OVCN and Charity Republic’s Strategic Partnership Provides Easy Access to new Volunteer Management Software

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Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) is pleased to announce a first-of-its-kind partnership with Waterloo Region’s leading volunteer software startup, Charity Republic. The partnership brings a solution to those who manage volunteers, making the software available to not-for-profits and charitable organizations across Ontario through their respective Volunteer Centres. The new software, a CRM for not-for-profits, creates easy and affordable access to an all-in-one web and mobile platform, making it easier to schedule, track, manage and report on volunteers.

Founder and CEO of Charity Republic, the Kitchener-based software company that designed the software, Popy Dimoulas-Graham said, “It is an honour to work with the OVCN and its member organizations to create a volunteer management solution that benefits volunteer managers and volunteers, as well as have a long-term impact on building capacity for charities and not-for-profits.”

Prior to and during the software development process, Charity Republic’s development team collaborated with over 60 charities and not-for-profit organizations to ensure that the software met the unique needs of its users, and helped them build greater capacity.

Speaking on behalf of the OVCN, PREB-Ontario’s Project Manager, Cody Palmer-Almond said, “Now that volunteers have the opportunity to gain a personalized, official PREB Certificate using the PREB-Ontario program, accurate and proper volunteer management is critical. The program not only helps managers of volunteers better record volunteers’ time and activities, but it also makes it much easier to accurately transfer volunteers’ attributes to PREB-Certificates.”

“This is the value that our amazing relationship with Charity Republic has brought to the voluntary sector and we are so thankful for their commitment to quality and excellence.”

This is not the only partnership OVCN has created with businesses in Waterloo Region. Volunteer Attract, has developed OVCN’s PREB-Ontario system, a set of proprietary online tools used to prepare personalized, official PREB Certificates. The company is also developing the OVCN and ChangetheWorld websites. These partnerships allow for closer collaboration and more complimentary, unified systems with greater user experiences.

About Charity Republic

Charity Republic is a software company specializing in software solutions for charities, non-profits, high schools and universities. The company promote meaningful volunteerism and community engagement via accessible and efficient technology solutions. In addition, they are already working with over 35 school districts and universities across Ontario, helping students and teachers to track and manage co-operative education, community service, practicums, volunteer hours and activities.

About OVCN

Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) is an unincorporated network of Volunteer Centres led by a Steering Committee. OVCN provides a provincial network and voice to strengthen the individual and collective ability of Volunteer Centres in Ontario, to promote and develop volunteerism. OVCN also inspires and strengthens leadership through community service and volunteer engagement, and promotes the 3Rs of volunteerism – Recruit! Retain! Recognize!

For more information, please contact:

Charity Republic
info [at] charityrepublic.com

Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN)
communications [at] ovcn.ca

Charity Highlight | KW Humane Society

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(Disclaimer: There are more adorable animal pictures at the bottom of this post)

Welcome to our weekly charity and non-profit highlight. Each week we will be shining the spotlight on a different charity or non-profit, who, in our humble opinion, deserves some extra recognition for the work that they do.

This week we will be barking up the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society‘s tree.

The KWHS is one of the largest humane society’s in Ontario and they have the space to care for over 62 dogs, 165 cats, and an assortment of birds, reptiles and small mammals.  I don’t know about you, but that sounds like somewhere I wish I could live.

And, thankfully, there is a lot of life there. They have been saving lives since 1927.  One of the amazing facts of the KWHS is that they do not receive any government funding, yet they manage to do so much for their community.

It is said that the mark of an advanced civilization is one that protects its animals, and that is exactly what they do. Their programs are amazing. When I was a support worker, I used to take the individuals I supported through tours of the KWHS building. The staff were as friendly and warm as the animals.

They are currently heading up “The 1000 challenge,” which seeks to engage 1,000 Waterloo Region residents to sign on to donate a minimum of $10 per month. they are also actively recruiting many volunteers for varying positions.

Do you like soft, cuddly animals? Do you want to spend your spare time being surrounded by adorableness and pure love? Yes, of course you do. Sign up here.

Still not convinced to volunteer? You would get to meet Phil!


Whitney wonders why you haven’t signed up to volunteer?


One last attempt, from J.J. Johnston:


Thanks for taking the time to learn about the KWHS, an excellent example of what can be done when people put their passion into their work. To learn more, check out their website right here.


How teachers are using digital tools to truly personalize learning

Nov 4, 2015

Excerpt from Canadian Business, by Peter NowakIllustration by Matt Murphy - Canadian Business

…School boards are similarly seeking out Charity Republic, based in Kitchener, Ont. The company makes an online tool for digitally tracking work placements, internships and volunteer hours. The idea revolves around replacing paper-based tracking methods, which can easily be lost. Like Sesame, Charity Republic creates data that can shared between teachers, students and parents.

‏“We found students weren’t graduating because they’d lost a piece of paper,” says founder Popy Dimoulas-Graham. “When they see students not graduating because of paper inefficiencies, schools are definitely drawn to using products like ours.”

‏Dimoulas-Graham had previously worked as an online course facilitator in epidemiology for the Public Health Agency of Canada before starting Charity Republic in 2010 with an eye to helping charities manage their volunteers. The business only started growing three years ago, after she realized the software could plug an existing hole in the education system.

‏Thirty-five school boards and universities in Ontario are now using Charity Republic’s software, with more coming soon in Alberta and British Columbia, she says. The company, which still deals with charities as well, is up to five full-time and two part-time employees.

To read the rest of this article, which was originally published in Canadian Business, please click here.