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Resources for Non-Profits

There is so much great information out there already about volunteering! In this section, we will bring that information together and connect you with the people you need to know to have a great volunteer program!

Resources for Non-Profits

Inspiration Starts Here

Welcome to SPARK Ontario’s volunteering resource section for non-profits! Here you will find suggestions, best practices, tips, links and resources to help you become an organization your volunteers will love even more. We are always looking to grow the resources here so if you have examples of best practices you can share or know of any other great resources please let us know.

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New training resource for volunteers!

The Government of Ontario has sponsored a new online training resource to help people put the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) into action in their volunteering.

Volunteering and Accessibility is an interactive online training video that shares the fundamental principles of accessibility and gives volunteers tools they can use to interact with and support people with disabilities. 


Storytelling for Nonprofits


Finding and crafting stories about how volunteers make an impact at

your organization might take some extra time, but it's worth it! 


Here are a few SPARK Tips for creating and presenting your stories. 

Telling a Great Story

Taking a Great Photo

Making a Short Video

Storytelling Resources


Volunteer Engagement

Find great resources for volunteer engagement here. Go to Volunteer Engagement 

 Corporate Engagement

If you're a nonprofit looking to attract corporations and corporate volunteers, get the information you need to get started here. Go to Corporate Engagement 

Volunteer Management

Find out how to connect with the experts in volunteer management in Ontario and get great resources here!  Go to Volunteer Management 

Service Ontario's Portal for Nonprofits

This site features a directory of government open call programs for funding, ideas on how to start and manage a NFP, as well as a section to help organizations understand the laws that affect the nonprofit sector. Please follow the link here: www.ontario.ca/notforprofits

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Funded by the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, SPARK is an online platform that aggregates volunteering opportunities across the province. Its vision is to motivate, inspire and celebrate volunteering in Ontario. It’s something new on the landscape – a story that is just beginning. This report is intended to spark discussion and engage you, the reader in the next developments in the plot.

Are you looking for a volunteer with a specific skill? Be clear about how they can help and get creative about where and how you share it!

Orientation and training can help new volunteers feel energized about your cause! Check out this recent blog post on Classy.org for tips on giving volunteers the tools they need to suceed.

Keeping your audience actively engaged on social media takes time and dedication. To make it easier, check out this great blog post that gives you 12 Ways to Jazz Up Your Facebook page.

Download this free volunteer engagement assessment tool and learn about new ways to amp up your volunteer program!

Looking for a rockstar volunteer who has the skills you need for your next project? Learn why the name you give to the opportunity can make all the difference.

Want to brush up on your social media skills? Check out this free toolkit designed specifically for nonprofits and charities!

When interviewing potential volunteers, how do you transform their interest into committment? Get some tips from this article on Charity Village!

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