Volunteer Canada requesting feedback on this year's National Volunteer Week activities

May 22, 2019

What did you think of Volunteer Canada's National Volunteer Week theme this year? National Volunteer Week (NVW) 2019 has come to a close! Volunteer Canada would like to thank all organizations who participated in celebrating The Volunteer Factor - Lifting Communities. Volunteer Canada wants to know what you thought of this year's theme, campaign and resources. The results of this survey will be used to assist Volunteer Canada in planning future NVW campaigns.

Women's Executive Network nominations for Canada's Most Powerful Women now open

May 22, 2019

Women's Executive Network (WXN) created Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards to recognize the incredible accomplishments of women, develop a community of support, and increase the visibility of strong leaders in order to inspire future generations. Honourees span the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, with the initial candidates selected by WXN's Diversity Council. The deadline for nominations is July 1.

Creative Manitoba's Careers in the Arts youth mentorship program accepting applications

May 22, 2019

Creative Manitoba’s Careers in the Arts youth and young adult mentorship programs provide opportunities for youth and young adults to be exposed to careers in arts and culture. Participants are mentored by someone working in an arts or cultural career through group workshops, individual consultation, volunteer work experience and participation in career development workshops. Creative Manitoba’s Careers in the Arts Mentorship Program is made possible by the Province of Manitoba. Individual mentorship pairs (for 19-29 year-old residents of Winnipeg and surrounding area) will start in September 2019. The application window for 2019-20 is open until July 7. Applications are assessed as they are received.

Survey shows nearly one in four Canadian professionals renege on job offer after accepting

May 22, 2019

Employers take note: The hiring process doesn't necessarily end when a candidate accepts the offer, new research from global staffing firm Robert Half shows. In the survey, nearly a quarter of Canadian workers (23 per cent) said they have backed out of an offer after initially saying yes. Reasons cited included: for a better offer (pay) from another company (38%); heard bad things about the company after accepting (21%); got a counteroffer from current employer that convinced me to stay (16%); and other (24%).

Island Savings accepting nominations of inspiring volunteers for volunteer awards

May 22, 2019

Island Savings, a Division of First West Credit Union, is celebrating and recognizing amazing volunteers! Throughout the year, they’re selecting 40 volunteers who are devoted to developing positive and vibrant communities. It's easy to get involved. Nominate an inspiring volunteer and they could be eligible to make a $1,000 donation, courtesy of First West Credit Union, to the non-profit or charity of their choice. When completing your nomination form, explain what makes your nominee great:

  • Where do they volunteer?
  • How long have they been volunteering?
  • How do they spread Simple Generosity in our community?
  • What makes them an exceptional volunteer?

Self nominations are accepted, and qualifying communities include Brentwood, Chemanius, Duncan, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan, Mill Bay, Nanaimo, Pender Island, Salt Spring, and Victoria.

Canada Revenue Agency requests feedback on communications and outreach

May 15, 2019

As a member of the charitable sector, you know best how the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) can serve you better. The CRA invites you to share your voice through their online consultation tool. They will use the information gathered through this consultation to inform the direction of future communications and outreach products and to allow the CRA to more efficiently reach the charitable sector. The findings from the consultations will be shared in the fall of 2019. You will be notified if you have opted to recieve notifications that new content has been posted.

Volunteer Alberta accepting applications for Youth @ the Table governance initiative

May 15, 2019

Is your nonprofit organization interested in mentoring a young leader? Supported by Canada Service Corps, Youth @ the Table is a province-wide initiative seeking to engage youth ages 18-30 in shaping their communities. Participants will spend at least six months from September 2019 until March 2020 collaborating with a nonprofit organization to explore and impact a social issue they care about. Volunteer Alberta will match youth participants with a nonprofit where they will be engaged at the governance level on a board, committee, or council.

