Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO)
Our Story Why We Exist
Nonprofits help make communities vibrant. Sports associations, arts organizations, faith groups, friends of the environment, and social service agencies are some of the many nonprofits and charities that carry out their missions with a passion for making life better for others.
The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations supports the critical work of the charitable sector. We build awareness and make sense of the cross-cutting issues that affect the sector so that community nonprofits can focus on their missions. We want all nonprofits to be equipped to carry out their missions with excellence, which is why we work to strengthen the sector by offering the information, learning, and resources they need. Nonprofits also tell us they value joining with like-minded peers and others outside the sector to accomplish more together, so we tap into the reach of our network to help make those connections happen.
Our Impact What We Do
Our goal is to inform and inspire nonprofit leaders, board members, funders, and other nonprofit professionals in their day-to-day work. From research insights to stories of innovation, we promote a deeper understanding of the sector and encourage critical analysis of the issues and trends that shape the sector. When organizations understand the context of their work they can apply that knowledge to increase their own reach and effectiveness.
We also work to influence key players beyond the sector, such as policy makers and funders, by sharing insights on the challenges and opportunities facing the sector. Charities play an important role in the public policy process; they represent those who might otherwise not be heard and they identify unintended consequences of policy decisions. This aspect of our work is based on information and knowledge, and is always non-partisan.
Recent highlights of our success include:
- Advocated to have the nonprofit sector included in the province’s energy efficiency grant programs.
- Shared our expertise on emergency preparedness and response with sector colleagues in Fort McMurray, as well as at several provincial, national, and international conferences/gatherings.
- Reported a 10% increase in the number of Alberta nonprofits with an emergency response plan.
- Identified capacity strengths and gaps in the ability of nonprofits to carry out their missions.
Our Programs How We Do It
Information and Research – We provide in-depth analysis of issues and policies that affect the sector. We scan and monitor for social, environmental, political, and workforce trends that affect nonprofits, and we report on the state of the sector in our annual provincial survey of nonprofits. Comprehensive information on nonprofit salary and human resource practices is also gathered through an annual national survey we conduct.
Training and Tools – We build the sector's capacity in leadership, human resources, finance, policy advocacy, and emergency preparedness. Our workshops and communities of practice bring nonprofit professionals together for learning, growth, and networking, while our Reach Hire job board matches nonprofit job seekers with employers.
Connection and Conversation – We engage and advocate the sector’s interests on cross-cutting issues with sector colleagues and government policy makers. We also bring together our members and others from the sector to share insights and innovations, and to explore new ways of working.
Our Requests What You Can Do
Join. Interested nonprofits, individuals, organizations, and businesses can support our work through an annual membership. Regular membership benefits include discounts on event registration as well as special event invitations. Those who want to demonstrate a higher commitment to strengthening the nonprofit sector can do so as a sustaining member.
Give. Donate online through CanadaHelps. You may also contact us at 403-261-6655 to discuss specific sponsorship opportunities. Opportunities exist with our conference, thought leadership breakfasts, and our ongoing emergency preparedness work.
Share. With more than 8,000 nonprofits in Calgary and Area, there are many out there who have yet to hear how we support their efforts. Forward a link, share a story, and tell others about our work to help us spread the word.
Follow. Sign up to receive our e-newsletter or follow us on Twitter and Facebook (@nonprofitvoice) to learn more about our work.