For its fifth year in a row, the Digital Nonprofit Conference continues to expand! With tickets selling fast, don’t miss your chance to come to Vancouver’s best nonprofit conference on June 11th. This year, over 200 nonprofit professionals will hear keynotes from Beth Kanter, Vu Le, Shoni Fields, Ryann Miller, and many other presenters. You’ll get to learn how to manage digital teams, create a culture of wellbeing, lead in this digital age, and advance your marketing strategies. This full day-event will be packed with strategies and tactics for you to take back to your teams, networking opportunities, and of course, lots of coffee and food! Last minute tickets still available here.
Hamilton philanthropists Charles and Margaret Juravinski will create an endowment of more than $100 million to support researchers across Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Their estate gift is one of Canada’s largest ever legacy gifts and will provide up to $5 million a year to the institutions, in perpetuity. The endowment will create the Juravinski Research Centre, which will equally support Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton by funding health research in a variety of areas including cancer, mental health, lung and respiratory care, and diseases of aging.
The Alberta Nonprofit Survey is an opportunity to share your views and to help tell the story of Alberta's nonprofit sector. Your participation is critical to telling that story. Last year's survey informed the State of the Sector report and raised the voices of nonprofits across Alberta through the invaluable participation of survey respondents. The 2019 report, which will be released this fall, will include:
- Shared experiences of nonprofits in Alberta that help inform decision-making and communications.
- Priorities of the sector that help inform strategic planning for nonprofits and policy advocacy.
- Information about the strengths and challenges in the sector that helps educate and inform a range of stakeholders, including funders and governments.
Submissions to the survey are instrumental in advocating for the sector. This year, the survey has been simplified and will take less than 10 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey and share it with your networks beginning today through June 30.
Today, the Canada Council for the Arts, together with CBC/Radio-Canada, announced plans to launch a new $1 million catalyst tool to amplify digital creation in Canada. This initiative, called the Creation Accelerator, will support projects in a sequence of production stages. Successful applicants will receive an initial grant to work with a producer, along with the mentorship of CBC/Radio-Canada, on the development of an original idea. Following this incubation stage, the Canada Council and CBC/Radio-Canada will select concepts for production and potential distribution on CBC/Radio-Canada's platforms.
The Creation Accelerator is the first initiative of its kind for the Canada Council for the Arts, which—as part of its commitment to amplify the quality, scale and sharing of art through digital technology—has made a strong investment to increase the digital literacy of the arts sector with its Digital Strategy Fund. This pilot project will be open to artists and arts organizations across the country, in all fields of practice, including early career artists. No prior digital experience will be required. The Canada Council for the Arts will share full guidelines and details for the Creation Accelerator in late June, when the initiative opens for applications on the Council's online granting portal.
The majority of working Canadians (68%) have some experience with time off work due to a disability, whether for themselves or a family member, or they know someone who has taken a disability leave. Moreover, the number of Canadians who need time off work due to a disability is on the rise, yet disability coverage continues to decline, according to a recent RBC Insurance survey. The study found that half (50%) of working Canadians say they would have liked to have taken time off work for a disability but felt they couldn't afford it, up 5 points from 2018. Despite the increase, the number of Canadians who have disability coverage either through their workplace benefits or personal insurance that they've purchased declined by 5 points from 55 per cent in 2018, leaving half of working Canadians without any disability coverage at all.
Today the Giving Pledge announced that 19 philanthropists have joined the Giving Pledge since the previous year, bringing the total number of Giving Pledge signatories to 204 from 23 countries. Now in its ninth year, the Giving Pledge continues to expand internationally with the addition of philanthropists from China, Norway, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, as well as the United States. Founded by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010, the Giving Pledge is a global, multi-generational commitment by some of the world's wealthiest individuals and couples to give more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes, either during their lifetimes or in their wills.
As temperatures climb, many workers are stocking up on sunscreen and booking summer travel. A recent Accountemps survey found more than half of Canadian workers (56%) save their vacation time for June, July and August, and plan to take an average of 11 days off this summer. When asked how many days they plan to take off this summer, most popular was 6-10 days (34%), followed by 1-5 days (22%). Rounding it out was 11-15 days (20%), 21+ days (9%) and 16-20 days (9%). A full 8% had no plans to take any time off this summer.
Here's the good news for Canadian employers: More than four out of five (83%) Canadian workers are satisfied with their work, according to an extensive study on the Canadian workplace conducted for Hamster by Léger. Most are also very engaged (90%) and motivated (81%) by their job. Three in four (75%) report that their work is fulfilling because they achieve personal goals. However, the survey also shows employers need to be prepared for generational change as Baby Boomers age out of the workforce, meaning they will need to shape workplace culture to new generations' preferences, including Gen X-ers, Millennials.
The study reveals that the soon-to-retire Baby Boomers (now all over 55) say they are more satisfied with their work (89%) than younger workers. They are also the most committed to their job (95%) and the most motivated (89%). However, Generation X workers (now age 35 to 54), who will replace the retiring baby-boomers, is over-represented among those who are dissatisfied with their work (19%) and is also the least motivated segment (21% being not very motivated and not motivated at all). This difference could be explained by the fact that workers aged 35 to 54 are generally experiencing a particularly busy period in their lives, including often both parental responsibilities and care for their own parents as they age.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.