Submit an application to host a Youth @ the Table participant who is interested in learning more about your work. Your board will identify a mentor who will involve and support the participant in understanding nonprofit governance so they can provide youth perspectives on outreach, operations, and strategic directions. This partnership will help improve your capacity to engage young people and strengthen the future of your nonprofit’s leadership. We will provide you with a curriculum that will guide you in establishing a sustainable plan for youth engagement. This is your chance to equip the next generation of nonprofit leaders with the skills and knowledge required to move the sector forward! Application deadline is May 30, 2019.

Ontario Arts Council report provides insight into the status of women in the arts in Canada

May 15, 2019

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) released The status of women in the Canadian arts and cultural industries: Research review 2010-2018, a report commissioned by OAC from a research team led by Dr. Amanda Coles, a Canadian on faculty at Australia’s Deakin University. This report provides an important synthesis of existing research on the status of women in the arts in Ontario and Canada. The majority of existing research focuses on specific sectors, such as media arts/screen, or theatre, etc., rather than addressing the arts and cultural industries as a whole. The report covers six sectors: visual arts, dance, theatre, literature, music, and media arts/screen. Some key findings in the report include:

Research shows a pervasive gender-based income gap across all six sectors under review. Overall, women’s average incomes are lower than their male peers – a defining feature of work in the Canadian arts and cultural industries.

Gender inequality in the arts and cultural industries cannot be explained by the education or skill of professional female artists and cultural workers. A cross-sectoral analysis of available data on education and training clearly shows that across all six sectors, women are as highly educated as men.

Women are well represented in administrative leadership roles in visual arts, publishing, and theatre, and in the top tier of Canadian orchestras. Executive and organizational leadership roles in the music industry are male-dominated. There is a notable shortage of data on organizational leadership in broadcasting, film and television production, the interactive digital media sector, and dance. Women are severely under-represented in key artistic leadership roles in media arts/screen, theatre and music. In contrast, key artistic leadership roles in visual arts and publishing, such as curators and editors, are female dominated.

Nearly half of job seekers in Canada receive multiple employment offers while job searching

May 14, 2019

Companies shouldn't assume their employment offer is a candidate's only option, new research suggests. A survey of workers from global financial recruitment firm Robert Half Finance & Accounting found that nearly half of job seekers in Canada (49 per cent) have received two or more offers simultaneously when applying for jobs. The competition for top talent is tough, and candidates rarely wait long when they receive a great offer. A majority of professionals surveyed (71 per cent) reported making their decision in two or fewer days. The top five reasons job seekers accepted one offer over another include: salary, benefits, position's responsibilities or challenges, commute, and advancement potential.

Distressed employees ineffective for eight days per month due to lost productivity

May 14, 2019

Distressed employees spend more than one third of their time at work being unproductive and average one full day off sick per month. This revelation comes with the release of Workplace Well-being: A Summary of the 2018 Workplace Outcome Suite Annual Report, released in partnership with the International Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA). The report is based on data from multiple employee assistance providers worldwide and over 23,000 employee use cases.

According to the research, employees struggling with mental health or other well-being issues are unable to concentrate on their job, a symptom known as "presenteeism," for more than a third of the total scheduled work time (38%) – or about eight total days per month. For context, it is more than twice as much as the typical "healthy" employee. In addition, these employees are also absent from work for an average of 7.36 hours per month – almost one full working day.

The most common clinical issues behind the reduced productivity were related to mental health (i.e., depression, anxiety) or personal stress (40% of cases), followed by relationship problems of marriage or family life (29%), work and occupational issues (18%), and alcohol misuse and drug problems (4%).

The report looks at the utilisation and effectiveness of employee assistance programs (EAPs) and found that about eight out of every 10 cases for counselling were self-referrals, with referrals from a family or other source at seven per cent, supervisor referrals at five per cent, and a mandatory referral from HR or the employer at only 2%. Thus, 98% of cases were people voluntarily using the EAP for counselling.

