.CA commits $1 million in new funding to build a better online Canada

January 20, 2016

Canadian charities, nonprofits and academic researchers can apply for funding from the .CA Community Investment Program. The program targets charities and nonprofit organizations working to provide online services, promote access to reliable and affordable Internet infrastructure, improve digital literacy, and generate original research on emerging digital issues. Since launching in 2014, the .CA Community Investment Program has provided $2.2 million in funding, supporting over 50 projects from coast to coast to coast. The .CA Community Investment Program is the only granting program in Canada directed specifically at Internet-related projects and has been recognized by CENTR, an association of country code top level domains, for its unique and compelling position in the global domain market. The application deadline is March 4, 2016.

Toronto launches online portal to match Syrian refugees with donated housing, goods & services

January 18, 2016

As part of the City of Toronto's Refugee Resettlement Program, WoodGreen Community Services has launched a website called H.O.M.E., short for Housing Opportunities and Marketplace Exchange. The website matches Syrian refugees with housing, goods and services from donors, both businesses and individuals, to help Syrian refugees who are settling in Toronto. City funding has enabled WoodGreen to also launch an in-person Housing Help Service at 815 Danforth Ave. (WoodGreen's address) to provide ongoing support to Syrian refugees and their sponsors by providing assistance in locating housing, as well as providing referrals to other service providers and linking them to other useful resources, including language training, employment, education and healthcare.

Apply now for funding from Canada Summer Jobs

January 13, 2016

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities. Canada Summer Jobs provides work experiences for students; supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely. Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year. The application deadline for Canada Summer Jobs 2016 is February 26, 2016.

Canadian Women's Foundation accepting proposals for Annual Violence Prevention Grants

January 13, 2016

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is now accepting proposals for 2016-2017 Annual Violence Prevention Grants. Organizations can apply for one of the following types of grants:

Prevention: Prevent violence against women and girls in Canada through work involving girls, or teens (11 to 19).

Rebuilding Lives: Support women’s organizations and programs in Canada to help women and children rebuild their lives after the crisis of experiencing violence.

Loan Funds: Provide interest-free loan funds to women who have experienced domestic violence to aid them in becoming financially independent.

Collaborative Projects: Support groups working together in a region, province, and territory or nationally to provide training, to share resources, to advocate or to support women survivors’ participation or leadership in policy issues.

Approximately 40 grants up to a maximum of $25,000 each will be awarded. If your organization and work fits the selection criteria, you may apply for additional funding of up to $3,000 to assist with access costs. Please note that if you have already received funding for the same project for THREE years, you may not reapply for the same project. The submission deadline is February 8, 2016 at 11:59pm PST. Proposals submitted after this date will not be considered.

Congratulations to the nonprofits included on this year's list of Top Employers for Young People

January 12, 2016

First published in 2002, Canada's Top Employers for Young People is an editorial competition organized by the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes the employers that offer the nation's best workplaces and programs for young people just starting their careers. The employers on this list are Canada's leaders in attracting and retaining younger employees to their organizations. Each of this year's winners was evaluated by the editors in terms of the programs they have to attract and retain younger workers. These include benefits such as tuition assistance and the availability of co-op or work-study programs. The editors also examined each employer's mentorship and training programs, including benefits such as bonuses paid when employees complete certain courses or professional designations. They also reviewed each employer's career management programs, looking for initiatives that can assist younger workers advance faster in the organization. Lastly, the editors considered the average age of employees at each employer to better understand the composition and profile of their workforce.

CharityVillage would like to congratulate the nonprofits and charities who were included on this year's list!

American Alliance of Museums accepting submissions for 27th annual Muse Awards

January 12, 2016

Do you have a great technology project you think is a winner? Now is your chance to enter your project for an award! The American Alliance of Museums has announced their 27th annual Muse Awards competition. These awards recognize outstanding achievement in Galleries, Libraries, Archives or Museums (GLAM) media and are presented to institutions or independent producers who use digital media to enhance the GLAM experience and engage audiences. Last year’s technology winners included The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Royal Ontario Museum. Additionally, the Royal British Columbia Museum was a winner in the Excellence in Exhibition competition. Projects must be produced by or for a GLAM, and may include websites, podcasts, multimedia installations, games, interactive kiosks, apps and much more. Winning projects for each category are chosen by an international group of GLAM technology professionals and the awards will be presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting and Museum Expo in Washington DC, May 26–29. The submission deadline is March 1, 2016.

