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Canada and partners announce new legacy investments to support women’s rights and gender equality

June 3, 2019

Through the Department for Women and Gender Equality, the Government of Canada is entering into three funding agreements with organizations that will match up to $30 million of federal funding into gender equality efforts. The new matching partnerships with Community Foundations of Canada, Canadian Women’s Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada, will provide funding to women’s organizations in Canada. Through Global Affairs Canada, the government is investing $300 million to bring the granting, philanthropic and investment worlds together into a single platform, working with the Equality Fund, selected through a competitive process, to establish this innovative platform.

The Equality Fund will not only create a sustainable and predictable source of funding for women’s rights organizations and movements in developing countries, but will also shift how investment decisions are made for gender equality outcomes: by providing resources directly to women’s rights organizations and by making investments that support gender equality. The Equality Fund has mobilized initial investments of $100 million as a result of the Government of Canada’s initial $300 million commitment. The Equality Fund will also mobilize funding for women’s rights organizations in Canada.

Vancouver’s annual digital nonprofit conference about to kick off

May 29, 2019

For its fifth year in a row, the Digital Nonprofit Conference continues to expand! With tickets selling fast, don’t miss your chance to come to Vancouver’s best nonprofit conference on June 11th. This year, over 200 nonprofit professionals will hear keynotes from Beth Kanter, Vu Le, Shoni Fields, Ryann Miller, and many other presenters. You’ll get to learn how to manage digital teams, create a culture of wellbeing, lead in this digital age, and advance your marketing strategies. This full day-event will be packed with strategies and tactics for you to take back to your teams, networking opportunities, and of course, lots of coffee and food! Last minute tickets still available here.

Hamilton philanthropists create $100M+ endowment to fund health research

May 29, 2019

Hamilton philanthropists Charles and Margaret Juravinski will create an endowment of more than $100 million to support researchers across Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Their estate gift is one of Canada’s largest ever legacy gifts and will provide up to $5 million a year to the institutions, in perpetuity. The endowment will create the Juravinski Research Centre, which will equally support Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton by funding health research in a variety of areas including cancer, mental health, lung and respiratory care, and diseases of aging.

Funding available from the Ottawa Community Foundation for youth employment projects

May 29, 2019

For a fourth and final year the Ottawa Community Foundation’s New Leaf Community Challenge (NLCC) will focus on improving youth employment in the Ottawa region. All initiatives that would boost youth employment, and/or improve employment outcomes for both youth and employers, are welcome. That said we are also particularly interested in effective approaches to:

  • Enable youth to acquire and to have proof of the skills, in particular “softer” skills, that many employers perceive to be lacking; and to also build employer recognition of “hidden” skills that may be work-relevant.
  • Help interested youth move from entry-level and/or non-standard to more career-oriented work.

Proposals can be for a new initiative, but can also involve the scale up or replication of an existing successful initiative. The deadline for initial idea briefs is June 19, 2019.

The 2019 Alberta Nonprofit Survey is now underway

May 28, 2019

The Alberta Nonprofit Survey is an opportunity to share your views and to help tell the story of Alberta's nonprofit sector. Your participation is critical to telling that story. Last year's survey informed the State of the Sector report and raised the voices of nonprofits across Alberta through the invaluable participation of survey respondents. The 2019 report, which will be released this fall, will include:

  • Shared experiences of nonprofits in Alberta that help inform decision-making and communications.
  • Priorities of the sector that help inform strategic planning for nonprofits and policy advocacy.
  • Information about the strengths and challenges in the sector that helps educate and inform a range of stakeholders, including funders and governments.

Submissions to the survey are instrumental in advocating for the sector. This year, the survey has been simplified and will take less than 10 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey and share it with your networks beginning today through June 30.

The Canada Council for the Arts and CBC/Radio-Canada to invest in Canadian digital content creation and distribution

May 28, 2019

Today, the Canada Council for the Arts, together with CBC/Radio-Canada, announced plans to launch a new $1 million catalyst tool to amplify digital creation in Canada. This initiative, called the Creation Accelerator, will support projects in a sequence of production stages. Successful applicants will receive an initial grant to work with a producer, along with the mentorship of CBC/Radio-Canada, on the development of an original idea. Following this incubation stage, the Canada Council and CBC/Radio-Canada will select concepts for production and potential distribution on CBC/Radio-Canada's platforms.

The Creation Accelerator is the first initiative of its kind for the Canada Council for the Arts, which—as part of its commitment to amplify the quality, scale and sharing of art through digital technology—has made a strong investment to increase the digital literacy of the arts sector with its Digital Strategy Fund. This pilot project will be open to artists and arts organizations across the country, in all fields of practice, including early career artists. No prior digital experience will be required. The Canada Council for the Arts will share full guidelines and details for the Creation Accelerator in late June, when the initiative opens for applications on the Council's online granting portal.

