The John Howard Society of Canada (1997) has outlined the advantages
of contracting with non- profit agencies for the provision of
services. Please note, however, that many of these advantages presume
that contracting is a good thing and argue why it is better to
contract with the voluntary sector over the for-profit sector.
In contributing to the partnership between government and
non-profit, the major values of the voluntary sector are the
- community participation. Most local organizations
involve volunteers in their governance and direct service. The
volunteers learn about the overall integration of the justice and
correctional system in all of its levels.
- knowledge and expertise. High professional standards in
all its activities and services are promoted.
- common identification. The constituent parts are filled
by people who value the opportunity to work in conjunction with
people in other parts of the voluntary sector.
- internal communications. The voluntary sector has a good
communications structure and a capacity to work well together on
issues. In spite of its diversity, there is a high level of
coherence in its positions and advice.
- community education. Publications, public seminars and
meetings, both large and small, demonstrate the voluntary sectors
- diversity. The voluntary sector is made up of
individuals who come from many parts of society and who bring with
them very different experiences and expertise.
- service delivery expertise. The voluntary sector has
developed expertise in the planning and delivery of a broad range of
services and programs in the community.