UK poll finds most people give unwanted gifts to charity

January 7, 2016

Three out of five people have received unwanted Christmas presents, according to new UK research by the Charities Aid Foundation - but instead of trying to sell them online, the most popular way to get rid of the unwanted gifts is to give them to charity. Clothes are the most likely item to be donated to charity, followed by toiletries, books and toys. Only 3% of us were brave enough in the past to admit the gift wasn’t quite right and exchange them and just 2% returned them or got a refund. The research also reveals charities are benefitting from constantly evolving technology. When buying new tech, nearly one in five people have given an older device or appliance to charity. And this device is most likely to be a mobile phone, followed by PCs, laptops, tablets and televisions. The research commissioned by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) also found:

  • 58% of us admit to having not kept or used a Christmas present in the past – more women (64%) than men (51%).
  • Among those of us who have not kept presents in the past, the most popular thing to do is give them to charity (67%).
  • People have also given presents they didn’t keep to friends or family (59%), recycled them (35%) or sold them on eBay (4%).
  • Of the items donated to charity, the largest portion were clothes (47%), 24% were toiletries, bath or shower items, 16% were books, 9% toys, 8% ornaments, 5% jewellery, and 5% scarves.
  • 17% have given away an older device or appliance to charity when buying new technology.
  • The most common thing to do is give the older device to a friend or relative (46%).
  • The most common technology given to charity is mobile phone (65%), followed by PCs (22%), laptops (16%), tablets (7%) and televisions (3%).

Green Shield Canada accepting applications for frontline healthcare funding

January 6, 2016

With the start of a New Year, Green Shield Canada is also marking the official launch of the 2016 Community Giving Program. Through the CGP, GSC provides financial support to Canadian registered charitable, nonprofit, and/or social enterprise charitable organizations that deliver frontline health care (i.e., dental, vision, prescription drugs, disease management, mental health care supports). The organizations or projects must include the role of a “navigator” or "coach" – a person who connects individuals to other services that are appropriate for their situation. This could include: housing, education, jobs, food, clothing, etc. CGP funds multi-year projects, ranging from one to four years, to a maximum of $250,000 per project. The application period will close February 10th, 2016 at 5pm ET.

Government of Canada launches missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls pre-inquiry survey

January 5, 2016

The Government of Canada has announced the launch of an online survey to inform the design of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Building on the input gathered from the engagement sessions being held across Canada, this online survey will allow survivors, family members, loved ones of victims, front-line service providers and others the opportunity to provide input into who should conduct the inquiry, its timeframe, who should be heard as part of the inquiry process, and what issues should be considered. A discussion guide also has been developed and is now available online. The guide is also being used at engagement sessions to help focus discussions by highlighting important elements and key questions for consideration and providing additional information. Summaries from the pre-inquiry design sessions will be posted online and, once the engagement process is complete, a final summary of what was heard during the sessions and through the survey will be posted online.

Social media mistakes that could cost you the job

January 5, 2016

The advice "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" holds especially true in today's digital age, suggests new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam. When asked about the most common social media mistakes that take job seekers out of the running for a position, 62% of human resources (HR) managers cited writing negative or inappropriate comments as the prevailing digital blunder. Other complaints included not posting regularly or having incomplete, dated or no social media profiles (19%) and posting or being tagged in inappropriate or risqué photos (18%).

Announcing the #IamNonprofit winner for December 2015

January 4, 2016

Last December, CharityVillage launched a new social media campaign that celebrates the people working and volunteering in Canada's nonprofit sector, encouraging you to share photos of yourself, your co-workers or volunteers at work in the nonprofit sector and post on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #IamNonprofit. It was wonderful to see so many people working hard to make the world a better place, and we're pleased to announce that the December winner is Lea Bianchin. Lea will receive a $50 CanadaHelps gift certificate so she can make a donation to the charity of her choice.

