28 charities committed to organizational excellence receive Imagine Canada accreditation

December 5, 2019

Imagine Canada, the umbrella for Canada’s charitable sector, is pleased to welcome the latest cohort of charities and nonprofits, including eight new participants, into its national Standards Program - an accreditation process which helps charities and nonprofits build public trust and bolster donor confidence. National charities Heart & Stroke and Breakfast Club of Canada, together with BC Children's Hospital Foundation, All Nations International Development Agency, Closer to Home Community Services, Grandview Children's Foundation, Terra Centre for Teens Parents, and Woodstock Hospital Foundation are the newest organizations to join a growing community of Canadian charities and nonprofits accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program - a designation granted following a comprehensive application and peer review process. In addition to the newly accredited charities, 20 organizations are maintaining their good standing after successfully completing a mandatory re-accreditation process, bringing the total number of organizations currently accredited across Canada to 249.

2019 Global NGO Technology Report now available for download

December 3, 2019

The Global NGO Technology Report is a biennial research project that seeks to gain a better understanding of how non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide use technology. Sponsored by Funraise and produced by Nonprofit Tech for Good, the report examines how NGOs use web and email communications, online fundraising tools, social media, mobile technology, and productivity software. Now in its fourth edition, this year’s report provides technology benchmarks for Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the United States and Canada. A global average of the benchmark data – as well as Global NGO Technology Ratings – is also provided. Key highlights include:

  • 80% of NGOs globally have a website and 71% of NGOs globally send email updates to their supporters
  • 64% accept online donations and 54% have event registration
  • Only 18% of NGOs surveyed have websites that are accessible to people with disabilities
  • The average number of reported email subscribers is 14,021
  • In Canada and the US, social media is reported as the top communication/fundraising tool (87%), followed by video (86%), a website (85%), social media ads (80%) and email updates (79%)

Download the full report here.

TD supports 10 health care innovators dedicated to democratizing access to better health outcomes

December 3, 2019

Today, TD announced the 10 recipients of the second annual TD Ready Challenge. Each organization will receive CDN $1 million (USD $7.5 million) to bolster their innovative health solutions and deliver support to underserved and remote communities across Canada and the United States. Acting as a springboard for social innovation, TD established the TD Ready Challenge in 2018 to identify and support scalable solutions to a specific issue identified within The Ready Commitment.

In 2019, the problem statement for the TD Ready Challenge was to increase equitable health outcomes that focus on preventative efforts, such as screening, early detection and intervention innovations, aimed at reducing the onset, development and severity of chronic disease and other illnesses. From over 378 submissions, TD shortlisted 15 semi-finalists who presented their solutions on November 5, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario. These semi-finalists were then judged by a panel composed of TD executives and the 10 finalists were then chosen by the panel after careful deliberation. Click here to view all the recipients.

Canadians can apply for funding to build wildfire resiliency in their communities

December 2, 2019

Canadians can now apply for funding to support their local Wildfire Community Preparedness Day activities, and join municipalities from coast to coast in a national effort to reduce wildfire risk to local communities. Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is an annual, national program, launched by FireSmart Canada in collaboration with The Co-operators, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR). Individuals, fire departments, organizations, community groups and municipalities are invited to submit applications to receive $500 for projects to help protect their communities from wildfire. In 2019, a total of $60,500 was awarded to applicants across Canada; in 2020, 150 groups or communities will receive $500 toward wildfire prevention and preparedness efforts.

The application period is open until January 17, 2020. Successful applicants can use funding from May 2 through October 2020 to host Wildfire Community Preparedness Day events that raise awareness of wildfire risk, help protect homes, and encourage neighbourhoods to improve wildfire resiliency through FireSmart activities, including proper maintenance and clearing of dead or combustible vegetation, and wildfire-resilient landscaping. To learn more about Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and to submit an application for funding, click here

New animal shelter statistics report released by Humane Canada

November 28, 2019

Today, Humane Canada released its annual report on animal shelter statistics. This report measures the outcome for animals at Canada’s humane societies and SPCAs and gives Canadians a national picture of shelter animals in 2018. The 2018 Animal Shelter Statistics report demonstrates positive, progressive change for homeless companion animals in Canada. More shelter cats are being adopted than ever before. Top Observations in the 2018 Report:

