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An EDI Journey, Part 1: A Starting Point

January 2020 marked a time of significant change for ECVO. With a new Executive Director leading the way, the organization took time to reflect on its past and to chart a path forward. Over nearly two decades, ECVO has built a reputation as a capacity-builder within Edmonton’s non-profit community, supporting organizations to build effectiveness with …

Join ECVO’s Board of Directors and Play an Active Role in Shaping the Non-Profit Sector

  We’re seeking new voices to join the ECVO board to guide our work and inspire transformation in Edmonton’s non-profit sector. ECVO’s board of directors guides the organization towards achieving its strategic goals, while also driving systemic transformation towards a more equitable and inclusive sector. Board Directors govern through policy to ensure sound, ethical, legal, …

Celebrating Black History Month in Alberta

February is Black History Month — a time to learn about Black history in Canada and celebrate the many contributions of Black Canadians over the centuries. One look at this year’s Black History Month calendar shows that Black culture in all its diversity is thriving here in Edmonton and throughout the province. The history of …

Request for Proposals: Strategic Planning Services

ECVO is seeking a strategic planning consultant or consultants to facilitate a process to create our next three-year Strategic Framework for 2023-25. This Strategic Framework will display foresight on emerging needs and challenges facing the non-profit voluntary sector (NVPS) and outline how ECVO can effectively respond through our work in the coming years. The Strategic …

Submission to Edmonton City Council on the 2022 Operating Budget

On December 17, 2021, Edmonton City Council passed a 2022 Operating Budget. Leading into the budget discussions, ECVO prepared a submission that outlined three key asks that would impact Edmonton’s non-profit sector. In the last two years, the non-profit sector has faced significant challenges spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing affects of social …

New Report: Reimagining Non-Profit Governance through a Social Justice Lens

Non-profit governance discussions have undergone a transformation over the past decade, shifting from a focus on boards to a focus on governance as a complex system of people, structures, and processes embedded in a particular organizational culture and broader social ecosystem. Similarly, discussions about equity, inclusion, and social justice have transformed. These discussions have shifted …

Reflecting on a Messy, Much-Needed Strategic Learning Journey

ECVO’s evaluation learning journey started right around the time we first offered the Eval Lab course in 2018. A partnership between the Evaluation Capacity Network (ECN) at the University of Alberta, the Government of Alberta (GoA), and ECVO, Eval Lab was designed to help organizations embed evaluative data into strategic decision-making. While our mission is …

Reflecting on Calls to Action on National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

At the end of May, a First Nation in southern BC shared the discovery of 215 children who had been buried in an unmarked grave at Kamloops residential school. Like most Canadians, I felt that this discovery was shocking and horrifying, but at the same time it was not a huge surprise. In the days …

A Path to Reconciliation

Last week’s discovery of 215 Indigenous children’s remains found at the Kamloops Indian Residential School rightfully caused Canada to pause and reflect on the legacy of residential schools and the woefully unheeded recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in 2015.  The news has uncovered so much grief for Canada, and particularly so …

Transforming the Non-Profit Community in Edmonton: An Introductory Conversation with Three Willful Women

ᑖᓂᓯ and hello from ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᕀ ᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ or Edmonton, When we were asked to write a blog about transformation for ECVO, we thought that rather than start with the daunting and limiting challenge that a blank page often presents, we would continue in the spirit of the work so far and spend time visiting instead. We …