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Nominations open for the Nature Inspiration Awards

April 18, 2018

The Nature Inspiration Awards, sponsored by the Canadian Museum of Nature, recognize individuals and organizations that, through their work or specific projects, encourage Canadians to take an interest in natural history, create links with nature and contribute to its preservation. You may submit an application or a nomination for a third party in one of these categories:

  • Youth
  • Adult
  • Not-for-Profit Organization (Small and Medium)
  • Not-for-Profit Organization (Large)
  • Business (Small and Medium)
  • Business (Large)

One grand prize of $5,000 to be given by the winner to the programme of his or her choice. The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2018.

RCMP launches scholarship to recognize anti-harassment efforts by post-secondary students

April 18, 2018

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has launched a new scholarship today to recognize post-secondary students who have made significant efforts toward preventing bullying and harassment in their schools and communities. The Troop 17 Scholarship, named in honour of the first troop of women to attend the RCMP Academy and be hired as police officers in the RCMP, will award up to five scholarships in the amount of $1000 annually to college or university students across Canada. The deadline for applications to the 2018 Troop 17 Scholarship is June 29, 2018.

Nominate an outstanding volunteer for Canada's Volunteer Awards

April 17, 2018

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced today during National Volunteer Week, that the call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open and will run until June 15, 2018. This is the chance for all Canadians to nominate an exceptional volunteer, a not-for-profit organization that helps to find innovative solutions to social challenges, or a business that demonstrates social responsibility in their community. Canada’s Volunteer Awards recipients are nominated by Canadians, for Canadians. This year, 21 awards will be presented at the December 5, 2018 award ceremony on International Volunteer Day. Recipients will also have a chance to give back; regional award recipients are eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $5,000 grant, and the national award recipient is eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $10,000 grant. Nominations are being accepted in the following categories:

  • One national award – Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award, for individuals who have volunteered for at least 20 years;
  • Five regional awards – Emerging Leader, for young volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30; 
  • Five regional awards – Community Leader, for individuals or groups of volunteers;
  • Five regional awards – Business Leader, to recognize businesses that demonstrate social responsibility; and
  • Five regional awards – Social Innovator, to recognize the contributions of not-for-profit organizations.

 

Nominations open for 5th annual Canadian HR Awards

April 17, 2018

Nominations are now open for the 5th annual Canadian HR Awards (CHRA), the annual showcase of excellence for the Canadian human resources industry. Twenty-four award categories will recognise the top-performing HR teams, leaders and employers in Canada. Among the broad range of categories are the highly coveted awards for Canadian HR Team of the Year, The Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award, and The Ultimate Software Award for Best Workplace Culture. This year, CHRA also introduces 6 new categories including The Leadership Agency Award for Woman of Distinction.

Public nominations now open for the Faces of Mental Illness campaign

April 17, 2018

Today, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) officially launched the call for nominations for the 16th annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign. Canadians aged 18 and older are encouraged to apply. Each year, the campaign selects individuals living in recovery from mental illness and shares their experiences with the public. Their stories will be featured online, through promotional materials, in profile videos and through media and political engagement. To nominate yourself or someone you know for the campaign, please visit camimh.ca. Nominations will be accepted until June 1, 2018. The 2018 Faces of Mental Illness will be announced in early July at a press conference in Toronto.

Donations to US nonprofits increased by four percent in 2017

April 16, 2018

According to the recent US-based 2018 Fundraising Effectiveness Quarterly Report, covering the fourth quarter 2017, overall donations to nonprofits in the US increased 4% in 2017 over 2016. This reverses a year-long decline of -4% through the end of the third quarter of 2017, with substantial increases in giving at all donation levels to end the year. In the report, giving from donors giving $1,000 or more in the fourth quarter of 2017 also increased a record breaking 47% over the previous fourth quarter in 2016.  Annual donor retention also increased to 46%, which means that nearly half of all donors who gave in 2016 also gave in 2017 to the same nonprofit organization. This figure is an improvement from the annual donor retention rate of 41% reported in 2009.

