Intact Foundation Adaptation Action Grants offer funding to build a more climate-resilient Canada

October 15, 2019

The Intact Foundation Adaptation Action Grants window is open from October 22 to November 30, 2019. The goal is simple: protecting Canadians from natural disasters caused by climate change. The Intact Foundation is looking for charities who are working to build a more climate-resilient Canada. They will invest $1 million across Canada in projects that help protect people and communities from floods, wildfires, extreme heat, wind and hail. They have three types of grants:

  • Fostering Ideas: Developing new ideas through research, peer support and/or skills development (Term: 1-2 years)
  • Testing Concepts: Testing existing concepts to validate their impact and make necessary adjustments to create a viable solution (Term: 2-3 years)
  • Scaling Projects: Scaling proven concepts to expand impact and reach (Term: 2-3 years)

They will prioritize projects that:

  • use natural infrastructure (wetlands, forests, etc.,) as part of their solutions
  • aim to create practical and effective solutions
  • take a community engagement approach
  • help Canadians understand the climate risks they are facing

For more details about the Adaptation Action Grants window, including the link to apply, please visit the Intact Financial Corporation website. Please contact the Intact Foundation at with any questions.

Survey finds 71% of Canadian organizations impacted by a cyber-attack last year

October 10, 2019

Today, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) released its 2019 Cybersecurity Survey Report which provides an overview of the Canadian cybersecurity landscape. More than 500 individuals with responsibility over IT security decisions at both private and public sector institutions across Canada were surveyed to learn more about how they are coping with the increase in cyber threats. Key findings include:

  • 71% of organizations reported experiencing at least one cyber-attack that impacted the organization in some way, including time and resources, out of pocket expenses, and paying ransom.
  • While 96% of respondents said that cybersecurity awareness training was at least somewhat effective in reducing incidents, only 22 percent conducted the training monthly or better.
  • Only 41% of respondents have mandatory cybersecurity awareness training for all employees.
  • Among those businesses that were victimized by a cyber-attack, 13% indicated the attack damaged their reputation. This perception is a sharp contrast to the findings of CIRA's recent report: Canadians deserve a better internet, which indicated that only 19% of Canadians would continue to do business with an organization if their personal data were exposed in a cyber-attack.
  • 43% of respondents were unaware of the mandatory breach requirements of PIPEDA. Of those businesses that were subject to a data breach, only 58% reported it to a regulatory body; 48% to their customers; 40 per cent to their management and 21% to their board of directors.
  • 43% of respondents who said they didn't employ dedicated cybersecurity resource cited lack of resources as the reason. This is up from 11 per cent last year.

For more information on how to protect your organization from cyber attacks, register for our free webinar on October 17, 2019, presented by BDO Canada.

BMO Donates $5 Million to University of Toronto

October 10, 2019

BMO Financial Group today announced a donation of $5 million to support the University of Toronto's efforts to combine its world-renowned strength in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research and its globally recognized excellence in the arts and humanities. The donation is the largest ever from BMO to a post-secondary educational institution in Canada.

Women’s Philanthropy Institute launches first index to systematically measure total giving to women’s and girls’ causes

October 9, 2019

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute released the Women & Girls Index: Measuring Giving to Women’s and Girls’ Causes, which, for the first time, quantifies the number of charities in the United States dedicated to women and girls and the amount of charitable giving they receive. The report finds these organizations received a collective total of $6.3 billion in charitable contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations in 2016 — 1.6% of all donations made that year.

The index identifies 45,000 US charities that are dedicated to serving primarily women and girls or are collectives of women and girls that serve general philanthropic purposes. While most previous research has focused on donors to women’s and girls’ causes, the new report focuses on the recipient side of the equation, filling a gap in knowledge about the organizations themselves. Other key findings uncovered by the Women & Girls Index (WGI) include:

  • Organizations dedicated to women and girls make up 3.3% of all nonprofit organizations in the US and are in every nonprofit subsector. The greatest percentage are human services organizations.
  • Women’s and girls’ organizations that focus on general women’s health receive the largest amount of philanthropic support ($1.2 billion in 2016). Women’s and girls’ organizations addressing reproductive health and family and gender-based violence also receive large amounts of charitable giving.
  • On average, organizations dedicated to women and girls are smaller than other charities, as measured by financial and human resources.
  • Women’s and girls’ organizations received approximately 3.1% of all donor-advised fund dollars granted between 2012 and 2015.
  • Two in five workers in Canada have quit due to a bad boss

