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TalentEgg offers nonprofits discounted tickets to recruitment conference in Toronto

May 14, 2019

Don’t miss the 2019 TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards & Conference where you and your team will learn how to attract the best young talent to your nonprofit organization. This day-long event in downtown Toronto will combine insightful speakers and panels covering trends in talent attraction and engagement along with the Awards Ceremony to celebrate excellence in campus recruitment. Plus, TalentEgg will be revealing their survey results with insights into young job seekers in High School, Post-Secondary and among Early-Career Professionals - including invaluable information about recruiting for the volunteer and nonprofit sector! TalentEgg is pleased to extend a special promotion of 25% off tickets to all nonprofit organizations. Use the code NFP2019 at check-out.

Online giving to nonprofits grew by only 1% in 2018 – the lowest rate in 13 years

May 8, 2019

For the first time in more than a decade, online giving to nonprofits slowed to single digit growth, according to the 13th annual M+R Benchmarks Study. The study was researched and created by M+R, a communications agency that works with nonprofits and foundations to advance their causes online, in the media, and on the ground. Online revenue for nonprofits increased by just 1% last year. In 2017, this same group of nonprofits reported 23% growth. After years and years of steadily increasing online revenue, including record-breaking 2016 and 2017 gains for many nonprofits, that trendline flattened out. Additional findings from the report include:

  • Revenue from one-time gifts decreased by 2%, while monthly giving revenue increased by 17%. Monthly giving accounted for 16% of all online revenue in 2018, up from 13% in 2017.
  • Advocacy email response rate declined by 15% in 2018, to 1.8%. Drops were reported for open rate (down 5% to 15%), click-through rate (down 16% to 2.4%), and page completion rate (down 7%, to 72%). The unsubscribe rate fell to 0.12%, which is 2% lower than in the previous year.
  • Nonprofits sent an average of 59 email messages per subscriber in 2018. This marked an 8% increase in volume from 2017. The largest category of email messages was fundraising (25 emails per year per subscriber). International nonprofits sent the highest volume of email, with 104 messages per year per subscriber; 50 of those were fundraising messages.
  • Desktop users accounted for the majority of donation transactions and revenue. While just 44% of traffic, desktop users made 63% of all donations and contributed 71% of revenue. Mobile accounted for 21% of all revenue, a 15% increase from 2017.
  • For every 1,000 email addresses, nonprofits had an average of 806 Facebook fans. But compared to Twitter (+26%) and Instagram (+34%) growth, nonprofits only saw a 6% growth in Facebook fans in 2018.

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre welcomes $2 million donation

May 8, 2019

Treasure Hill President, Nicholas Fidei, presented a $2 million donation to enable Future Care Now at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. The donation will be celebrated with his team, the “Cycle Warriors,” long-standing supporters of Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, along with leaders from The Princess Margaret. The gift will support the Cancer Centre’s multi-phase Space Transformation that will improve the experience for patients and families. The project prioritizes the patient experience, emphasizing that patients are at the centre of their individual treatment plans and partners in their own care. This important initiative will facilitate clinical research at this world-class institution and the development of cancer care around the globe.

CMA Foundation funding available for programs working on youth mental health and substance abuse

May 8, 2019

The CMA Foundation’s Healthy Canadians Grants Program is designed to provide support for community-run initiatives that improve the quality of life for patients and vulnerable populations living in those communities, thereby having a positive impact on the entire community. This year’s theme is youth mental health and substance use. These grants aim to make a tangible difference in the lives of youth, their families and the physicians who care for them. Grants will be available for organizations across Canada that are delivering programming at the community level and are focused on improving mental health, reducing and preventing substance use, increasing resiliency, reducing stigma and decreasing barriers to mental health. This year the CMA Foundation is offering 15 grants of $20,000 each. The deadline for this year’s applications is May 31.

Call for presenters for Aging Well Conference in Mississauga this fall

May 8, 2019

The Voice of Older Adult Centres (OACAO) Conference Planning Committee is seeking presenters for Workshops, Keynote Presentations, Management and Leadership Stream and *NEW* Lightening Talks on a variety of topics which support this year’s conference theme AGING WELL: Making It Happen – Making it Matter! Conference workshop proposals are due on or before Thursday, May 16, 2019. Please submit your completed application to admin@oacao.org. The Aging Well Conference will be held on November 4 & 5, 2019 Mississauga, Ontario.

Survey shows what perks employees want this summer

May 8, 2019

What do workers want from their employers this summer? In a recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps, Canadian employees said the best summer perks their companies could provide to them are flexible schedules (49%), such as work-from-home opportunities and condensed days, and early departure on Fridays (38%). But which perks are employers actually offering? Fifty-five percent of senior managers in Canada said flexible schedules and relaxed dress codes, and about one in three (36%) reported allowing staff to leave early on Fridays. Another common warm-weather benefit cited by managers was company picnics or potlucks (47%). Unfortunately, this wasn't likely to win over employees, according to the survey.

Nominate an Alberta organization for a Nonprofit Innovation Award

May 8, 2019

The Alberta Nonprofit Innovation Awards celebrate nonprofit professionals and organizations across Alberta who have challenged the status quo and inspired others with creative and disruptive solutions to address enduring community challenges. Nominate an inspiring organization or individual today!