Cryptogiving.ca matches digital currency donors with charities

April 16, 2018

A new website connecting donors interested to give to charitable organizations that accept cryptocurrencies has been launched. Cryptogiving.ca will serve as the single point of reference to connect individuals looking to contribute with charities across Canada that are willing to accept digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Many charities in Canada that accept donations of cryptocurrencies also provide tax receipts for charitable donations, meaning that you can claim the deduction on your income taxes. 

Ontario Trillium Foundation launches knowledge centre

April 12, 2018

Today, the Ontario Trillium Foundation invites the nonprofit sector to connect with the Knowledge Centre, an online community with a shared learning environment. This online resource hosts a discussion forum, and provides access to knowledge products including reports, videos, infographics, and more to foster community engagement, collaboration and learning. The discussion forums are centered around issues, opportunities and themes of community wellbeing. There are also discussions around topics critically important to the sector including evaluation, measurement, and Open Data. The Knowledge Centre is hosted by the Ontario Trillium Foundation's subject matter experts from its partnership and knowledge mobilization team. Their mandate is to facilitate knowledge sharing, build communities of practice, and foster an online environment for peer-to-peer learning. Over time, the Knowledge Centre will build a broad array of online resources in support of community work in the nonprofit sector.

New report shows hiring aspiring workers living with mental illness is good business

April 12, 2018

Today the MHCC launched a summary report, A Clear Business Case for Hiring Aspiring Workers that suggests opening the doors to aspiring workers living with mental illness is a win-win for employers and employees. Aspiring workers are people who have been overlooked by the workplace or sidelined due to episodic or persistent illness and are struggling to remain in the workplace. We know that the unemployment rate for people living with severe mental illness hovers between 70 and 90 percent. The report summarizes an in-depth MHCC research study that examined the costs and benefits of recruiting and retaining people living with mental illness. Researchers followed the experience of select employees at five organizations, chronicling how both employer and employee can benefit financially and socially from hiring and accommodating the needs of aspiring workers. By making small investments to accommodate workers and using blueprints like the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, employers can build an inclusive workplace culture that values aspiring workers.

Register now for discounted advertising with the ABC Media Sale for literacy

April 11, 2018

The 18th annual ABC Media Sale for literacy is scheduled to launch on Monday April 23rd 2018 at 9 AM. The Media Sale, ABC Life Literacy Canada’s largest fundraiser of the year, is an online sale of advertising space donated by media across the country. This ad space is then sold at an incredible 65% off the rate card price to key media buyers and potential new clients. Money from these ad sales goes directly towards ABC’s essential literacy programming and the creation of educational resources for adult learners and families across Canada.

This year there is advertising space in newspapers that span coast to coast from the Halifax Chronicle Herald to the Victoria Times Colonist, magazines that span genres from the politics of Maclean’s to the pop culture of HELLO! Canada. There is media for the young (chickaDEE) and the young at heart (Zoomer), as well as ad spaces in elevators across the country (Captivate), on the TTC (Pattison), and across the Internet (St. Joseph Digital Media and Rogers owned digital network).

To access the Media Sale advertisers simply register for free to get started.

Administrative assistants save their bosses 8 hours a week

April 11, 2018

A good assistant is worth his or her weight in gold, suggests a new survey from staffing firm OfficeTeam. Senior managers said their administrative professional's efforts save them an average of 101 minutes a day. That's more than eight hours — the equivalent of a full work day — each week! In addition, all respondents reported their administrative professional is important to their success at work. Of those supervisors, nearly two-thirds (64%) stated their assistant's contributions are very valuable.