    October 8, 2019

    New research from global staffing firm Robert Half suggests there's some truth to the saying, "people leave managers, not companies." About two in five professionals surveyed in Canada (39%) have quit a job due to a bad boss. "Managers set the tone for the office and have a considerable amount of influence over the daily experiences and satisfaction of their employees for better or worse," said David King, senior district director for Robert Half. "When supervisors show genuine enthusiasm for projects or new initiatives, and encourage open and frequent communication in the workplace, staff feel more engaged, and better supported in day-to-day challenges."

    The 20th Ball for the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation raises $1,244,000

    October 8, 2019

    The winds of generosity were blowing at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth on Friday, October 4. Hundreds of business people, major philanthropists, government ministers and artists responded to the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation's invitation to the 20th edition of the Ball for the Children's to support the wellbeing of children and their families. Honorary co-presidents of the Ball were André Beaulieu, Senior Vice-President of Corporate Services at Bell, and Joseph Broccolini, Executive Vice-President at Broccolini. The Masquerade Ball for the Children's raised $1,244,000 to support the Healthy Kids Fund, so the hospital can purchase state-of-the-art medical and surgical equipment and continue to finance ground-breaking projects that are internationally renowned.

    Nominate a person, group or program for the Crime Prevention Ottawa Awards

    October 2, 2019

    Do you know a person, group or program that is making Ottawa a safer, better place to live? Don’t miss the chance to nominate them for the 11th annual Crime Prevention Ottawa Awards! How do you recognize a crime prevention leader? They represent all ages and walks of life, including volunteers and staff with many different kinds of organizations. They include groups of dedicated individuals working to build community pride or address crime and safety issues in their neighbourhoods. The deadline for submissions is October 2, 2019. Please take the time to recognize a person, group or program that is making a difference by submitting a nomination. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, November 4, 2019 from 5 to 7 pm at Ottawa City Hall.

    Introducing the new Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

    October 2, 2019

    The new Workplace Strategies for Mental Health name and look was unveiled at the Better Workplace Conference in Whistler, BC, hosted by the Conference Board of Canada. Formerly known as the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, the organization will be called Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, compliments of Canada Life, effective immediately. The refreshed brand identity will be rolled out to existing online and social media platforms. It will also be incorporated into new communication materials and tools as they are developed. The next part of the organization's journey includes offering a simplified website experience, slated to launch in fall 2020.

    Survey reveals growing disconnect between level of cyber security training in the workplace

    October 2, 2019

    Scalar Decisions announced an inaugural survey exploring how aware and prepared Canadian employees feel when facing the unique cyber security and cloud security challenges of the digital era. The Digital Citizen: A Canada-Wide Survey on Security Awareness in the Workplace revealed a growing disconnect between how prepared Canadian employees feel to deal with cyber security threats and how much training they receive. While 75% of Canadians feel they are prepared to handle cyber security attacks in the workplace, the majority of Canadians (60%) say they have not received any form of cyber security training.

    Of concern and revealed in The Digital Citizen, seven percent of respondents indicated their organizations do not take any measures at all to prevent attacks. A large percentage of Canadians also remain unsure about cloud security, what it means, and whether they've received any training regarding cloud security. Following these new findings, it is clear that Canadian organizations are presented with an opportunity to better fut­ure proof employees. In fact, one quarter (24%) of those surveyed revealed they have been the target of an attack at work, and a further third (31%) of respondents have been targeted at home. Employees in Alberta (36%) expressed the highest rates of at-home threats, while those in Quebec (26%) were the least likely.

    Morneau Shepell survey shows salaries expected to increase by 2.7 per cent in 2020

    October 2, 2019

    Employers in Canada are expecting base salaries to rise by an average of 2.7% in 2020, according to Morneau Shepell's 2020 Salary Projection Survey. This is an increase from the actual 2.6% average increase in 2019. The forecast includes increases in salary structure, length of service, cost of living and merit pay, and excludes salary freezes and promotional adjustments. The expected 2.7% increase is higher than the projected rate of inflation for the year. In July, the Bank of Canada noted that consumer price index inflation is expected to rise to about 2.0% by the end of 2020. When looking at economic growth, according to the Bank of Canada, the Canadian economy is projected to grow by just 1.4% in 2019.