Number of working Canadians who need time off for disability on the rise

May 28, 2019

The majority of working Canadians (68%) have some experience with time off work due to a disability, whether for themselves or a family member, or they know someone who has taken a disability leave. Moreover, the number of Canadians who need time off work due to a disability is on the rise, yet disability coverage continues to decline, according to a recent RBC Insurance survey. The study found that half (50%) of working Canadians say they would have liked to have taken time off work for a disability but felt they couldn't afford it, up 5 points from 2018. Despite the increase, the number of Canadians who have disability coverage either through their workplace benefits or personal insurance that they've purchased declined by 5 points from 55 per cent in 2018, leaving half of working Canadians without any disability coverage at all.

More than 200 philanthropists have now joined the Giving Pledge

May 28, 2019

Today the Giving Pledge announced that 19 philanthropists have joined the Giving Pledge since the previous year, bringing the total number of Giving Pledge signatories to 204 from 23 countries. Now in its ninth year, the Giving Pledge continues to expand internationally with the addition of philanthropists from China, Norway, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, as well as the United States. Founded by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010, the Giving Pledge is a global, multi-generational commitment by some of the world's wealthiest individuals and couples to give more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes, either during their lifetimes or in their wills.

Survey: Majority of workers save vacation time for summer

May 28, 2019

As temperatures climb, many workers are stocking up on sunscreen and booking summer travel. A recent Accountemps survey found more than half of Canadian workers (56%) save their vacation time for June, July and August, and plan to take an average of 11 days off this summer. When asked how many days they plan to take off this summer, most popular was 6-10 days (34%), followed by 1-5 days (22%). Rounding it out was 11-15 days (20%), 21+ days (9%) and 16-20 days (9%). A full 8% had no plans to take any time off this summer.

Personal achievement and interpersonal relations driving Canadian workers

May 22, 2019

Here's the good news for Canadian employers: More than four out of five (83%) Canadian workers are satisfied with their work, according to an extensive study on the Canadian workplace conducted for Hamster by Léger. Most are also very engaged (90%) and motivated (81%) by their job. Three in four (75%) report that their work is fulfilling because they achieve personal goals. However, the survey also shows employers need to be prepared for generational change as Baby Boomers age out of the workforce, meaning they will need to shape workplace culture to new generations' preferences, including Gen X-ers, Millennials.

The study reveals that the soon-to-retire Baby Boomers (now all over 55) say they are more satisfied with their work (89%) than younger workers. They are also the most committed to their job (95%) and the most motivated (89%). However, Generation X workers (now age 35 to 54), who will replace the retiring baby-boomers, is over-represented among those who are dissatisfied with their work (19%) and is also the least motivated segment (21% being not very motivated and not motivated at all). This difference could be explained by the fact that workers aged 35 to 54 are generally experiencing a particularly busy period in their lives, including often both parental responsibilities and care for their own parents as they age.

Volunteer Canada requesting feedback on this year's National Volunteer Week activities

May 22, 2019

What did you think of Volunteer Canada's National Volunteer Week theme this year? National Volunteer Week (NVW) 2019 has come to a close! Volunteer Canada would like to thank all organizations who participated in celebrating The Volunteer Factor - Lifting Communities. Volunteer Canada wants to know what you thought of this year's theme, campaign and resources. The results of this survey will be used to assist Volunteer Canada in planning future NVW campaigns.

Women's Executive Network nominations for Canada's Most Powerful Women now open

May 22, 2019

Women's Executive Network (WXN) created Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards to recognize the incredible accomplishments of women, develop a community of support, and increase the visibility of strong leaders in order to inspire future generations. Honourees span the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, with the initial candidates selected by WXN's Diversity Council. The deadline for nominations is July 1.

Creative Manitoba's Careers in the Arts youth mentorship program accepting applications

May 22, 2019

Creative Manitoba’s Careers in the Arts youth and young adult mentorship programs provide opportunities for youth and young adults to be exposed to careers in arts and culture. Participants are mentored by someone working in an arts or cultural career through group workshops, individual consultation, volunteer work experience and participation in career development workshops. Creative Manitoba’s Careers in the Arts Mentorship Program is made possible by the Province of Manitoba. Individual mentorship pairs (for 19-29 year-old residents of Winnipeg and surrounding area) will start in September 2019. The application window for 2019-20 is open until July 7. Applications are assessed as they are received.

