What We Do


The Community Sector Council helps build organizational capacity within the non-profit & voluntary sector.

We also act as a non-partisan voice for the Community Sector, to help tell Nova Scotians about the contributions that the Community Sector makes to our province.


Our current priorities include:

  • increasing access to training opportunities, to help build capacity within the Community Sector
  • improving management and planning of human resources
  • developing strategies of attraction and retention of staff and volunteers
  • fostering a sense of identity as a sector with an enhanced ability to work collaboratively and play a role in consultation and decision-making.


Consulting Services


The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia provides customized services in board governance and strategic planning to community organizations across the province.

The services can be delivered either individually or in small groups.


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Non-Profit Training


The Community Sector Council works with national & local organizations to deliver high-quality training.
The Sector Council has offered many training opportunities in the past, including:

1) The Community Foundations of Canada developed a Human Resources Management Training program, including Take Stock, a tool to assess your organization’s core functions, and the Human Resource Toolkit. We worked with them to develop training in HR management standards.

2) Volunteer Canada developed a process to help organizations screen and manage volunteers, and we offered training in this volunteer screening process.

Nova Scotian trainers from across the province delivered the HR Management and Volunteer Screening programs in all regions. The training was delivered in French and English.

3) Working with the Federation of Community Organizations, we offered workshops on funding, grant-writing, and fundraising.

4) In partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, we offered information sessions on labour standards, occupational health and safety, and human rights.

5) In conjunction with the HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development, we offered workshops in all regions of the province on Youth Engagement and Volunteerism aimed at non-profit organizations.

6) Collaborating with a growing number of partners, the Community Sector Council offered a series of workshops on strategic communications, such as organizational branding, internal organizational communications, social media, and video storytelling in many communities across Nova Scotia.

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