Survey: 1 in 3 job candidates removed from consideration following reference checks

March 12, 2019

In a new survey from global staffing firm Accountemps, senior managers in Canada reported they remove approximately one in three candidates (32%) from consideration for a position with their company after checking their references. Reference checks help employers get a stronger sense of whether a candidate will be a good fit, both in terms of skills and experience, as well as within the workplace culture. Specifically, senior managers surveyed said they were most interested in getting a view of the applicant's strengths and weaknesses and a description of their past job responsibilities and work experience.

Despite disengagement at work, 65% of employees plan to stay in their current jobs

March 12, 2019

A recent survey conducted by Achievers revealed that only 34.7% of workers plan to look for a new job in 2019, down drastically from 74% in Achievers' 2018 report. This is surprising given 70.1% do not consider themselves "very engaged." While this may seem like a positive trend, it actually indicates a major workplace complacency conundrum. For example, 18.6% of over 800 North American respondents haven't even decided if they'll look for a new job yet – the jury is still out. Key takeaways from the survey include:

  • Just 20.8% consider themselves "very engaged," while 16.3% are fully disengaged, and 31.3% say they're "engaged but feel my company could do more to improve employee experience."
  • When asked the main reason they would change jobs, however, only 14% said they'd leave because "I'm not engaged," meaning many employees are sticking around despite average to no engagement.
  • Over one-quarter of respondents (26%) ranked "recognition for my work" in their top three important factors for staying with their current employer, but nearly 1 in 5 (17%) said their manager/employer was "horrible – they never recognize my work" and the largest group of respondents (43%) ranked their manager/employer as just "okay" (recognizing them annually or quarterly at least).

2018 recipients of Nonprofit Employer of Choice (NEOC) Awards announced

March 11, 2019

Hilborn:ECS together with partners CCEOC Inc. and The Goldie Company congratulate the recipients of the fourth annual Canadian Nonprofit Employer of Choice (NEOC) Award. This year, 13 organizations from across Canada fulfilled program requirements to be named a Canadian Nonprofit Employer of Choice. The 2018 award recipients are:

  • Alberta Retired Teachers Association (AB)
  • Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation (ON)
  • Lakeland Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Society (AB)
  • BC Nonprofit Housing Association (BC)
  • The Ottawa Mission Foundation (ON)
  • Brantwood Community Services (ON)
  • Chilliwack Society for Community Living (BC)
  • CMHA - York Region (ON)
  • LOFT Community Services (ON)
  • North Hastings Community Integration Association (ON)
  • Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services (ON)
  • Participation House Durham Region (ON)

All winners successfully completed the NEOC Organizational Profile and Employee Commitment Survey achieving a minimum overall score of 75% to qualify for the award. In a quest to create "decent workplaces" thought leaders are debunking the myth that employees in the nonprofit sector are willing (and should be expected) to work in exchange for the opportunity to “do good.” Today, talented people can find a socially meaningful career outside a traditional nonprofit organization, which intensifies the competition for qualified staff. Applications to participate in the 2019 NEOC Award program are now being accepted at

AFP releases new Fundraising is Awesome document

March 11, 2019

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has relesaed a new Fundraising is Awesome document that can be used for a variety of purposes: recruitment, board education, and team building, to name just a few. It’s also a great primer for both experienced and aspiring fundraisers to understand the impact that the profession has. Fundraising is Awesome also serves as a recruitment tool, both for the profession and for the AFP community. There are many facts that have been curated into the document—including sections on the impact of the profession and the charitable sector, why you should become a fundraiser and traits of a successful practitioner—to compel more people to choose an amazing and inspirational career.

Apply now for the TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference

March 11, 2019

For the first time ever, TalentEgg is proud to have expanded the Award categories for this year's TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference to recognize and celebrate the charities, nonprofit organizations and individuals who go above and beyond in recruiting top young talent! The new award categories are as follows:

Campus Recruiting Program of the Year for a Nonprofit. This award recognizes the charity or nonprofit organization that has executed the best campus recruitment program of the year. Judges will be asked to consider the activities undertaken by the organization and the success achieved.

Campus Recruiter of the Year for a Nonprofit (Individual). This award is for exceptional individual nonprofit campus recruiters who have particularly egg-celled over the past year. Judges will be asked to provide feedback on the individual's overall achievements in the campus recruitment market. Applications for this award may be submitted personally or by a third-party nomination.

Applications for the 2019 Awards close on March 29, 2019. Finalists will be notified in the Spring of 2019, and the Awards Ceremony and the official announcement of winners will take place on June 19, 2019 at The TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference at the Globe and Mail Centre. Each award category is comprised of a short questionnaire and offers the opportunity to supply supporting material in PDF format. Plus, there is no cost to apply!

