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Volunteer Alberta accepting applications for the National Volunteer Week Grant

February 13, 2019

Volunteer Alberta wants to help you recognize Alberta’s amazing volunteers! Every year, with support from the Government of Alberta, they assist communities across Alberta to celebrate National Volunteer Week through the National Volunteer Week Grant. Their focus is on helping as many communities as possible to recognize volunteers and the power of volunteerism. The National Volunteer Week Grant is designed to supplement other sources of funding. As well, the grant is intended to promote and celebrate National Volunteer Week and volunteerism on behalf of your entire community. The application deadline is February 22, 2019.

Statistics Canada releases updated information on charitable giving in Canada

February 13, 2019

According to a new information release from Statistics Canada, total donations reported by Canadian tax filers rose to $9.6 billion in 2017, up 7.7% from 2016. This increase more than offset a 2.6% drop in donations in 2016, which was associated with slower economic growth that year for provinces rich in natural resources. British Columbia had the largest increase for charitable donations (+18.9%) which followed a strong increase the previous year (+7.1% from 2015 to 2016). Nunavut (+13.5%) followed by Alberta and Nova Scotia (both up 9.1%) also experienced notable increases. For Alberta, this was in sharp contrast to the decrease the previous year (-10.7% from 2015 to 2016).

While the dollar amount of charitable donations increased in 2017 over the previous year, the number of donating tax filers fell by 48,840 (-0.9%) to 5,348,220, continuing a trend which started in 2011. The number of donors fell in all provinces and territories, except Quebec which experienced a modest increase (+1.0%). The largest decrease in donors was in Alberta (-4.4%) followed by Newfoundland and Labrador (-4.0%). Even in British Columbia, where the increase in the dollar amount of charitable donations was largest, the numbers of tax filers making donations fell slightly (-0.2%).

Nationally, the median donation was $300 in 2017, meaning that half of those claiming a donation tax credit made donations of more than $300, while the other half donated less than $300. Nunavut had the highest median donation ($560) followed by Alberta with $480 and British Columbia with $460. The lowest median donation amount was in Quebec ($130).

Tax filers age 65 and older have seen a gradual increase in their relative importance among donors. In 2007 they represented 24% of all donors, compared with 30% in 2017. This increase was accompanied by an even stronger increase in their share of the overall donations amount. In 2007 they were responsible for 30% of the total donation amount, while in 2017 they represented 42% of the total donation amount. Tax filers age 65 and older also had the highest average donation among tax filers in 2017 ($2,500). From 2007 to 2017, the strongest decrease in the proportion of donors was for tax filers aged 45 to 54. In 2007, they represented 24% of all donors, compared with 19% in 2017.

Survey: 33% of Canadian workers negotiated pay with last job offer

February 13, 2019

Canadian job seekers may need a confidence boost when it comes to setting their salary, suggests new research from global staffing firm Robert Half. One-third of professionals surveyed (33%) tried to negotiate a higher salary with their last employment offer, falling one point from a similar survey in 2018. A separate survey finds many employers are willing to make a deal with candidates: 65% of senior managers said they expect some back-and-forth on salary. More than half are more open to negotiating compensation (53%) and nonmonetary perks and benefits (56%) than they were a year ago.

McCall MacBain Foundation makes single-largest gift in Canadian history to create a flagship graduate scholarship program at McGill University

February 13, 2019

Today, John and Marcy McCall MacBain announce the creation of the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill through a landmark gift of $200 million (Canadian), the single-largest gift in Canadian history. The McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill will provide outstanding students from Canada and internationally with the opportunity to pursue a master's or professional degree, combined with a world-class enrichment program. In addition to full funding to cover tuition and fees plus a living stipend, scholars will benefit from mentorship and immersive learning experiences including retreats, workshops and internships.

