Representing more than 1,000 non-profit organizations, 6,000 staff, and about 53,000 volunteers.
On PEI, the non-profit sector is recognized as the third-largest economic sector. The sector has more employees than aerospace, bioscience and IT combined.
This sector provides access to thousands of critical services and programs in areas such as social services, environment, health, education, employment, arts & culture, sport & recreation, and more.
Recently, the board of directors of the Community Sector Network of PEI announced success in establishing the non-profit sector as an incorporated organization, with a vision to having a vibrant, valued, and collaborative community sector for PEI.
This initiative began several years ago with leadership from the late Steve McQuaid on behalf of the Community Foundation of PEI. In 2017, United Way of PEI in partnership with the Community Foundation and Canada 150 hosted a conference that helped to shape future planning for the sector. From there, a group representing various organizations worked to establish the newly incorporated sector.
“Now with an official organization and board of directors, we will have a stronger voice for the sector,” says Andrea MacDonald, CEO, United Way of PEI. “Those working in the sector face challenges such as high turnover rates and disconnectedness, lack of professional development, and access to resources, and we believe it’s in our best interest to work together.”
Community Sector has four key focus areas:
- Make the community sector more recognized, so that Islanders understand it is essential to health and well-being.
- Share expertise and work together to remain strong and efficient.
- Ensure their voice is heard.
- Ensure it has the resources needed to deliver quality services in a sustainable way.
For more information about the Community Sector Network of PEI, visit www.facebook.com/CSNPEI. To find out more about PEI’s non-profit sector and some great stories of what is happening across the Island, visit www.peiunitedway.com/docs/Unitedwaybook-onlineversion.pdf.
Building Sector Strength
The United Way of PEI is working to facilitate the delivery of professional development, enable opportunities for collaboration and increase awareness and access to services for Islanders.
Take a look at some of the initiatives of United Way of PEI by clicking here.
Atlantic Provinces Economic Council Research Report – The Nonprofit Sector in Prince Edward Island – September 2021
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