GTA charities invited to apply to the Digital for Good™ Tech Jam

June 5, 2019

GTA charities are invited to apply to the Digital for Good™ Tech Jam hosted by Capital One®. Following the legacy of Gift the Code, the Digital for Good Tech Jam will unite technology experts with Charity Partners on November 15-17 to build a tailored solution to help advance the charities' technological capabilities. If your charity has an understanding of what tech would benefit your organization but needs help developing and implementing, and has internal resources to champion the solution, you're a perfect fit! More information at The deadline for the Charity Partner Applications is June 15, 2019. Click here to apply to be a charity partner or send questions to

Peter Gilgan Foundation donates $100 million to SickKids

June 5, 2019

An unprecedented gift of $100 million donated by the Peter Gilgan Foundation, was announced at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). This is the largest single gift ever to SickKids. Together with donations made to other hospitals and health-care organizations to date, this makes Peter Gilgan and the Peter Gilgan Foundation the largest benefactor to health care in Canada. This $100 million gift will support the SickKids VS Limits campaign, a key element of which involves redevelopment of the SickKids campus, including building a new patient care tower on University Avenue, which will be named the Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower.

SVP Calgary accepting applications for Fast Pitch 2019

June 4, 2019

Applications for SVP Calgary’s Fast Pitch 2019 are now live. Program runs September 11 to November 7. This year, there is no semi-final competition, meaning ALL participants will present their pitch live on stage in front of 400+ audience members at Telus Spark on November 7. Applications will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Collaboration: Two nonprofit organizations currently partnering on projects or programs will work side by side to perfect their pitch. At SVP Calgary, we have a theory there is amazing collaboration already happening in the nonprofit sector. And we think not enough people know about this! (4 teams of 2; 5 minute pitch)
  • SVP Calgary Investment Focus: Nonprofits that provide programming and/or services for 12-15 year olds building resiliency outside of school hours. (4 teams of 1, 3 minute pitch)
  • General: Any nonprofit doing great work in Calgary. (4 teams of 1, 3 minute pitch). Just like in previous years, we want to learn about interesting nonprofits doing great work in our city.

The deadline for applications is June 28, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. MDT.

Government of Canada invites youth leaders to help build a more accessible Canada

June 4, 2019

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, recently announced several initiatives to support youth leaders in their efforts to build a more accessible Canada:

  • A new call for expressions of interest under the EAF Youth Innovation Component: youth interested in participating must identify accessibility barriers in public places or workplaces, and seek out interested organizations willing to work with them to develop an accessibility project proposal. Funding of up to $10,000 is available to eligible organizations.
  • A call for proposals under the Disability component of the Social Development Partnerships Program to support capacity building and youth leadership: for projects that promote partnerships between youth-focused organizations and national disability organizations to develop the next generation of youth disability leaders, and facilitate succession planning and sustainability in the disability sector. Funding of $900,000 over three years is available for eligible projects.
  • a call for proposals under the Disability component of the Social Development Partnerships Program to address barriers to financial security of persons with disabilities: will provide $1.8 million over three years in funding to support projects aimed at identifying and testing innovative solutions to improving the financial situation of working-age Canadians with disabilities living in or near poverty.

Research reveals hiring hurdles from job posting to job offer

June 4, 2019

Recruiting is no walk in the park, according to new research from global staffing firm Robert Half. Canadian companies face a number of challenges throughout the hiring process, the greatest being generating interest from qualified candidates (32%) and developing compensation packages and negotiating salaries (20%), as reported by more than 600 senior managers. Making an offer to a candidate isn't the end of the recruiting road. When asked to name the most common reason prospective hires decide not to join their company, nearly three in 10 (28%) of senior managers said it's because applicants accepted another position or counteroffer. Twenty-five percent of senior managers said candidates turned down a job from their company because the compensation and benefits were lower than expected.

Purpose messages evoke greater attention and emotion, according to biometrics research

June 4, 2019

Americans are more likely to have a positive image of (89%), trust in (86%) and be loyal (83%) to brands that lead with Purpose, according to the 2019 Porter Novelli/Cone Purpose Biometrics Study. This first-of-its-kind biometrics study, examines not only what consumers say they will do to support responsible brands, but also how they feel and physically react when exposed to Purpose-driven messaging. By leading with Purpose and connecting with consumers on shared values, companies are poised to build significant and lasting relationships with individuals. Nearly eight-in-10 (79%) Americans say they feel a deeper personal connection to companies with values similar to their own. And, nearly three-quarters (72%) of consumers believe Purpose-driven companies care about them and their families more. The emotional bonds formed by leading with Purpose inspires individuals to promote the brand in many ways:

  • 72% - Feel proud to be associated with the brand (e.g., wearing the company logo)
  • 74% - Tell others to buy products from that company
  • 62% - Share information about that company on their social networks

These ardent supporters are also keen to support Purpose-driven companies even in tough times. Seventy-five percent of Americans said they'd be more willing to forgive a company if it makes a misstep, and the same amount (75%) would defend that company if someone spoke badly of it.

#HearNowON seeks Ontario secondary student input on school mental health

June 4, 2019

School Mental Health Ontario - Santé mentale en milieu scolaire Ontario will engage secondary students across Ontario to hear student voices, improve youth engagement in school-based mental health programming, and inform a provincial student mental health leadership strategy. Through an online survey, and in-person forums, English and French students will have a voice in the development of mental health awareness and wellness promotion efforts in Ontario's publicly-funded schools. The online survey launches on June 3rd and will remain open until July 12th. The survey will be focused on student mental health knowledge needs and preferences. Regional forums will provide an opportunity for students to think together about ideas for promoting student mental health in Ontario schools, and how students can be engaged as leaders in school-based mental health initiatives. Forums are taking place in London, Ottawa, Thunder Bay and Toronto. Mental health support will be available at all forums.