In initiating this gift in honour of McGill's bicentennial, the McCall MacBains and their Foundation recognize an important gap in the Canadian higher education landscape: that there is currently no comprehensive, leadership-driven scholarship in the country for master's and professional degree students. As a result, the McCall MacBain Scholarships will invest in students who are developing expertise in their respective fields and have a track record of collaborating with others to understand and address important problems and challenges. By creating Canada's first comprehensive scholarship at this level – one that builds on but is not limited to academic excellence – John and Marcy McCall MacBain hope to bring together a resilient community of students dedicated to solving pressing global issues and complex problems, to ultimately improve the lives of others.

Food Banks Canada for releases HungerCount digital report for all access

February 5, 2019

Food Banks Canada released today its national HungerCount 2018 report digitally; now accessible to all Canadians, year-round, and provides a clear view of who is most affected and where across the nation. HungerCount 2018 emphasizes that food bank use across Canada remains unacceptably high with 1.1 million visits to food banks in March 2018 alone. In addition to Food Banks Canada releasing its first-ever HungerCount Report in digital format that allows for easy access to all Canadians, there is also a focus shift to taking action by donating Funds, Food, Time, and Community Advocacy. Overall, the groups that continue to remain unacceptably high are children; single adult households; and, Northern Canadians who face the highest rate of food insecurity nationwide.

The Government of Canada announces a call for concepts for Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy

February 4, 2019

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, launched a call for concepts to expand the Designated Communities stream of Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy. On April 1, 2019, Reaching Home will replace the existing Homelessness Partnering Strategy, which is a community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness. Currently, the Government of Canada provides long term stable funding to 61 Designated Communities across Canada to support local solutions to homelessness. Under the redesigned strategy, the Designated Communities Stream will be expanded to new communities.

The first step for this process is a competitive call for concepts. Communities outside of Quebec and the territories with a population size of 25,000 and over who demonstrate a need for long-term stable federal homelessness funding are encouraged to apply. Through this rigorous process, successful communities will be invited in the spring 2019 to develop and submit a full project proposal. The potential to increase the number of Designated Communities in Quebec will be explored as part of the negotiations of the sixth Canada-Quebec agreement.

An application process has been outlined to assist eligible communities to complete their submissions. Completed submissions with attachments can be sent to hkd-dci@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca or mailed. The deadline for applications is March 8, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Home Depot Foundation accepting funding applications for programs assisting homeless youth

February 4, 2019

The Home Depot Foundation Canada is now accepting applications to two funding streams. Community Impact Grants provide registered Canadian charities with funding for affordable housing and community based improvement projects that benefit Canadians in need. Preference will be given to repair, renovation and/or improvement projects to housing and/or other support facilities (i.e. employment services) for homeless youth given the Foundation’s primary focus on preventing and ending youth homelessness.

The Orange Door Project Grant Program provides grants up to $50,000 to Canadian registered charitable organizations who are dedicated to preventing and ending youth homelessness in Canada, through the following streams: renovations, prevention, employment/life skills (see below). Maximum Grant is up to $50,000 cash.

More information on both grants can be found here.

Government of Canada launches Commemoration Fund for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

February 4, 2019

The Government of Canada is launching the Commemoration Fund for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, including LGTBQ2S individuals. The Government of Canada is investing $10 million over two years, which will provide funding for Indigenous governments and organizations, including Indigenous women's organizations and Two-Spirit organizations, to work with families and communities to develop and implement commemorative initiatives across the country. The activities and events that the Commemoration Fund will support will contribute to healing and help increase public awareness, and help honour missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ2S individuals.

Eligible organizations are invited to apply to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commemoration Fund call for proposals. Although organizations are encouraged to submit one application involving several communities for this call for proposals, an organization could submit multiple applications in which they would engage different communities. Completed applications must be submitted no later than March 28, 2019 at 11:59 a.m. (noon) Pacific Standard Time. Applications submitted after this deadline will be ineligible.