Government of Canada invites proposals for projects to help newcomers enter the job market faster

March 7, 2019

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, launched a Call for Concepts under the Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Program. The total funding for this Call for Concepts is up to $10 million, which will fund approximately 15 projects to help newcomers find work. The Government is seeking innovative and collaborative concepts from stakeholders that address specific barriers to the integration of highly skilled newcomers into the Canadian labour market.

The Government of Canada is accepting applications from organizations interested in receiving up to $800,000 in funding from the Foreign Credential Recognition Program (FCRP) per project that is up to 30 months in duration. Approximately 15 organizations will receive funding through this process. Project concepts will be accepted until April 11, 2019.

Statistics Canada releases important data on economic contribution of the nonprofit sector

March 6, 2019

Economic activity in the nonprofit sector totalled $169.2 billion in 2017, representing 8.5% of Canada's gross domestic product (GDP), according to new data relesaed by Statistics Canada. Community nonprofit institutions accounted for 16.4% of the overall sector, while business nonprofit institutions accounted for 10.4%. The most significant portion of non-profit activity (73.2%) came from government nonprofit institutions, such as hospitals and universities. If included, volunteer activities—which are important for the nonprofit sector but not included in standard macroeconomic measures—would have added a further $41.8 billion to the economy in 2013 (the most recent year of available data), representing 22.3% of nonprofit GDP that year. Imagine Canada has also released summary data, which can be read here.

Calling Canada’s amazing social entrepreneurs: Applications open for the $100,000 Social EnterPrize

March 6, 2019

Created by the Trico Charitable Foundation in 2011, the biennial Social EnterPrize celebrates and advances leadership and excellence in social entrepreneurship in Canada. Social enterprises are organizations, for-profit or not-for-profit, that blend the social and the entrepreneurial by using business models/markets to solve social problems. For the 2019 edition of the Social EnterPrize, one recipient will receive:

  • $100,000 prize money;
  • A video profile; and
  • An in-depth profile in a case-study undertaken by a Canadian post-secondary institution.

The awards will be formally presented during Global Entrepreneurship Week; on November 21, 2019 in Calgary (travel & accommodations will be provided). View Videos & Case Studies of previous recipients. To begin the application process, please complete and submit the idea submission form by March 20th, 2019. Submissions that are selected to move forward in the awards process will be contacted by May 6th, 2019 and will be given access to the full application with 4 weeks to complete it.

Canadian women will control almost $4 trillion by 2028: CIBC

March 5, 2019

Women are controlling a rising amount of wealth giving them increasing influence and control over the Canadian economy, finds a new report from CIBC Capital Markets, noting that this trend is going to continue. The Changing Landscape of Women's Wealth notes that since the 2008 recession, more women aged 25+ are working and actively participating in the economy. In fact, women in this demographic have accounted for 52% of job growth in full-time positions since 2008 and have increasingly landed jobs in higher-paying fields, with almost one-third of women in those roles now. In addition, women over the age of 55 have seen labour market participation rates rise by almost twice the amount of men during this cycle. With more women working and earning higher incomes, the historical structure of women's wealth has fundamentally changed and will only continue to grow. This growth in women's income is also giving women greater involvement and control over Canada's household wealth.

Plan International Canada research shows gap in gender equality when girls transition to womanhood

March 5, 2019

Plan International Canada today released new data revealing that perceptions of gender inequality reach a tipping point in the critical time of a girl's life when she enters womanhood. Between the ages of 18-24, young women in Canada report feeling less equal because of their gender and that their confidence reaches a low – and those sentiments only improve marginally over a woman's adult life. Only six out of 10 Canadian girls aged 14-17 (66%) feel as equal to their male counterparts according to a survey conducted in September 2018, and new data reveals that feeling of inequality becomes more pronounced when a girl turns 18. In a survey conducted in February 2019, less than half of Canadian young women aged 18-24 (44%) say they feel as equal – and nearly the same amount (42%) said they feel less than equal. Only 57% of women over the age of 25+ report feeling as equal, while 31% said they feel less equal. Some respondents reported feeling unsure. For more highlights from the report, click here.

Canada Post Community Foundation for Children accepting grant applications for 2019

March 4, 2019

The Canada Post Community Foundation for Children is accepting applications for 2019 grants. More than $1.15 million is available for charities, school programs and groups that serve the needs of young people. Applications are available until April 5, and are open to national and grassroots local organizations across the country.

