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ONN releases new toolkits for their Decent Work for Women initiative

April 17, 2019

The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) has released two new toolkits in support of their Decent Work for Women initiative. The Gender Equity Allies and the Decent Work Allies Communications Toolkits cover statistics, resources and communications strategies to assist allies in amplifying the impact of this important project. Those interested in learning more about the Decent Work for Women initiative should check out the recent recorded webinar on this topic presented by ONN and CharityVillage.

Getting involved and changing the world one campus at a time with WWF Canada

April 17, 2019

World Wildlife Fund Canada is the country’s largest international conservation organization with the active support of hundreds of thousands of Canadians. They connect the power of a strong global network to on-the-ground conservation efforts across the nation. Now they’re bringing conservation to campus – with your help!

WWF’s Living Planet @ Campus supports post-secondary students across Canada with ready-made activities, grant opportunities and tools to help build a more sustainable future where they live and learn. By reducing your environmental footprint and making choices that are better for the planet like switching to renewable energy and saying goodbye to single-use plastics, you can help fight climate change and protect wildlife habitat.

You’ll also get credit for it! By getting involved in and leading activities on campus, you could be recognized by WWF as a Living Planet Leader. This certification can be included on your resume and LinkedIn profile, demonstrating to future employers that you have the knowledge, experience and passion to make a difference.

GoFundMe launches new feature, simplifies charitable giving in Canada

April 16, 2019

GoFundMe has today announced a new feature that makes it easier for Canadians to support their favourite registered charities online, and gives Canadian charities a new tool to engage prospective donors and unlock the power of social fundraising. The feature makes charitable giving simpler and more accessible than ever before. In partnership with PayPal Giving Fund Canada, GoFundMe users in Canada will now be able to create and donate to a registered charity campaign on GoFundMe, with donations received and granted to eligible charities by PayPal Giving Fund Canada. In line with the rollout of this new feature, GoFundMe’s 0% platform fee has been expanded to include charity campaigns. While other platforms may charge platform of campaign development fees, the GoFundMe 0% platform fee means that the only costs to users creating charity or other fundraising campaigns are standard transaction or payment processing fees. As PayPal Giving Fund Canada is a registered charity, all donations made to charity campaigns on GoFundMe are tax deductible. To learn more about the variations between personal and charity campaign types and how to set each type up, click here.

One-in-ten Quebecers have skipped a meal, because they couldn't afford to buy anything

April 15, 2019

It's hard to shallow the fact that the majority (50.3%) of the 1.9 million food aid applications in Quebec come from households of individuals living on their own or single parents supporting a family alone.i In its commitment to help tackle food insecurity, Catelli pasta has launched Giving Feels Good, commissioning a survey to take a pulse on food bank users, perceptions and the struggle for single adults. The survey found:

  • One-in-five Quebecers (20%) admit that they have turned to a food bank at least once in their life.
  • While many Quebecers (87%) are grateful to have family/friends join them for meals, when they are left alone, more than half (55%) admit they turn to convenient, less healthy foods.
  • Almost two-thirds of Quebecers (60%) think that families are the most common food bank users.
  • In the last 12 months, one-in-ten Quebecers (10%) have skipped a meal, because they couldn't afford to buy anything.

The notion of loneliness amongst food bank users is a harsh reality for 250,000 single Quebecersii. While 76% admit they would get involved if someone they knew couldn't afford to feed themselves or their kids, one-quarter (25 %) claim that if they needed help, they don't feel they could turn to their family or friends. This result demonstrates that Quebecers are eager to help their neighbours, yet the stigma surrounding food insecurity may prevent people from raising their hand.

Inspired by Terry Fox's legacy, Canadian cancer centres join forces for the first time

April 15, 2019

Inspired by the legacy of Terry Fox, the Terry Fox Research Institute and partners launched a new national network to bring together, for the first time, leading cancer hospitals and research universities across Canada to accelerate precision medicine for cancer patients. The Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres network is named in honour of Terry's journey to raise funds for cancer research, which began in St. John's 39 years ago. The network will be created with the support of up to $150M over five years from the Government of Canada, announced as part of Budget 2019 on March 19. Five regional consortia, representing cancer research and care institutions in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, the Prairies and Atlantic Canada, are expected to participate in the network once fully operational. he federal investment will be matched with funds raised by the network partners, their foundations and The Terry Fox Foundation. With funding from TFRI and regional partners, pilot projects for precision medicine are already under way in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.

