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.

New survey reveals productivity peaks for workers in Canada

August 21, 2019

Monday and Tuesday, especially in the morning, are when employees are most productive, suggests new research from staffing firm Accountemps. More than half of workers surveyed in Canada said their productivity peaks at the beginning of the week, with Tuesday (35%) edging out Monday (25%) by ten points. After Hump Day (18%), worker productivity dips: 12% of employees do their best work on Thursdays, followed by 10% on Fridays.

Many professionals said they accomplish more work at the start of the day: 41% are most productive in the early morning and 31% in late morning, compared to 3% who like to burn the midnight oil. It's probably best to avoid scheduling meetings at noon: only 2% of workers surveyed said they get the most work done at lunchtime.

For peak productivity, where is as important as when to work, but employees are divided: 44% of workers say they work best in a private office with a closed door, according to the survey. Meanwhile, 33% prefer working in an open office with coworkers, followed by 19% who say they are most productive when working from home.

Employees were also asked about the single biggest distraction that impacts their productivity during the workday. Coworkers who are too chatty and social topped the list (28%), followed by office noise and unnecessary conference calls/meetings (tie; 23%), unnecessary emails (20%) and cell phone use (7%).

New report examines refugee women's ability to access paid, decent work

August 21, 2019

In accessing paid, decent work, refugee women face restrictive labor market laws, increased threat of violence, discrimination, as well as regulatory and administrative barriers. According to a new analysis conducted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS), in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), refugee women could generate up to $1.4 trillion to annual global GDP if employment and wage gaps were closed. The key takeaways from the report are:

  • Refugee women’s labor market participation is as low as 6%.
  • Highest refugee women employment rates are seen in the US (40%) and Uganda (37%), but down to as low as 6% in Germany, Jordan and Lebanon.
  • The gender pay gap is highest in Turkey, where there is a pay gap of roughly 94 cents per dollar between refugee women and host men. The gap is lower in the US, where the pay gap is roughly 29 cents per dollar earned.
  • Refugee women could generate up to $1.4 trillion to annual global GDP if employment and earnings gender gaps were closed to meet the national levels of hosting countries, per analysis done in top 30-refugee hosting countries, which host 90% of the world's refugees.
  • Refugee women in the US alone could contribute $1.6 billion to US GDP.

The report focuses on Turkey, Uganda, Lebanon, Jordan, Germany, and the US, and extrapolates findings to the top 30-refugee hosting countries, which collectively host approximately 18 million refugees.

Tides Canada launches first customizable Donor Advised Fund to be 100 percent invested for impact

August 21, 2019

Tides Canada launched ImpactDAF, the first customizable Impact Donor Advised Fund (DAF) in Canada to be 100 percent invested for impact. This first-of-a-kind charitable vehicle will make use of the Genus-SVX Impact Investment Counsel platform to create a new way to maximize philanthropy by bringing together charitable giving and impact investing. The ImpactDAF offers a unique opportunity to align and activate investment capital and philanthropy. Typically with a donor advised fund, impact is only derived from grant dollars while the underlying investments often have neutral or negative impacts. By creating an ImpactDAF, positive impacts are created through both the grantmaking dollars and investments. Tides Canada’s ImpactDAF will be invested with a customized strategy that aligns with each DAF’s mission, and the success of the portfolio will be measured using a methodology aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Poll finds few Canadians have an advance care plan for future health care needs

August 21, 2019

A national poll was commissioned by the 'Speak Up' Advance Care Planning in Canada initiative to identify people's current attitudes and behaviors towards planning for their future health and personal care. People in Canada were asked about Advance Care Planning, which includes reflecting on and talking about their wishes for future care in the event they have a serious illness or health crisis. Key findings include:

  • Eight in ten Canadians have given end-of-life care some thought, but less than one in five has an advance care plan (ACP).
  • Most frequently Canadians report thinking it is important or somewhat important to talk to family or a healthcare provider about care near the end of their lives. They also most frequently report talking to family or talking to no one about end-of-life care.
  • More than half of Canadians (54%) have given some thought to care near the end of their lives; 20% have given it no thought.
  • Most frequently (36%), Canadians say they have talked to their family about their future care; 21% say they have not talked to anyone.
  • Canadians (36%) most frequently say that planning for future care should start when one is healthy.

