Sandwich generation Canadians are putting their own goals on hold to support family members

September 17, 2019

One-in-four "Sandwich Generation" Canadians expect to put their own financial goals on hold as a result of providing financial assistance to both their children and their parents, new research shows. The Sandwich Generation Survey, a Leger poll of Canadians commissioned jointly by FP Canada™ and Chartwell Retirement Residences, demonstrates the financial squeeze facing Canadians who are providing support to both their adult children and their aging parents. The survey also reveals that a majority of Canadians do not have a financial plan to help them navigate these challenges.

Of the Canadians surveyed who have children and at least one living parent, one-in-three (30%) said they expect that they will need to provide financial assistance to both their children and parent(s) in the future. Females (35%) are more likely than males (22%) to say they will need to provide financial assistance to both their children and parent(s), and regionally, Ontarians (39%) and Albertans (37%) are most likely to say they will need to provide this dual support.

Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates releases national paper on youth suicide

September 17, 2019

The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) has published a new report, A National Paper on Youth Suicide. The paper consolidates research by the CCCYA members that led to the identification of three broad findings related to youth suicide: the impact of traumatic childhood experiences, the importance of service integration and continuity and how the voices of children and youth needs to be at the front of change.

Gates Foundation report spotlights new data on global inequality

September 17, 2019

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today launched its third annual Goalkeepers Data Report, which features new data showing that while progress on health and development continues unabated, global inequality remains a major barrier to achieving the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals). Even in the worst-off parts of low- and low-middle-income countries, more than 99 percent of communities have seen an improvement in child mortality and schooling. Yet despite this progress, persistent gaps in opportunity mean that nearly half a billion people—about one in 15—still do not have access to basic health and education.

Gaps between countries, districts, and boys and girls prove that the world's investments in development aren't reaching everyone. Using new sub-national data, the report uncovers the vast inequalities within countries that are masked by averages. Where you're born is still the biggest predictor of your future, and no matter where you're born, life is harder if you're a girl. Despite gains in female educational attainment, opportunities for girls are limited by social norms, discriminatory laws and policies, and gender-based violence.

Join the conversation on accessibility and inclusion in BC

September 17, 2019

The Government of BC is asking British Columbians to help define future legislation that will make B.C. a more accessible and inclusive province. British Columbians will have several ways to engage in the consultation process. They are invited to read the Accessibility Framework document, fill out an online questionnaire, file a written submission and attend a meeting. Community groups, libraries and other organizations can apply for $2,000 to host open discussion sessions in their communities and provide feedback. The opportunity to provide feedback opened the morning of Monday, Sept. 16, and will remain open until Nov. 29, 2019, at 4 p.m. (Pacific time). Feedback will be used to help develop legislation.

iA Financial Group kicks off the 3rd edition of the Great Pan-Canadian Philanthropic Contest

September 16, 2019

iA Financial Group is kicking off its third annual Canada-wide philanthropic contest. Charities working in the health, education or social services sectors and that provide respite services to those in need are invited to answer one question: How would you use a donation of $125,000 to provide more respite for those in need? Ten charities that win the public’s hearts and minds will share donations totalling nearly $300,000. A jury will pick the top ten submissions during the submission period, which ends on October 16th and on November 1st, the submissions will be presented to the public, who will be invited to choose the ones they find most inspiring. A donation of $125,000 will be made to the charity that receives the most votes, the second and third place charities will each receive a donation of $50,000 and the remaining seven charities will each receive $10,000. The winners will be announced on December 12th.

Survey shows Canadians over the age of 65 feel confident about technology use

September 16, 2019

A new survey commissioned by AGE-WELL, a federally funded Network of Centres of Excellence, and conducted by Environics Research, offers a number of fresh insights into the attitudes of Canadians over the age of 65 and 50-64 toward aging, health and technology. The poll found that more than 8 in 10 Canadians over the age of 65 believe technological advances can help older adults stay safe, in their own homes longer and stay independent. And, 7 in 10 agree that technological advancements can help older adults stay active and manage health better as they age and can reduce social isolation. When they have difficulties with technology, 53% of respondents turn to their children and 18% to their grandchildren. Additional highlights include:

  • 86% of Canadians aged 65+ and 94% of Canadians aged 50+ report being online daily;
  • 58% of Canadians aged 65+ and almost 8 in 10 (78%) aged 50-64 own smartphones;
  • Almost all (93%) of smartphone owners aged 65+ find them easy to use and 98% of those owning smartphones aged 50-64 find them easy to use;
  • Over 6 in 10 (63%) Canadians aged 65+ have a Facebook account. Over 8 in 10 (88%) of Canadians aged 50-64 currently have at least one social media account (Facebook 72%, YouTube 46%)

Indigo Love of Reading Foundation launches 11th annual Adopt a School program

September 13, 2019

The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its 2019 Adopt a School program, now in its 11th year supporting children's literacy. From September 14 to October 6, 2019, Indigo, Chapters and Coles stores, together with their communities, will fundraise for local high-needs Canadian elementary school libraries, with 100% of funds donated directly to the schools. This year, in addition to in-store fundraising, supporters will be able to purchase books from a participating high-needs school's book registry, and Indigo will match the donation.

