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Free mini-course shows how to create impact with evidence-based implementation

June 27, 2019

The mission of The Center for Implementation is to accelerate the application of implementation science to improve outcomes. For a limited time, they are offering their first ever online mini-course for free: Inspiring Change: Creating impact with evidence-based implementation. This mini-course will empower and enable you to:

  • Gain an overview of evidence-based implementation so you can plan your change initiative more proactively
  • Discover how process models, theories, and frameworks can be the backbone of your change plan
  • Be inspired to use behavior change theory
  • Be more purposeful with your time, by addressing high-priority areas and anticipating resistance to change
  • Learn simple tricks and tips that can set you up for success

Sign up for free – you can launch into the modules right away!

Deadline extended to apply for pro bono management consulting

June 27, 2019

Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-Profits, a Canadian charity that provides management consulting to improve organizational capacity and community impact for nonprofits, has extended the application deadline for their 2019 Fall/Winter consulting engagements. Organizations now have until July 19 to submit their applications. Be sure to read their full eligibility requirements before applying.

New study shines light on workplace romance

June 27, 2019

Canadians are finding love at work but many are hiding it from their coworkers, according to a new study by ADP Canada. Based on self-reported figures, one-third of working Canadians are now or have been romantically involved with a coworker. Despite the prevalence of workplace romance across Canada, many employees still feel the need to keep their relationship secret. Nearly half (45%) of those in workplace relationships kept it a secret from someone, with 27% keeping it a secret from everyone at work. The study, by Leger Research for ADP Canada, revealed Canadians are more likely to hide a relationship from human resources (37%) or management (40%) than from their colleagues.

Part of this secrecy could be credited to a fear of penalization or a misunderstanding of workplace policies. Approximately half (49%) of participants claim their company does not have a formal policy that addresses workplace relationships. This percentage was even higher in Quebec, with 65% reporting there was no clear policy at their company. But employees aren't opposed to workplace romance. In fact, a large majority (83% combined) are open to relationships at work, indicating relationships between colleagues should be allowed, or they don't care if people they work with are in romantic relationships.

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge in Vancouver raises a record $1.2 million dollars

June 24, 2019

The 2019 Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5k had many highlights, with $1.2 million dollars being raised for local organizations through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, capping off a spectacular, record-setting day. Milton, Ontario's Ben Preisner had an impressive Half-Marathon debut to take the men's title in 65:41, while North Vancouver's Natasha Wodak narrowly missed the course record in a time of 71:21. They raced to victory ahead of a sold out crowd of 6,440 participants, who came from 36 countries, eight Canadian provinces and 27 American states.

TD calls for innovative solutions to help increase equitable health outcomes

June 24, 2019

TD announced today that applications are open for the 2019 TD Ready Challenge, its annual North American initiative that has a total of 10 grants of $1 million (CDN) each, available to be awarded to ten future-forward organizations offering innovative solutions for a changing world. Launched last year, the TD Ready Challenge acts as a springboard for social innovation to help forge relationships, test new ideas and scale solutions for emerging problems. Eligible organizations are invited to submit proposals offering solutions to a specific issue identified within The Ready Commitment, TD's corporate citizenship platform.

This year's TD Ready Challenge focuses on Better Health. TD is seeking proposals focused on helping improve access to early detection and intervention for disease, with the goal of helping to increase equitable health outcomes for more people. This includes programs grounded in clinical solutions that focus on preventative efforts, such as screening, early detection and intervention innovations, with the aim to reduce the onset, development and severity of chronic disease and illness.

Proposals must satisfy one or both of the following criteria: they must aim to improve on existing healthcare practices and services to help reach underserved and remote populations (Canada), or low-to-moderate income populations (U.S); and/or they must utilize technologies to reach underserved and remote populations (Canada) or low-to-moderate income populations (U.S). Applications will be accepted until Friday, August 23 at 4 p.m. EST and will be judged in multiple rounds by panels consisting of TD executives and external subject matter experts. Those selected as grant recipients will be announced in fall 2019.

Deadline extended for Canada's Volunteer Awards

June 24, 2019

The Government of Canada has extended the Call for Nominations deadline for Canada's Volunteer Awards! The call will now be open until July 31, 2019. That means six additional weeks for interested nominators to assemble a nomination for consideration for a Canada’s Volunteer Award. Please take this time to consider the people and organisations around you doing amazing volunteer work that lifts up their communities. Thank you for helping support and recognize the significant contributions of individual volunteers, non-profit organizations, businesses and social enterprises across the country!

Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector releases new report summarizing findings

June 21, 2019

The federal government needs to renew its relationship with charities, nonprofits and volunteers if it is to sustain good work in the future. In a new report, the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector details the strategies and regulatory reforms needed to maximize the impact of this sector in communities both here in Canada and around the world. Established in January 2018 to examine the impact of laws and policies governing the sector in Canada, the committee held extensive consultations with charities, nonprofit, and volunteer groups to learn how Canada could better support their important work.

Themes quickly emerged. While people are at the heart of the sector’s success, organizations expressed concern about recruiting the next generation of volunteers to meet the growing demands and retaining paid staff as other sectors compete for the same talent pool. Canadians’ giving patterns have shifted, and the federal funding for programs and services delivered by charities, nonprofits and volunteer organizations continue to be short-term and precarious. The legal framework governing the sector is out of date and can sometimes impede organizations’ work. And the relationship between the sector and the federal government should be strengthened by identifying a home for the sector within a specific department or agency.

The committee makes a number of practical recommendations to address those issues and more. Members of the committee recognize that there are ways to improve how the federal government can better support the charitable and non-profit sector and the valuable work that it performs.

New research shows Canadian seniors volunteer more time and money than any other age group

June 20, 2019

Canadian seniors are leaders when it comes to giving both time and money to the causes that matter most to them according to The Revera Report on Aging: Living a Life of Purpose, the 8th report on aging and ageism released today by Revera. Revera's report celebrates the contributions seniors continue to make in Canadian society and demonstrates that Canadians over the age of 65 volunteer more hours and donate more money to the causes that are important to them than any other age group. Survey highlights include:

  • Canadians over the age of 65 contributed 42% of all donations, equaling more than $4 billion, with an average donation of $2,500 according to Statistics Canada. This exceeds the national average by 40%.
  • Nine in ten Canadian seniors say they do something to support the charities or causes that are important to them. In fact, 82% say they donate money and more than one third (37%) volunteer their time.
  • Volunteers over the age of 65 contribute on average 214 volunteer hours annually, well above the national average of 154 hours per volunteer and they are more likely to be considered a "top volunteer." Top volunteers are those who are in the top 25% in terms of hours volunteered.
  • Eighty-nine percent of Canadian seniors believe they can play a significant role in working towards solutions to the issues affecting the world and a further 87% agree they are hopeful future generations will make the world a better place.

ONN invites Ontario nonprofits to take part in their Sector 360° survey

June 19, 2019

ONN invites you to take their Sector 360° survey. One year since the 2018 provincial election, ONN is interested in exploring how the sector is faring with its funding and programs. The objective of the survey is to gather information on how recent decisions made by the Ontario government are directly and indirectly impacting nonprofits across Ontario. This survey is open to nonprofits, charities and nonprofit co-operatives with a mission to serve a public benefit, including grassroots groups in Ontario. The survey should be completed by a representative (e.g. executive director or management staff) who can speak to your organization's overall finances and programming. Only one person from your organization should fill out the survey. The survey takes 10 - 20 minutes to fill out, and the deadline to complete the survey is July 12, 2019.

Nominate deserving families for HGTV home renovation

June 19, 2019

HGTV Canada and Proper Television are looking for the most deserving families in your neighbourhood who need a major home makeover. Who in your community is always giving back? Has come through hard times? Is worthy of an epic renovation by HGTV Canada’s biggest stars? Tell us about the people in your community who are the most deserving! Big Home Overhaul (working title) is HGTV Canada’s new feel-good renovation series that follows the network’s most talented contractors and designers as they come together to deliver whole-home renovations to incredibly deserving homeowners. The series is hosted by Cheryl Hickey (ET Canada), and will premiere on HGTV Canada in Spring 2020. Submit your nominations here.

Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) announces a new president and CEO

June 19, 2019

Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) has appointed Jean-Marc Mangin as their new president and CEO, effective July 1, 2019. He succeeds Hilary Pearson, who has led PFC since 2001. Mr. Mangin brings a breadth of knowledge from his various roles spanning more than thirty years in civil society, the Federal Government, and the UN, including more than a decade in executive roles at the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Global Call for Climate Action, and CUSO.

