Common Good submits formal proposal to Government of Canada for new retirement plan

December 12, 2019

The Common Good initiative is entering an exciting new phase. Last week, they submitted a formal proposal to the Government of Canada to fund the creation and growth of the Common Good Retirement Plan. If they secure this critical support, the plan can be built and enrolling members by early 2021. They have also shared a new Common Good campaign video that tells a powerful story of the workers, organizations, and not-for-profit leaders behind the initiative. To secure funding from the Government of Canada to fund the plan, Common Good is asking supporters to send a Letter of Support to Prime Minister Trudeau, other key ministers, and your local Member of Parliament:

New ADP study shows employees prefer bonuses and time off as holiday rewards

December 11, 2019

A new study from ADP Canada explored how working Canadians would like to be rewarded over the holiday season. This study revealed a clear disconnect between Canadian employee and employer expectations when it comes to holiday rewards. When employees were asked what they would like their employer to offer over the holidays, 54% said they would like a bonus – but only 15% of employed Canadians say they expect to receive one this year. The study, conducted by Leger for ADP Canada, also revealed the most common reward provided by employers was a holiday party (40%), followed by holiday gifts (16%) and additional time off (14%). However, nearly a third of Canadians said they’d like their employer to offer more time off, 23% said they would like to receive a gift and only 22% said they’d like their employer to host a holiday party. Eleven percent indicated their preference was no holiday reward at all. Charitable donations and activities ranked at the bottom of both lists, with only seven per cent of Canadian employers planning to participate in a charitable activity for the holidays and only eight per cent of employees reporting being interested in that activity.

GoFundMe releases 2019 annual Year in Giving report

December 11, 2019

GoFundMe released its annual Year in Giving report unveiling 2019 global data, biggest moments and trends from the year. As part of the report, the company announced the GoFundMe community has donated more than 120 million times, raising over $9 billion for people, causes and organizations since its founding in 2010. Canada is the fourth most generous country in 2019. And since 2010, Canada has raised an impressive $400 million by more than 4 million Canadians. Canada highlights include:

  • Top five most generous cities: Kamloops, Chilliwack, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Victoria
  • Fastest growing donor categories: Community, Events, Education
  • Tuesday is the most popular day to start a campaign
  • Thursday is the most popular day to donate
  • 834 campaigns were created this year mentioning hockey
  • The most prolific donor in Canada gave 91 times to 78 fundraisers

Call for presenters for Canadian Rural and Remote Housing and Homelessness Symposium

December 10, 2019

Calling local shakers and movers from all rural and remote communities! The Alberta Rural Development Network and the Rural Ontario Institute are partnering up to host the second Canadian Rural and Remote Housing and Homelessness Symposium. This 3-day event will be held on May 27-29, 2020 at the Delta Hotels Conference Centre in Guelph, Ontario. In order to deliver high-quality sessions that leave our diverse attendees with innovative tools and solutions to tackle housing and homelessness in their communities, they invite submissions to present at the symposium. Presenters whose proposals are selected for the symposium will receive one complimentary symposium registration for the day of their presentation. To view the full Call for Presenters document and/or fill out an online submission form, please visit their website. The deadline for submissions is on January 24th, 2020 at 11:59 pm. For more information about the call for presenters, please contact Shadi Merhej at

New study from Women’s Philanthropy Institute explores goals and impact of women’s foundations and funds

December 10, 2019

A new report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) helps fill a gap in knowledge about women’s foundations and funds—a diverse and dynamic group of organizations with a history of leading philanthropy dedicated to women and girls. The study builds on previous WPI research, including this year’s landmark women’s funds and foundations landscape report, to better understand how these organizations set goals, measure impact and take action to advance women.

