Reports Archive

Final Report Consultation on the Disbursement Quota

February 2022The Muttart Foundation

In autumn 2021, the Muttart Foundation convened a meeting of sector representatives, allied professionals, government regulators and international experts to discuss issues related to the Disbursement Quota. The session was one of an on-going series of meetings to promote the exchange of ideas and permit sharing of concerns of both sector groups and regulators. No undertakings or commitments from either regulators or sector participants are expected or made at these sessions, and any remarks in the report are meant only to reflect the discussions. A copy of the report is available here.

Final Report Consultation on the Disbursement Quota

The Educational Experiences and Anticipated Work Plans of Post-Secondary Early Learning and Care Students in Alberta

November 2021The Muttart Foundation

The following report, prepared by the Muttart Foundation, explores the educational experiences and anticipated employment plans, after graduation, of students completing early learning and child care credentials in Alberta. It draws on the findings from focus groups with students at six public post-secondary institutions and adds to the current limited body of research that explores student experiences and motivations in completing early learning and care credentials. The main research findings provide insights into how students view their education and the potential work opportunities available to them in the field. It concludes with some important learnings for governments and early learning and care partners to consider as they work together to support the educational preparation of students and their transition into the workforce.

The Educational Experiences and Anticipated Work Plans of Post-Secondary Early Learning and Care Students in Alberta

Roadmap to a Quality Early Learning and Child Care System in Alberta

November 2021Canadian Child Care Federation, Child Care Now, YMCA of Northern Alberta and The Muttart Foundation

The Muttart Foundation is pleased to release the Roadmap to a Quality Early Learning and Child Care System in Alberta. This document is the collaborative effort of six partners: the Canadian Child Care Federation and its Alberta Leaders’ Caucus, Child Care Now and its Alberta Chapter, the YMCA of Northern Alberta and the Muttart Foundation. It is intended to engage stakeholders, community groups and policy makers in meaningful discussions about the essential elements of a quality early learning and child care system for Alberta, and the initial policy actions needed to develop it.

Roadmap to a Quality Early Learning and Child Care System in Alberta

Roadmap to a Quality Early Learning and Child Care System in Saskatchewan

October 2021Canadian Child Care Federation, Child Care Now, Saskatchewan Early Childhood Association and The Muttart Foundation

The Muttart Foundation is pleased to release the Roadmap to a Quality Early Learning and Child Care System in Saskatchewan. This document is the collaborative effort of six partners: the Canadian Child Care Federation and its Saskatchewan Leaders’ Caucus, Child Care Now and its Saskatchewan Chapter, the Saskatchewan Early Childhood Association (SECA) and the Muttart Foundation. It is intended to engage stakeholders, community groups and policy makers in meaningful discussions about the essential elements of a quality early learning and child care system for Saskatchewan, and the initial policy actions needed to develop it.

Roadmap to a Quality Early Learning and Child Care System in Saskatchewan

It’s Time to Go: A Self-Guided Workbook to assist with Nonprofit Organizational Closure

January 2021The Muttart Foundation in collaboration with Carleton University

The workbook was written by four students from Carleton University as their capstone project to obtain their Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership degree. Carleton is the only university in the country to offer such a Master’s level program.

It’s Time to Go is a self-guided workbook. Directors and staff of a charity or other nonprofit can use the insights and checklists to ensure they fully understand what is involved in their decision and what to do if they decide to end a program or close the entire agency. The workbook combines learnings from research and lessons from Canadian nonprofit leaders who have faced this type of difficult decision.

In their introduction, Foundation president Malcolm Burrows and executive director Bob Wyatt praised the four students — Uzma Gilani, Praan Misir, Shane Norris and Ellie Sabourin – for the quality of their work.

Burrows and Wyatt wrote:

Closing a charity or nonprofit is not a simple exercise. Financial realities butt up against deeply held values. The “can do” spirit that is at the heart of charities must be balanced with the truth that “doing more with less” is, more often than not, an empty phrase that seeks to hide disaster for clients, staff and communities. If a charity or nonprofit makes the difficult decision to close, it must strive for excellence in that, as it has over the life of its existence. This workbook will help them do just that.

Around the world, leading charitable-sector organizations and researchers have predicted that tens of thousands of charities may decide to close, largely as a result of their inability to survive the results of the pandemic.

“While we hope these predictions are overstated, we fear they may not be,” says the introduction to the workbook.

Carleton University annually invites charities and others to submit projects to be considered as possible capstone projects for the MPNL program.  “This is a wonderful opportunity for the students and an important contribution to Canada’s charitable sector,” said Wyatt.

It's Time to Go