Founding member of Médecins Sans Frontières Canada wins the Royal College's humanitarian award

March 30, 2016

From characterizing the symptoms of HIV/AIDS in children, to enabling the delivery of affordable medicines, the humanitarian career of James Orbinski, OC, OOnt, MD, MCFP, has made the world a better place for millions of people. Due to the far-reaching impacts of his work, he has won one of Canada's most prestigious medical awards: the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award. Today, Dr. Orbinski works in Waterloo, Ont., where he is CIGI Chair in Global Health Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is also a professor at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

However, in the late eighties, he was one of few doctors working on the ground in Africa to characterize the signs and symptoms of HIV/AIDS in children. Dr. Orbinski worked for many years in numerous countries with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), first as a physician, then medical director, then head of mission. The work was not easy — he was threatened at gunpoint in Somalia and survived shellfire in Rwanda during the genocide. Eventually, he became MSF's international president and accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 on behalf of the organization. He was also one of the founding members of MSF Canada.

More than half of employers commonly act on feedback from exit interviews

March 29, 2016

Many employers are taking their workers' parting words to heart, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam suggests. More than half (54%) of human resources (HR) managers said their company commonly acts on feedback from exit interviews. When asked how they follow up on information gleaned from these meetings, 46% of respondents stated they address comments about management. Another 20% make changes to the work environment, while 14% update job descriptions and 10% review employee salaries.

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation undertakes ambitious art call for new hospital

March 28, 2016

Artists across Canada are being challenged to make their mark on what could be the largest hospital art project of its kind in the country's history. It's all part of an effort to make the new eight-storey Teck Acute Care Centre at BC Children's Hospital the brightest space in North America for sick kids. The hospital wants to help take the worry out of visits for young patients. Recent research suggests that purposeful art in hospitals helps to reduce anxiety in sick children by an astonishing 75 percent. That's where Canada's greatest talents come in. This call goes out to sculptors, painters, photographers and graphic artists to help create 400 unique pieces of artwork that will be part of 60,000 square feet of available space in the new hospital before the structure is complete in late 2017. Artists are invited to submit their interest by early May to BC Children's Hospital Foundation, the organization behind this initiative.

McMillan's Betterful initiative seeks to rebrand a deserving Ottawa charity - for free

March 24, 2016

You already do good. We’ll help you do good...better. That’s the promise of Betterful, a new initiative from Ottawa-based creative agency McMillan. The agency is seeking a charity with the desire — but not necessarily the means — to rebrand. While agency-charity relationships often focus on a single time-sensitive campaign, Betterful offers something more lasting: an immersive relationship that will last up to 12 months and culminate in a new, re-energized corporate brand. Services rendered may include strategic messaging, naming, visual identity, and a plan for brand activation. Essentially, whatever it takes to help the chosen charity have a much greater impact in the community.

Betterful invites charities of all types to apply. The only criteria are that they must be registered, must have their head office within the Ottawa city limits, and must demonstrate consensus among stakeholders that rebranding is a priority. Those interested are encouraged to submit their application online at Submissions will be accepted from March 22 to May 17, 2016. The selected charity will be announced during the week of May 23.

Canada's Walk of Fame announces the return of its Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program

March 22, 2016

Canada's Walk of Fame announces the return of its Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program, supported by RBC, one of Canada's most successful programs supporting aspiring Canadian musical artists. Valued at more than $100,000, this program provides musicians the tools they need to grow – whether it's private studio time, introductions to renowned artists, access to key influencers, exposure to audiences and media or funding to take their career to the next level. Submissions will be accepted through to Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 11:59 pm ET.

Volunteer Canada and Investors Group roll out national campaign for National Volunteer Week 2016

March 21, 2016

Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to boom. Thanks to volunteers, our communities grow strong and resilient. Even the tiniest volunteer effort leaves a profound and lasting trace in a community, much like tree rings that appear over time. April 10 to April 16, 2016 is National Volunteer Week (NVW), a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. This year marks the 13th consecutive year that Volunteer Canada and Investors Group have partnered to deliver the NVW campaign. Click here to access the new NVW video and campaign kit, as well as volunteer recognition ideas.

Apply now for social media and public relations assistance through ZenergyCause

March 21, 2016

Zenergy Communications, an integrated marketing and communications agency, is accepting applications until March 31 for its corporate social responsibility venture, ZenergyCause. The initiative was created to assist charities and nonprofit organizations raise awareness for their fundraising events and campaigns. ZenergyCause offers tailored social media and public relations campaigns to fit the needs of nonprofits at preferential rates and through in-kind sponsorship programs. Organizations which need support for specific fundraising events are encouraged to apply and will be selected following an application and interview process. ZenergyCause will support a maximum of four clients at one time. ZenergyCause selected Second Harvest as the first recipient organization to receive support for its Hero Day campaigns, which took place on October 8, 2015 and February 4, 2016. 