Most frequently people in Canada report not affording a lawyer can make it more difficult to plan for their future care. The poll found that 31% of people in Canada need more information about Advance Care Planning and 12% are not encouraged by their loved ones and family to prepare a plan. However, the majority reported that resources, support and more personal time would make it easier to have a conversation about their future care.

Catalyst report finds people of colour pay 'emotional tax' in Canadian workplaces

August 14, 2019

A Catalyst study of over 700 Canadian women and men of colour found a worrisome story of Emotional Tax and consequent attrition. Emotional Tax is the combination of feeling different from peers at work because of gender, race, and/or ethnicity, being on guard to experiences of bias, and the associated effects on health, well-being, and ability to thrive at work. In Canada, Catalyst found that Black, East Asian, and South Asian professionals who are highly on guard have a dangerously high intent to quit, ranging from 50% to 69%. Key findings of the new report include:

Being “on guard” is a shared experience.

  • 33% to 50% of Black, East Asian, and South Asian professionals report being highly on guard to protect against bias.
  • In in-depth interviews, 77% of women and men of colour shared harrowing stories of exclusion and being on guard. In many cases, these stories did not come to light until well into the interview—indicating the importance of going beneath the surface to better understand the experiences of people of colour.
  • Even when they are on guard, Canadian people of colour have a strong drive to contribute and succeed.

Emotional Tax is linked to Canada’s retention problem.

  • 50% to 69% of Black, East Asian, and South Asian professionals who are highly on guard against bias have a high intent to quit.

Emotional Tax is associated with threats to health and well-being.

  • 22% to 42% of Black, East Asian, and South Asian professionals who are highly on guard against bias report high rates of sleep problems.

Access the full report and Catalyst's recommendations on creating a more empowering workplace.

New survey shows all generations favour flexible working hours

August 14, 2019

A survey conducted for the latest edition of ATB's Perch found respondents across all age groups were clearly in favour of flexible work hours and all preferred working at a single job for an extended period of time over the idea of working a series of "gigs." Other highlights of this edition of Perch include:

  • Boomers stood out with 88% of respondents agreeing that their generation has a strong work ethic. Gen Z was not far behind at 78%of respondents compared to just 48% among Gen X and 50% among Gen Y.
  • When it comes to the economy and the workplace, using technology to communicate differs between the different generations as well. Talking to people in person or over the phone rather than sending a text or email was preferred by a larger proportion of Boomers (58%) with Millennial respondents least likely to prefer this option (45%).
  • Between 80 and 85% of respondents surveyed across the four generations said they were in favour of flexible work hours and agreed flexibility makes the workplace more productive.

Call for applications for the federal Social Innovation Advisory Council

August 14, 2019

The Government of Canada is launching a Call for Applications for a Social Innovation Advisory Council of stakeholders to help advance and oversee the implementation of Canada’s Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy with the aim of making real progress towards the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. They invite leaders, practitioners and experts from across social purpose sectors, including the community, cooperative, philanthropic, financial and research sectors, to apply. The application deadline si September 2, 2019.

New report examines Canadians' online habits

August 14, 2019

Simplii Financial has released a Deep Dive on Digital Trends in Canada report, which examines everything from the Canadian sharing economy, to app culture, to Canadians' online habits and whether digital has simplified our lives for the better. For Canadians, the most important motivators for using technology are to simplify life (43 per cent) and save time (40 per cent). When asked what they are doing with the extra time, 58 per cent say they spend it using more technology while nearly half report socializing with friends/family (45 per cent) and pursuing a passion, hobby or activity (38 per cent). Boomer Canadians (age 55+) are the most likely to want to decrease their use of tech (64 per cent vs. 52 per cent for GenX (35-54 years)) and 44 per cent for Millennials (18-24 years). They are also far more likely to want to talk on the phone than text.

Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards now accepting nominations

August 14, 2019

The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards recognize extraordinary Albertans whose volunteer efforts have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members. Six awards are presented annually on or around International Volunteer Day, December 5. Two awards are given in each of the following 3 categories: Youth, Adult, and Senior. The deadline for nominations is September 20, 2019.

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