Have a graduate degree in psychology? The CPA wants to hear from you in a new survey

November 16, 2015

The Canadian Psychological Association is calling on everyone across the country that has ever completed a master’s or doctoral degree in any area of psychology to complete their new survey - whether you completed your studies in Canada, completed your studies outside of Canada, and/or now work in Canada or work outside of Canada. You don’t have to be a registered psychologist; you don’t have to work in a psychology related area; you can be unemployed, retired, at home or on parental leave. As long as you have completed a graduate degree in psychology, you are eligible to complete the survey. The survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete, and all responses will be kept confidential and anonymous. As a thank you for your participation, the CPA will be holding multiple prize draws. Anyone who completes the survey by 12pm midnight (PST) November 30, 2015 will be eligible to enter their name in a draw for a $100 Air Canada gift card and a $100 Chapters gift card. On December 2, 2015, all respondents who completed the survey since it opened in April will have their name entered to win the grand prize: an iPad mini. The survey closes on December 1, 2015.

GoodLife Kids Foundation is giving $100,000 to charities helping Canadian kids have a healthier life

November 16, 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.

New study explores success factors of major gift fundraising

November 12, 2015

Bloomerang, DonorSearch and Support Center have released a new study into the critical success factors that enhance major gift fundraising. The study contains data collected from a survey of 662 nonprofits, all of whom raise under $10 million annually (with most raising less than $1 million annually). Among the key findings to emerge from the study are the following:

  • For survey respondents involved in raising major gifts, the mean donation was $24,555, the median was $5,000, and the modal gift was $1,000.
  • Individuals who have been in their jobs for longer periods are more successful at generating major gifts.
  • Most boards do not play an active role in fundraising and the various departments of organizations do not work together as well as they might to facilitate and ensure fundraising success.

The full study is available as a free download.

Nearly four in ten Canadian professionals volunteer time outside of work

November 12, 2015

With the holidays approaching, many people may be looking for opportunities to give back. What they may not realize is how their community service also could be helping their careers. In a Robert Half survey, nearly four in 10 (37%) Canadian professionals said they volunteer outside of work. Respondents said their philanthropic activities help them improve their sense of well-being and effectiveness at the office (58%), develop new skills (48%), expand their network (47%), and enhance their company's visibility (14%). The research also revealed demographic differences: More female (38%) than male professionals (35%) said they volunteer outside of work. Greater numbers of workers ages 55 and over (47%) reported donating their time than colleagues ages 35-54 (39%) or 18-34 (30%).

More than four out of five Canadians believe their employers are responsible for supporting their health

November 12, 2015

New findings from the 2015 Sun Life Canadian Health Index indicate that an overwhelming majority of Canadians (more than four in five) believe that employers are responsible for supporting their employees' physical and psychological health. When the results are looked at by age group, almost two out of five Gen Y respondents believe their employer has a significant responsibility for their employees' physical health (38%), as well as for their psychological health (37%), which was higher than any other age group. The 2015 survey also found that there is a clear relationship between health and employee productivity among those surveyed. More than one-third (35%) of Canadians say that their productivity at work has been negatively affected by their physical or mental health in the last six months. Gen Y respondents were most likely to report that experience: 47% said their health had negatively impacted their work productivity in the last six months, compared with 30% of Late Boomers and 26% of Early Boomers.

New report encourages increased collaboration between private and humanitarian sectors

November 10, 2015

A study released today by The Conference Board of Canada confirms the greater collaboration between humanitarian and private sector organizations would contribute to more effective and efficient responses to international disasters. The research took place in conjunction with consultations held in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto and was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). The report, Enhancing Collaboration in International Disasters, recognizes the vital role humanitarian aid plays in saving lives. In fact, more than 70% of private sector respondents indicated they had supported at least one international humanitarian disaster relief effort in the past five years. However, relationships between Canadian companies and humanitarian organizations are limited. The Canadian Corporate Community Investment Benchmarking Report, by the Conference Board of Canada, demonstrates that $1.8 million of the $710 million contributions by corporations as community investment went to international disaster relief – less than a quarter of a percent. Equally, aid agencies responded that advance planning is the key to unlocking the potential of private sector partnerships, as in times of crisis they are completely engaged in the response itself and cannot focus energies on new partnerships. The Humanitarian Coalition plans to pursue some of the recommendations in the Conference Board report in order to promote long-term sharing and cooperation between the sectors.

