VSSN & SNP Annual Conference

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June 2018

The Common Threads Conference, co-hosted by the VSSN and the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership (SNP) with funding from the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF), will take place on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Luther College at the University of Regina. Program theme and agenda to come!
 

June 2017 "Common Threads: Weaving a Stronger Nonprofit Sector"

On June 9, 2017, the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership (SNP) co-hosted their second annual conference at Luther College at the University of Regina. The event featured Bruce MacDonald (President and CEO, Imagine Canada), Dr. Cindy Hanson (Faculty of Education, University of Regina), Jeph Maystruck (Co-founder, Strategy Lab), and Dr. Gloria DeSantis (Department of Justice Studies, University of Regina). This year’s conference welcomed more than 100 individuals—students, nonprofit organizations, and university faculty and staff—who gathered to network and explore trends, challenges, and opportunities in the nonprofit sector. The main goals were to explore and discuss policy, advocacy, inclusivity, and promotion of the nonprofit sector; share updates on VSSN & SNP; and provide networking opportunities.

The positive response from our 2016 and 2017 conference clearly indicates the need for further opportunities to build collaborations and incubate innovative ideas that strengthen the nonprofit sector in Saskatchewan. The third annual conference is tentatively scheduled for June 15, 2018. Mark your calendars and watch for more information! 

Conference Proceedings

1.    Keynote speaker:  Bruce MacDonald (PDF of PowerPoint Presentation and video of presentation)
 

2.    Interactive workshops

Bruce MacDonald: public policy and advocacy, types of advocacy activities, creating change (PDF of PowerPoint presentation)

Dr. Cindy Hanson: inclusivity, considering intersectionality, social constructions and (inadvertent) exclusivity (PDF of resources)

Jeph Maystruck: marketing of the nonprofit sector, collaboration, experimentation and innovation, social media, attracting younger generations (PDF of PowerPoint presentation)

Dr. Gloria DeSantis: advocacy as a core function of the sector, public policy advocacy practice guidelines, Canada Revenue Agency rules and audits (PDF of PowerPoint presentation)
 

3.    Book launch of The Shifting Terrain: Nonprofit Advocacy in Canada (publishers and purchasing information here)
 

Click here for information on the June 2016 conference, “Meeting of the Minds”.


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