  • The number of animals taken in to shelters continues to slowly trend downward. Fewer cats and dogs were taken in per organization in 2018 compared to past years.
  • The number of both cats and dogs adopted increased in 2018; this continues the upward trend seen in recent years.
  • The number of shelter cats adopted is at the highest rate ever observed.
  • The number of dogs and cats taken in who were euthanized is similar to what was reported in recent years and is much lower than rates from five years ago or earlier, particularly for cats.
  • The number of owned animals who were spayed or neutered through programs offered by humane societies and SPCAs increased 40 to 45%, relative to what was reported in 2017.

The 2018 Animal Shelter Statistics Report is available for download.

Participate now in Imagine Canada's online mapping exercise based on the Senate report

November 27, 2019

Earlier this year, the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector released their report entitled Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector. The report covers a broad sweep of issues relevant to charities and nonprofits and makes 42 recommendations to reshape the charitable and nonprofit sector’s relationship with government. As part of its work to help inform the sector’s response, Imagine Canada is conducting an online mapping exercise to determine how the recommendations resonate with organizations. The exercise asks organizations and individuals to highlight the specific recommendations they view as having the greatest potential impact. We encourage everyone to help shape the sector’s response by clicking here.

Nearly one-third of workers lose interest in job offer if employer won't negotiate beyond salary

November 27, 2019

Hiring in-demand job candidates often requires sweetening the pot with nonmonetary perks, and new research from global staffing firm Robert Half confirms it. Thirty-two percent of workers surveyed in Canada admitted they’ve lost interest in a position when the company wasn’t willing to negotiate elements beyond salary. Robert Half also surveyed finance executives on the topic, and nearly all (99%) said their companies are open to some back-and-forth with candidates on job offers: 62% are willing to talk about compensation, and many are also prepared to discuss benefits (48%), professional development and training reimbursement (44%) and remote work or scheduling arrangements (43%). One-third of workers (34%) have never negotiated salary as part of a job offer.

Survey reveals persistent stereotypes and unconscious gender bias stand in the way of female leadership in Canada

November 25, 2019

Randstad Canada recently surveyed 2,000 adult workers (an equal proportion of women and men) to understand why there aren't more women in leadership roles in Canada. The survey, commissioned as part of Randstad's Women Transforming the Workplace initiative, reveals the extent to which unconscious gender bias and stereotypes hamper female advancement and leadership. Overall, the survey showed a majority of working Canadian women and men (71%) believe balanced representation of both genders on a leadership team will have a positive impact on a business' financial success. However, this is offset by a much lower proportion of men (65%) than women (77%) who acknowledge the potential gender-balanced leadership teams hold.

When asked why there aren't more women in leadership roles, the majority of women (62%) identify gender discrimination as a factor, while only 41 per cent of men held the same view. Addressing this discrepancy will be crucial to creating meaningful change and shifting the perception held by more than a quarter of male respondents (27%) that the reason there aren't more women in leadership is because of a lack of qualified and skilled candidates. Half of Canadian women (50%) said prioritizing family life keeps women from leadership roles, compared to 42% of men who stated this to be true of women. Similarly, 26% of women responded that "women don't take enough risks to advance their career" whereas only 19% of men shared this view. Surprisingly, to account for the lack of women in these roles, nearly one third (32%) of Canadian workers believe the lack of executive female role models is the leading explanation for why we don't see more women in C-suite roles, with nearly as many saying there is a lack of training and support (25%) for women.

New survey results show that more than half of nonprofits provide diversity training

November 19, 2019

The new Nonprofit Diversity Practices survey saw 51% of respondents indicate that their nonprofits have provided general diversity training between 2018 and 2019. More than 560 individuals from the United States and Canada responded to the survey. Training on “implicit/unconscious bias” was the second most common (40%) type of diversity training identified by survey takers. There is a near even occurrence of training for nonprofit leadership and staff (excluding the board). 41% of respondents report that their organizations have provided diversity training to leadership and 43% that their nonprofits have provided diversity training to staff. North American-based nonprofit diversity data and other metrics of greater depth are included in a comprehensive report.