Vote for CharityVillage in the 2019 HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Awards

February 28, 2019

We hope you'll consider voting for CharityVillage as your preferred Job Board and Specialized Recruitment Agency in the HR Reporter Readers' Choice Awards! We are so proud and honoured to have been the Canadian nonprofit sector’s largest and most trusted online resource for recruiting, news and how-to information, for more than 20 years. If you'd like to help us win the Job Board and Specialized Recruitment Category, as well as vote for some of your other favourite companies and websites (including our partner company TalentEgg!), please take the survey by March 18. Click here to vote!

Veterans Affairs Canada now accepting 2019 applications for the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund

February 28, 2019

The Veteran and Well-being Fund supports innovative initiatives and projects through grants and contributions to private, public or academic organizations to conduct research and implement initiatives and projects that support the well-being of Veterans and their families. Today, Veterans Affairs Canada launched the second call for applications for the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund. Organizations are invited to share their innovative ideas and encouraged to submit their applications online as early as possible. The deadline to submit an application for the 2019 year is March 29, 2019. Learn more about the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund at

Register now for Blumbergs Charity Law Boot Camp and International Philanthropy Conference

February 28, 2019

Blumbergs is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp again on Monday April 8, 2019. This is a one-day boot camp on compliance and standards issues for Canadian registered charities. You can register for the program here. This one-day workshop on Monday April 8, 2019 will cover the differences between for-profits, non-profits and registered charities and why in some cases you may wish to have one or more of each to have maximum impact. It will focus on matters that are significant for any operating charity surrounding revenue generation rules, receipting, transparency, and protecting your charity against risks. Topical issues such as collaboration, foreign activities, political activities, the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (CNCA) and Ontario Non-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) will be touched upon as well.

Blumbergs is also holding a full-day event on international philanthropy on April 12, 2019: Blumbergs' International Philanthropy Conference 2019. There are significant risks and compliance issues when Canadian charities conduct foreign activities or foreign donors wish to donate to Canadian charities. Blumbergs’ International Philanthropy Conference 2019 is a full day of presentations and discussions from various charity law and compliance experts that will include 3 parts: Fundamentals of Foreign Activities, CRA audits and foreign activity charities, and Challenges and Recent Changes to Non-Profit Law and Regulation in Asia. Get more information and register here.

Joule Innovation grants to deliver $200,000 in support of Canadian ingenuity in health care

February 28, 2019

The 4th annual Joule Innovation grant program is underway and, more than ever, aims to drive change in the health care system. This year, selected recipients will share $200,000 in grants for initiatives designed to help shape a better health care future for all Canadians. Since 2016, the grant program has provided $500,000 to 19 recipients, powering physician-led innovation in the country. The Joule Innovation grant program opens today and will accept applications until March 28, 2019 (11:59 PM EST). This year's categories are as follows:

  • Access to care (2 grants: $100,000 & $20,000). These grants support CMA member-led initiatives that focus on innovative solutions to improve access to health care for all Canadians. This year there is a special emphasis on projects that focus on marginalized communities who face challenges in obtaining equitable access to health care services and rural and remote populations who often find themselves underserved for all or part of the year.
  • Health care solution (2 grants: $40,000 & $20,000). Each day, physicians, governments and policy-makers struggle to manage the limited resources available for our health care system. Health care solution grants will support initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality, safety and efficiency of health care and improving health outcomes for patients, while at the same time reducing overall costs within the Canadian health care system.
  • Emerging physician innovator (4 x $5,000) - Student grants (2x $5,000) - Resident grants (2 x $5000). Grants for medical students and residents representing the future of medicine in Canada. These grants will help support the ideas of medical learners and residents who are looking to increase or improve access to care or create health care solutions that will provide better outcomes for patients.

In addition to valuable, flexible funding, recipients will also benefit from Joule Innovation Council mentorship and access to a network of innovation leaders. To learn more about the application process or to submit an idea, visit

Income volatility threatens financial security of one in three Canadians: CPA Canada Study

February 28, 2019

Income volatility is linked to lower levels of financial knowledge and capability, often leading people to conclude that they have no personal control of their fiscal situation, according to ground-breaking new research from Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). While the link is intuitive, prior to this study, there was little research into the prevalence of income volatility in Canada and its correlation to financial behaviours. According to The Perils of Living Paycheque to Paycheque: The Relationship Between Income Volatility and Financial Insecurity, more than a third of Canadians report volatility in their monthly incomes, whether it's the source of the money, the amount they'll be receiving or both. It also shows that those precarious and uncertain income flows put people at greater risk of financial calamity and make it harder to effectively use common mitigating strategies like budgeting and saving.

