The Muttart Foundation’s Board Directors is encouraging the government to maintain the current exemption to the Lobbyists Act that is enjoyed by charities and other public-good not-for-profits.  The Foundation does not see any reason for the changes proposed that would eliminate that exemption for any organization that has more than four staff.  For a copy of the full letter, click here.

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The Muttart Foundation has prepared the current discussion paper. Through a review of the role of municipal level governments in supporting early learning and care, this paper presents arguments and raises questions on the possible roles Alberta municipal level governments might play, and the responsibilities they might take on, to advance the public management, planning and delivery of services.

Engaging Alberta Municipal Level Governments

On February 8, Executive Director, Bob Wyatt, was one of the six people on a panel that spoke at the Senate Liberal Open Caucus in Ottawa. Muttart’s submission asked the Senate to undertake a major study into the laws governing Canadian charities – something that hasn’t been done for some 50 years. A copy of Muttart’s submission can be found here. A video of the full Open Caucus meeting will be posted at:

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.

Between January and June of 2017, Max Bell Foundation will deliver its ninth annual Public Policy Training Institute (PPTI).  We will bring together another group of 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 will delegate their representative to attend six monthly two-day sessions. Sessions will explore such topics as evidence, policy options, communications and engagement, and implementation.  Each participant will receive 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 will have enhanced their knowledge and skills required to develop, inform, and monitor public policy on issues of strategic importance to their organizations.

The program’s lead faculty for 2017 is Jim Dinning.  Mr. Dinning’s extensive experience in government includes terms as a Deputy Minister and a Cabinet Minister.  Other faculty members include Nancy Reynolds, Roger Gibbins, Brenda Eaton, and Bob Wyatt.

The sessions will alternate between Calgary and Edmonton. Travel and accommodation bursaries will be provided to all participants.  Each admitted participant will be required to pay a fee of not more than $700.

For more information and the application form, click the link below.