The report, Change Agents: The Goals and Impact of Women’s Foundations and Funds, is the first to closely examine the change these influential organizations make among women and the broader community. The research combines survey data with qualitative interviews, and finds that while women’s funds share the broad goal of advancing women’s philanthropy, their specific objectives, and the ways in which they define impact, vary widely. Key findings from the report include:

  • Women’s funds share the broad goal of advancing women’s philanthropy; their specific objectives, and the ways in which they pursue them, vary widely.
  • Women’s funds define impact in different ways, and have been most successful at achieving short-term goals through empowerment and community-based change.
  • Women’s funds pursue their organizational goals through multiple grantmaking approaches, like gender-lens and community-based philanthropy, designed to elevate their impact.
  • Many women’s funds go beyond grantmaking to achieve impact, engaging in activities such as relationship building, partnerships, and policy advocacy to pursue broader social change.

Nominations open for Volunteer Toronto's Legacy Awards

December 10, 2019

Do you know someone who has done amazing volunteer work for a good cause? Thank them with a Legacy Award! Volunteer Toronto’s 2020 Legacy Awards (to be presented at the Toronto Reference Library, April 20) will formally celebrate the passion, commitment, and creativity of our city's most exceptional volunteers. Whether your nominee has made a big impact in a short period of time, has given back for over 20 years, or has overcome personal challenges, Volunteer Toronto wants to hear their story! The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 31, 2020.

28 charities committed to organizational excellence receive Imagine Canada accreditation

December 5, 2019

Imagine Canada, the umbrella for Canada’s charitable sector, is pleased to welcome the latest cohort of charities and nonprofits, including eight new participants, into its national Standards Program - an accreditation process which helps charities and nonprofits build public trust and bolster donor confidence. National charities Heart & Stroke and Breakfast Club of Canada, together with BC Children's Hospital Foundation, All Nations International Development Agency, Closer to Home Community Services, Grandview Children's Foundation, Terra Centre for Teens Parents, and Woodstock Hospital Foundation are the newest organizations to join a growing community of Canadian charities and nonprofits accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program - a designation granted following a comprehensive application and peer review process. In addition to the newly accredited charities, 20 organizations are maintaining their good standing after successfully completing a mandatory re-accreditation process, bringing the total number of organizations currently accredited across Canada to 249.

2019 Global NGO Technology Report now available for download

December 3, 2019

The Global NGO Technology Report is a biennial research project that seeks to gain a better understanding of how non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide use technology. Sponsored by Funraise and produced by Nonprofit Tech for Good, the report examines how NGOs use web and email communications, online fundraising tools, social media, mobile technology, and productivity software. Now in its fourth edition, this year’s report provides technology benchmarks for Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the United States and Canada. A global average of the benchmark data – as well as Global NGO Technology Ratings – is also provided. Key highlights include:

  • 80% of NGOs globally have a website and 71% of NGOs globally send email updates to their supporters
  • 64% accept online donations and 54% have event registration
  • Only 18% of NGOs surveyed have websites that are accessible to people with disabilities
  • The average number of reported email subscribers is 14,021
  • In Canada and the US, social media is reported as the top communication/fundraising tool (87%), followed by video (86%), a website (85%), social media ads (80%) and email updates (79%)

Download the full report here.

TD supports 10 health care innovators dedicated to democratizing access to better health outcomes

December 3, 2019

Today, TD announced the 10 recipients of the second annual TD Ready Challenge. Each organization will receive CDN $1 million (USD $7.5 million) to bolster their innovative health solutions and deliver support to underserved and remote communities across Canada and the United States. Acting as a springboard for social innovation, TD established the TD Ready Challenge in 2018 to identify and support scalable solutions to a specific issue identified within The Ready Commitment.

In 2019, the problem statement for the TD Ready Challenge was to increase equitable health outcomes that focus on preventative efforts, such as screening, early detection and intervention innovations, aimed at reducing the onset, development and severity of chronic disease and other illnesses. From over 378 submissions, TD shortlisted 15 semi-finalists who presented their solutions on November 5, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario. These semi-finalists were then judged by a panel composed of TD executives and the 10 finalists were then chosen by the panel after careful deliberation. Click here to view all the recipients.

Canadians can apply for funding to build wildfire resiliency in their communities

December 2, 2019

Canadians can now apply for funding to support their local Wildfire Community Preparedness Day activities, and join municipalities from coast to coast in a national effort to reduce wildfire risk to local communities. Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is an annual, national program, launched by FireSmart Canada in collaboration with The Co-operators, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR). Individuals, fire departments, organizations, community groups and municipalities are invited to submit applications to receive $500 for projects to help protect their communities from wildfire. In 2019, a total of $60,500 was awarded to applicants across Canada; in 2020, 150 groups or communities will receive $500 toward wildfire prevention and preparedness efforts.