Anti-Racism Action Program now accepting funding applications

September 11, 2019

The Anti-Racism Action Program (ARAP) is intended to help address barriers to employment, justice and social participation among Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities and religious minorities. To be eligible, your project must align with 1 or more of the following 3 key themes:

  • Employment: reducing barriers to hiring, leadership training and workplace skills training;
  • Justice: promoting interventions for youth and encouraging positive relationships between communities and the criminal justice system; and
  • Social participation: promoting participation and reducing barriers in community sport, arts and culture.

The ARAP will also prioritize projects that target online hate and promote digital literacy. The deadline for applications is December 17, 2019.

Survey has hiring managers weigh in on acceptable job interview dress code

September 11, 2019

While casual dress codes are gaining ground, some employers expect more polish when meeting with job applicants, new research from global staffing firm Accountemps shows. In a survey of senior managers, 33% of respondents said candidates should always wear a formal suit when interviewing for a job; a similar percentage (37%) felt proper interview attire depends on the position or department at the company. Almost all respondents agreed that how someone dresses is important during the job interview: 40% reported it's very important, and 49% said it's at least somewhat important. Not surprisingly, the research also shows recommended job interview attire varies by industry: suits are more often preferred in finance, insurance and real estate (44%) than construction (21%) or retail (23%).

Ottawa Community Foundation accepting applications for community grants program

September 11, 2019

The Ottawa Community Foundation is accepting applications for their one-year community grants program until October 1. The CGP funds initiatives in the following broad areas: social services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, and animal welfare. Please be sure to read the full eligibility requirements before submitting an online application.

Free e-book addresses sexual harassment in fundraising

September 4, 2019

According to a study by the Women’s Impact Initiative, a project from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, nearly half of fundraisers have experienced, witnessed, or heard about sexual harassment on the job. #TimesUp for Sexual Harassment in Fundraising is a free e-book by DonorPerfect which is designed to provide nonprofits with:

  • Recent data on sexual harassment in fundraising
  • Best practices on creating a culture of safety, respect, and open dialogue
  • A sexual harassment policy template specifically written for nonprofits

Click here to download your copy.

Ground-breaking charitable fundraising project coming to Canada

September 4, 2019

The Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP), which tracks growth and losses in charitable giving in the United States and provides tools and templates for charities to improve their fundraising numbers, is set to launch in Canada in early 2020. The FEP provides resources for charities to better understand their donors’ giving patterns and where to spend money most effectively to improve their fundraising. The project was founded in 2006 through a collaboration of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Urban Institute in partnership with key donor software firms and leading nonprofit professionals.

Software firms provide their data to the FEP, which analyzes the information in aggregate and is completely anonymous and provides reports, updates and resources based on the numbers. Through funding from DonorPerfect Canada, The Hilborn Group and Stephen Thomas Ltd, the FEP will now be able to expand its work from the US into Canada under the leadership of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada.

The FEP is expected to start in Canada in the first quarter of 2020 with the release of 2019 year-end information.

Free dispute resolution available to consumers of financial services firms

September 4, 2019

Canada’s Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) is a national, independent and not-for-profit organization that helps resolve and reduce disputes between consumers and financial services firms in both official languages. OBSI is responsive to consumer inquiries, conducts fair and accessible investigations of unresolved disputes, and shares its knowledge and expertise with the stakeholders and the public. If a consumer has a complaint against an OBSI participating bank or investment firm that they are not able to resolve with the bank or firm, OBSI will investigate at no cost to the consumer. Where a complaint has merit, OBSI may recommend compensation up to a maximum of $350,000. Complaints are wide ranging but can include:

  • credit card issues, such as chargebacks or unauthorized transactions
  • banking or loan issues related to transaction problems, loan penalties or information breakdowns
  • investment issues related to common shares, mutual funds or scholarship trust funds such as suitability of investments, fee disclosure and service complaints

For more information about OBSI and their process, you can reach them at 1-888-451-4519, or you can visit their website.

