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International Face2Face Fundraising Congress accepting session proposals

January 15, 2020

The first international Face2Face Fundraising Congress, taking place from 17th-19th November 2020 in Vienna/Austria, will for the first time ever bring together 250 experts in face2face fundraising on a global scale. They are currently finalizing the program and are still accepting session proposals focusing on the following main topics:

  • Ethical standards and self-regulation
  • Innovation and technology
  • Donor journey
  • Recruitment and team motivation
  • Business models
  • General topics and strategy

All session proposals will be assessed by the Program Committee, consisting of leading international experts in fundraising and f2f fundraising. Speakers who are invited to hold a session will not only benefit from the opportunity to connect and engage with international delegations from organizations such as Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), SOS Children’s Villages, UNHCR or WWF International, but will also receive a free ticket for the entire congress including accommodation in Vienna. The deadline to submit a proposal is on 24th January 2020.

Home Depot Canada Foundation accepting applications for The Orange Door Project Grants

January 14, 2020

The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to supporting initiatives that prevent and end youth homelessness in Canada. They support youth at-risk or facing homelessness by helping them realize their full potential and build a brighter future through The Orange Door Project Grants. This program provides grants up to $50,000 to charities working to prevent and end youth homelessness in Canada. Funding is provided for renovation projects, prevention initiatives and employment/life skills programs. The deadline to apply is March 22, 2020 - click here to apply.

82% of employees would quit their jobs because of no progression

January 14, 2020

A new study conducted by CareerAddict.com revealed that progression is considered more important than pay, with an astonishingly high number of survey participants (82.39%) saying that a lack of progression would influence their decision to leave their jobs. Survey respondents were asked to rate different reasons that would affect their decision to quit based on a scale of importance. A lack of career advancement opportunities, followed by low pay and the absence of a salary raise, were the three main contributing factors to their decision to leave. Meanwhile, among those who had already quit their jobs, 35% also revealed they would consider returning if they were offered a better salary or a higher position. The study not only revealed invaluable insights regarding employee turnover, but it also uncovered disconcerting realities that are prevalent in today's workplace: 53% of survey takers said they felt discriminated against by their superior, 61% of which were women. Meanwhile, 1 in 4 people said they felt discriminated against because of their gender, 76% of which were women.

Atlantic Canada's Top Employers for 2020 are announced

January 14, 2020

More employers in Atlantic Canada are sharpening their pencils and offering better workplace benefits and progressive human resources initiatives. That's the message from this year's Atlantic Canada's Top Employers, announced this morning by Mediacorp Canada Inc. in a special feature in the January issue of Atlantic Business magazine. Now in its 11th year, Atlantic Canada's Top Employers is an editorial project that recognizes employers with exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies. Editors at Mediacorp grade employers on eight criteria. CharityVillage congratulates the nonprofits and charities who made this year's list!

Nominations open for Volunteer Ottawa's VOscars Awards

January 14, 2020

On April 23rd, 2020, Volunteer Ottawa will be hosting the 10th Annual VOscars Awards Gala at Ottawa City Hall. The only volunteer recognition event of its kind in Ottawa – the VOscars is a highlight of the year for the city’s volunteers and not-for-profits. It celebrates Ottawa’s vibrant volunteer community and gives special recognition to those individuals, organizations and businesses that have made a meaningful difference in our community. Every year, individuals and organizations that exemplify the spirit of volunteering and have contributed to the community can be nominated for multiple awards. The deadline for this year's nominations is February 12, 2020.

Apply now for a Junior League of Toronto Seed Grant

January 13, 2020

Do you need start-up funding for an innovative new initiative? Does your initiative support “Healthy Body/Healthy Minds?” Let us help you plant the seed to allow your initiative to flourish through the Junior League of Toronto Seed Grant. The Junior League of Toronto (JLT) supports nonprofit organizations in delivering their programs in the Greater Toronto Area by offering seed grants for new, innovative programs. The JLT can support both short and long term projects. Applications will be accepted until February 14, 2020. If your organization is interested in partnering with the JLT on a community project, please email info@jlt.org for more information.

Survey examines truth about modern offices and productivity

January 13, 2020

Olivet Nazarene University’s The Truth About Modern Offices asked 2,009 people how satisfied they are with their office environment, and in what ways it contributes to their happiness and productivity. In terms of office productivity, 35% said they need a quiet location, 24% dedicated office space, 22% a comfortable chair, and 8% a door on their office. On average, respondents have eight conversations in-person per day and nine conversations on messaging platforms. Of the 54% that use instant messaging platforms like Slack, half say they use them more for socializing than is appropriate. Despite this potential for distraction, only one in five say it hurts productivity.