The application period is open until January 17, 2020. Successful applicants can use funding from May 2 through October 2020 to host Wildfire Community Preparedness Day events that raise awareness of wildfire risk, help protect homes, and encourage neighbourhoods to improve wildfire resiliency through FireSmart activities, including proper maintenance and clearing of dead or combustible vegetation, and wildfire-resilient landscaping. To learn more about Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and to submit an application for funding, click here

New animal shelter statistics report released by Humane Canada

November 28, 2019

Today, Humane Canada released its annual report on animal shelter statistics. This report measures the outcome for animals at Canada’s humane societies and SPCAs and gives Canadians a national picture of shelter animals in 2018. The 2018 Animal Shelter Statistics report demonstrates positive, progressive change for homeless companion animals in Canada. More shelter cats are being adopted than ever before. Top Observations in the 2018 Report:

  • The number of animals taken in to shelters continues to slowly trend downward. Fewer cats and dogs were taken in per organization in 2018 compared to past years.
  • The number of both cats and dogs adopted increased in 2018; this continues the upward trend seen in recent years.
  • The number of shelter cats adopted is at the highest rate ever observed.
  • The number of dogs and cats taken in who were euthanized is similar to what was reported in recent years and is much lower than rates from five years ago or earlier, particularly for cats.
  • The number of owned animals who were spayed or neutered through programs offered by humane societies and SPCAs increased 40 to 45%, relative to what was reported in 2017.

The 2018 Animal Shelter Statistics Report is available for download.

Participate now in Imagine Canada's online mapping exercise based on the Senate report

November 27, 2019

Earlier this year, the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector released their report entitled Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector. The report covers a broad sweep of issues relevant to charities and nonprofits and makes 42 recommendations to reshape the charitable and nonprofit sector’s relationship with government. As part of its work to help inform the sector’s response, Imagine Canada is conducting an online mapping exercise to determine how the recommendations resonate with organizations. The exercise asks organizations and individuals to highlight the specific recommendations they view as having the greatest potential impact. We encourage everyone to help shape the sector’s response by clicking here.

Nearly one-third of workers lose interest in job offer if employer won't negotiate beyond salary

November 27, 2019

Hiring in-demand job candidates often requires sweetening the pot with nonmonetary perks, and new research from global staffing firm Robert Half confirms it. Thirty-two percent of workers surveyed in Canada admitted they’ve lost interest in a position when the company wasn’t willing to negotiate elements beyond salary. Robert Half also surveyed finance executives on the topic, and nearly all (99%) said their companies are open to some back-and-forth with candidates on job offers: 62% are willing to talk about compensation, and many are also prepared to discuss benefits (48%), professional development and training reimbursement (44%) and remote work or scheduling arrangements (43%). One-third of workers (34%) have never negotiated salary as part of a job offer.

Survey reveals persistent stereotypes and unconscious gender bias stand in the way of female leadership in Canada

November 25, 2019

Randstad Canada recently surveyed 2,000 adult workers (an equal proportion of women and men) to understand why there aren't more women in leadership roles in Canada. The survey, commissioned as part of Randstad's Women Transforming the Workplace initiative, reveals the extent to which unconscious gender bias and stereotypes hamper female advancement and leadership. Overall, the survey showed a majority of working Canadian women and men (71%) believe balanced representation of both genders on a leadership team will have a positive impact on a business' financial success. However, this is offset by a much lower proportion of men (65%) than women (77%) who acknowledge the potential gender-balanced leadership teams hold.