    Over a quarter of Canadians still don't have enough for their needs

    October 2, 2019

    The annual BDO Canada Affordability Index, which examines how affordable life is in Canada, reveals that as Canadians struggle to make ends meet and manage growing debt, future financial plans, like retirement, are increasingly put on the backburner. Over half (53%) of Canadians continue to live paycheque to paycheque and debt remains overwhelming for 25%. Over a quarter (27%) of Canadians still don't have enough for their needs and less than half (42%) have enough money to spend on their wants.

    As compared to men, more women in Canada face affordability challenges. Women are more likely to have growing debt due to lack of income (35% of women vs 28% of men), and are more likely to struggle to save for a major purchase (75% women vs 70% men), afford grocery bills (33% women vs 24% men) and take a vacation (70% women vs 63% men). The Affordability Index also shows that women's affordability challenges have increased compared to last year. A growing number of women are living paycheque to paycheque (59% vs 54% in 2018) and more admit to having no retirement savings (43% vs 35% in 2018).

    Most companies offer physical, mental and financial wellness benefits, survey finds

    October 2, 2019

    Many companies are realizing they need to go beyond providing traditional health benefits to address all the facets of employee well-being, finds a new survey from global staffing firm Robert Half. According to the survey, most employers offer physical (63%), financial (65%) and mental (73%) wellness programs. Organizations are also covering at least some of the cost for these physical and financial (51%) and mental (64%) wellness resources.

    According to workers, the most valued wellness offerings include fitness facilities or programs (24%), ergonomic evaluations and equipment (22%) and incentives for engaging in healthy behaviour (18%). Flexible work schedules or telecommuting options (50%), paid parental leave (47%) and employee discounts (42%) are the most common perks offered at companies. In a separate survey of workers, health insurance (87%), retirement savings plan match (86%) and parking and commuting benefits (78%) were identified as the most-used benefits, perks and incentives.

    Alzheimer Society of Canada launches new funding competition

    October 2, 2019

    The Alzheimer Society of Canada is now accepting applications for the 2020 research competition, with some exciting changes. Beginning this fall, the Program will offer two new funding opportunities to foster greater innovation and outside-the-box thinking:

    • Proof of concept grant: Established and new investigators who are leading high-risk, novel projects can apply for $100,000 for up to five years.
    • New investigator operating grant: Investigators who are within the first four years of their faculty position are eligible for $200,000 for up to four years to carry their work throughout the full research cycle.

    In addition to the new funding opportunities, beginning this year the Program will shift to an open competition that will focus on four new funding priorities:

    • discovery;
    • policy and health systems change;
    • evaluation of community programs; and
    • ethical and legal issues.

    This shift in priorities will help to create immediate impact and improve life and care for the more than half a million Canadians living with dementia today. In particular, the Program will prioritize applications that will directly influence improvements within the health-care system, delivery of services and care practices as well as support solutions to address ethical or legal issues such as resident-to-resident aggression in long-term care homes.

    Ontario Nonprofit Network releases new guide to reduce the gender wage gap

    September 25, 2019

    A gender wage gap exists in Ontario nonprofits. A key way to reduce it is to use equitable compensation practices that address systemic barriers that women, especially marginalized women, face. The aim of the Ontario Nonprofit Network's guide, Bridging the Gap: How compensation practices can reduce the gender wage gap in Ontario nonprofits, is to assist senior leaders and boards of directors to assess what compensation practices they have in their organizations, and what they can do to ensure women earn fair wages especially immigrant, racialized, and Indigenous women, women with disabilities, and women who are part of the LGBTQ community. It also aims to support women workers in the sector to advocate for better compensation.