As comfortable as working from home may be, it’s not without its downfalls. Over half of respondents (58%) say they’re less productive at home and 80 percent admit to multitasking more, choosing to focus on things like laundry, family, or television. Communication habits change as well: 56% say they communicate less with their coworkers than they normally would, leading one in three to feel isolated or lonely.

Report: Lack of funding stymies nonprofits’ access to best-in-class technology

January 8, 2020

Nonprofits struggle to access the latest technology due to a lack of money, according to a new research report from ERP provider Sparkrock. The report, based on a survey of 50 nonprofit and social benefit organizations, shows 75% blame lack of funds for their inability to implement new, up-to-date technology. Other common challenges include lack of staff time (55%) and lack of expertise (48%). The lack of modern technology means many organizations are not operating as efficiently as possible, with three-quarters of respondents using manual processes for some finance and HR tasks. Organizations that report having a modern enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for finance and HR indicated better efficiency across a number of factors. Just five percent of respondents from organizations without an ERP said they had the reporting they needed to do their jobs effectively, while half of organizations with an ERP have access to real time or weekly budget data. From reporting and budget management, to security, organizations with an ERP are operating more efficiently, have access to accurate, real-time data, and are more confident in their efficiency.

The one-year countdown to web accessibility begins in Ontario

January 8, 2020

Today, Siteimprove Canada, a SaaS company that helps organizations manage and optimize their websites, reminds public, private, and nonprofit organizations in Ontario with 50+ employees they have one year to meet the next deadline for website accessibility compliance. By January 1, 2021, Ontario businesses must make their public-facing websites conformant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) to Level AA, as required by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Download the full guide, titled 'Include Everyone, Keep Everyone' here.

Organizations that fail to comply with the January 1, 2021 deadline could face a fine of up to $50,000 for each day or part of a day on which the offence occurs or continues to occur. If the party that fails to comply is a corporation, they can expect a fine of up to $100,000 for each day or part of a day on which the offence occurs or continues to occur. This includes private businesses, non-profit organizations, municipalities, government ministries, educational institutions, hospitals, offices, retail stores and manufacturing.

Ontario looking for innovative ideas on how to help reduce poverty

January 8, 2020

The Ontario government wants to hear from people across the province about what they want to see in the next poverty reduction strategy. Every five years, Ontario consults on and develops a new Poverty Reduction Strategy to identify opportunities for action and collaboration with partners and to measure and report on progress more effectively. The goal of this consultation is to help drive actions to reduce poverty by setting a specific and realistic target, as well as prioritizing actions and initiatives across sectors and at all government levels to help lift Ontarians out of poverty.

To inform the new Strategy, the government will be asking Ontario residents how they can encourage job creation and connect people to employment; provide people with the right supports and services; and lower the cost of living and make life more affordable. Organizations and individuals can provide written submissions to prso@ontario.ca beginning today. An online survey will be posted on Ontario.ca in January 2020 for approximately 60 days where organizations and individuals are encouraged to submit feedback.

Nonprofit boards encouraged to join the G(irls)20’s Girls on Boards mentor program

January 8, 2020

Calling all nonprofit boards! G(irls)20’s Girls on Boards program offers a unique opportunity to diversify your board and promote mentor-mentee relationships within your governance team. Launched in 2017 with the support of Department of Women and Gender Equality (formerly Status of Women Canada), Girls on Boards places community-minded, motivated and trained young women on nonprofit governance boards in their communities across Canada. After completing online training and several months of coaching with a G(irls)20 approved coach, “Young Directors” begin their 1-year term on the board. Join Girls on Boards and get matched with a trained and vetted young female leader from your community. Click here to learn more and sign up.

Apply now for responsive grants from the Law Foundation of Ontario

January 7, 2020

The Law Foundation of Ontario has issued a call for applications for their Responsive grants program. Responsive grants enable The Law Foundation of Ontario to fund ideas generated by nonprofit community groups to improve access to justice. Responsive grants aim to encourage new ideas, approaches, and relationships that can help address emerging needs and connect more people to legal information and supports, especially people who are not currently being reached. Responsive grants are one-time, project grants that support innovative, community-based ideas to improve access to justice. Small Responsive grants are up to $15K. Major Responsive grants have two tiers: up to $100K; and $100K to $250K to accommodate unique and transformative projects that have the potential for large scale impact. The application deadline for the first round is March 31, 2020.

