Pathways to Local Partnerships in a Semi-Rural Setting: A Qualitative Study of Community Engagement and Employer-Supported Volunteering in Small and Medium Enterprises and Local Nonprofits

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  • Myriam Gagnon University of Ottawa
  • Myriam Beaudry
  • Louise Lemyre
  • Alexandra Guay-Charette

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.29173/cjnser.2021v12n1a385

Abstract

There remains a knowledge gap regarding the factors that drive the development of business-nonprofit partnerships in the context of employer-supported volunteering—especially in small and medium enterprises. Furthermore, there is a need to consider how enterprises operate in their cultural contexts to better understand how they support volunteering trends in Canada. This study aimed to improve understanding of the multi-level factors that foster the development of business-nonprofit partnerships in the context of employer-supported volunteering. Fifteen semi-structured interviews were conducted with community and small business actors in a semi-rural setting in Francophone Québec. Results challenged the traditional view of volunteer support as a distinct activity, showing an integrated system of inter-dependence. Results suggest the relevance of conceptualizing small enterprises’ support of volunteering as part of an inclusive approach to community engagement.

RÉSUMÉ
Les facteurs liés au développement de partenariats entre entreprises et OBNL dans le contexte du bénévolat appuyé par l’employeur sont méconnus – particulièrement au sein des petites et moyennes entreprises. Il est également pertinent de considérer le contexte culturel pour mieux comprendre les tendances canadiennes du bénévolat appuyé par l’employeur. Cette étude vise l’obtention d’une meilleure compréhension des facteurs multiniveaux associés au développement de partenariats entreprises-OBNL dans le contexte du soutien au bénévolat. Quinze entretiens semistructurés ont été effectués auprès d’acteurs du secteur communautaire et des petites entreprises dans un milieu semi-rural francophone-québécois. Les résultats repositionnent la notion d’activités distinctes et témoignent plutôt d’un système intégré d’interdépendances. Les résultats suggèrent de conceptualiser le soutien au bénévolat des petites entreprises au sein d’une approche inclusive d’engagement communautaire.

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Author Biographies

Myriam Beaudry

Myriam Beaudry, MA, is a Doctoral Candidate in Experimental Psychology at the University of Ottawa. E-mail: myriam.beaudry@uottawa.ca

Louise Lemyre

Louise Lemyre, PhD, FRSC, is a full professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Psychology, and The R.S. McLaughlin Research Chair on Psychosocial Aspects of Population Health. E-mail: louise.lemyre@uottawa.ca

Alexandra Guay-Charette

Alexandra Guay-Charette, PhD, is a graduate from the University of Ottawa’s doctoral program in Political Science. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Community and Public Affairs at Concordia University. E-mail: alexandra.charette@concordia.ca

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2021-06-16

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