Consulting and Program Development

Consulting and Program Development

Corporate Community Involvement

Corporate community involvement is a movement quickly gaining momentum across North America and globally. Companies that jump on board are improving brand awareness and reputation, recruiting talented employees, increasing social capital and investing in professional development—all while having a positive impact in the communities in which they operate.

Consumers are asking for it. 78% of Canadians agree a company can take specific actions that both increase profits and improve the economic and social conditions in the community where it operates. (2017 Edelman Trust Barometer) 

If you are a business, we can help you answer that call to action. Let your corporate community involvement program take root effectively.

Experience you can trust

Volunteer Canada has a 40-year history of enhancing the volunteering experience and keeping volunteerism strong in Canada. We work at the core of the voluntary sector, with a strong network of contacts, including voluntary organizations from across the country.

We also have more than 12 years’ experience driving corporate citizenship in this country. We are not just a thought leader in this arena; we help many large corporations adopt gold standard employer-supported volunteering programs. 

Volunteer Canada is the founder and leader of the Corporate Council on Volunteering, which includes a diverse group of business innovators from across the country. As a collective, the Council fuels the corporate citizenship movement by providing leadership and boosting the profile of corporate community involvement. See the full list of Council members and learn more about how to join the Corporate Council on Volunteering.

Consultation services

Volunteer Canada can work with you to raise the national profile of your company by positioning you as a leading corporate supporter of volunteerism and overall citizen community engagement.

We offer strategic counsel and program development, helping you build and anchor an effective corporate community involvement program. We customize programs to fit every client’s capacity and community involvement goals with actionable insights and strategies based in knowledge of global trends and innovations.  From strategy development to stakeholder consulting, partnership brokering to execution of volunteering projects nationwide, Volunteer Canada has supported the development of successful community investment programs from coast to coast.

2017 clients included:
American Express Canada, Coast Capital Savings, Electronic Arts (EA), Home Depot Canada, Merck Canada, Newell Brands, SAP, Snap (Snapchat), Sun Life Canada, UBS, Visa Canada, Wasserman.

We also offer you reach. We’re connected across sectors and communities, including Canada’s more than 200 volunteer centres. With our support, you connect with other like-minded businesses and community organizations. We’ll even help you draft the MOU and get it signed.

As a national bilingual organization, Volunteer Canada provides services in both official languages. We are equally equipped for program activation in francophone communities.

Group volunteering case studies

Starbucks Canada

The challenge: Ignite employees to take action towards the company’s goal of one million hours of community service by 2015.

The solution: Celebrate 40 years of business by beautifying a rundown city park in Toronto and another in Vancouver.

The results: More than 1,200 employees participated and logged nearly 10,000 hours of community service in just one day.

The level of customer service, attention to detail, and “can do” friendly attitude was something I’ve never experienced before working with a supplier or non-profit. I also received incredibly positive feedback from all parties involved in this project around the level of service, professionalism and expertise of the crew from Volunteer Canada. This event was the start of our relationship and one we are absolutely looking forward to continue. We really couldn’t have pulled off a successful program without their help and guidance!

— Colette Bennett, Starbucks Coffee, Marketing Manager


SAP Canada

The challenge: Engage and inspire employees through service in the company’s annual Month of Service initiative.

The solution: A commitment to deliver volunteer activities that better communities across the Greater Toronto Area.

The results: A measurable increase in employee participation on a full array of transformational projects—improving the ecosystems around streams and creating toiletry kits for persons living on the street are among the highlights.

During SAP’s annual Global Month of Service campaign every October, we know that we can consistently rely on the commitment and expertise of the team at Volunteer Canada to create and execute a series of transformational service activities that actively engage our employee volunteers and impact the communities that need it most. This type of trusted partnership is key to the success of our programs.

— Erin LaBarge, Head of Volunteer Programs, SAP North America


Connect with us to learn more

Call us to discuss your company or organization’s community involvement ideas. For more information on Volunteer Canada’s services, contact Elizabeth Dove, Director of Corporate Citizenship at 416-574-1936 or edove [at] volunteer [dot] ca.



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