Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New ideas to battle homelessness shared

Federal government solicits ideas for business and charitable partnerships

Diane Finley
The B.C. Catholic has a story by Deborah Gyapong about a recent forum of government, business, and NGO leaders looking for ways to tackle social issues:
The federal government is soliciting ideas from the business and charitable sector on how to best solve intractable social problems such as homelessness, hunger and drug abuse.

“Here’s the straight talk, we can’t fund every single, solitary service that people want, without regard for the taxpayers’ ability pay for it,” Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley told a group of business and NGO leaders in Toronto Nov. 8.

“It’s time for us to unleash individual initiative so that those who are motivated can help others and those who need help are given the opportunity to take more responsibility to help themselves,” she told the 5th Annual Social Finance Forum sponsored by MaRS, a pioneer organization bringing business and NGO leaders together to find innovative ways of tackling social issues.

Finley asked for ideas on how to leverage business and NGO expertise with government funding that would reward measurable results in achieving goals.
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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