Survey shows almost half of workers would move to a 4-day work week if possible

November 19, 2019

Wanting to understand the global “working week” better, Citrix recently surveyed 3,750 office and home workers across the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Canada, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, investigating the hours they work currently and the likelihood of them adopting a four-day working week in the future. Above all, the research revealed overwhelming support for the four-day week, with 87% of respondents saying they would take the option if their employer offered it to them, and 41% agreeing a four-day working week would be feasible with their current workload. Overall, 53% of our survey respondents are contracted to work regular set hours (i.e. the traditional 9-to-5). Only 4% overall have complete flexibility in the way they work, with no set number of working hours.

Additionally, overtime is rife, and 86% of the office workers surveyed admitted it is commonplace for them to work outside of their preferred working hours. Of these, 47% are putting in these additional hours “daily” or “most days”, and one can safely assume this is an upwards trend. Half (51%) of survey respondents also feel their country is facing an overtime epidemic. When it comes to the amount of time spent working outside of preferred hours, the average is four hours 36 minutes per week, with 21% working an additional eight hours or more, equivalent to an extra day. It therefore comes as little surprise that 52% say their week feels closer to a six-day week than a four-day week.

Good Works releases direct mail benchmarking report

November 19, 2019

In Canada, direct mail remains a relevant channel for many charities. But how can charities know if their direct mail program is measuring up? There hasn’t been a report for fundraisers to turn to that shared recent, Canada-specific benchmarks – until now. Good Works has just released a benchmarks report detailing exactly what key performance indicators you want to know, and need to know when it comes to direct mail. Good Works reports that while the number of donors overall decreased by 1.5% in 2018 – the overall annual revenue through the direct mail channel increased by 2.4%. Direct mail isn’t dead, indeed! Read more about the benchmarks and see how your charity measures up in the 2018 DM Benchmarks Report.

CCVO releases 2019 State of the Alberta Nonprofit Sector Report

November 19, 2019

The Alberta Nonprofit Survey series was initiated in 2009 to gauge the impact of the global recession, and has expanded to provide a lens on the state of the nonprofit sector in Alberta. It is the only source of Alberta-specific research on the experience of the sector. The reports are used not only by government and nonprofits, but also for CCVO to create new resources to support your policy work better. The survey, and subsequent focus groups and interviews, inform a report that tells an important story of the sector, and serves as a guide to where we need to focus our attention in order to maintain critical services and supports for Albertans. Download the report here.

PwC Canada makes significant investment in upskilling, including for nonprofit organizations

November 19, 2019

It’s become increasingly apparent that one of Canada’s most pressing challenges is the growing mismatch between the skills people have and those needed for the digital world. That’s why PwC Canada is committing $150 million over the next three years to upskill its 7,850 people to be future ready and to share their knowledge to support clients and communities. According to PwC Canada’s CEO Survey, only 16% of Canadian CEOs focus on upskilling compared to 46% globally. In addition to upskilling its own people, PwC is also committed to providing training to 1 million people and NPOs across Canada to help them maximize their potential.

CSAE announces re-tooling of its technology systems

November 19, 2019

The Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE), the voice of Canada’s association sector, announced that it is working in partnership with Wicket and Industrial to reimagine its approach to technology. Over the next several months, CSAE will roll out a new suite of software tools to better manage, engage with, and deliver services and information to its members. The selection of Wicket - the world’s first Member Data Platform - as the database for all of CSAE’s membership data is at the core of CSAE’s technological shift. Wicket will store all of CSAE’s membership information, empowering staff to easily view, manage and report on a rich data set. In addition, self-directed tools with single sign-on capability will enable members to self-manage their profiles, eliminating time and redundancies and putting the power into users’ hands. As part of the digital transformation, CSAE has chosen Industrial, a leading Canadian website firm focused on the association sector, to develop a flexible and user-friendly website. CSAE will additionally leverage a suite of modern software tools to deliver the functionality needed for effective operations and member service. CSAE’s plans to roll out the new digital platform in early 2020.

Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia launches nonprofit sector survey

November 13, 2019

The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) is conducting a survey on behalf of the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia (CSC-NS). Current data on critical issues such as labour force, governance, sources of funding and diversity will deepen our collective understanding of trends and emerging priorities. It will also inform sector leaders, policy makers, post-secondary institutions and others in decision making. Your responses are completely confidential. No information on individual organizations will be made public. All data in the report will be combined with that of other respondents to ensure confidentiality. A report on the findings will be available early next year.

For most organizations the Executive Director/CEO (or equivalent) will be the best person to complete the survey, but in other cases it might be the Board Chair or a senior staff member such as the Director of HR or Operations. If you do need to ask others in your organization for information, you can return to the survey at any time and pick up where you left off. Your information will be saved automatically. If you would like to be entered into a draw for a $100 gift card, enter your name and email at the end of the survey. This information will be separated from the survey results. If you have any questions about the survey please contact Patrick Brannon, Project Lead, APEC at This survey is expected to take approximately 20 minutes.

BMO, United Way and City of Toronto announce Greater Golden Mile Neighbourhoods first for economic opportunity program

November 13, 2019

BMO Financial Group, United Way Greater Toronto and the City of Toronto today announced that the Greater Golden Mile area in Scarborough has been selected as the first for a new approach to build inclusive local economic opportunity and stronger neighbourhoods. This pilot follows extensive work over the last year by the Inclusive Local Economic Opportunity (ILEO) Leadership Table.

Announced in fall 2018, the ILEO Leadership Table is a ground-breaking initiative spearheaded by BMO and United Way Greater Toronto that brings together business and community leaders to work together to reduce economic disparity. BMO announced a $10 million commitment last year to support this new model for corporate-community partnerships. The Greater Golden Mile was selected for the pilots because of community engagement in the initiative, and timely local economic revitalization opportunities that can be leveraged. With significant public infrastructure investments like the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, large private redevelopments and potential corporate partnerships in the area, opportunity abounds.

Call For Entries: Canadian Hillman Prize For Journalism

November 13, 2019

The Sidney Hillman Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Canadian Hillman Prize honouring excellence in investigative journalism. The Hillman Prize celebrates print, digital and broadcast reporting that highlights social or economic injustice and hopefully leads to meaningful public policy change. Winning entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Significance of journalism in service of the common good
  • Resourcefulness and courage in reporting
  • Skill in relating the story and impact of the coverage

Entries must be published or broadcast in 2019 and have been made widely available to a Canadian audience. Nominated material and a cover letter explaining how the entry meets the requirements can be submitted here. There is no fee to enter. The Canadian Hillman Prize winner will be awarded a certificate, a $5,000 honorarium and travel to New York City to be a guest at the U.S Hillman Prize ceremony. This year a separate award will also be handed out to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Hillman Prize in Canada. The special award will be presented to an individual or organization for incredible work improving the lives of Canadians over the last 10 years or more.

The Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation donates nearly $10 million to support autism research

November 13, 2019

The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation, the Fondation les petits trésors and The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) today announced a major donation of nearly $10 million from the Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation. This significant contribution will enable the partner institutions of the Transforming Autism Care Consortium (TACC) to establish Quebec 1,000 (Q1K): an innovative, multidisciplinary and collaborative initiative aimed at having an unprecedented impact on autism research.

Women and racialized minority representation in Montreal's senior leadership on the rise

November 13, 2019

A new study shows that the representation of women and racialized minorities in senior leadership positions in the Greater Montreal Area (GMA) has increased since 2016 but both are still under-represented based on their proportion in the population. Ryerson University's Diversity Institute and Canada Women's Foundation looked at 2,537 senior leaders across the largest organizations in the public, corporate, voluntary, education and health sectors of the GMA and found that in 2019, women, who make up over 50% of the population of the GMA, held 40.7% of senior leadership positions, up 8.1% from 2016.

The study also found that racialized people, who make up over 22% of the population of the GMA, held only 5.3% of the senior leadership positions. This increased by 12.5% since 2016. Government agencies, boards and commissions were found to have the greatest amount of diversity while the corporate sector was found to have the least amount of diversity, which presents a challenge as Bill C-25, which requires all federally incorporated businesses to report on the diversity of their senior management to their shareholders and to the federal government, comes into effect on January 1st, 2020.

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