Shared Platform

Accelerating change and impact.

Many grassroots initiatives struggle to drive real-world change while managing the demands of a stand-alone charity. And so, MakeWay launched the shared platform model in Canada.

Over 60 unique projects working on community-led solutions

It takes a lot of hard work to create positive and lasting change. The precious time and energy available to changemakers should be spent on making it happen.

With the shared platform, more time and money goes towards achieving greater impact as projects benefit from sharing important administrative resources and expertise.

Shared platform projects also become part of an organization with:

  • an established reputation with funders
  • strong relationships in the nonprofit sector from coast to coast to coast
  • opportunities for collaboration among fellow projects

As part of MakeWay, projects can also leverage:

  • collaboration among fellow projects
  • an established reputation with funders
  • established relationships in the sector

We are always seeking new initiatives that align with our vision of a world where nature and communities thrive together—is the shared platform right for you?

Benefits

With the shared platform, MakeWay projects benefit from the support of a mission-aligned community, charitable expertise, and shared administrative resources including:

  • board and senior management
  • dedicated operations support team
  • day-to-day communication and problem solving
  • charitable tax receipting
  • annual charitable tax preparation and filing
  • political and fundraising activity monitoring and reporting
  • accounts payable and receivable
  • banking and bank reconciliation
  • monthly financial reports
  • regulatory compliance
  • annual independent financial audit
  • employee onboarding
  • payroll administration
  • group benefits and administration
  • comprehensive policies and procedures
  • contract and lease administration
  • legal oversight
  • group insurance
  • proposal review
  • grant agreements
  • tracking and reporting

“The shared platform model is the most significant contribution to not-for-profit governance in Canada in the last century.”

Lynn Eaking
Ontario Non-Profit Network

Learn more about our shared platform:

Lizzie Howells

Lizzie Howells
Director, Shared Platform
Lizzie.Howells@makeway.org