New research shows trust in UK charities falls to lowest level in nine years

November 10, 2015

The latest wave of nfpSynergy research in trust in charities and other public institutions in the UK shows that the summer of media coverage and newspaper revelations have taken their toll. The number of people from a nationally representative sample of the UK public of 1,000 who said they trusted charities ‘a great deal’ or ‘quite a lot’ has fallen from the spring of this year, from 53% to 48%. This decrease means that charities are now less trusted than supermarkets, TV & radio stations and the Royal Family, and means that the sector is now at a nine year low in trust. The decline in trust for charities is not part of a wider trend with, for example, trust in the police, schools and the royal family all showing either increases or stability over the same period. In terms of age, trust in charities has broadly risen and fallen among all the age groups at the same time. Nonetheless younger people tend to trust charities the most with 61% of 16-24 year olds trusting charities a great deal or quite a lot, compared to the over 55s which has trust of around 42%.

Nonprofits and charities included in this year's Canada's Top 100 Employers list

November 10, 2015

The 2016 winners of the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition were announced this week. The winning organizations collectively employ almost three-quarters of a million Canadians, but their influence on the nation's employment practices and working conditions extends far beyond. Now in its 16th year, the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition is an editorial project that recognizes employers with exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies. Mediacorp editors grade employers on eight criteria, which have remained consistent since the project began: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time-Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement. The editors publish detailed reasons for selection and grades for these criteria, providing transparency in the choice of winners and a catalogue of best-practices for employers and job-seekers alike.

CharityVillage would like to particularly congratulate the nonprofit organizations and charities that made this year's Top 100 Employers list. Well done!

Liberals to restore mandatory long-form census

November 5, 2015

Justin Trudeau’s new Liberal government will reinstate the mandatory longform census, which was cancelled in 2010 by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.

It was replaced by a voluntary National Household Survey for the 2011 study. Critics said data from Statistics Canada’s voluntary survey was of much lower quality than the mandatory census. More information.

Habitat for Humanity GTA needs 2200 volunteers leading up to Holiday Season

November 5, 2015

Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area (Habitat GTA) needs 2,200 volunteers to help build Habitat homes across five build sites this holiday season to ensure that 13 Habitat Partner Families can come home in time for the holidays, followed by another 13 families by Spring, 2016.

The campaign, entitled "Home for the Holidays Challenge" running from  November 5th to December 19th, will challenge members of the community to give back this holiday season by volunteering their time at one of their five build sites in Toronto, Brampton & York Region. 

2015 Aviva Community Fund competition finalists announced

November 3, 2015

Aviva Canada, one of the country's leading providers of home, auto, leisure/lifestyle and business insurance, is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2015 Aviva Community Fund competition.

In its seventh year, the Aviva Community Fund had over 380 fantastic ideas submitted. After 18 days, over 548,000 votes were cast by Canadians from coast-to-coast. The ideas each fell within at least one of the three categories: Community Resilience, Community Health, and Community Development, as well as two funding levels: up to $50,000 and between $50,000 and $100,000. More information.

Future care for Canadian seniors: demand and expenditures expected to rise dramatically by 2026

November 3, 2015

Spending on continuing care supports for seniors across all provinces is projected to increase six-fold from $28.3 billion in 2011, to $62.3 billion in 2026 and to $177 billion in 2046, according to a new Conference Board of Canada report entitled Future Care for Canadian Seniors: A Status Quo Forecast.

Moreover, the strong growth in projected spending does not account for the significant level of perceived unmet and under met needs of seniors, projected to worsen. By 2046, it is estimated that seniors expressing unmet or under met needs could more than double. "The proportion of Canadian seniors age 65 and older is growing, with seniors over 85 escalating even faster." said Louis Thériault, Vice-President, Public Policy. "This trend will cause a dramatic rise in demand for continuing care as the number of Canadian seniors needing support is projected to increase by 71 per cent by 2026." More information.

The Ivey Connects Community Internship Program is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations

October 29, 2015

The Ivey Connects Community Internship Program is designed to give business students greater awareness of how the community sector operates by giving them an opportunity to work over the summer for a not-for-profit organization in the Toronto or London regions. NPOs will gain strategic decision-making and implementation, and students will gain practical work experience.

The London Life Ivey Connects Community Internship Program began in 2005 and has funded 23 non-profit internships in London to date. In 2013, we were proud to announce the inaugural year of the Great-West Life, London Life & Canada Life Ivey Connects Community Internship Program in Toronto. More information.

