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.


Sign up to receive supports. 

Sign up here to

  • get signage to identify your organization as a proud not-for-profit, 
  • get social media content that you can use on Recognition Day, and
  • arrange to meet with your local Councillor to discuss how our sector can help the City build a stronger economy and a resilient city, and the role your organization plays and the value you provide to your community. 


Host an event and invite elected officials and resident leaders. 

Tip: Don't forget to share photos on Twitter using #TONotForProfitDay

Here are some tweets and photos from events held last year.


Participate on Twitter

Don't know how to use Twitter? It's easier than you think to get started! Watch our webinar, The Accidental Tweeter: Twitter 101 for Nonprofit Staff New to Twitter.

Here are some tips on what to tweet. Don't forget to use the #TONotForProfitDay hashtag!

Tip #1: Retweet our tweets about the sector's incredible contributions to the city. 

On Recognition Day, go to the @TOnonprofits page and retweet away! 


Tip #1: Tell Torontonians how your organization makes a better city. 

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 a template you could use:

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.”

Here are some great examples of how organizations did that last year: 


Tip #2: Tag and recognize other nonprofits who are doing impactful work for the city.



The Toronto Media Arts Centre spent the whole day giving shoutouts to other nonprofits. It was AMAZING.

(Click on the tweet then click on "Show this thread" to see all their #NotForProfitRecognitionDay tweets)


Tip #3: Celebrate yourself and others at the same time.


Tip #4. Make and share a video.

This one from the Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough made our day!


Tweet to spread awareness about the sector's incredible contributions to our city. [think we should do this and get them to focus on their own orgs]

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.