Voices from the Voluntary Sector: Perspectives on Leadership Challenges

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2011 - Political Science - 465 pages

The voluntary sector is made up primarily of not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations that engage with social issues. Voices from the Voluntary Sector contains reasoned reflections by practitioners on some of the significant challenges faced by today's not-for-profit organizations in Canada. Broad in scope, these essays present a rich, multi-dimensional set of vignettes that as a whole express the vitality and humanity of the voluntary sector in Canada.

The contributors discuss organizational and managerial challenges, social entrepreneurship, and how to foster effective global movements. The essays include a reflection on the ways that young people can find the courage to become leaders, an exploration of the absence of First Nations peoples within voluntary sector organizations, and a consideration how parental incarceration affects the life prospects of children. Voices from the Voluntary Sector is a valuable resource that addresses a wide range of concerns related to the responsiveness, character, and leadership of third sector organizations.


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Frederick Bird is a research professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and a distinguished professor emeritus at Concordia University.

Frances Westley is a professor and J.W. McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo.

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