Canada's Greenest Employers announced for 2019

April 15, 2019

Now in its 12th year, Canada's Greenest Employers is an editorial competition organized by the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations. These employers have developed exceptional sustainability initiatives – and are attracting people to their organizations because of their environmental leadership. Each employer is evaluated by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers in terms of: (1) the unique environmental initiatives and programs they have developed; (2) the extent to which they have been successful in reducing the organization's own environmental footprint; (3) the degree to which their employees are involved in these programs and whether they contribute any unique skills; and (4) the extent to which these initiatives have become linked to the employer's public identity, attracting new employees and clients to the organization. Congratulations to the charities and nonprofit organizations included on this year's list!

Carrot Rewards partners with The Lung Association - Ontario and Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. to join fight against COPD

April 15, 2019

Carrot Rewards announced today it will launch an innovative new campaign in collaboration with The Lung Association – Ontario and Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., to reach patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The program will educate Carrot users about the symptoms of COPD, and target Canadians on the platform who have been diagnosed with COPD; helping to inform them about how to mitigate symptoms through lifestyle changes and potential medical alternatives, as well as direct them to the best available resources.

Tickets on sale for 2019 TalentEgg Awards & Conference at 25% off for nonprofits

April 10, 2019

Early-bird tickets are on sale NOW for the 2019 TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards & Conference. Awards will be presented at a special day-long conference in downtown Toronto, combining insightful and topical speakers on recruitment with the Awards Ceremony. Attendance is open to all employers, charities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and career educators. Purchase your tickets now to ensure that you’re on the list of attendees for the event on June 19, 2019 at the Globe and Mail Centre. Nonprofit organizations will receive a special 25% off. Use the code NFP2019 at checkout. Hope to see you there!

ONN partners with DonorPerfect Canada to share Nonprofit Leadership Workbook for Women

April 9, 2019

The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) has partnered with DonorPerfect Canada to share the Nonprofit Leadership Workbook for Women as one example of a resource for women working in the nonprofit sector that contributes to the decent work movement. Get tried-and-true advice, best practices, and valuable exercises to equip and inspire you to pursue leadership positions within your organization.This workbook was made possible by women leaders in the nonprofit community. These women are living proof that the current gender gap in nonprofit leadership can change to reflect the diversity and inclusivity that organizations champion every day. Topics covered in the workbook include: 3 Goals for Aspiring Leaders; Develop Your Skill Set; Build Your Brand; Adopt a Mentor; Establish Your Network; Collaborate and Shine; Make the Ask.

Research report proves employee affinity with corporate community investment drives key business outcomes

April 9, 2019

To mark National Volunteer Week, Great Place to Work®, Volunteer Canada and the Corporate Council on Volunteering have collaborated to conduct a comprehensive research study on the impact corporate community investment has on employee engagement. A substantial examination of over 66,000 Canadian responses to Great Place to Work’s most recent Trust Index© employee survey shows that employees who “feel good about the way we contribute to community” are much more likely to feel engaged in their work and their company, which drives key business outcomes. The report – The Business Case for Giving Back - also shares tactics to strengthen employee affinity with community investment and examples from some of the Best Workplaces™ for Giving Back.

What does this mean for employers in a market that is struggling for the best talent? When people feel good about the way their organization contributes to community, they are:

  • 18% more likely to want to work there for a long time, resulting in significantly less voluntary turnover.
  • 79% more likely to endorse their organization to family and friends, resulting in more quality job applicants.
  • 57% more likely to feel they make a difference, which encourages them to try new ways of doing things.
  • Experience a strong sense of teamwork and enjoy higher revenue growth.

Best Workplaces™ for Giving Back companies also demonstrated best practices for involving employees and giving them choice through sharing company Time, Talent, and Treasure:

  • Time - 90% offer employees paid time off to volunteer (compared to 50% of other companies surveyed).
  • Talent - 83% align their community investment efforts with their unique products or technical/professional skills to maximize employee motivation and community impact (compared to 18% of other companies surveyed).
  • Treasure - 100% back up their community investment strategy by offering employee donation matching programs, financial contributions or in-kind donations (compared to 60% of other companies surveyed).