Attend the Virtual Career Conference at half price with this CharityVillage promo code

March 18, 2016

Do you want to move on up in your career, or be happier at your current job? How about consulting on the side? Learn all of this and more at the Virtual Fundraising Career Conference. Presentations by Tom Ahern, Linda Lysakowski and many others! This conference has helped people get jobs as Executive Director, Special Events coordinator, Development Director and start their consulting businesses too. Get 10 CFRE credits when you join us at the Virtual Fundraising Career Conference April 6-7-8 2016. Normal price $67 USD, but you can get it for just $36 USD. Enter the promo code ynpn<3 to get your 50% discount until March 28th!

Nominations open for Edmonton Social Planning Council Award of Merit

March 17, 2016

The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) is an organization committed to undertaking social research that will benefit the entire community. They recognize that many individuals and groups in Edmonton also work tirelessly to advocate for programs that parallel the ESPC vision of a just and inclusive community. The ESPC’s annual Award of Merit recognizes an individual or group who has demonstrated a dedication and achievement in the pursuit of social policies that benefit Edmontonians, particularly those most vulnerable. The ESPC’s Award of Merit for Advocacy of Social Justice honours forward-looking and courageous individuals and groups who have not turned away from controversy in an effort to seek social justice for either a defined community group or for the community as a whole. The following broad criteria must be met:

  1. There is a clear impact on the community that can be attributed to the work of the nominated individual or group.
  2. The work of this individual or group is either ongoing, or was conducted for a considerable period of time (not a one-time event or short term volunteer activities.

Nominations will be received until Friday, April 1, 2016 for consideration by the committee.

Participate in the State of the Web Nation survey and get a free copy of the report

March 15, 2016

How is your organization doing online? The State of the Web Nation survey is back to see if the social good sector has moved the digital dial since the previous survey in 2014. Is your charity’s website cringe-worthy? Does your nonprofit’s website rock? Fill out the survey and you'll find out how your website stacks up when the report is released later in 2016. Please take 10 minutes right now to complete the simple, multiple-choice questionnaire. As soon as the survey is complete, you’ll receive a free copy of the survey results. With this report, you’ll know exactly how your website stacks up against the others in the sector. The 2016 State of the Web Nation survey is brought to you by Framework, Good Works, CanadaHelps and Frontstream.

Ottawa Senators Foundation welcomes SENS Campership Program funding applications

March 14, 2016

The Ottawa Senators Foundation announced that its 2016 SENS Campership Program funding cycle is now open. Canadian registered charitable organizations with a mission of summer camp delivery are encouraged to apply for grants to provide children and youth from low-income families recreational and skill development opportunities at summer camp sessions. Camps with a strong history of delivering camp programs resulting in campers’ increased self-confidence, personal development, physical activity, nutritional awareness and teamwork, leadership and fair play skills will be awarded grants. The Ottawa Senators Foundation has $200,000 to invest in summer camp programs for children and youth during its 2015-16 season. In 2015 four camps received $15-20K, two camps received $30-40K, and two camps received $50-60K. The maximum amount of funding available to any one charity in 2016 will be $50,000. The deadline for applications is 5 pm on March 25, 2016.

Law Foundation of Ontario accepting applications for Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships

March 14, 2016

The Law Foundation of Ontario invites applications for its Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships for the 2016/2017 or 2017/2018 academic terms. Fellows are senior employees of public interest organizations and are funded to spend a period of time within an academic year in residence at an Ontario university or law school, or at an Ontario community college. Through these Fellowships, the Foundation brings together leaders from public interest organizations with Ontario universities, law schools and community colleges, with a common focus on improving access to justice. Examples of the Fellow’s responsibilities include:

  • Undertaking research
  • Teaching or co-teaching courses
  • Mentoring
  • Activism and leadership, such as through discussion groups, collaborative projects, public lectures, network-building between researchers and the public interest community

The Law Foundation of Ontario is looking for creative proposals for new work; the proposal cannot be for replacement faculty to teach an existing course. Ideally, all three partners (Fellow, academic institution and public interest organization) will expose one another to distinct and challenging perspectives on law and the justice system. Funding includes up to a maximum of $50,000 for up to two awards, to cover the Fellow’s salary and up to $15,000 awarded to each academic host for equipment and program-related expenses. Fellowship candidates are senior employees in public interest organizations dedicated to law reform, legal advocacy or the justice system. Candidates need not have a degree in law. Applications must be received via email to by 5:00 pm on Friday April 29, 2016.

New Community Fund for Canada's 150th to build community and encourage participation

March 14, 2016

A new community fund to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation was announced today by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, in collaboration with Community Foundations of Canada. Led by Community Foundations of Canada and participating community foundations, with the support of the Government of Canada and leaders from coast to coast to coast, the Community Fund for Canada's 150th is intended to bring Canadians together to build community and activate a groundswell of local initiatives, activities, and events leading up to and during Canada's sesquicentennial. The Fund will distribute small grants through community foundations to locally-led projects that build community, inspire a deeper understanding of Canada, and encourage participation in a wide range of initiatives that mark Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. The Fund will be responsive to local priorities and will be accessible to all Canadians, including indigenous peoples, youth, groups that reflect our cultural diversity, and official language minority groups.