TalentEgg offers nonprofits discounted tickets to recruitment conference in Toronto

May 14, 2019

Don’t miss the 2019 TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards & Conference where you and your team will learn how to attract the best young talent to your nonprofit organization. This day-long event in downtown Toronto will combine insightful speakers and panels covering trends in talent attraction and engagement along with the Awards Ceremony to celebrate excellence in campus recruitment. Plus, TalentEgg will be revealing their survey results with insights into young job seekers in High School, Post-Secondary and among Early-Career Professionals - including invaluable information about recruiting for the volunteer and nonprofit sector! TalentEgg is pleased to extend a special promotion of 25% off tickets to all nonprofit organizations. Use the code NFP2019 at check-out.

Online giving to nonprofits grew by only 1% in 2018 – the lowest rate in 13 years

May 8, 2019

For the first time in more than a decade, online giving to nonprofits slowed to single digit growth, according to the 13th annual M+R Benchmarks Study. The study was researched and created by M+R, a communications agency that works with nonprofits and foundations to advance their causes online, in the media, and on the ground. Online revenue for nonprofits increased by just 1% last year. In 2017, this same group of nonprofits reported 23% growth. After years and years of steadily increasing online revenue, including record-breaking 2016 and 2017 gains for many nonprofits, that trendline flattened out. Additional findings from the report include:

  • Revenue from one-time gifts decreased by 2%, while monthly giving revenue increased by 17%. Monthly giving accounted for 16% of all online revenue in 2018, up from 13% in 2017.
  • Advocacy email response rate declined by 15% in 2018, to 1.8%. Drops were reported for open rate (down 5% to 15%), click-through rate (down 16% to 2.4%), and page completion rate (down 7%, to 72%). The unsubscribe rate fell to 0.12%, which is 2% lower than in the previous year.
  • Nonprofits sent an average of 59 email messages per subscriber in 2018. This marked an 8% increase in volume from 2017. The largest category of email messages was fundraising (25 emails per year per subscriber). International nonprofits sent the highest volume of email, with 104 messages per year per subscriber; 50 of those were fundraising messages.
  • Desktop users accounted for the majority of donation transactions and revenue. While just 44% of traffic, desktop users made 63% of all donations and contributed 71% of revenue. Mobile accounted for 21% of all revenue, a 15% increase from 2017.
  • For every 1,000 email addresses, nonprofits had an average of 806 Facebook fans. But compared to Twitter (+26%) and Instagram (+34%) growth, nonprofits only saw a 6% growth in Facebook fans in 2018.

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre welcomes $2 million donation

May 8, 2019

Treasure Hill President, Nicholas Fidei, presented a $2 million donation to enable Future Care Now at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. The donation will be celebrated with his team, the “Cycle Warriors,” long-standing supporters of Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, along with leaders from The Princess Margaret. The gift will support the Cancer Centre’s multi-phase Space Transformation that will improve the experience for patients and families. The project prioritizes the patient experience, emphasizing that patients are at the centre of their individual treatment plans and partners in their own care. This important initiative will facilitate clinical research at this world-class institution and the development of cancer care around the globe.

CMA Foundation funding available for programs working on youth mental health and substance abuse

May 8, 2019

The CMA Foundation’s Healthy Canadians Grants Program is designed to provide support for community-run initiatives that improve the quality of life for patients and vulnerable populations living in those communities, thereby having a positive impact on the entire community. This year’s theme is youth mental health and substance use. These grants aim to make a tangible difference in the lives of youth, their families and the physicians who care for them. Grants will be available for organizations across Canada that are delivering programming at the community level and are focused on improving mental health, reducing and preventing substance use, increasing resiliency, reducing stigma and decreasing barriers to mental health. This year the CMA Foundation is offering 15 grants of $20,000 each. The deadline for this year’s applications is May 31.

Call for presenters for Aging Well Conference in Mississauga this fall

May 8, 2019

The Voice of Older Adult Centres (OACAO) Conference Planning Committee is seeking presenters for Workshops, Keynote Presentations, Management and Leadership Stream and *NEW* Lightening Talks on a variety of topics which support this year’s conference theme AGING WELL: Making It Happen – Making it Matter! Conference workshop proposals are due on or before Thursday, May 16, 2019. Please submit your completed application to The Aging Well Conference will be held on November 4 & 5, 2019 Mississauga, Ontario.