New report from .CA and Framework highlights technology opportunities in the non-profit sector

October 29, 2015

October 29, 2015 – Toronto, ON – Although fifty-seven percent of Internet users between the ages 18-34 now typically access the Internet through a mobile device, only one-third of non-profit organizations studied are leveraging responsive websites designed for viewing on smartphones and tablets. The .CA Factbook: digital capacity in Canada’s non-profit sector was funded by the .CA Community Investment Program and uses data from Framework’s web audits of more than 400 Canadian charities and non-profits. The report points to some critical opportunities for non-profits and charities looking to attract the next generation of donors, volunteers and employees. More information.

WWF Canada's Loblaw Water Fund now accepting funding applications

October 27, 2015

WWF Canada is now accepting applications for the Loblaw Water Fund, a program supported by Loblaw Companies Limited with a total of $225,000 available to distribute between selected projects across the country for the 2015-2016 granting cycle. Since 2013, the program has supported 24 action-oriented projects across the country – all with the aim of improving the health of freshwater in Canada. The Loblaw Water Fund provides grants to registered charitable organizations and not-for-profits working on critical projects that aim to protect and restore the health of freshwater in Canada. This year's Loblaw Water Fund will support projects that contribute to WWF's Watershed Reports, either through helping to improve watersheds in poor health or high threats or by contributing data to those watersheds which are data deficient. Priority regions were selected based upon health and threats assessments done for WWF's Watershed Reports. Proposals must be submitted by email to by 5 pm EST on or before December 14, 2015.

Donner Book Prize now accepting submissions for best book on public policy

October 27, 2015

Allan Gotlieb, Chairman of the Donner Canadian Foundation, today announced the jury for the eighteenth annual Donner Prize, the award for best public policy book by a Canadian. The Honourable Anne McLellan will return as this year's jury Chair. The winner of the 2015 Donner Prize will receive $50,000, with $7,500 awarded to each of the other shortlisted titles. The 2014 prize went to Michael J. Trebilcock for Dealing With Losers: The Political Economy of Policy Transitions. The prize encourages and celebrates excellence in public policy writing by Canadians, on topics of great importance to Canadians. The deadline for submissions for this year's prize is November 30, 2015. The shortlist will be announced in late March 2015, and the winner will be proclaimed at a gala dinner in Toronto on April 27, 2016.

New Bridgespan Group study offers tips for nonprofit succession planning

October 26, 2015

In a new paper, The Nonprofit Leadership Development Deficit, The Bridgespan Group addresses the number one organizational concern expressed by nonprofit boards and CEOs year after year — succession planning. The study asserts that “nonprofit leaders are missing an answer sitting right under their nose: the home grown leader.” According to the groups’ latest research, only 30% of senior roles in the social sector were filled by internal promotion in the past two years — about half the rate of the for-profit world. Specifically, the study shows that coming right after the issue of low compensation (cited by 57%), 50% of respondents pointed to lack of career development opportunities as cause for their departures from their organizations. Others cited lack of mentorship and support, particularly from their boards. Only 17% indicated desire for a different work environment as the reason for moving on.

Canadian Women's Foundation accepting proposals for Girls' Fund Grants

October 26, 2015

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is now accepting proposals for Girls’ Fund Grants for 2016-2020. The Girls’ Fund grants are intended to support community programs or networks designed to increase protective factors in girls aged 9 to 13 – such as confidence, critical thinking skills, social connectedness, and overall resilience. Organizations can apply for one of the following types of grants:

  • Girls program involving weekly programming for girls.
  • Girls group mentoring involving formal mentoring, matching small groups of girls with one mentor or team of mentors.
  • Combined girls program and girls group mentoring.
  • Network activities involving building the capacity of girls serving organizations across a region or nationally.

We will select up to 28 grants to a maximum of $40,000 per year for four years. Initiatives must work with girls aged 9 to 13 and be inclusive of all gender expression. The deadline for proposals is December 2, 2015.

Many employees left in the dark about growth prospects at work

October 22, 2015

A new survey shows employees want more feedback on their future from the boss. In research from Robert Half Finance & Accounting, nearly one in three (28%) professionals said their managers never discuss their career paths with them. The data also suggests professionals are hungry for this information: 41% said they would like to discuss their career paths at least quarterly; another 45% want to review their options annually.