Perks at Work: Canadian organizations offer wide range of perks to attract top talent

April 11, 2018

Canadian employers are offering a variety of perks to their employees to supplement typical compensation and benefits packages, and to set themselves apart from competitors. At the top of the range in terms of value are perks such as perquisite and car allowances, while the most common perks include professional membership reimbursement, mobile phones, employee parking and education grants, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Perks at Work report. Of the Canadian organizations surveyed, 90 per cent offered professional membership reimbursement and 86 per cent offered mobile phones. A majority of responding organizations also offered employee parking (76 per cent), employee education grants (60 per cent), and car allowances (56 per cent).

Charities and nonprofits must lessen reliance on aging, affluent donors, report finds

April 10, 2018

The long-term viability of Canada’s charitable sector depends on higher donation rates among younger and new Canadians, according to a study released today by the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) in partnership with Imagine Canada. The report, titled 30 Years of Giving in Canada, examines charitable donations and giving patterns from 1985 to 2014. The study finds donors aged 50 and older account for nearly three quarters (74%) of all donations, while those 70 and older make up 30% of gifts. The research also reveals donations are declining across all age categories and the pool of older Canadians giving higher donations is shrinking. Key findings related to the future of philanthropy:

  • New citizens tend to give more than native-born citizens. The average donation by a naturalized citizen is $672 compared to $509 among those born in Canada.
  • Giving by non-citizens is also significant. Among the 75% of non-citizens who give annually, the average donation is $450.
  • New Canadians prioritize slightly different causes. They are more likely to give to religious organizations, international relief and hospitals as well as causes related to law, advocacy and politics.
  • As barriers to giving, young Canadians are more likely to cite not being asked to give more and not knowing where to donate. They also express higher levels of trust their gift will be used effectively and efficiently.
  • Women have steadily gained ground as a percentage of donors since 1985 due to increased workforce participation and rising incomes. In 2014, 41% of all donors were women. Based on past giving trends, this donation share will accelerate as more women achieve income parity with men.

Easter Seals Canada explores the science behind giving

April 10, 2018

Easter Seals Canada is launching the Giving Gene, a fundraising and awareness campaign that invites Canadians to discover why they donate. Interested individuals can purchase a Giving Gene Kit online at GivingGene.ca that enables them to perform an anonymous at-home DNA test to determine if they have the "Giving Gene." The "Giving Gene" is scientifically known as COMT Val 158Met genetic polymorphism. An individual can inherit two copies, one copy, or no copies of a version of this gene that is associated with giving. As an additive gene, a person would be more prone to giving if they inherited two copies. Giving Gene Kits retail for $70 each with the majority of proceeds going directly to Easter Seals Canada. Each kit includes an instructional brochure, a hermetically sealed cotton swab to collect DNA, a 5-digit anonymous bar code, and a postage paid return envelope to mail the DNA sample in for testing. DNA samples are collected and disposed of after testing to ensure privacy and no personal information is stored.

Calling all Ontarians to share their stories through documentary videos

April 9, 2018

TVO Short Doc Contest 2018 is calling all Ontarians to enter their short documentaries by July 15, 2018 for a chance to win great prizes. The theme for this year's contest is DIY Docs, and it encourages all residents of Ontario to submit their video stories and share their perspective on a subject they feel passionate about. No previous documentary making experience is required. Participants are invited to enter original short documentaries up to 4 minutes and 45 seconds in length. 

Civic Theatres Toronto announces naming competition

April 9, 2018

Civic Theatres Toronto today announced a national public naming competition to replace their existing moniker. The Naming Competition will unfold in three parts beginning with this general call for name submissions (April 9 – April 27). Following the call for name submissions, a distinguished jury has been recruited who will select up to five name submissions. Those names selected by the Jury will then be offered online for a period of public online voting (May 9 – June 3). Please visit contest website at www.civictheatrestoronto.com for detailed information, instructions about how to submit your name suggestions and to complete an online entry form.