Emerging organizational development practitioners available to support nonprofits

September 4, 2019

The mandate of the Building Community Organization (BCO) is to support emerging organizational development (OD) practitioners and to bring awareness to the OD field, while providing consulting support to not-for-profit organizations. The projects are 4 months long, and focus on a specific need of the not-for-profit.

The BCO is looking for nonprofits for their Fall 2019 project launch. Potential projects include: succession planning, staff development, team development, change management, organizational design, and strategic planning (to name a few). Requirements of the nonprofit:

  • Would benefit from outside help with workplace/organizational issues and/or challenges.
  • Lack the financial resources to hire a OD consultant.
  • Be willing to work with emerging OD consultants who receive expert direction of a seasoned OD practitioner.
  • Commit to an approx. 4 month project.

For more information, contact or visit their website.

Charities invited to make a better tomorrow with Rothmans, Benson & Hedges' new grant program

September 4, 2019

Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc. (RBH) announced a new grant funding program under its corporate social responsibility initiative A Better Tomorrow. The initiative aligns with sustainable development goals outlined by the United Nations. As a part of A Better Tomorrow, RBH encourages charities focused on education, the environment, or community development to apply for a grant worth up to $25,000. The window for applications closes on November 30, 2019 - click here for more information and details on how to apply.

33% of workers in Canada to look for new job in next 12 months

September 4, 2019

New research from global staffing firm Robert Half shows 80% of Canadian employers ­are concerned about holding on to top talent, with more than one-quarter being very concerned ? and with good reason. A separate survey revealed 33% of professionals plan to look for a new job in the next 12 months. The retention tactics most often cited by employers were increasing communication with staff (42%), improving employee recognition programs and offering professional development (each with 40%). But when workers who said they intend to leave their jobs were asked what would entice them to stay, more money topped the list (51%) followed by a promotion (18%).

London Health Sciences Foundation receives $1.5 million donation for new pancreatic cancer centre

August 28, 2019

London Health Sciences Foundation (LHSF) has launched The Baker Centre for Pancreatic Cancer at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) following a donation of $1.5M from Rick and Shelley Baker. The newly created Baker Centre will result in improved access to care, more targeted personalized treatment and new treatment options for pancreatic cancer patients. Pancreatic cancer is a fast growing cancer with one of the lowest survival rates. Diagnosis and treatment is complex with frequent delays and often not detected until at an advanced stage, making treatment more difficult. The Baker Centre will offer a multidisciplinary clinic, new diagnostic technology, streamlined process for patients and the development of a new Translational Pancreatic Research Program

New Time Counts campaign seeks to help support caregivers

August 28, 2019

EMD Serono has announced that its Embracing Carers™ initiative has launched 'Time Counts,' a social media-led video series asking friends and families of caregivers to collectively give 1 million minutes of their time to better support caregivers around the world. Embracing Carers™ recognizes that caregivers dedicate so much of their time to supporting a loved one that their own basic health-related activities are often selflessly sacrificed. For example, 54% of unpaid caregivers don't have time to book or attend their own medical appointments, while 58% find it difficult to sleep on a regular basis, according to a 2017 Embracing Carers™ international online survey conducted by EMD Serono.

'Time Counts' by Embracing Carers™ hopes to assuage these time constraints by aiming to raise 1 million minutes of time to provide caregivers with support in their role. By sharing caregiver stories via social media, 'Time Counts' will encourage individuals to give time to help with specific tasks, such as grocery shopping, cooking a meal or checking-in to connect and let them know support is available.

New report explores characteristics of animal-cause donors

August 28, 2019

Faunalytics recently published the results of an original study about the people who donate money to animal causes. More specifically, the study examined the people who support animal causes: who are they, what kind of support do they provide, and what are their donation-related preferences? Their new report follows on from the first by simultaneously considering all the factors that predict donations and other important outcomes, to see which are the strongest predictors. In other words, which characteristics of animal-cause donors predict who gives the most, what other support they give, and under what circumstances? Click here for the full report.

Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence program accepting applications for 2020

August 28, 2019

The Ontario Heritage Trust is calling for applications to the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence program. The application deadline is September 30, 2019. This residency program is open to Canadian professional artists who are practising a wide array of disciplines. Selected artists will live at Fool's Paradise, the former home and studio of renowned artist Doris McCarthy. Located on the Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto, the site provides accommodation and studio space in a serene and picturesque setting where visual artists, musicians, and writers can concentrate on their creative work. Residencies are available throughout 2020, with terms ranging from one to three months.

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