Award winners exemplify creativity and innovation through new models of organizational effectiveness, collaboration, and program delivery. They increase impact and address systems-level gaps. They create an inspiring picture of the future and empower others to have a positive impact on the community. From well-known programs to a variety of smaller scale initiatives, there are many rich examples of innovative practices in the nonprofit sector.

Click here to view the Award guidelines and eligibility requirements. Questions? Please email Dana Silver at dsilver@calgarycvo.org. Please note, self nominations are no longer accepted.

CRA Charities Directorate announces in-person information sessions across Canada

May 8, 2019

The Canada Revenue Agency’s Charities Directorate is offering in-person charities information sessions. These sessions are free to all registered charities and other qualified donees across Canada. If you are a board member, a treasurer, a volunteer, or an employee of a charity, a session is a great way to learn about the legal obligations that come with registration. Topics discussed will include:

  • Receiving gifts and issuing receipts
  • Gifting to qualified donees
  • Keeping books and records
  • New educational products and digital services

In-person sessions are being held in the spring (May and June) and the fall (September and October), while the videoconference sessions will start next year. Register for a 3-hour session that includes a question and answer period.

Funding available for Calgary initiatives to support affordable housing residents

May 7, 2019

As part of The Home Program, The City of Calgary is offering grants of seed money to non-profits for initiatives that improve the housing system and stimulate lasting positive change for affordable housing residents. Applications with a focus on improving tenant self-sufficiency and increasing participation in community well-being activities can receive up to $15,000 per initiative. This program also advances The City’s affordable housing strategy, Foundations for Home. Nonprofit applicants are asked to show benefits to the affordable housing resident community in four key areas:

  • Residents feel they have increased housing stability
  • Residents have increased financial competency
  • Residents are more comfortable with and have better access to community wellness services and activities
  • Increased opportunities for resident-led community wellness activities

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis while funds are available. Once $125,000 is awarded, the application process will close for 2019. Organizations may submit more than one application for consideration, and accepted initiatives must be completed within 12 months from the time the funds are awarded.

Government of Canada launches call for proposals for grants to accelerate action on Sustainable Development Goals

May 7, 2019

Today, the Government of Canada launched a call for proposals on an ongoing basis under the Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program for 2019-2020 to support and leverage the work of stakeholders furthering Canada's implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Organizations interested in receiving up to $100,000 in grant funding for one-year projects aimed at building awareness, increasing partnerships and networks, and advancing research, are encouraged to apply. The government is seeking to fund projects that are up to 12 months in duration, and that implement innovative approaches or complement and augment existing activities, in order to achieve two or more of the following objectives in support of the 2030 Agenda:

  • Enhance multi-stakeholder efforts by promoting partnerships and bridging efforts across sectors;
  • Raise awareness and support for the SDGs;
  • Ensure that Canada's progress on this global effort leaves no one behind, including vulnerable or marginalized groups; and
  • Foster and integrate Indigenous and local knowledge into approaches and efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

 

CERIC funds research to support the professional integration of immigrants in Quebec

April 30, 2019

CERIC will fund a new research project in Quebec that will examine how services can better support the professional integration of immigrants in response to the struggles many face despite being selected for their qualifications and having high levels of education and training. The project will be led by Marcelline Bangali, a professor at Université Laval’s Faculty of Education and the Assistant Director of the Centre de recherche et d’intervention sur l’éducation et la vie au travail (CRIEVAT), one of the largest career counselling research centres in Canada.

Research for the project will be undertaken in partnership with the Service d’Orientation et d’Intégration des Immigrants au Travail (SOIT), a nonprofit employment agency in Quebec City serving newcomers and employers. The partnership with SOIT will allow researchers to gain a better understanding of how well the services offered by the organization meet the needs of its clients for lasting integration in a job that they consider decent and that aligns with their life choices. The end goal of the research is to design a service model that helps new immigrants manage this transition, with its inherently complex professional and identity issues.

Survey: Only 27% of companies in Canada are acing employee recognition

April 30, 2019

Are today's workers getting the recognition they deserve? Just over one-quarter of senior managers (27%) in Canada think they're nailing employee recognition, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam shows. For the remaining 73%, there is at least some room for improvement. While 66% of senior managers said their company coordinates some form of employee recognition during the Administrative Professionals Week, with gifts and office celebrations being the most popular methods, over one-third (34%) indicated they don't do anything to acknowledge their staff.

RED Academy students available to work on marketing and design projects

April 30, 2019

Through their Community Partner Program, RED Academy students get to work with small and big charities, businesses, entrepreneurs, start-ups and everything in between. Through this enriching experience, students are guided on how to best communicate with clients to help them gain the skills required for leading client-facing projects. If you are out to create an impact in the world, and are looking for a website, an app, or a marketing strategy, RED students are coached and trained to work with you as their client, to produce industry-quality work. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

New mental health program for Toronto youth leaving the child welfare system

April 30, 2019

A new Children's Aid Foundation of Canada program aimed at providing faster access to mental health supports is now available through a partnership with the Children's Aid Society of Toronto. Since September, Connections has helped 158 young people in Toronto access mental health services, art therapy sessions and assisted young people with the financial resources required to pursue counselling and therapy in the community.

