Community Foundations of Canada and Manulife establish Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees

December 10, 2015

Manulife today announced that it is partnering with Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) to establish the Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees (Welcome Fund). Manulife has donated $500,000 to seed the Welcome Fund. Canada’s community foundation network will also match this contribution at the local level, for a total investment of $1 million to communities that will support refugees. The Welcome Fund will address the refugees’ immediate needs for transitional housing, job training and skills development as identified by the Government.

Canadian employers' investments in employee learning and development on the rise

December 10, 2015

Canadian organizations' spending on learning and development has been on an upward trend since the end of 2010. According to The Conference Board of Canada's latest Learning and Development Outlook, Canadian employers spent an average of $800 per employee on staff training in 2014-15, up from $705 in 2012-13, and $688 in 2010. The average number of hours employees spend on learning is also on the rise, increasing from 25 hours in 2010 to 31 in 2014-15. Approximately 50 per cent of the Canadian organizations surveyed iidentified learning as a top organizational priority.

Scholarships available for single mothers in London, Ontario

December 10, 2015

Single Women in Motherhood (SWIM) and Smart Women Achieving Remarkable Triumph (SMART) have joined together to present several scholarship awards of $500 and $1,000 at their upcoming fundraising event, London's Got Talent on March 5, 2016 at Wolf Performance Hall in London, Ontario. Friends, family and community members are welcome to nominate a single mother from London for assistance in pursuit of a post secondary education. The Scholarship Application Form must be submitted along with a 250 to 500 word essay describing the nominee’s achievements, education plans and potential benefit of this award to the recipient, by January 5, 2016. Qualified winners will be notified by February 5, 2016.

Volunteer Consulting Group offering pro-bono consulting to Toronto nonprofits

December 9, 2015

The Volunteer Consulting Group (VCG) at the University of Toronto offers pro-bono consulting services for nonprofit organizations. Teams consist of five undergraduate and/or graduate students and one MBA student. With the guidance of external advisors from the consulting industry, the teams tackle cases from fundraising strategies to marketing plans. The engagement will runs for 3 months, beginning in late January. All interested organizations are asked to fill out the project application form available by January 11, 2016. Please note that the applications are considered on a first-come-first-serve basis and VCG is only able to accept a limited number of projects. Therefore, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. After your application form is received, VCG will contact you with information on how to proceed with the application process.

Meridian accepting 2016 funding applications from Ontario organizations

December 8, 2015

Are you seeking funding for your 2016 programs, events and initiatives? If so, Meridian wants to hear from you! Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union, helping more than a quarter of a million Members grow their lives and businesses. One of the ways they help lives grow is through Meridian’s Commitment to Communities. As a part of this program, they are seeking community partners from across Ontario and are accepting applications for funding for local projects, programs, and events. For more information on the types of projects we have supporting and how to apply for funds yourself, please visit their website. Please note that Meridian only funds projects, events or initiatives taking place within the province of Ontario.

Nominate outstanding volunteers in Manitoba for the 33rd Annual Volunteer Awards

December 7, 2015

Who are the most outstanding volunteers in Manitoba? You get to decide! Volunteer Manitoba and Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries are proud to present the 33rd Annual Volunteer Awards Dinner, which recognizes individuals and groups who have made exceptional contributions to improve our communities. A variety of award categories are available, including the Premier's Volunteer Service Award, the Shaw News - Global News Women in Leadership Award, and the RBC Royal Bank Local Hero Award. The deadline for nominations is February 5, 2016.

The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the registration of Le Refuge des Rescap├ęs

December 7, 2015

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has revoked the registration of Le Refuge des Rescapés, a charity based in Saint-Nicéphore, Quebec, effective December 5, 2015. The notice of revocation has been published in the Canada Gazette. On October 23, the CRA issued a notice of intention to revoke the registration of Le Refuge des Rescapés as a charity, in accordance with subsection 168(1) of the Income Tax Act. The letter stated, in part, that:

“[Translation] The audit by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has revealed that the Organization devoted its resources to the promotion and support of a tax shelter donation arrangement, the Foncière AgroTerre Inc. According to the audit findings, the Organization agreed to accept alleged gifts of property from participants and to act as a receipting agent for this donation arrangement. As a result, for the period of June 2012 to November 2013, the Organization improperly issued receipts totalling over $2 million. Therefore, it is the position of the CRA that the Organization no longer meets the requirements necessary for charitable registration and should be revoked.”

Persons with disabilities continue to be marginalized in Canadian society: CHRC

December 3, 2015

Persons with disabilities continue to be marginalized in Canadian society: Half of all the discrimination complaints filed in Canada are related to disability, according to a report by the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC). Between 2009 and 2013, 41,728 discrimination complaints were filed with human rights commissions and tribunals across Canada. Of those, 49% (20,615 complaints) were filed on the ground of disability. The data, compiled nationally for the first time, confirms a trend observed at the federal level for several years: disability-related complaints consistently represent a high proportion of discrimination claims. Fully inclusive workplaces and accessible services are not yet a reality for persons with disabilities in Canada.