First in-person meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector held in December

January 7, 2020

The Government of Canada's Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector is a consultative forum for the Government of Canada to engage in meaningful dialogue with the charitable sector, to advance emerging issues relating to charities, and to ensure the regulatory environment supports the important work that charities do. It was formed in August 2019. The first in-person meeting for the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector took place on December 17 and 18, 2019. You can find the readout of the meeting here.

The Change Foundation looks to honour Ontario healthcare innovators

January 2, 2020

Today, The Change Foundation announced the launch of the Future Innovator Awards, an Ontario-wide search for people, organizations and partnerships focused on making the healthcare experience better. Eligible nominees include patients, caregivers, healthcare leaders and practitioners, family members, community members, volunteers, staff or any combination of people who've come together and demonstrated the desire to implement change to better the patient and caregiver experience now and in the future. Submissions close Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 12 p.m. EST.

Volunteer Canada releases 2020 National Volunteer Week campaign kit

January 2, 2020

Volunteer Canada has announced the theme for the 2020 National Volunteer Week celebrations: It's time to applaud this country's volunteers. Additionally, they have also released an accompanying campaign kit. The resources in this campaign kit are meant to help guide you in planning, promoting and executing volunteer appreciation activities. Feel free to adapt them to the needs of your organization in order to create the most rewarding and meaningful campaign for your volunteers. National Volunteer Week 2020 will run April 19 - 25.

Applications for the 2020 Engaged for Good™ program are now open

January 2, 2020

Engaged HR is proud to be the largest provider of Human Resources services in the not-for-profit sector in BC. The Engaged for Good™ project offers a nonprofit organization with HR services, originally valued up to $2,500, and this year Engaged HR has once again added $5.00 from every ticket to DisruptHR to this pool of funds, resulting in a total of $4,445.00 worth of support to the not-for-profit community! Every organization’s HR needs are unique, which is why the HR expertise provided through Engaged for Good™ will be tailored to have the greatest impact. The project aims to work with organizational leaders to support people in the ways that matter most. Not sure how your organization might benefit? A few examples of HR tools and supports that could be provided through the Engaged for Good™ project:

  • Job Descriptions
  • Employee Handbook
  • Employment Contracts
  • Compensation Study
  • Policy Development

Application deadline is January 31, 2020.

Pro bono consulting services available exclusively for small nonprofits

January 2, 2020

Applications are now open to become an Endeavour client for a 6 month consulting engagement starting in Fall 2019. Our pro bono services encompass four key areas: strategic planning, marketing effectiveness, operational efficiency and organizational strength. Since 2007 Endeavour has been bringing together skills-based volunteer consultants and non-profits on projects that build capacity, impact and sustainability. Read about how Endeavour has helped organizations like yours to achieve their goals and further their social mission. APPLY for the next round of consulting by:  Jan 17, 2020

Majority of Canadians pay "time off tax" by doing extra work before or after time off

December 31, 2019

An increasing number of working Canadians anticipate putting in extra hours before or after a vacation this year, according to ADP Canada’s most recent Workplace Insight Study. Now in its fourth year, the study found the “time off tax” is growing in both severity and scope. According to this year’s survey, 66 per cent of working Canadians say they are likely to do extra work before or after their vacation. The study, conducted by Leger on behalf of ADP Canada, revealed workers who work extra hours anticipate spending an average of 16 hours on extra work before a vacation and an average of 17 hours on extra work after a vacation. This is an increase of ten hours in total when compared to last year. Other key findings include:

  • Three in five workers (60%) check in with work at least once when on vacation, while 39% check in multiple times or daily
  • Younger Canadian workers aged 18 to 34 are slightly more likely to spend extra time doing work before and after a vacation than other age groups (67% vs. 63% for those aged 35+)
  • Less than half of working Canadians take their full vacation allowances (48%), with 30% feeling they have enough time off during the year and do not need to take the full amount, 25% stockpiling their vacation days for the future, and 22% not taking all their vacation because their workload is too high.

Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER) accepting conference proposals

December 31, 2019

Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER/ARES) is organizing its thirteenth annual conference as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. ANSER brings together leading academic researchers, students, practitioners, consultants, policymakers and community organizations from Canada and internationally to discuss current and emergent issues in the fields of civil society, social economy, and nonprofit research and practice. The theme for this year’s conference, to be held at Western University, is Bridging Divides. They are currently inviting proposal submissions for individual research papers, panels of research papers, or roundtable discussions that thought-provoking.

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