Checking in with the Community Sector

Welcome to the Community Sector Pulse, a regular survey administered by the Community Sector Council NL (CSC NL) to get a sense of how the community sector is doing, what issues are emerging, and how we can work more effectively together. The results of this survey will be shared publicly.
 
A few important points before we start:

1. Questions about this survey can be directed to:

                                           Penelope Rowe     
                                           CEO
                                           pennyrowe@cscnl.ca

                                           Darlene Scott       
                                           Senior Program Associate
                                           darlenescott@cscnl.ca

2. We're looking for your individual views on these questions.  This is about getting a sense of how people in the sector are doing and how they see their organizations.
 
3. We won't share any individual responses from this project.  All reporting will be based on trends from the whole set of responses (i.e. aggregate data). 

4. Please pick one organization to think about when you're answering  - we know some of you wear multiple hats!

5. Questions marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

What is your role at the organization you're thinking of as you answer?

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* 1. What is your role at the organization you're thinking of as you answer?

Does your organization have any full-time, year-round, paid employees?

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* 3. Does your organization have any full-time, year-round, paid employees?

Tell us about your office and succession plan.

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* 4. Tell us about your office and succession plan.

  Yes No N/A or Don't know
Does your organization have its own office?
Does your organization have a succession plan for paid staff?
Does your organization have a succession plan for volunteers?
What, roughly, is your organization's annual budget?

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* 5. What, roughly, is your organization's annual budget?

Age and gender of your volunteer board of directors.

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* 6. Age and gender of your volunteer board of directors.

  0% 1 - 25% 26 - 50% 51 - 75% 76 - 99% 100% N/A or Don't know
The percentage/share of volunteer leadership on our board of directors who are over the age of 55 is...
The percentage/share of volunteer leadership on our board of directors who are women is...
Now, some general questions about how your organization is doing.

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* 7. Now, some general questions about how your organization is doing.

  0 - None/Not at all 1 - Low 2 - Medium 3 - High N/A or Don't know
Thinking about your organization and its work, how much optimism do you have about the future?
How much stress would you say your organization is under right now?
What level of demand are you seeing for your organization's services?
How have your organization's human resources changed over the last year?

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* 8. How have your organization's human resources changed over the last year?

  Decreased a lot Decreased a bit Stayed the same Increased a bit Increased a lot N/A or Don't know
The amount of time put in by our volunteers...
Our total # of paid staff hours...
How have your organization's financial circumstances changed over the past year?

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* 9. How have your organization's financial circumstances changed over the past year?

  Decreased a lot Decreased a bit Stayed the same Increased a bit Increased a lot N/A or Don't know
Government grants
Grants from foundations
Donations
Sponsorships
Memberships
Money earned from contracts to deliver services
Money earned from running other kinds of businesses (e.g. rentals, social enterprise ventures, etc.)
Money earned from fundraising events (e.g. lotteries, bingos, ticket draws, auctions, etc.)
How strong would you say your organization's capacity is in the following areas?

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* 10. How strong would you say your organization's capacity is in the following areas?

  0 - No capacity 1 - Very weak 2 - Weak 3 - Average 4 - Strong 5 - Very strong N/A or Don't know
Recruiting and retaining board members
Recruiting and retaining other volunteers
Recruiting and retaining staff
Communicating with the public about what you do
Advocating on policy issues
Connecting with other organizations
Doing research into the issues you are working on
Developing new ideas and programs
Age and gender of paid staff (if no employees, choose N/A).

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* 11. Age and gender of paid staff (if no employees, choose N/A).

  0% 1 - 25% 26 - 50% 51 - 75% 76 - 99% 100% N/A or Don't know
The percentage/share of employees over the age of 55 is...
The percentage/share of employees who are women is...
Nonprofit Labour Market

Now, we want to ask some specific questions about workplace and labour market issues in the community sector.
The organization I am thinking of when I answer these questions is:

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* 12. The organization I am thinking of when I answer these questions is:

Attracting Paid Employees in Today's Labour Market
How are you doing with recruitment of paid staff? If your organization has no employees, pick N/A.

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* 13. How are you doing with recruitment of paid staff? If your organization has no employees, pick N/A.

  Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree N/A or Don't Know
Our organization actively tries to recruit younger workers
Our organization actively tries to recruit older workers
Our organization actively tries to recruit workers who will add diversity to our workplace
Our organization attracts workers with the right skills for the jobs we need done
Our organization's salaries are competitive enough to attract the caliber of workers we need
Retaining Paid Employees in Today's Labour Market
Inclusiveness

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* 14. Inclusiveness

  Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree N/A or Don't Know
Our organization actively seeks ways to make older workers welcome in our workplace
Our organization actively seeks ways to make younger workers welcome in our workplace
Our organization has policies to support a respectful workplace
Our organization has polices to support diversity in the workplace
Professional Development

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* 15. Professional Development

  Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree N/A or Don't Know
Our organization provides on-the-job training skills for workers to help them do our work
Our organization pays the costs of skills training and professional development opportunities for our employees
Our organization depends on free webinars, workshops or conferences to provide professional development to our employees
Compensation and Benefits

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* 16. Compensation and Benefits

  Yes No N/A or Don't know
The salaries at our organization are sufficient for us to keep our employees
Our organization offers yearly increases in pay scales
Our organization offers employment benefits such as health and dental insurance plans
Our organization makes contributions to employee pension plans
Strengthing Labour Force Capacity
Tell us about sustaining your capacity in today's labour market.

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* 17. Tell us about sustaining your capacity in today's labour market.

  Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree N/A or Don't Know
Our organization is seeking new funding sources for the next year
Our organization will grow social enterprise activities in the next year
A succession plan for our employees is key to our growth as an organization
A succession plan for our volunteer leadership (board of directors) is key to our growth as an organization
Our need for paid staff will increase over the next year
Our need for volunteers will increase over the next year
Optional: Provide your contact information to stay in our Community Sector Pulse Survey.
Contact information will only be used to ensure you receive the next survey in the series.  It will not be matched with responses.

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* 18. Optional: Provide your contact information to stay in our Community Sector Pulse Survey.
Contact information will only be used to ensure you receive the next survey in the series.  It will not be matched with responses.

...And that's it for the 2018 Community Sector Pulse survey! Thanks for participating!

Watch our website (communitysector.nl.ca) for the results!

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