Income volatility is not new – some of the oldest occupations, such as fishing or farming, traditionally have unpredictable earnings and widely differing income flows throughout the year. However, workplace shifts towards short-term, task-oriented employment – the "gig" economy – make it increasingly hard for many people to know where their next paycheque is coming from and how much that payday will bring. According to this study, people with volatile incomes have trouble keeping track of money and planning ahead, making it more difficult to make ends meet than for people who, while they may have lower incomes, know what they are getting and when.

Woodbine Cares Community Investment Program accepting funding applications

February 28, 2019

The Woodbine Cares Community Investment Program is committed to giving back to organizations that focus on: Vibrant and Connected Communities creating healthy places to play, work, live, learn and grow, For the Love of Horses inspiring a love for horses and creating awareness of horse racing in Ontario, and The Environment and Sustainability demonstrating a commitment to making to the planet a better place for tomorrow. The application period closes April 1, 2019. Click here for more information, including eligibility requirements.

New 2019 Digital Outlook Report for nonprofits now available for free download

February 27, 2019

Care2, hjc and NTEN have released a brand new Digital Outlook Report for 2019. In keeping with the theme of the 2019 Digital Outlook Report, “Navigating the Unknown,” this report will help you steer your ship to smoother waters. The report covers how to better measure the ROI of your fundraising efforts, simple ways to improve cross-team communication, and how to think outside the #nptech box to find software solutions that fit your organization. Now in its fifth year, the Digital Outlook Report is loaded with in-depth guides and expert advice. With actionable ideas for every organization, it’s really a must-read for any nonprofit digital team hoping to improve their results in 2019. Click here to download the free report.

Poverty rates decline in 2017, especially for Canadian children

February 26, 2019

According to new Statistics Canada data, median after-tax income of Canadian families and unattached individuals rose 3.3% to $59,800 in 2017, following two years without growth. This gain was the result of a combination of factors, including higher wages and salaries among non-senior families (where the highest income earner was less than 65 years of age), and an increase in child benefits. Fewer Canadians lived below Canada's Official Poverty Line in 2017, as measured by the MBM. According to the MBM, a family lives in poverty if it does not have enough income to purchase a specific basket of goods and services in its community. In 2017, 3.4 million Canadians, or 9.5% of the population, lived below the poverty line, down from 10.6% in 2016.

In 2017, 622,000 children under 18 years of age, or 9.0%, lived below the poverty line, down from 11.0% (755,000 children) in 2016. The child poverty rate, according to the MBM, has declined fairly steadily since reaching its most recent peak of 15.0% (1.0 million children) in 2012. There were 238,000 (3.9%) seniors living in poverty in 2017, down from 284,000 (4.9%) in 2016. This decline was concentrated among unattached seniors, where the poverty rate fell from 11.0% in 2016 to 8.4% in 2017. People in lone-parent families recorded among the largest decreases in poverty in 2017—the proportion of people in these families living below the Official Poverty Line fell from 29.2% in 2016 to 22.7% in 2017. The poverty rate for persons in lone-parent families has been declining steadily over the previous five years, associated with increases in child benefits.

Giving in the US up slightly in 2018, but only due to larger gifts

February 26, 2019

Giving in the US increased by 1.6% in 2018, according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s 2018 Fourth Quarter Report, with philanthropic gains being driven exclusively by donors who gave $1,000 or more. After a sluggish first half of the year, charitable giving rebounded in the third and fourth quarters of 2018 to end with an overall increase. However, the increase was smaller than in 2017 (when giving increased by 2.0%) with other key giving indicators continuing to fall. While total giving from gifts of $1,000 or more increased by 2.6%, revenue from smaller gifts decreased. Gifts in the $250 - $999 range dropped by 4.0%, while gifts of under $250 dropped by 4.4%. The number of donors also fell, as did retention rates (the percentage of donors who continue to give to the same organization).

The total number of donors dropped by 4.5% from 2018 to 2017. In that total are the following groups:

  • New donors to an organization, which dropped by 7.3% from 2017;
  • Newly retained donors, those who have given a second time to an organization, which dropped by 14.9%;
  • Recaptured donors, those who stopped giving to an organization but returned and gave again to the same organization in 2018, which dropped 1.6%; and
  • Repeat retained donors, who have been giving to the same organization for at least three years, which increased by 0.2%.

The overall retention rate—the percentage of all donors making a gift to the same organization in 2017 and then again in 2018—dropped almost two percentage points to 45.5% from the 2017 rate. The repeat retention rate (the percentage of repeat donors who gave in 2017 and then again in 2018) remained fairly steady at 61%, while the new donor retention rate (donors who gave in 2017 for the first time and gave again in 2018) fell four percentage points to 20.2%.

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