The ONN Purchasing Program | Buying better
The sector faces increasing challenges when it comes to cost and spending management. Rising prices, limited resources, public awareness and regulatory changes- nonprofits are subject to pressures on spending like never before.
On the other side, the sector’s collective buying power in Ontario is estimated at $30 billion. As a stable employment provider, and not just in salaries but in services, products and community development, the nonprofit sector is a driver of Ontario’s economy.
So how can we harness this buying power? What strategy does the sector need for the future to support and strengthen its organization? And what are the opportunities for group buying?
Through the ONN Purchasing Program (ONNPP), our goal is to help the sector better understand the potential issues, opportunities and needs of nonprofits in Ontario. As the provincial network for Ontario’s 55,000 nonprofits and charities, we’re in a unique position to develop partnerships with local businesses, social enterprises and other organizations that work with and support the nonprofit sector.
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With our province-wide, sector-wide insurance program under our belt, we’re ready to put experience and learnings into action with a sector-wide purchasing service. We’re thrilled to have Round Table Procurement Services (RTPS) as our expert partner, and we’ve organized a sector advisory group to help guide development of this service for the sector.
Thank you to our fabulous Advisory Committee! Meet the members:
- Olinda Casimiro
- Kabilesan Chandrasekaran, Ontario Trillium Foundation
- Jennifer Churchill, Ontario Asscoiation of Children’s Rehabilitation Services
- Duane Donnelly, Roundtable Procurement Services
- Alexandra Djukic, Learning Enrichment Foundation
- Peter Frood
- Paul Gagnon
- Jane Zhang, TechSoup Canada
- David Rourke, Roundtable Procurement Services
- Paul Spark, HUB International
Nonprofits want supplier solutions that not only help save time, money and stress, but also ensure levels of quality and service needed to run organizations- with the strategies, tools and training to implement them. These solutions need to be:
- Providing the best community impact possible
- Consistent with sector values, like being locally made, supporting jobs, environmentally sustainable, high quality, and benefiting marginalized groups where possible
- Respectful of the unique needs of nonprofits when it comes to resources and processes to fulfill their missions
Get support in key areas like these:
- Support for budget development and cost reduction initiatives
- Assistance with the Broader Public Sector (BPS) Procurement Guidelines
- Advice on dealing with a problem supplier, finding a new one or “firing” a supplier
- Questions about a contract, vendor or buying group programs
- Recommendations on how your purchasing process can be more effective
- Review of purchasing policies and tools to support operations and minimize your exposure to risk
- Training or workshops for staff, management or Boards on purchasing best practices, trends, tools, etc.
- Support for a large one-time purchase or project
- Purchasing policies and tools to support operations and minimize your exposure to risk
ONNPP Supplier Solutions | Support Where You Need It Most
Based on our survey findings and ongoing feedback from the network, we’re starting with the sector’s top five buying categories. We’ll be creating strategies for each with a definition of needs and supplier options:
- Employee benefits – Live!
- Office Supplies – Live!
- Printed stationery and signage – Open
- Long Distance Telecommunications – Open
- Cellular Telecommunications – Open
Add your expertise! Help shape sector suppliers services
We’re creating a working group for each spend category and are looking for volunteers to share your skills and knowledge. Your role? Help us develop a strategy – define sector needs, review supply options and ultimately help select suppliers that will best serve the needs of nonprofits and charities.
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In 2014, we did a province-wide study of the sector to better understand opportunities and challenges for sector purchasing, and to find out what could help the sector when purchasing. What we heard is that now is the time to take action to benefit all nonprofits in Ontario through the power of our collective purchasing.