On August 21, 2018, the Government of Canada released Opportunity for All – Canada's First Poverty Reduction Strategy with the vision of Canada as a world leader in poverty eradication. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development is launching a call for applications for membership of an Advisory Council, which would be composed of a Chairperson, a member with particular responsibilities for children’s issues, as well as members who have knowledge and experience of poverty-related issues. It would also include people living in poverty or with lived experience of poverty. The Advisory Council will be representative of Canada's diversity in terms of gender, regions, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities and official languages. The Advisory Council will operate for at least 2 years. Members must be available and willing to participate over the entire period.
Canadian companies donate generously to help those coping with natural disasters and community tragedies, but few are increasing budgets to meet these unexpected needs, according to a new study from Imagine Canada. The Corporate Giving in a Changing Canada study finds that, while eight-in-ten companies gave funds to help communities deal with extreme crises, only 19% increased their community investment budgets. A third elected to re-direct funds originally allocated to other charities, and 48% drew funds from community investment budgets dedicated to disaster relief. Of the 54 leading companies studied, 84%t gave funds to at least one major crisis in the past three years. An additional 58% raised money from employees, while 30% donated goods and 24% raised funds from customers.
The Government of Canada has announced the launch of the employer application period for the 2019 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program. Not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and private employers with up to 50 employees can now apply for funding to hire a young Canadian this summer. The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program creates good quality summer job opportunities and valuable work experience for youth aged 15 to 30. Summer jobs are a great way for young Canadians to gain skills and valuable experience to help build their resumes, all while earning a fair wage. They also help organizations fill labour gaps during the busy summer months. Changes have been made to CSJ 2019 that will make it easier than ever for employers to provide good quality summer jobs, and for young people to access them:
- Fewer barriers to good quality jobs: expanded eligibility to include all youth between the ages of 15-30 who are legally entitled to work in Canada – not just students.
- Updated eligibility criteria: to reflect feedback received from employers and organizations, the eligibility criteria have been changed to set out what is and isn’t eligible for funding.
Small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, not-for-profit employers and public sector organizations that can provide good quality summer jobs for youth are invited to apply for funding from the Government of Canada. Employers are strongly encouraged to open an account on the secure Government Grants and Contributions Online Service portal, a one-time process that will allow them to apply for this and other funding opportunities across Employment and Social Development Canada.
The YMCA Post Secondary Youth Internship Program is seeking employer partners to work with their program to connect recent post-secondary graduates to jobs in their field of study. The YMCA Post Secondary Youth Internship program is able to provide up to 16 week subsidies for work placements that start between now and January 21st, 2019.
The YMCA Post Secondary Youth Internship Program provides post secondary graduate youth with job-seeking support, with the goal of securing participant's career-related work experience in various high-demand sectors: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Skilled trades, Tourism, Agriculture, Finance, Marketing, Community Development, Housing, Food Services, Retail. The program is designed to help young, motivated professionals build skills, develop confidence and integrate into the Canadian labour market. The program is beneficial for employers who are currently hiring and the program provides:
- A wage subsidy provided by the federal government that provides $8.00 per hour of participant’s wages based on a minimum hourly rate of pay of $16 hour.
- Access to a ready-to-work, pre-screened talent pool;
- The dynamism, energy, dedication, and commitment that a post-secondary graduate brings to work!
If you are interested in participating as an employer partner in the Post Secondary Youth Internship Program or have any further questions please feel free to contact Luc Desrochers at Cellular: (778) 386-0853, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Jonah Erickson at (604) 328-9622, Email: email@example.com.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 CharityVillage Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Survey over the past month! We are very pleased to announce the winner of the prize draw: Melissa From, CEO of JA Southern Alberta! Congratulations, Melissa, for winning the $1,000 donation to your organization. As a reminder, all participants have the opportunity to purchase the forthcoming report at a 50% discount off the original price. For those that haven't yet purchased, watch for an email in January with more information on how to do this. The report will be published early next year, so watch for an announcement with the publication date, and be sure to register for our February 21 webinar where we will introduce the report and give you tips on how to best put it to use.
The Canadian Online Fundraising Scorecard is a study by fundraising research lab NextAfter that looks at charitable giving in Canada by capturing and analyzing the online fundraising habits and donor experiences of 152 Canadian charities. Instead of asking donors what their online giving experience was like, NextAfter became the donor by first signing up for email communications from each organization, monitored the emails they received, and then when/if asked, made a $25 donation tracking, capturing, and scoring each process along the way. In this report, you'll learn from 152 Canadian charities as well as some real, documented experiments to gain new ideas and insights to improve your email signup process, email fundraising strategy, and overall online giving experience. Get the full report, for free, at bit.ly/canadianscorecard.
Canada celebrated the tremendous contributions of 21 recipients at the Canada’s Volunteer Awards ceremony in Ottawa. This year’s ceremony specially marked the celebration of Canada’s150th anniversary of Confederation through the expansion of the Emerging Leader category to recognize five recipients, and the creation of the CVA Alumni, a group of all past recipients. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, gave out the awards recognizing the accomplishments of deserving individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organizations that volunteer their time and make a difference in their communities. The recipients have identified an eligible not-for-profit organization which will receive a grant for either $5,000 or $10,000, depending on the award category.
Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women Canada, officially unveiled the Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre at an event held at Western University’s Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children. The GBV Knowledge Centre, housed within Status of Women Canada, will coordinate federal actions under the three pillars of Canada’s first-ever federal Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence: prevention, support for survivors and their families, and the promotion of responsive legal and justice systems. This new online platform is intended for everyone who has an interest in ending gender-based violence, which may include decision makers, service providers, GBV sector organizations, academia, all orders of government, civil society organizations, students, youth, survivors and Canadians.
Minister Monsef also announced up to $5 million in funding for GBV and gender equality research projects, as part of a new Call for Proposals to support evidence-based policy and programs. The call also indicates Status of Women Canada’s interest in projects that are Indigenous-led or co-created to meet the diverse needs of their communities. Findings will be shared on the GBV Knowledge Centre online platform.
Over the coming months, the GBV Knowledge Centre will continue to expand and evolve, as feedback from users will inform and refine the platform. The goal of the GBV Knowledge Centre is to become a trusted source for reliable research, data and reporting, on potential issues and promising solutions to prevent and address GBV.
L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth honours extraordinary women who selflessly volunteer their time to serve their communities. The signature philanthropic program embodies the L’Oréal Paris tenet that ‘Every Woman Is Worth It’ by elevating women who find beauty in giving back. From now through January 8th, 2019 Canadians are encouraged to visit womenofworth.ca to nominate a volunteer, philanthropist or change-maker to be given the chance to receive a $10,000 donation on behalf of their cause. Honourees will be celebrated on International Women’s Day (March 8) at a star-studded gala in Toronto, hosted by one of L’Oréal Paris’ notable spokeswomen. Last year, Dame Helen Mirren hosted this event, so this year attendees can expect someone just as inspirational.
Last month saw the launch the 11th Annual DoGooder Video Awards, supported by partners at NTEN and Gather Voices. The DoGooder Video Awards celebrate and honor the best work from people and organizations that are using video to create real impact for important causes. This year is a brand new award category: The 1-Minute Story Award. This award is a way to engage nonprofit practitioners in real-time storytelling by having them record their most powerful 1-minute story of why they DoGood. In addition to the 1-Minute Story Award, we will also bring back the ever-popular Funny for Good Award, Best Nonprofit Video Award and the Fundraising for Good Award.
The video submission period will remain open for all three categories from December 1, 2018 until January 16, 2019. The public will then have the opportunity to view the finalists, selected by a panel of expert judges, and vote for the best video in each category from February 1 - March 1, 2019. The winning videos in each category receive a free registration to next year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC), in 2020, and will also be recognized at the 2019 conference, in front of thousands of nonprofit peers. Organizations and individuals can enter the contest by going to www.dogooder.tv.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is making funding available to assist the participation of Indigenous peoples in future consultation and engagement activities on the development of policies and guidance related to the proposed new impact assessment system. Improvements in the proposed new impact assessment system for Indigenous peoples include:
- Respect for Indigenous rights, including mandatory consideration of impacts on rights and Indigenous culture
- Indigenous engagement and partnership early and throughout the process Mandatory consideration of Indigenous knowledge
- Provisions for arrangements with Indigenous groups to exercise powers and duties under the legislation
- Aiming to secure free, prior and informed consent through processes based on mutual respect and dialogue
The Agency will work with the new Indigenous Advisory Committee to develop approaches for ongoing policy engagement that builds on the input and recommendations received throughout the review of environmental and regulatory processes. Applicants are encouraged to submit their proposals by January 14, 2019. Recipients and the amount of funding allocated will be announced at a later date.
The Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) has issued its latest quarterly report showing that charitable giving increased dramatically in the third quarter of 2018 after a sluggish first half of the year. The FEP’s 2018 Third Quarter Report compares fundraising year-to-date in 2018 to the same time period in 2017. The information from the report is based on the Growth in Giving Database, which includes more than 18,000 organizations and $72 billion in donations since 2005.
For the first half of 2018, nearly every metric the FEP measured was lower significantly compared to 2017, including number of donors, total revenue from giving and donor retention rates. While the same is mostly true in the third quarter, one metric improved significantly: total revenue. While total revenue was down 2.1% at mid-year, giving totals are now ahead 2.6% of 2017 figures after the third quarter.
The reason for the increase? Revenue from major gifts ($1,000 and up) increased significantly. Revenue from this group in 2018 was behind year-to-date figures by -2.1% at mid-year. But after the third quarter, revenue from this group is up 3.1%. In contrast, revenue from general donors ($249 and under) and mid-level donors ($250 - $999) remains behind 2017 levels of giving.
The total numbers of donors so far in 2018 is down 4.3% compared to 2017. The only group of donors that has increased in terms of numbers is Repeat Retained Donors (those that have been giving to the same organization for two years in a row), up 0.9% from 2017. Numbers in other groups of donors, including New Donors (first time giving to an organization); New Retained Donors (new donors giving for a second consecutive year to the same organization); and Recaptured Donors (donors who stopped giving to an organization, then resumed giving this year), continue to trail significantly behind 2017 numbers.