook a feasibility study to explore the concept further. Over 500 sector representatives participated in the study culminating in the SNNO Feasibility Study and Organizational Options report.

Results of the study were presented at a provincial summit held in November 2012 and further discussed by the 150 sector leaders who attended the summit. As noted in the Summary of Proceedings strong support for the concept of a provincial association exists, while at the same time many questions remain and further developmental work is required.

Constrained by limited resources following the Provincial Summit the SNNO committee was unable to immediately pursue further developmental work. In 2014 the Community Initiatives Fund provided the committee with a grant to enable contracting of resources to facilitate research and business plan development. As a result, the committee changed its name to the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership to better describe its current structure. A commitment was made to continue to lead developmental work over a two year period focusing on five key areas as identified in its mission.