Non-profit organizations play an increasingly important role in rural regions. Yet, these organizations are chronically lacking in capacity, including being both understaffed and underfinanced, as well as having high turnover rates and loss of institutional memory as a result. This research project aims to explore how non-profit organizations and charities in rural communities deliver their mandate in light of these challenges, with a particular emphasis on human resources. The objective is to identify and understand the critical factors that contribute to successful governance of their organizations and what strategies and practices have been successful in other places. The results of this research will aid non-profit organizations, particularly those in rural places, in understanding and supporting those factors related to successful governance. This in turn will aid these organizations in delivering the vital programming they provide to their clients (e.g., businesses, governments, the general public). This research will conduct 3-5 case studies on rural based non-profit organizations and/or charities to determine how they finance human resource supports, and what lessons learned may be transferable to other cases.

This project is a partnership with the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and funded through the Mitacs Accelerate program.