    Canadian workers increasingly recognize mental illness as a disability, but stigma remains

    September 25, 2019

    While more Canadians are recognizing depression (53%) and anxiety (41%) as disabilities compared to last year (47% and 36%), a stigma around mental health still exists, according to a recent RBC Insurance survey. Three quarters of working Canadians say they would either be reluctant to admit (48%) or would not admit (27%) to a boss or co-worker that they were suffering from a mental illness. Furthermore, the proportion who say they would not admit they were suffering from a mental illness is almost three times as high as it is for a physical illness (27% vs. 10%). The top reasons for either not admitting or being reluctant to admit a mental illness are:

    • Believing that there is a public stigma around mental health (45%)
    • Not wanting to be treated differently (44 %)
    • Not wanting to be judged (40%)
    • Fear of negative consequences, such as losing their job (36%)

    Adding to the perceived stigma of mental illnesses, half (47%) of working Canadians believe that if they admitted they were suffering from a mental illness to a boss/co-worker, their ability to do their job would be questioned. An additional two in 10 (20%) say they feel their boss/co-worker would look at them in a negative light or distance themselves. In comparison, only 7% feel this way about a physical illness. Yet, when asked how they would react if a co-worker/boss admitted that they were suffering from a mental illness, 76$ said they would be completely comfortable and supportive, an interesting discrepancy.

    Join CharityVillage at Board Voice Society of BC's upcoming conference

    September 25, 2019

    CharityVillage is pleased to sponsor the upcoming Board Voice Society of BC "Circles of Engagement" conference, an engaging, on-topic and timely two days of presentations, workshops and networking opportunities for BC nonprofits. Conference attendees are a diverse mix of volunteer board members from the nonprofit sector, senior nonprofit staff, policy-makers, and sector elders and influencers from all parts of British Columbia – all with much knowledge of and passion for community social services and nonprofits. Click here for more information and to register.

    UN Women HeForShe Global Gender Equality Champions release annual IMPACT Report

    September 25, 2019

    Created by UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality provides a systematic approach and targeted platform on which men and boys can engage and become change agents towards the achievement of gender equality. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, says, "We know that the commitment of men with power and privilege can be a major game changer for gender equality. We hope that the human stories and scalable, proven solutions given in this report will provide others with a roadmap to progress." Through inspirational and uplifting real-life stories, the IMPACT Report demonstrates how individuals and communities all over the world are advancing gender equality across society, in the workplace, at home and with the next generation.

    Canadians more optimistic than the global average, survey finds

    September 25, 2019

    Canadians are hopeful about their futures and believe collaboration and communication will be the force that unlocks and shapes future opportunities according to a new survey commissioned by Expo 2020 Dubai. Commissioned by Expo 2020 Dubai, and conducted by YouGov, the Global Optimism Outlook Survey tracked people's priorities for the future, looking at sustainability, economic growth, technology, travel, and more. Canadians rank high on the optimism scale with 62% of respondents considering themselves optimists compared to the global average of 56%. Sustainability is an important factor for Canadians, outweighing technology and robotics. Nearly three-quarters of respondents indicated they would like to experience plastic-free oceans (71%), sustainable architecture and infrastructure (62%) and carbon-free travel (58%) versus cloud computing, big data and AI (22%) by 2050.

    However, Canadians were divided when asked about mankind's ability to combat climate change. Fifty percent agree that humans have the ability to right the environmental crisis while the other 50% disagreed. The survey also revealed that Canadians value collaboration and believe that knowledge gathering, learning and access to education (67%), collaboration across national borders and cultures (62%) and spreading tolerance and inclusivity (54%) are important factors to unlocking future opportunity.

    Community Food Centres Canada asking Canadians to entertain some good during The Big Social

    September 25, 2019

    What if your next lunch or dinner could be more than just a meal – what if it could also do good in low-income communities? That's what will happen during The Big Social, a new national fundraising campaign being launched by Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC). From November 1 to 10, thousands of Canadians will host meals in their homes and workplaces and raise money to give low-income Canadians better access to healthy food and programs that change lives. Joining in is easy. A Big Social can be whatever a host wants: a dinner party, a potluck, a supper club, and office lunch, or even a laid-back family dinner. Hosts set a fundraising goal, invite their guests, and ask them to make a donation. The money they raise supports low-income Canadians to access good food and empowering programs.

    Apply now for funding to address youth homelessness

    September 20, 2019

    The Home Depot Foundation's Orange Door Awards provide a $25,000 award to charities that incorporate the voice and opinions of youth they serve into programs designed to prevent and/or end youth homelessness in Canada. The Foundation meets with their Youth Advisory Committee to review the applications and these youth make the final decision on the grant recipients! The maximum grant is $25,000 and organizations have until October 9, 2019 to apply. More information is also available in French.

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