Ontario grant helps Capacity Canada advance evaluation in charitable sector

Ontario grant helps Capacity Canada advance evaluation in charitable sector

WATERLOO REGION – Feb 17th,2015 Capacity Canada has received a $405,000 grant from the Ontario government to provide charitable non-profits in the province with tools for continuous improvement.

Awarded over three years under the Partnership Grant Program of the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, the money will help non-profits keep track of the performance of their policies and programs — a process known as evaluation.


“It is good practice to have evaluation running continuously in the background of a community organization,’’ says Cathy Brothers, Capacity’s chief executive officer. “It provides the flexibility to seize an opportunity, or adjust to changes that can come on quite suddenly.”

The greater the excellence in evaluation, the more impact non-profits have on their communities, Brothers added.

The grant allows Capacity to develop an online evaluation kit, create mentoring groups around evaluation and expand existing workshops and events that promote continuous evaluation.

“The Government of Ontario is pleased to support Capacity Canada’s commitment to building stronger communities by investing in community groups,” said Daiene Vernile, Liberal MPP for Kitchener Centre. “Evaluation helps these front-line organizations innovate to provide even better service.’’

The grant from the provincial government is the third major funding announcement Capacity has made in the last 12 weeks.

Grants from Manulife and the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation also enable Capacity to broaden its expertise in such areas as governance, mentoring and evaluation in the charitable non-profit sector.