Message from the Board of Directors

Regarding the financial sustainability of the Community Sector Council

A message from the Board of Directors regarding the financial sustainability of the Community Sector Council. The Provincial Government’s Sector Council Program has agreed to extend core funding for the CSC by one year, beginning April 1, 2015. The one-year extension will allow time to develop strategic plans and to negotiate a further two-year funding agreement.

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia (CSC) was formed in December 2012 with financial assistance provided by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education’s Sector Council Program. The mandate – developed with input from the sector in the lead-up to CSC’s creation – is to work with non-profits across Nova Scotia to build organizational capacity within the sector. The pilot phase ends on March 31, 2015. The additional one year of core funding for CSC allows time to develop strategic plans and to negotiate a further two-year funding agreement.

The last 26 months have been very busy. Regional hubs were established in July 2013 in six locations across the province through partnerships with host organizations. The regional structure resulted in an effective outreach to non-profits across the province. In October 2013, CSC began to roll out training, networking, and capacity-building initiatives to the non-profit sector. Thanks to a generous start-up grant provided by the province’s Voluntary Sector Division, on a one-time only basis, CSC was able to offer its events and activities at a very low cost or free of charge.

To continue to offer training, outreach, and networking, CSC will need to develop additional revenue streams. It will be necessary for CSC to develop and implement new fiscal practices, such as registration fees for its workshops, social enterprise initiatives, and fee-for-service partnerships with private and public sponsors.

By maintaining its regional structure and ongoing commitment to sector priorities, the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia will continue to serve non-profit organizations across the province to build capacity and find innovative solutions to sectoral issues.

Thanks for your feedback and guidance.

Arlene MacDonald

Chair, Board of Directors
Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia