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

The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) will receive renewed and increased funding from The Muttart Foundation.

At a recent meeting, Muttart’s Board of Directors authorized a further five years of funding to CCVO to assist it with its core operating costs. Funding will increase to $150,000 per year from the current level of $100,000 per year for a total commitment of $750,000.

The new grant will take Muttart’s total funding of CCVO to more than $3.3 million and will extend the funding commitment to the end of 2026.

The announcement was made today (November 9) during CCVO’s annual Connections conference.

“Since its inception, CCVO has been a strong force to help co-ordinate the views and needs of charities and nonprofits to policymakers and the public,” says Bob Wyatt, Executive Director of The Muttart Foundation. “As we move into an entirely new situation following the pandemic, this voice of Alberta’s voluntary sector must continue to be heard loud and strong.”

Like its other grants to CCVO, Muttart has designated this as a core-funding grant, not tied to a particular project or initiative. This provides charities with the greatest flexibility, recognizing that every charity has expenses to maintain its operations.

“We’re thrilled to have the continued support of The Muttart Foundation and are grateful for their significant contributions to our core funding over the past two decades,” states Karen Ball, CCVO President & CEO. “We hope other funders and foundations follow the lead of Muttart and offer substantial funding to support operational and administrative needs of Alberta’s nonprofits. Especially now, as organizations are seeing a demand in services, nonprofits need the funding to take care of their staff and cover these important, necessary costs. This type of flexible investment will be crucial to helping organizations build back better.”

The Muttart Foundation’s funding in support of CCVO predates its formal existence. The foundation provided funding to what was then known as the Volunteer Centre of Calgary to explore and design a new organization that was then unique in Canada. Muttart became the first core funder of the newly established CCVO in 2004 and has maintained its support since then.

About The Muttart Foundation

Based in Edmonton, The Muttart Foundation was created in 1953 by Merrill and Gladys Muttart, successful businesspeople who strongly believed in supporting the communities that had helped achieve their success. The foundation’s current funding foci are on strengthening Canada’s charitable sector and promoting the highest quality early learning and child care programs possible. For more information, visit

About CCVO

CCVO is an advocate and champion of the nonprofit sector, providing leadership on cross-cutting nonprofit policy issues, convening nonprofit leaders, and giving voice to critical issues affecting the sector. For more information, visit

For further information, contact:

Bob Wyatt, Executive Director, The Muttart Foundation
(780) 913-8881

Karen Ball, President & CEO, CCVO
(403) 470-8114

On July 30, 2021, Commissioner Steve Allan submitted his final report of the Inquiry into Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns to Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage. Minister Savage has until the end of October to release the report publicly. The Commissioner’s mandate includes investigating, “…the role of foreign funding, if any, in anti-Alberta energy campaigns.”

In our November 2019 submission to the Inquiry, we included a table showing the number of Alberta charities reporting any foreign funding on their annual returns (T-3010s) during their 2016 fiscal year, and the amounts received, by type of charity. We have now done the same for the 2018 and 2019. We believe that by sharing this information we are providing some necessary context for the release of the final report.

The tables can be viewed here.

Canadian charities have a long history of helping to inform and shape public policy at municipal, provincial, and federal levels. For many, it’s a key strategy for advancing their missions.

Whether your organization has experience in public policy advocacy or is relatively new to the field, this extraordinary professional development opportunity will help you improve.

Application Deadline is November 1, 2021

Click here for the PPTI Application form

About the PPTI

Between January and June of each year, Max Bell Foundation will deliver its annual Public Policy Training Institute (PPTI). We bring together 25 leaders from Canada’s charitable sector whose organizations want to impact the public policy process. Enrollment is open to staff or board members of any Canadian charity.

Selected organizations delegate their representative to attend six monthly two-day sessions. Sessions explore such topics as evidence, policy options, communications and engagement, and implementation. Each participant receives one-on-one coaching during the program to help them develop a policy-ready position on a given issue by program end.

On completion of the program, participants have enhanced their knowledge and skills required to develop, inform, and monitor public policy on issues of strategic importance to their organizations.

Click here to read more about the program.

Discussions about closing down a program or charity have always been tough, but a new workbook released today by The Muttart Foundation may help organizations better understand the many considerations that go into a decision.

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.

The workbook can be freely downloaded here.

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.

The Muttart Foundation, in collaboration with the law firm Miller Thomson LLP, has produced a resource to assist groups in coping with the financial hardships that are now upon them. Paths Forward in Financially Troubled Times – A Restructuring and Insolvency Guidebook for Charities and Non-profit Organizations is now available through the Foundation’s website.

The Guidebook lays out a number of avenues that groups can explore if they are financially stressed. These range from continuing operations in a different legal form or in a collaboration, to revamping finances to survive immediate threats to viability, to wrapping up the organization and its functions in a prudent and reasonable manner.

Paths Forward in Financially Troubled Times: A Restructuring and Insolvency Guidebook for Charities and Non-profit Organizations