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July 17, 2019 

Supporting Partnership Development Series

Building on our Governance and Leadership Training, CCSN is pleased to host a new learning series to support further partnership development. Please mark your calendars and register for our upcoming sessions:
Creating Innovative Non-Profit Partnerships in a Changing World webinar
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Register here
Sheer grit and countless hours of effort are what go into the survival of most non-profits. Autonomy is hard-earned, and protecting what’s been built, serving vulnerable populations, and staying accountable to local needs is at the heart of what we do. And yet - Money is always tight. Human resources are sometimes hard to come by. Reporting is time-consuming. IT systems are expensive. And, the political environment is asking non-profits to do ever more with less. Something has to give.
Many organizations are now turning to collaborations, partnerships, joint ventures, and integrations for answers. They are asking: What are the structural opportunities to be found in forging new partnerships? How do we maintain our control, and yet benefit from doing things with others in new ways? How do we even get started? This introduction to partnership building will focus on the following:
  • Why partnerships matter and why your organization needs them.
  • What range of options and spectrum of collaboration are available: from informal links to formal partnership agreements, all the way to integrations, amalgamations or mergers? What are the benefits and risks of each type?
  • What have other organizations partnered on, and what’s worked elsewhere across Ontario?
  • How do you get the conversation started and how do you know which organizations out there are good candidates with whom to begin a dialogue?
Designing Strategic Partnerships in-person working session
Save the Date:  September 4, 2019
9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Ottawa (location to be confirmed)
Register here 

This subsequent in-person session will build on the introduction webinar, by asking participants to workshop, in practical ways, the essential components needed to build strong, long-lasting collaborations and partnerships. It will focus on the following:
  • Which organizations do we already know? What is the current state of our relationships, i.e., formal, informal? Are they successful collaborations? How do we know that
  • Considering the spectrum of collaboration, where are there opportunities for us to work with others? What do we have to offer (assets, strengths)? What do we need (gaps, weaknesses)?
  • How might we begin to learn more about one another, and how can we find ways to work smarter together, i.e., through back office, service delivery or programmatic design, or other functions such as fundraising, communications, or government relations

Update on our Activities

Want to learn more about what CCSN has been doing or get involved in one of the regional projects? Download your copy of the CCSN Overview of Activities July 2019 update and learn more on how you can get involved. 

Highlights of our recent work include: 
  • Advances in eReferral and new partnerships 
  • New communications resources to support outreach and engagement (English / French
  • Past Engage! online learning webinars
  • Release of resource tools to help support the implementation of regional standards for Meals Delivery and Non-Urgent Transportation
The CCSN Consistent Definitions for Financial and Administrative Data working group was recently formed with the goal to develop a practical resource document to support consistent definitions and understanding for financial and administrative data in Community Support Services. 

We are looking for your guidance to help scope this work. Please complete this 2-minute feedback form to identify your agency's pressure points for financial and administrative reporting and quarterly submissions. Submit your feedback here by Wednesday, July 31st. 

For more information on this project, please contact Sarah at
  • The CCSN Leadership Table meets monthly to discuss and respond to current issues impacting Community Support Services and align regional and local efforts. You can find a current list of  the Leadership Table members here. If you are interested in participating in regional initiatives, please contact Jama at   

    The next CCSN Online Network meeting is September 26th 9:30 am. Register early here
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