How to Participate in Not-for-Profit Recognition Day

Participate as much or as little as you can. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Talk about the sector's public benefit. 

Toronto’s community-based, nonprofit organizations range from health and social services to civic engagement, equity and diversity, arts and culture, environmental protection, sports and recreation, and much more — but all have care and service to Torontonians as a core value.

The nonprofit sector provides immense public benefit by working to build a better city. It is:

  • key to Toronto’s economy, generating revenues of at least $14 billion annually (double the impact of the tourism sector) and over 8% of our GDP, and providing meaningful work for thousands of people
  • a smart investment of municipal funds — nonprofit organizations help Torontonians live life well
  • the sector that generates smart solutions that put people first
  • the sector that builds stronger communities by responding to community needs
  • key to strengthening democracy by holding decision-makers accountable to all residents and ensuring that the voices of those experiencing social barriers such as poverty are heard.

Talk about your organization's public benefit. 

Complete this sentence: We build a better city by ____________________________.

Need ideas? The Ontario Nonprofit Network has some greats tips for talking about your organization’s impact. Here’s an example:

Our program helps [who?] people with intellectual disabilities [accomplish what?] develop life goals and access the supports they need to move forward on those goals. For example, we had [give concrete example of impact] one participant who used the plan we helped her develop to get a job working with one of our partners.”