The youth-in-transition mental health hub was created by Children's Aid Foundation of Canada in response to a persistent need by former youth in care who urgently require mental health services yet do not know where to turn to for help or feel discouraged from seeking assistance due to service gaps and long wait lists. They often suffer from unaddressed mental health issues due to early life traumatic experiences of abuse and neglect, which can cause lasting effects into adulthood. Children and youth in care are almost four times as likely to be diagnosed with a mental health disorder compared to children in the general population.

Many youth transitioning out of care starting at age 18 are referred to practitioners in the adult mental health services sector yet fail to make the connection to the service. Youth often don't have the support they need in attending appointments or experience a lack of trust in meeting with someone who was not part of their support network while in care of the child welfare system. As a result, after missed appointments, their file is closed and there is no follow-up, leaving former youth in care without access to the mental health services they urgently require.

Health Canada is seeking advice on new ways to reduce youth vaping

April 30, 2019

Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, launched consultations on potential new regulatory measures aimed at reducing the uptake of vaping among youth. Potential measures include additional restrictions for online sales, prohibiting the manufacture of vaping products with certain flavours or flavour ingredients, and restricting the concentration and/or delivery of nicotine in vaping products. This consultation will run from April 11 to May 25, 2019, and will inform decisions on future regulations to help protect youth from the harms and risks associated with vaping products.

New funding available to help preserve Indigenous culture and language recordings

April 24, 2019

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the launch of its Listen, Hear Our Voices initiative, which offers funding and digitization services to preserve Indigenous culture and language recordings. This initiative is part of the institution’s Indigenous Documentary Heritage Initiatives (IDHI). This initiative provides funding of up to $100,000 per project to eligible Indigenous organizations to digitize existing culture and language recordings, and to help them build the skills, knowledge and resources they need to carry out this work in their communities. LAC invites all eligible Indigenous organizations to submit their applications by noon on July 17, 2019 (Pacific Daylight Time). Interested parties can find guidelines, eligibility criteria and the application form on the preserve Indigenous culture and language recordings web page.

Nominations now open for Canada's National Volunteer Awards

April 24, 2019

The call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open and will run until June 21, 2019. This is the chance for all Canadians to nominate exceptional individuals, a not-for-profit organization that helps to find innovative solutions to social challenges, or a business or social enterprise that demonstrates social responsibility in its community. This year, 21 awards will be presented during an award ceremony in April 2020. Recipients will also have a chance to give back; regional award recipients are eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $5,000 grant, and the national award recipient is eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $10,000 grant. Nominate an individual, a not-for-profit organization or a business today! For more information and to submit a nomination, visit Canada.ca/volunteer-awards.

CERIC announces call for presenters for Cannexus20 conference next year

April 24, 2019

CERIC invites individuals or organizations with an interest in presenting at Cannexus20 to submit a brief outline for consideration by June 7, 2019. Cannexus presenters are researchers and practitioners from universities, schools, community agencies, governments, private practices and corporations. They are professionals in career development and related fields who are forward-thinkers with fresh and impactful ideas and projects to share. Presentations are 30, 50/60 or 75 minutes in length. The 30-minute presentations are part of a Carousel. Carousel sessions are a great way to share knowledge in a less formal setting. Presenters speak for 30 minutes at an interactive round table, then delegates rotate to another table of their choice. Presenters deliver their 30-minute presentation twice within a 75-minute block. Carousels can accommodate up to 15 attendees per table. Click here for more information, including a list of areas of interest.

Survey: More than 9 in 10 companies offer employees financial support for certifications

April 24, 2019

Workers today can expand their professional skills with less financial stress thanks to a majority of employers in Canada offering to cover or offset educational costs, research suggests. In a new survey from global recruitment firm Robert Half Finance & Accounting, most CFOs in Canada (92%) said their companies foot the bill for some or all costs for staff to obtain professional certifications. Ninety-three percent provide full or partial support to maintain credentials. Executives reported bottom-line benefits from this incentive, with increased productivity (40%) and enhanced retention efforts (30%) topping the list. CFOs also said providing financial assistance for employees' professional development brings in additional revenue, contributes to succession planning and enhances information-sharing among colleagues.

The Sunhak Peace Prize Committee is accepting nominations

April 24, 2019

The Sunhak Peace Prize awards distinguished individuals or organizations that have contributed significantly to peace and the welfare of future generations throughout the world. The Prize emphasizes three core areas in its evaluation of candidates: Sustainable Human Development, Conflict Resolution, and Ecological Conservation. The laureates are selected biannually by an international committee, and receive an award in the amount of one million dollars. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Individual or organization that has contributed to the areas of sustainable development, conflict resolution, or ecological conservation.
  • Individual or organization that has positively improved the lives of people from diverse nations, races, religions and cultures for the sake of peace.

Nominators are to prepare the candidate nomination form and supporting material, detailing the candidate's achievements, and submit to the Sunhak Peace Prize Secretariat by May 31.

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