Edmonton ranked top city for youth to work: First-ever YouthfulCities Urban Work Index

February 4, 2019

YouthfulCities has launched its inaugural Urban Work Index, the first of its kind to look specifically at urban work in Canada. The Index, which was funded by RBC Future Launch, ranks 21 Canadian cities based on 48 urban work indicators, and found Edmonton to be the top-ranked city in the country. Edmonton scored 713.86 points out of a possible 1,310 available points. With 87% of Canadian youth aged 15-29 living in cities, the YouthfulCities Urban Work Index creates a way for youth to explore the best cities for them to work. It uses an expansive, youth-driven definition for work that includes four thematic areas: Education (affordability, access, work-integrated learning experiences), Entrepreneurship (spirit, spaces, programming) Affordability (housing, utilities, transportation, food/clothing, leisure, health) and Employment (basic, career-oriented, city economic profile, programs).

Scotiabank invests $15 million to help provide young people in the GTA a strong start

February 4, 2019

United Way Greater Toronto announced a $15-million investment from Scotiabank to help ensure that young people in the GTA have the opportunities and resources they need to have a bright future. The funds – the largest corporate commitment in United Way Greater Toronto's history – will be invested in a network of agencies across Peel, Toronto and York that support more than 245,000 young people and their families, each year.

CharityVillage releases 2019 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report

February 4, 2019

Compensation at nonprofits across the country continues to rise slowly for some nonprofit professionals, according to the new 2019 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report, published by CharityVillage. To better understand nonprofit compensation, we surveyed more than 1,500 participants who represented more than 12,000 individual employees from nonprofits across Canada. The results are gathered in our 2017 salary and benefits report, now available for online purchase. The report covers key metrics such as:

  • Annual salaries by position, experience, organization type, size, region, and focus
  • Performance incentive plans
  • Benefit packages

For additional insight from the report, click here for our companion article. To get more information about the report itself, and to order, please click here.

AFP launches women’s mentoring and development program

January 30, 2019

As part of its Women’s Impact Initiative, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has launched a new mentoring and development program designed to provide guidance, education and leadership skills to highly talented women in the fundraising field. With women composing about 70% of the profession, but only holding approximately 30% of senior-level fundraising positions, the Women’s Impact Initiative (WII) was created in 2018 to address the specific issues and challenges that women in the fundraising profession face. The new mentoring program (expected to expand in 2020) is the latest facet of WII that will provide support and guidance to women in fundraising with an interest in secruring senior-level positions.

ONN releases more resources for Decent Work initiative

January 30, 2019

The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) has several tools and resources available in their Decent Work initiative, as well as related to women's work in the sector. Click here to:

  • Review 10 solutions to break down barriers to women’s economic empowerment in the nonprofit sector
  • Sign a decent work charter
  • Review practices at your workplace with our decent work checklist
  • Set up a pension
  • Grab one, two, three or more of their 121 ideas
  • Share your experiences
  • Read up on the experiences of other women working in the sector
  • Share decent work videos

Retire or re-hire? 1 in 4 retired Canadians regret retiring and want to go back to work

January 30, 2019

A new CIBC poll finds that more than a quarter (27%) of retired Canadians regret retiring and an almost equal number (23%) have tried re-entering the labour market. While 59% choose to return to work for the intellectual stimulation, 50% say it's financial concerns that have them hitting the pavement. The poll also revealed that half of all Canadians would rather keep working past age 65 than retire and endure a lower standard of living. Most (78%) believe that reducing their work hours or "semi-retirement" gives them the "best of both worlds."

Morneau Shepell finds increase in workplace and personal stress, while sense of stigma declines

January 29, 2019

Workplace stress is on the rise and employees are feeling the pressure, according to new research announced today by Morneau Shepell. In a survey of employees and employers across Canada, the company found that more than one third of employees report that they are more stressed now from work (35%) and personal issues (36%) than they were five years ago. In the workplace, one quarter (27%) of employees rated their stress from work during the last six months as high to extreme, compared to 34% among people managers.

According to the research, one of the main contributors to stress today is an increased feeling of workplace isolation – the state of feeling alone and without friends, support or help. Employees (64%) and managers (73%) reporting a high level of workplace isolation are more likely to say they also have a high level of workplace stress. This is concerning as approximately one in six employees reported a high to extreme feeling of isolation at work (15%) during the previous six months, with one in four employees (23%) and managers (24%) reporting increased feelings of isolation at work when compared to five years ago.