Nominations open for the 2018 #HashtagAwards

April 9, 2018

Nominations are now open for the 2nd Annual Hashtag Awards (#HashtagAwards), celebrating individuals and organizations who excel in digital marketing and social media across Western Canada and the territories. Winners will be revealed on Wednesday, June 13 at the SocialWest Opening Bash in Calgary, AB. The nomination process will remain open until May 8, 2018, and there is no cost to apply. Nominations are open for companies and individuals from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, as well as the territories of Yukon, NWT and Nunavut. A short-list of finalists in all categories will be compiled near the end of May, and all finalists will be contacted for permission prior to being announced. Awards are for work or campaigns completed between April 5, 2017 and April 6, 2018, and must fall under one or more of the following categories:

  • Best Social Media Campaign
  • Best Use of Social Media (Business)
  • Best Use of Social Media (Nonprofit)
  • Best Social Media Agency
  • Best Community Manager

In-house, agency and independent communications practitioners and entrepreneurs representing private, corporate, non-profit and government sectors can be nominated. Entries may be self-nominated, or individuals may nominate a company or a client.

Canadian companies are working harder to recruit, retain young talent, report finds

April 5, 2018

Canadian employers are working harder and spending more to recruit and retain recent post-secondary graduates in an increasingly competitive labour market, a new report indicates. Based on responses from hiring managers at 95 of Canada's largest companies, the study by Morneau Shepell found that:

  • 83% of the companies surveyed participate in co-op programs and other forms of work-integrated learning initiatives that help them identify potential new employees. In a similar survey two years ago, 76% of employers said they were participating in such programs.
  • 57% of respondents said that a shortage of skilled workers is having either a moderate (40%) or severe (17%) impact on their industry. The top five areas where companies reported skill shortages were: information technology; skilled trades; analytics, statistics and quantitative analysis; engineering; and leadership/management.
  • 70% of respondents said their expectations of new graduates are higher now than five years ago, attributing those increased expectations to a changing work environment resulting from rapid technological advancements.
  • By the same token, employers say that new graduates typically expect more from the workplace than their predecessors did five years ago. "Recent graduates are looking for more money, challenging assignments, increased flexibility and mobility, and quicker advancement," the report says. "Managing these expectations can be a challenge for employers."

The findings are based on a survey of 95 leading Canadian companies by Morneau Shepell in cooperation with the Business Council of Canada. Copies of the report — "Navigating Change: 2018 Business Council Skills Survey" — are available here.

Does job hopping help or hurt your career?

April 5, 2018

The tenure tide is shifting, and more workers – especially those from younger generations – see rewards in job hopping, according to new research from global staffing firm Robert Half. Fifty-seven percent of Canadian professionals polled think changing roles every few years can be beneficial, with the biggest perk being a higher salary. This marks a 14% increase from a similar survey conducted four years ago. Executives don't necessarily agree. A separate survey of CFOs found 59% are not at all likely to hire a candidate with a history of job hopping because they want to avoid losing them in the future.When asked the number of role changes in 10 years that constitute a job hopper, professionals said five and CFOs cited eight. Other key findings from the research:

  • 63% of employees ages 18 to 34 view job hopping as beneficial, compared to 54% of workers ages 35 to 54 and 52% of those age 55 and older.
  • Workers with an undergraduate university degree or higher see the most benefit in changing jobs every few years (68%).
  • Company size matters: 80% of CFOs at companies with more than 1,000 employees said they would avoid candidates with a history of frequent job changes.
  • The biggest drawback of job hopping, cited by 42% of workers, is being perceived as a flight risk.

The Canadian Medical Association launches new grant program

April 5, 2018

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has announced a new grant program designed to create or expand communities of interest within the medical profession. The CMA's Communities of Interest Grants program will offer four grants of up to $5,000 and one grant of up to $10,000 to CMA members who want to create or expand a community of interest to address issues affecting patients, the health system, or the medical profession. CMA members interested in submitting an application will need to clearly identify the scope of the issue the community will address and have the support of no less than five CMA members or medical learners. Recipients will be selected based on criteria such as inclusion, impact, relevance and strategic approach. Applications are now being accepted for this grant program until May 31, 2018. To apply, or to get more information, CMA members can click here.

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