When asked why there aren't more women in leadership roles, the majority of women (62%) identify gender discrimination as a factor, while only 41 per cent of men held the same view. Addressing this discrepancy will be crucial to creating meaningful change and shifting the perception held by more than a quarter of male respondents (27%) that the reason there aren't more women in leadership is because of a lack of qualified and skilled candidates. Half of Canadian women (50%) said prioritizing family life keeps women from leadership roles, compared to 42% of men who stated this to be true of women. Similarly, 26% of women responded that "women don't take enough risks to advance their career" whereas only 19% of men shared this view. Surprisingly, to account for the lack of women in these roles, nearly one third (32%) of Canadian workers believe the lack of executive female role models is the leading explanation for why we don't see more women in C-suite roles, with nearly as many saying there is a lack of training and support (25%) for women.

New survey results show that more than half of nonprofits provide diversity training

November 19, 2019

The new Nonprofit Diversity Practices survey saw 51% of respondents indicate that their nonprofits have provided general diversity training between 2018 and 2019. More than 560 individuals from the United States and Canada responded to the survey. Training on “implicit/unconscious bias” was the second most common (40%) type of diversity training identified by survey takers. There is a near even occurrence of training for nonprofit leadership and staff (excluding the board). 41% of respondents report that their organizations have provided diversity training to leadership and 43% that their nonprofits have provided diversity training to staff. North American-based nonprofit diversity data and other metrics of greater depth are included in a comprehensive report.

Survey shows almost half of workers would move to a 4-day work week if possible

November 19, 2019

Wanting to understand the global “working week” better, Citrix recently surveyed 3,750 office and home workers across the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Canada, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, investigating the hours they work currently and the likelihood of them adopting a four-day working week in the future. Above all, the research revealed overwhelming support for the four-day week, with 87% of respondents saying they would take the option if their employer offered it to them, and 41% agreeing a four-day working week would be feasible with their current workload. Overall, 53% of our survey respondents are contracted to work regular set hours (i.e. the traditional 9-to-5). Only 4% overall have complete flexibility in the way they work, with no set number of working hours.

Additionally, overtime is rife, and 86% of the office workers surveyed admitted it is commonplace for them to work outside of their preferred working hours. Of these, 47% are putting in these additional hours “daily” or “most days”, and one can safely assume this is an upwards trend. Half (51%) of survey respondents also feel their country is facing an overtime epidemic. When it comes to the amount of time spent working outside of preferred hours, the average is four hours 36 minutes per week, with 21% working an additional eight hours or more, equivalent to an extra day. It therefore comes as little surprise that 52% say their week feels closer to a six-day week than a four-day week.

Good Works releases direct mail benchmarking report

November 19, 2019

In Canada, direct mail remains a relevant channel for many charities. But how can charities know if their direct mail program is measuring up? There hasn’t been a report for fundraisers to turn to that shared recent, Canada-specific benchmarks – until now. Good Works has just released a benchmarks report detailing exactly what key performance indicators you want to know, and need to know when it comes to direct mail. Good Works reports that while the number of donors overall decreased by 1.5% in 2018 – the overall annual revenue through the direct mail channel increased by 2.4%. Direct mail isn’t dead, indeed! Read more about the benchmarks and see how your charity measures up in the 2018 DM Benchmarks Report.

CCVO releases 2019 State of the Alberta Nonprofit Sector Report

November 19, 2019

The Alberta Nonprofit Survey series was initiated in 2009 to gauge the impact of the global recession, and has expanded to provide a lens on the state of the nonprofit sector in Alberta. It is the only source of Alberta-specific research on the experience of the sector. The reports are used not only by government and nonprofits, but also for CCVO to create new resources to support your policy work better. The survey, and subsequent focus groups and interviews, inform a report that tells an important story of the sector, and serves as a guide to where we need to focus our attention in order to maintain critical services and supports for Albertans. Download the report here.

PwC Canada makes significant investment in upskilling, including for nonprofit organizations

November 19, 2019

It’s become increasingly apparent that one of Canada’s most pressing challenges is the growing mismatch between the skills people have and those needed for the digital world. That’s why PwC Canada is committing $150 million over the next three years to upskill its 7,850 people to be future ready and to share their knowledge to support clients and communities. According to PwC Canada’s CEO Survey, only 16% of Canadian CEOs focus on upskilling compared to 46% globally. In addition to upskilling its own people, PwC is also committed to providing training to 1 million people and NPOs across Canada to help them maximize their potential.

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