PFC facilitates collaboration and mobilizes philanthropic action in addition to providing tools and resources to promote effective grantmaking. PFC will be highlighting collaboration as a theme at its upcoming symposium The Future of Philanthropy: Working Across Boundaries in Calgary, October 16 and 17th.

Scotiabank makes $3.1 million donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

June 19, 2019

Youth mentorship has been given a boost thanks to a $3.1 million donation by Scotiabank to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. The donation by Scotiabank will accelerate one-to-one mentoring relationships, directly changing the lives of hundreds of youth and their families in communities across Canada. The donation will also build the capacity for youth mentorship through support for volunteer recruitment and impact measurement initiatives.

Social enterprises, finance and innovation in Canada gets $22M boost

June 13, 2019

Community Foundations of Canada welcomes today's announcement of $22 million from the new Investment Readiness Program. This investment will allow community foundations and partners from across the country to support local innovation, social enterprise and social financing to tackle some of our most pressing issues like climate change and affordable housing. Through CFC, community foundations and other partners across the country will flow funds directly to social purpose organizations such as charities, non-profits and for-profit social enterprises. This will help them access what they need to build their own capacity and readiness for social finance, investments that create positive social and environmental impacts, as well as financial returns. The Responsible Investment Association estimates that in 2017, the Canadian impact and responsible investment market totalled $9.2 billion. CFC will also be playing a role in raising awareness of the Investment Readiness Program across Canada, convening a range of participating partners and leading a process to conduct a developmental evaluation of its success.

Strategic opportunities grant funding available from BC Arts Council

June 11, 2019

The Strategic Opportunities program from the British Columbia Arts Council assists BC arts and cultural organizations undertake significant strategic projects to address artistic and organizational opportunities and challenges, including:

  • support for the creation of new work (including commissioning and collaboration);
  • innovation in or enhancement of programming activity;
  • capacity building;
  • organizational transition; and/or
  • investment in small capital projects (facilities or specialized equipment).

Proposals made to this program should be able to demonstrate a high level of organizational self-assessment and self-representation; clearly articulate the conceptual and strategic rigour, risk and innovation in the project; and define the relationship between the proposed project and the organization’s history, mandate, ongoing activity and strategic trajectory. Successful applications will address challenges and opportunities in one or more of the various aspects of the organization. Projects should fall into one of three categories:

  • Artistic Capacity
  • Organizational Development and Transition
  • Capital Projects

The maximum award available through this program is $30,000 and the application deadline is July 2, 2019.

Canadian employers underestimate the presence of chronic disease in the workforce

June 11, 2019

The 22nd edition of The Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey uncovered gaps in knowledge that can serve to help guide decision-making among employers who provide health benefit plans to employees. A persistent gap is employers' underestimation of the presence of chronic disease in their workforce, which suggests they may also underestimate the negative impact of unmanaged disease on productivity. The report suggests there is a growing urgency to do more for chronic disease as:

  • 54% of plan members have been diagnosed with at least one chronic disease or condition, increasing to 69% among those aged 55 to 64.
  • Plan sponsors estimate that 39% of their workforce has a chronic condition.
  • When chronic pain is added to the equation, 67% of employees have a condition that can impact productivity and lead to repeated absences from the workplace.
  • 87% of employees with a chronic condition would like to know more about their condition and how to treat it.
  • 82% of employers would like their benefit plan to do more to support employees with chronic conditions.

Calgary-based global water charity receives multi-million dollar boost

June 11, 2019

CAWST, Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, announced today two significant gifts from David O'Brien and Geoffrey Cumming that will see all new donations matched, up to $12 million. CAWST is a Canadian charity and not-for-profit engineering consultancy that provides practical training to organizations in developing countries on household water and sanitation solutions

Pro bono consulting services exclusively for small nonprofits

June 10, 2019

Applications are now open to become an Endeavour client for a 6-month consulting engagement starting in Fall 2019. Our pro bono services encompass four key areas: strategic planning, marketing effectiveness, operational efficiency and organizational strength. Since 2007 Endeavour has been bringing together skills-based volunteer consultants and nonprofits on projects that build capacity, impact and sustainability. Read about how Endeavour has helped organizations like yours to achieve their goals and further their social mission. Apply for the next round of consulting by: June 28, 2019.

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