Nature Conservancy of Canada receives $1 million gift

April 9, 2019

In celebration of National Wildlife Week, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is announcing it has received a significant and generous donation: J.D. Irving, Limited has donated $1 million to NCC's national Landmark Campaign. The gift will allow NCC to conserve more habitat for wildlife, complete conservation science and research projects, as well as fund student internships and volunteer programs.

Youth-led community service grants accepting applications

April 8, 2019

Do you have a simple project idea to support your community? TakingITGlobal (TIG) is looking for young people who are inspired with ideas and ready to take action through youth-led community service grants. Three levels of grants are available:

  • $250 for simple ideas - like community events or gatherings - that can be implemented by you and your friends. Deadline is April 30.
  • $750 for bigger ideas that can be implemented with a small group of peers, such as building a community garden, or distributing care packages. Deadline is April 30
  • $1500 for projects that involve a larger group of people to drive impact. Projects at this level of funding need a budget and a mentor or community reference to apply. Deadline is June 30

Get more information, access a funding checklist and get inspiration for your projects here.

The RBC Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada to deliver multi-million dollar investment for youth-led initiatives

April 5, 2019

Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and the RBC Foundation are pleased to announce the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, a historic $5 million initiative that will enable participating community foundations to support youth leadership across the country. This partnership will support youth-led community projects in 150 small to mid-sized Canadian communities from coast-to-coast. Grants of up to $15,000 will be available through participating community foundations, and will support projects that address diverse and urgent local priorities, including food security, employment, learning, health and the environment. As part of the initiative, participating foundations will also facilitate ‘Vital Conversations,’ where young people and other community members are brought together to participate in a dialogue about priorities for the future. Young people will also have access to a series of remote and national learning opportunities to help them build their skills, gain practical experience, and grow their professional networks. Additional details, and the application period to submit a grant proposal will be available through the participating community foundations on May 22, 2019.

Invest in careers of Millennial fundraisers to avert imminent ‘talent crisis’: Report

April 3, 2019

The fundraising sector in the USA will face a worsening ‘talent crisis’ if it fails to invest in the career development of Millennial fundraisers. The warning comes in a new report – the Critical Fundraising (USA) Report – published by the international fundraising think tank Rogare and launched at the AFP International Conference. In one of the report’s essays, Oklahoma-based senior fundraiser James Green, MBA, CFRE, points out that the average tenure for early career fundraisers is just under 2.5 years per job. That’s the same as it was 20 years ago. The problem, Green argues, is that many nonprofits base their management strategies on an “outdated organizational theory which dictates that employees are obligated to ‘remain loyal’ to their employer for an ill-defined period of time.” This might have worked for Baby Boomers and members of the Golden Generation, who were promised job security, but it fails to accommodate the aspirations of the Millennial Generation, who want career growth.

SVP Calgary accepting funding applications from organizations supporting youth

April 3, 2019

Are you ready to take your organization to the next level? SVP Calgary is looking for nonprofits that want a different kind of funding relationship. Their annual granting cycle is now live. Over the past year, SVP Calgary has been heavily engaged in determining how to increase their community impact. Through extensive research and conversations with experts, SVP Calgary is making a five-year commitment to invest in nonprofit organizations that support youth ages 12-15. Specifically, they are looking to partner with an organization that focuses in the areas of prevention and out of school hours (i.e. before school, after school, evenings, weekends and days off school). Prevention includes focusing on vulnerable populations and offering strength-based programming, building skills and resiliency, forming natural supports, mentorship and more. Does this sound like an organization you work for or know of? Check out the SVP Calgary – Applicant Guide 2019 to see if your organization is eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is April 18, 2019.

ABC Media Sale offers discounted advertising for a good cause

April 3, 2019

Do you need to make an announcement, get the word out, promote an event, new product or service? Would you love to be able to advertise but can’t afford to? How cool would it be to place your ad and help support literacy at the same time? With the ABC Media Sale you can! The 19th annual ABC Media Sale for literacy launches on Monday April 29th 2018 at 9 AM EDT.