Is being exhausted at work the new workplace epidemic?

March 10, 2016

It's time for a wake-up call: More than three-quarters of Canadian workers say they work while tired, with one-third saying they do so very often, according to a new survey by staffing firm Accountemps. The costs of working tired – both for professionals and the businesses they work for – are high: Respondents cite lack of focus or being easily distracted (50%), procrastinating more (44%), being grumpy (36%) and making more mistakes (26%) among the consequences. Additional findings from the survey include:

  • Younger workers might be burning the midnight oil. Eighty-five percent of professionals between the ages of 18 and 34 admitted to being sleepy at work often, compared to 75% of workers age 35 to 54 and only 57% of respondents age 55 and older. Slightly more women (80%) than men (72%) said they often work while tired.
  • Forty-two percent of workers said they would use a nap room if their employer offered one. Two percent said their employer already provides a nap room and they take advantage of it.
  • Thirty-nine percent of workers who said they would not take advantage of a nap room cited the following reasons: It might make them sleepier (40%), they worry about not getting their work done (33%), and they don't want to be perceived as a slacker (24%).

Toronto Foundation accepting funding applications for Vital Youth grant program

March 10, 2016

The Toronto Foundation's Vital Youth grant program supports charitable organizations in the city of Toronto that are working to increase access to high quality recreation activities for youth aged 12-18 years. Funding of up to $15,000 is available for programs that meet the Vital Youth priorities, with grant activities beginning in September 2016. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 5pm. An optional orientation will be held at the Toronto Foundation offices on Wednesday, March 23 at 9:30am. Please RSVP to Miranda Hassell at or by telephone (416) 921-2035 x222. Spaces are limited.

Project Change Foundation accepting expressions of interest for 2017 funding

March 10, 2016

The Project Change Foundation is a new public foundation and registered charity in Canada that invests time and money in Canadian change makers – those endeavouring to make the world a better place by creating positive social or environmental change. The Foundation focuses on supporting early-stage charities in Canada with significant potential for creating social or environmental change. Each year the Foundation awards investments of $1,000, as well as provides free advisory support and mentorship, to help kick-start projects that produce specific and measurable impacts while contributing to community or the environment. We are currently accepting expressions of interest for 2017. Please begin the conversation by telling us a little bit about your organization and the very special project you would like to put forward for funding and support. The more specific you can be about your project goals and its measurable impact, the better. For consideration in 2017, please submit your expression of interest at no later than August 31, 2016. Please note, as a public foundation, the Project Change Foundation can only support qualified donees (e.g., other Canadian registered charities).

Bank of Canada launches public consultation to select Canadian woman to be on next series bank note

March 9, 2016

The Bank of Canada is undertaking a broad public consultation to select an iconic Canadian woman to be featured on the first bank note of its next series. This new note will be issued in 2018. The Bank is inviting the public to nominate women who they feel are deserving of this recognition. From now until April 15, 2016, all Canadians can visit the Bank of Canada's website to submit their nomination. Nomination criteria are as follows:

  • The nominee can be any Canadian woman (by birth or naturalization) who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, achievement or distinction in any field, benefiting the people of Canada, or in the service of Canada.
  • The nominee must not be a fictional character.
  • The nominee must have been deceased for at least 25 years (before 15 April 1991).

At the end of the nomination period, an independent Advisory Council composed of eminent Canadian academic, cultural and thought leaders will then review the submissions. With the help of subject matter experts and additional consultation with the public, the Advisory Council will develop a short list of qualifying candidates for submission to the Minister of Finance.

Registration opens for the 2016 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

March 8, 2016

Registration for this year's Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is now open. Now in its 22nd year, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is Canada's largest conservation-based cleanup. An initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and WWF-Canada, it enlists Canadians from coast to coast to coast to help rehabilitate shoreline areas at cleanups that take place throughout the year. Registration for the 2016 Shoreline Cleanup is now open. Visit to find out how you can join a cleanup, or register as a site coordinator and organize your own.

Submit your photos for Volunteer BC's 2016 photo contest

March 7, 2016

Do you have photos of volunteers that are the root and foundation of your community? The Volunteer BC Volunteer Photo Contest is back for National Volunteer Week, April 10 to April 16, 2016. Submit photos that reflect the unique qualities of your volunteers and the strong contribution they make. Photos must be taken in the 2015-2016 year, multiple photo entries are allowed (please submit each photo individually), and photos must be of volunteers in BC only. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 photos. Winners will be announced in the Volunteer BC newsletter and be included in their Annual Report and website. Submit your photos here.