These numbers also do not provide a full picture: According to stakeholders, there are several barriers that can prevent persons with disabilities from bringing a complaint forward. Many do not have the resources or support to do so, as is often the case with other disadvantaged groups in Canada. The CHRC is looking at how it can adapt their services to improve access to human rights justice for persons with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups.

Toronto East General Hospital receives historic donation of $50 million

December 3, 2015

Toronto East General Hospital and the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation boards of directors are thrilled to announce a historic $50 million gift that will transform the delivery of health care for some of the highest needs residents in Toronto. This unprecedented donation – the largest of its kind to a Canadian community hospital- is a gift from Myron and Berna Garron in memory of their son Michael, who was born at the hospital in 1962. Sadly, Michael died at the age of 13 from a rare soft tissue cancer. To recognize the enormity of this donation, the hospital will be renamed the Toronto East Health Network and will call the main site the Michael Garron Hospital.

Industry Canada's Youth Internship Program now accepting applications for 2016 funding

December 3, 2015

The Lethbridge Community Network is pleased to administer Industry Canada's Youth Internship Program for 2015-2016. Youth internships (YI) at community access sites are coordinated by Industry Canada and are funded through the Canada's Youth Employment Strategy which is overseen by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. The internships are intended to provide employment opportunities for young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30, primarily students, recent graduates, the underemployed and the unemployed. Youth interns work at community access sites across Canada helping individuals, community organizations and small businesses improve their knowledge and effective use of the Internet and related information technologies. Specific activities may include:

  • delivering Internet training sessions
  • researching and developing websites
  • drafting publicity materials
  • organizing information fairs and special events
  • providing technical support to the community access site

The funding period is from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016.

New study reveals workers' plans for the final week of the year

December 3, 2015

Is it possible for employees to spend the last days of 2015 in a state of carefree holiday bliss? Not necessarily, according to new research by staffing firm Robert Half. Forty-nine percent of workers surveyed will work at least part of the week of December 28 and plan to make good use of the time, with 78% expecting to be productive. For staff taking time off, including those whose companies close for the week, 45% plan to check in with the office.

Apply now for Endeavour's Spring 2016 round of volunteer consulting

December 1, 2015

Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-Profits, an organization dedicated to providing no-cost management consulting services to nonprofits, has provided over $6.3 million in pro bono consulting with more than 100 clients, 700+ volunteers, and 69,000 volunteer hours since 2007. Endeavour is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2016 round. If selected, their team of volunteer consultants will work with you over a six month engagement to provide detailed recommendations and solutions in any one of the following areas: Corporate Strategy, Marketing Strategy, Operations Strategy and Organizational Strategy. To learn more about their services and eligibility criteria, please click here. Applications are due Wednesday, January 13th, 2016.

Deadline to nominate a charity for Win 4 Kids contest approaching

December 1, 2015

Win 4 Kids is a contest giving you the opportunity to tell GoodLife Kids Foundation (GLKF) about an organization or program in your community you’d like to receive financial support. There’s $100,000 to be shared among 10 organizations/programs across Canada getting kids ages 4 - 14 physically active. Help make an impact in your community and nominate an organization by December 14, 2015. Submit your nomination online today.

Library and Archives Canada accepting applications for Documentary Heritage Communities Program funding

December 1, 2015

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2016–2017 funding cycle for the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP). This contribution program is a collaborative approach which will ensure the outreach of Canada’s local documentary heritage communities. The contributions will support the development of Canada’s local archival and library communities and their professional associations by increasing their capacity to preserve, provide access to and promote documentary heritage, as well as provide opportunities for local documentary heritage communities to evolve and remain sustainable. LAC invites all eligible organizations to apply at their earliest convenience. The deadline for the 2016–2017 funding cycle is February 26, 2016 at 11:59 pm (Pacific Standard Time).

Stiff launches Brand Zero 2016: Competition for Ottawa charities with an irresistible mission

December 1, 2015

Communications agency Stiff has launched Brand Zero 2016 — the second instalment of the company’s annual search for an Ottawa-based charitable organization that needs branding services and digital development. In early 2016, Stiff will spend two days with the chosen charity to better understand its mission and audience, and create or refine its brand to ensure it offers the right services to the right people. Stiff aims to help the winner generate sufficient public support and solicit donations to grow and continue its important work. Brand Zero 2016 is open to registered charities, not-for-profits and social enterprises that have an operational budget of less than $1 million. Full details of the nomination and application process and criteria can be found at Brand Zero. Applications open today and will close on December 31, 2015. A shortlist will be announced at the end of January 2016 and a final winner shortly thereafter.