ABC Life Literacy Canada’s largest fundraiser of the year, is an online sale of advertising space generously donated by leading media across the country. This ad space is then sold at an incredible 65% off the rate card price to key media buyers like you. Funds raised from these ad sales goes directly towards ABC Life Literacy’s essential literacy programming and the creation of educational resources for adult learners and families across Canada.

This year the ABC Media Sale reflects a wide range of media platforms from newspapers such as The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and National Post, magazines like Maclean’s, HELLO! Canada and The Walrus to online websites like ctv.ca, cbc.ca, and TheTyee.ca to posters on buses and streetcars to digital screens on campuses, restaurants, bars and food courts across the country. They have advertising in niche publications such as Cosmetics, Quench and TEACH to local media such as West Coast Families, Burlington Post, and 680News Radio. They have something for everyone at a price anyone can afford! To access the ABC Media Sale advertisers simply register for free here.

Young Canadians encouraged to enter to win a trip to the first-ever Canada Youth Summit

April 3, 2019

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the first-ever Canada Youth Summit will be held in Ottawa, Ontario, on May 2 and 3, 2019. The Summit will bring together 300 young people from every province and territory to discuss issues that matter to them, from protecting our environment and fighting climate change, to supporting good jobs and service opportunities, to building more equal and inclusive communities. Young Canadians who would like to attend the Summit are invited to participate in the Youth Video Challenge. They can enter to win a trip to the Summit by posting a video on social media using the hashtag #InspiredToServe, capturing what service means to them and how it benefits their community, and submitting an online application. Eligible Canadians from 18 to 24 years old who would like to participate in the Youth Video Challenge have until April 14 to share their video.

Immigration Matters initiative invites you to share your community's success stories

April 3, 2019

The Immigration Matters initiative aims to show the benefits of immigration at the local, community level. They are looking for your help to find stories of immigrants who are making a strong contribution to cities, towns and neighbourhoods across Canada. They would also like your help starting the conversation in the community you know best – your own. They invite you to promote the stories you find – on Instagram, Facebook, in your newsletters and with local media. If you post or publish a story, email them and use the hashtag #ImmigrationMatters. They can then help promote your local stories through the Immigration Matters website, on social media channels, and at events, speaking opportunities and panel discussions. Check out the Toolkit for more information, ideas for sharing on social media, research and statistics and more!

Second Harvest to study and accelerate food rescue with a $1.8M investment from the Walmart Foundation

March 27, 2019

Second Harvest, Canada's largest food rescue organization, is undertaking the first national study of food programs offered by public sector and community service organizations though a $1.8 million CDN grant from the Walmart Foundation. Second Harvest will again partner with Value Chain Management International, a leader in food industry research, to map food programs across Canada. Their recent research collaboration, The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste, reported that 11 million metric tonnes of potentially rescuable food is lost or wasted across the food chain each year. This new study will determine the location and capacity of current food programs, as well as identify gaps in existing food rescue networks.

New research suggests flexible working is now expected by Canadians

March 26, 2019

A new global study suggests there has been a power shift towards the employee. In many sectors, companies are no longer dictating what the regular work day looks like, instead the employees—the new so-called 'Generation Flex'—are calling the shots about when, where and how they want to work. Research conducted by IWG shows that 85% of Canadian respondents would choose a job that offered flexible working over a job that didn't. Additionally, more than half (54%) say having a choice of work location is more important than working for a prestigious company and almost a third (28%) would prefer to choose their work location over an increase in vacation time. In light of these findings, it's no surprise that 77% of Canadian respondents believe flexible working has become the new normal. As a result, in the past ten years, 69% of surveyed Canadian business people say their companies have introduced a flexible workspace policy.

Despite the fact that the majority of Canadian businesses have a flexible workplace policy, there's one overriding factor standing in the way of companies fully adopting the changes: corporate culture. Sixty percent of Canadians surveyed say that organizational culture is the main barrier to implementing flexible work, particularly for businesses that have a long-standing, non-flexible working approach. Almost half of Canadian respondents believe businesses fear the idea of embracing flexible working (45%) and many believe there is a lack of understanding about the benefits of flexible working (42%).

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