Despite the increase in workplace stress, the research found a decline in the sense of stigma associated with mental health issues, demonstrating an improvement in normalizing conversation around the issue. While two thirds (67%) of employees report that they would be concerned their career options would be limited if their workplace was aware of their mental health issue, the number has declined when compared to 2014, when more than three quarters (77%) concurred with this view. Self-stigma – feeling negatively about oneself for having a mental health issue – also declined over the last five years, from two thirds (65%) in 2014 to 56% today. This trend shifts when factoring in workplace stress. The research found that employees who report suffering from high (79%) and medium (68%) levels of workplace stress were more likely to agree that they are worried about the impact on their careers if their workplace knew about any mental wellness issues.

Half of Canadians check their work emails while on vacation

January 29, 2019

A new study shows half of Canadians say they check their office emails while travelling on vacation. Of those, 24% say they do so at least once, if not several times, each day. The results were gathered in a survey of Canadian travellers by Allianz Global Assistance Canada, which asked Canadians about their travel habits. The Ipsos survey also revealed that men are the most likely to check their work emails, with 54% responding affirmatively versus 44% of women. However, the greatest differences were associated with age. Some 72% of Millennials say they check their work emails while on vacation, compared with 42% of GenXers and 32% of Baby Boomers. 

Majority of Canadian consumers buying from companies that take a stand on issues they care about

January 28, 2019

Fifty-five percent of Canadian consumers prefer to buy goods and services from companies that stand for a shared purpose that reflects their personal values and beliefs, and are ditching those that don't, according to new research from Accenture. Fifty-two percent of Canadian consumers want companies to take a stand on the social, cultural, environmental and political issues close to their hearts. Moreover, 55% say their purchasing decisions are influenced by the words, values and actions of a company's leaders. Consumers are attracted to organizations that are committed to using good quality ingredients (83%), treat employees well (66%), and believe in reducing plastics and improving the environment (58%).

Today, 57% of consumers say their purchasing consideration is driven by a company's ethical values and authenticity. Furthermore, 68% crave greater transparency in how companies source their products, ensure safe working conditions and their stance on important issues such as animal testing. Over 61% of consumers believe their individual protest actions, such as boycotting a company or speaking out on social media, can make a difference in how companies behave. Twenty-seven percent have been disappointed by how a company acted which betrayed consumers' belief in what the company stands for, and 37% have stopped doing business with the company as a result.

2019 Sobey Art Award: Call for nominations

January 28, 2019

The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada launched a call for nominations for the 2019 Sobey Art Award, Canada's prestigious contemporary art prize. The annual award is presented to a Canadian artist aged 40 or under. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 1, 2019.

Established in 2002, the Sobey Art Award represents unprecedented opportunities for Canadian contemporary artists, providing national and international recognition. From a total of $240,000 CAD prize money, $100,000 is awarded to the winner, $25,000 is given to each of the four shortlisted artists, and $2,000 is awarded to each of the remaining twenty longlisted artists. Three artists from the longlist will also be selected each year by the Sobey Art Award Jury to participate in the Sobey Art Award Residencies Program (SAARP), providing international residencies which range in length from three to six months. The work of the five finalists, representing as many regions in Canada selected from the longlist of 25 nominees, is featured in a special exhibition that alternates yearly between the National Gallery of Canada and prominent art institutions across the country.

Call for entries: Landsberg Award celebrates journalist championing women's issues

January 28, 2019

Journalists who highlight women's equality issues are encouraged to apply for The Landsberg Award, presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) in association with the Canadian Women's Foundation. The deadline is February 22, 2019. Established to increase women's voices and awareness of women's issues in the media, this award recognizes a working journalist — staff or freelance — doing exceptional research, analysis and reporting through a gender lens about women's issues. Journalists working in print, broadcast and online news reporting are eligible to apply. The recipient will receive $5,000 from the Canadian Women's Foundation. The award is named after Michele Landsberg — award-winning Canadian journalist, author, social activist and feminist — to acknowledge her tremendous impact as an advocate and role model.

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