No sitting down on the job: New report shows how workplaces can promote healthy active living

December 1, 2015

Busy schedules, looming deadlines - the demands of today's workplace can make it challenging for employees to prioritize a healthy, active lifestyle, but it doesn't have to be that way. A new report, Moving Ahead: Workplace Interventions to Reduce Physical Inactivity and Sedentary Behaviour, produced by The Conference Board of Canada's Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care and issued with ParticipACTION, provides a model for how Canadian employers can help employees change their behaviour about physical activity. The Moving Ahead: Workplace Interventions to Reduce Physical Inactivity and Sedentary Behaviour report identifies two broad types of initiatives that employers can implement in their workplaces to effect change:

  1. Initiatives intended for the entire employee population such as awareness campaigns, education programs, and instructor-led activity sessions.
  2. Initiatives targeting the particular needs of specific, high-risk employees like health coaching or counselling and targeted activity sessions led by an instructor.

The report also highlights several organizations that have successfully put these types of initiatives into practice.

Ontario's EnAbling Change Program accepting funding applications

November 30, 2015

The EnAbling Change Program is an initiative of the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI) of Ontario. Through the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO), the program provides financial support to incorporated nonprofit organizations, such as industry umbrella organizations and professional associations that have wide reach to help organizations comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The program funds a limited number of projects, such as targeted education campaigns across a sector or industry, to promote and distribute existing accessibility tools and resources. Organizations should demonstrate a commitment to accessibility and lead by example in their sector. In 2016-17 the EnAbling Change Program priorities are:

  • Promoting and distributing resources to help organizations with 2017 reporting deadline
  • Helping small and medium-sized businesses understand and comply with the Employment Standard
  • Promoting the business case for accessibility and a cultural shift towards greater inclusion

This year the EnAbling Change Program will fund projects that communicate the value of accessibility and help businesses realize the economic advantages that accessibility confers. The deadline for applications is January 20, 2016, 5:00 pm.

CharityVillage announces new contest celebrating the people of the nonprofit sector

November 27, 2015

At AFP Congress in Toronto this week, CharityVillage was proud to launch a new social media campaign that celebrates the people working and volunteering in Canada's nonprofit sector. To showcase these amazing people, we encouraged attendees of the event to snap a photo of themselves and post on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #IamNonprofit. The entries came rolling in and we're pleased to announce four winners who will each receive a $50 CanadaHelps gift certificate, which they can use to make a donation to their favourite charity. The winners are:

  • Shannon Williams
  • Deanna Codner
  • Tatiana Slobodcicov
  • Shonnie Benaroch

We're also excited to announce that, starting December 1, we'll be opening this contest to nonprofit professionals and volunteers across Canada! Photos can be 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 December to win another $50 CanadaHelps gift certificate. We can't wait to see all of your smiling faces!

Congratulations to the winners of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter's 2015 Philanthropy Awards

November 25, 2015

On November 25, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter hosted the 2015 Philanthropy Awards Luncheon. CharityVillage was proud to have Mary Barroll, host of the Unsung Heroes video series, present the Outstanding Group or Foundation Award to the Rogers Foundation, who made a $130 million gift to the University Health Network, SickKids, and the University of Toronto to establish the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research in honour of their late father. The first of its kind, the Centre will bring together research, education and innovation in individualized genomic medicine, stem cell research, bioengineering and customized treatment focused on heart disease. The Rogers Foundation funded the Centre in a manner that encourages a shift beyond traditional approaches to health research, embracing instead an outlook that welcomes the synergy created when science is combined with an entrepreneurial spirit.

We'd like to congratulate the Rogers Foundation on their award, as well as rest of the award winners who were recognized at the event:

  • Peter Gilgan (Outstanding Philanthropist)
  • Salah J. Bachir (Outstanding Volunteer)
  • Hatch (Outstanding Corporation)
  • Madi Vastone (Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy)
  • Amici Camping Charity (Mo Davies Small Organization for Excellence in Fundraising)
  • Darrell Louise Gregersen, FAHP, ICD.D, President & Chief Executive Officer, CAMH Foundation (Outstanding Fundraising Professional)

Click here to read full profiles on all of the winners.

New report explores concept of "decent work" in the nonprofit sector

November 25, 2015

ChangeWork is a collaborative project being carried out by ONN, Toronto Neighbourhood Centres (TNC), and Mowat NFP, with the support of the Atkinson Foundation’s Decent Work fund. Its goal is to generate a broad discussion about how our sector can promote decent work practices in our workplaces, our communities, our sector, and our society. As part of the first phase of the ChangeWork project, a new report has been released that highlights the choices that people can make about how they collectively structure their organizations, community networks and policy systems. There are choices that any organization or government can make to improve working conditions for employees. It is up to the nonprofit sector to decide how it can best champion these efforts. This new report is meant to engage nonprofit boards, executive directors, staff and funders in discussion about the value of decent work for the sector and how nonprofits can lead the decent work movement, both within the sector and in society at large.