Survey shows nearly one in four Canadian professionals renege on job offer after accepting

May 22, 2019

Employers take note: The hiring process doesn't necessarily end when a candidate accepts the offer, new research from global staffing firm Robert Half shows. In the survey, nearly a quarter of Canadian workers (23 per cent) said they have backed out of an offer after initially saying yes. Reasons cited included: for a better offer (pay) from another company (38%); heard bad things about the company after accepting (21%); got a counteroffer from current employer that convinced me to stay (16%); and other (24%).

Island Savings accepting nominations of inspiring volunteers for volunteer awards

May 22, 2019

Island Savings, a Division of First West Credit Union, is celebrating and recognizing amazing volunteers! Throughout the year, they’re selecting 40 volunteers who are devoted to developing positive and vibrant communities. It's easy to get involved. Nominate an inspiring volunteer and they could be eligible to make a $1,000 donation, courtesy of First West Credit Union, to the non-profit or charity of their choice. When completing your nomination form, explain what makes your nominee great:

  • Where do they volunteer?
  • How long have they been volunteering?
  • How do they spread Simple Generosity in our community?
  • What makes them an exceptional volunteer?

Self nominations are accepted, and qualifying communities include Brentwood, Chemanius, Duncan, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan, Mill Bay, Nanaimo, Pender Island, Salt Spring, and Victoria.

Canada Revenue Agency requests feedback on communications and outreach

May 15, 2019

As a member of the charitable sector, you know best how the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) can serve you better. The CRA invites you to share your voice through their online consultation tool. They will use the information gathered through this consultation to inform the direction of future communications and outreach products and to allow the CRA to more efficiently reach the charitable sector. The findings from the consultations will be shared in the fall of 2019. You will be notified if you have opted to recieve notifications that new content has been posted.

Volunteer Alberta accepting applications for Youth @ the Table governance initiative

May 15, 2019

Is your nonprofit organization interested in mentoring a young leader? Supported by Canada Service Corps, Youth @ the Table is a province-wide initiative seeking to engage youth ages 18-30 in shaping their communities. Participants will spend at least six months from September 2019 until March 2020 collaborating with a nonprofit organization to explore and impact a social issue they care about. Volunteer Alberta will match youth participants with a nonprofit where they will be engaged at the governance level on a board, committee, or council.

Submit an application to host a Youth @ the Table participant who is interested in learning more about your work. Your board will identify a mentor who will involve and support the participant in understanding nonprofit governance so they can provide youth perspectives on outreach, operations, and strategic directions. This partnership will help improve your capacity to engage young people and strengthen the future of your nonprofit’s leadership. We will provide you with a curriculum that will guide you in establishing a sustainable plan for youth engagement. This is your chance to equip the next generation of nonprofit leaders with the skills and knowledge required to move the sector forward! Application deadline is May 30, 2019.

Ontario Arts Council report provides insight into the status of women in the arts in Canada

May 15, 2019

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) released The status of women in the Canadian arts and cultural industries: Research review 2010-2018, a report commissioned by OAC from a research team led by Dr. Amanda Coles, a Canadian on faculty at Australia’s Deakin University. This report provides an important synthesis of existing research on the status of women in the arts in Ontario and Canada. The majority of existing research focuses on specific sectors, such as media arts/screen, or theatre, etc., rather than addressing the arts and cultural industries as a whole. The report covers six sectors: visual arts, dance, theatre, literature, music, and media arts/screen. Some key findings in the report include:

Research shows a pervasive gender-based income gap across all six sectors under review. Overall, women’s average incomes are lower than their male peers – a defining feature of work in the Canadian arts and cultural industries.

Gender inequality in the arts and cultural industries cannot be explained by the education or skill of professional female artists and cultural workers. A cross-sectoral analysis of available data on education and training clearly shows that across all six sectors, women are as highly educated as men.

Women are well represented in administrative leadership roles in visual arts, publishing, and theatre, and in the top tier of Canadian orchestras. Executive and organizational leadership roles in the music industry are male-dominated. There is a notable shortage of data on organizational leadership in broadcasting, film and television production, the interactive digital media sector, and dance. Women are severely under-represented in key artistic leadership roles in media arts/screen, theatre and music. In contrast, key artistic leadership roles in visual arts and publishing, such as curators and editors, are female dominated.

Nearly half of job seekers in Canada receive multiple employment offers while job searching

May 14, 2019

Companies shouldn't assume their employment offer is a candidate's only option, new research suggests. A survey of workers from global financial recruitment firm Robert Half Finance & Accounting found that nearly half of job seekers in Canada (49 per cent) have received two or more offers simultaneously when applying for jobs. The competition for top talent is tough, and candidates rarely wait long when they receive a great offer. A majority of professionals surveyed (71 per cent) reported making their decision in two or fewer days. The top five reasons job seekers accepted one offer over another include: salary, benefits, position's responsibilities or challenges, commute, and advancement potential.

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