We're also excited to announce that we're continuing the #IamNonprofit contest in January, so there's still a chance to win! Post photos of yourself or a colleague at your desks, selfies of you working out in the field, a portrait of your brand new employee or volunteer on their first day, or an action shot of you volunteering in your community - whatever you think best celebrates the incredible work that you and your staff and volunteers do every day. Use your imagination, get creative and don't forget to post on social media with the hashtag #IamNonprofit. We'll choose one lucky person who posts in January to win another $50 CanadaHelps gift certificate. Those who entered the contest in December are welcome to enter again in January. We can't wait to see how you are contributing to Canada's nonprofit sector!

Register now to participate in the 2016 Burk Donor Survey

December 18, 2015

The Burk Donor Survey has become a vital resource to North American fundraisers and not-for-profit decision-makers. More than 2,500 charitable organizations access its findings every year and it is widely covered in industry and mainstream media. Two independent surveys run simultaneously in the US and Canada, and Penelope Burk authors discrete reports on changing trends among Canadian and American donors. About 20,000 donors participate, making the Burk Donor Survey the largest annual exploration of philanthropic trends. This year, one of the Survey’s major themes focuses on the philanthropic preferences and future giving intentions of young, middle age and older donors. If you would like to join approximately seventy prominent Canadian and American charitable organizations in the 2016 Burk Donor Survey, click here for more information.

Give Green Canada releases updated edition of Green Legacies Guide

December 17, 2015

The Tides Canada project, Give Green Canada (G2), has released an updated edition of its Green Legacies Guide, in collaboration with the Land Trust Alliance of BC. The first issue was published in 2002. The updated Green Legacies Guide is a robust resource, not only for professional advisors, but also for individuals who are contemplating making a gift to benefit the environment. It includes information on annual gifts, bequests, gifts of life insurance and real estate, endowments, Ecological Gifts, and more. Although the sub-title of the guide is "A Donor's Guide for BC", 97% of the material applies across the country (except Quebec). G2 and the Land Trust Alliance of BC would like to express sincere appreciation to The Law Foundation of British Columbia for making this updated edition possible.

Survey suggests a majority of professionals striking work-life balance

December 16, 2015

When it comes to work-life balance, new research suggests the scales are tipping in employees' favour. In a Robert Half Management Resources survey, 65% of workers characterized their work-life balance as good or very good. Nearly two in five respondents (36%) reported they have greater balance than three years ago. Balance has also reached the C-suite. In a separate survey, 80% of chief financial officers (CFOs) rated their work-life balance as good or very good. While generally positive, the findings show room for improvement. Almost two in five of all workers (35%) and 19% of CFOs specifically consider their work-life balance fair or poor. In the survey of workers, 22% of respondents said they have less balance now compared to three years ago.

New arts initiative to support welcome of refugees to Canada in first year of settlement

December 14, 2015

The Canada Council for the Arts and Sun Life Financial today announced a new arts initiative to support efforts to welcome Syrian refugees to Canada. Starting in April 2016, the Canada Council’s new initiative will support arts organizations that wish to provide free access to refugees to a performance, exhibition or arts event in their communities. The Canada Council will release further details in March 2016 for arts organizations who are interested in getting involved.

Show you care and help Canada welcome Syrian refugees

December 14, 2015

To help create a positive start, CARE Canada is asking Canadians to welcome Syrian refugees with a new online campaign. The Show You Care project launched today and asks Canadians to share a positive video welcome for the 25,000 refugees who will be arriving in Canada over the coming year. "We have been overwhelmed by the positive response from thousands of Canadians across this country to welcome Syrian refugees – be it the tireless local agencies and passionate volunteers asking what they can do to help," said Gillian Barth, CARE Canada president and CEO. "We wanted to give Canadians a chance to speak out, let our new neighbours know they are welcome and create a positive start to their new life in Canada."

Canadians are being asked to visit and upload a short, 15-second positive video message to welcome Syrian refugees and share some advice for settling here. "The messages can be funny, touching or personal. So far, we have had heartfelt greetings from prominent Canadians such as Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Clara Hughes and Catherine Clark and also a nine-year-old named Max who suggests new families should get a cat," says Barth.