Survey shows what perks employees want this summer

May 8, 2019

What do workers want from their employers this summer? In a recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps, Canadian employees said the best summer perks their companies could provide to them are flexible schedules (49%), such as work-from-home opportunities and condensed days, and early departure on Fridays (38%). But which perks are employers actually offering? Fifty-five percent of senior managers in Canada said flexible schedules and relaxed dress codes, and about one in three (36%) reported allowing staff to leave early on Fridays. Another common warm-weather benefit cited by managers was company picnics or potlucks (47%). Unfortunately, this wasn't likely to win over employees, according to the survey.

Nominate an Alberta organization for a Nonprofit Innovation Award

May 8, 2019

The Alberta Nonprofit Innovation Awards celebrate nonprofit professionals and organizations across Alberta who have challenged the status quo and inspired others with creative and disruptive solutions to address enduring community challenges. Nominate an inspiring organization or individual today!

Award winners exemplify creativity and innovation through new models of organizational effectiveness, collaboration, and program delivery. They increase impact and address systems-level gaps. They create an inspiring picture of the future and empower others to have a positive impact on the community. From well-known programs to a variety of smaller scale initiatives, there are many rich examples of innovative practices in the nonprofit sector.

Click here to view the Award guidelines and eligibility requirements. Questions? Please email Dana Silver at Please note, self nominations are no longer accepted.

CRA Charities Directorate announces in-person information sessions across Canada

May 8, 2019

The Canada Revenue Agency’s Charities Directorate is offering in-person charities information sessions. These sessions are free to all registered charities and other qualified donees across Canada. If you are a board member, a treasurer, a volunteer, or an employee of a charity, a session is a great way to learn about the legal obligations that come with registration. Topics discussed will include:

  • Receiving gifts and issuing receipts
  • Gifting to qualified donees
  • Keeping books and records
  • New educational products and digital services

In-person sessions are being held in the spring (May and June) and the fall (September and October), while the videoconference sessions will start next year. Register for a 3-hour session that includes a question and answer period.

Funding available for Calgary initiatives to support affordable housing residents

May 7, 2019

As part of The Home Program, The City of Calgary is offering grants of seed money to non-profits for initiatives that improve the housing system and stimulate lasting positive change for affordable housing residents. Applications with a focus on improving tenant self-sufficiency and increasing participation in community well-being activities can receive up to $15,000 per initiative. This program also advances The City’s affordable housing strategy, Foundations for Home. Nonprofit applicants are asked to show benefits to the affordable housing resident community in four key areas:

  • Residents feel they have increased housing stability
  • Residents have increased financial competency
  • Residents are more comfortable with and have better access to community wellness services and activities
  • Increased opportunities for resident-led community wellness activities

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis while funds are available. Once $125,000 is awarded, the application process will close for 2019. Organizations may submit more than one application for consideration, and accepted initiatives must be completed within 12 months from the time the funds are awarded.

Government of Canada launches call for proposals for grants to accelerate action on Sustainable Development Goals

May 7, 2019

Today, the Government of Canada launched a call for proposals on an ongoing basis under the Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program for 2019-2020 to support and leverage the work of stakeholders furthering Canada's implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Organizations interested in receiving up to $100,000 in grant funding for one-year projects aimed at building awareness, increasing partnerships and networks, and advancing research, are encouraged to apply. The government is seeking to fund projects that are up to 12 months in duration, and that implement innovative approaches or complement and augment existing activities, in order to achieve two or more of the following objectives in support of the 2030 Agenda:

  • Enhance multi-stakeholder efforts by promoting partnerships and bridging efforts across sectors;
  • Raise awareness and support for the SDGs;
  • Ensure that Canada's progress on this global effort leaves no one behind, including vulnerable or marginalized groups; and
  • Foster and integrate Indigenous and local knowledge into approaches and efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda.


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