Canada's youth develop a roadmap for Canada to achieve gender equality

June 4, 2019

The Youth-Led Roadmap for Gender Equality: A Plan to Achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5 in Canada was released today. Developed by the Youth for Gender Equality (YGE) initiative, which was co-led by Plan International Canada and the Canadian Teachers' Federation, funded by TD Bank Group, and facilitated in partnership by more than 20 organizations, the Roadmap provides tangible actions for individual Canadians, the private sector, and government at all levels to take towards gender equality in Canada.

The uniquely youth-led Roadmap reflects the powerful perspectives of over 300 youth from all over Canada with diverse experiences and backgrounds, such as youth who have experienced homelessness, Indigenous youth, young people of colour, newcomers to Canada and members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, among others, as well as individuals from remote and rural communities in Canada.

The Roadmap includes 20 recommendations that individual Canadians can take today to achieve gender equality within their homes, communities and beyond. It also includes more than 40 additional recommendations targeted at public institutions, the private sector and governments to help Canada achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender equality, by the goals' end date of 2030.

Canada and partners announce new legacy investments to support women’s rights and gender equality

June 3, 2019

Through the Department for Women and Gender Equality, the Government of Canada is entering into three funding agreements with organizations that will match up to $30 million of federal funding into gender equality efforts. The new matching partnerships with Community Foundations of Canada, Canadian Women’s Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada, will provide funding to women’s organizations in Canada. Through Global Affairs Canada, the government is investing $300 million to bring the granting, philanthropic and investment worlds together into a single platform, working with the Equality Fund, selected through a competitive process, to establish this innovative platform.

The Equality Fund will not only create a sustainable and predictable source of funding for women’s rights organizations and movements in developing countries, but will also shift how investment decisions are made for gender equality outcomes: by providing resources directly to women’s rights organizations and by making investments that support gender equality. The Equality Fund has mobilized initial investments of $100 million as a result of the Government of Canada’s initial $300 million commitment. The Equality Fund will also mobilize funding for women’s rights organizations in Canada.

Vancouver’s annual digital nonprofit conference about to kick off

May 29, 2019

For its fifth year in a row, the Digital Nonprofit Conference continues to expand! With tickets selling fast, don’t miss your chance to come to Vancouver’s best nonprofit conference on June 11th. This year, over 200 nonprofit professionals will hear keynotes from Beth Kanter, Vu Le, Shoni Fields, Ryann Miller, and many other presenters. You’ll get to learn how to manage digital teams, create a culture of wellbeing, lead in this digital age, and advance your marketing strategies. This full day-event will be packed with strategies and tactics for you to take back to your teams, networking opportunities, and of course, lots of coffee and food! Last minute tickets still available here.

Hamilton philanthropists create $100M+ endowment to fund health research

May 29, 2019

Hamilton philanthropists Charles and Margaret Juravinski will create an endowment of more than $100 million to support researchers across Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Their estate gift is one of Canada’s largest ever legacy gifts and will provide up to $5 million a year to the institutions, in perpetuity. The endowment will create the Juravinski Research Centre, which will equally support Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton by funding health research in a variety of areas including cancer, mental health, lung and respiratory care, and diseases of aging.

Funding available from the Ottawa Community Foundation for youth employment projects

May 29, 2019

For a fourth and final year the Ottawa Community Foundation’s New Leaf Community Challenge (NLCC) will focus on improving youth employment in the Ottawa region. All initiatives that would boost youth employment, and/or improve employment outcomes for both youth and employers, are welcome. That said we are also particularly interested in effective approaches to:

  • Enable youth to acquire and to have proof of the skills, in particular “softer” skills, that many employers perceive to be lacking; and to also build employer recognition of “hidden” skills that may be work-relevant.
  • Help interested youth move from entry-level and/or non-standard to more career-oriented work.

Proposals can be for a new initiative, but can also involve the scale up or replication of an existing successful initiative. The deadline for initial idea briefs is June 19, 2019.

The 2019 Alberta Nonprofit Survey is now underway

May 28, 2019

The Alberta Nonprofit Survey is an opportunity to share your views and to help tell the story of Alberta's nonprofit sector. Your participation is critical to telling that story. Last year's survey informed the State of the Sector report and raised the voices of nonprofits across Alberta through the invaluable participation of survey respondents. The 2019 report, which will be released this fall, will include:

  • Shared experiences of nonprofits in Alberta that help inform decision-making and communications.
  • Priorities of the sector that help inform strategic planning for nonprofits and policy advocacy.
  • Information about the strengths and challenges in the sector that helps educate and inform a range of stakeholders, including funders and governments.

Submissions to the survey are instrumental in advocating for the sector. This year, the survey has been simplified and will take less than 10 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey and share it with your networks beginning today through June 30.

The Canada Council for the Arts and CBC/Radio-Canada to invest in Canadian digital content creation and distribution

May 28, 2019

Today, the Canada Council for the Arts, together with CBC/Radio-Canada, announced plans to launch a new $1 million catalyst tool to amplify digital creation in Canada. This initiative, called the Creation Accelerator, will support projects in a sequence of production stages. Successful applicants will receive an initial grant to work with a producer, along with the mentorship of CBC/Radio-Canada, on the development of an original idea. Following this incubation stage, the Canada Council and CBC/Radio-Canada will select concepts for production and potential distribution on CBC/Radio-Canada's platforms.

The Creation Accelerator is the first initiative of its kind for the Canada Council for the Arts, which—as part of its commitment to amplify the quality, scale and sharing of art through digital technology—has made a strong investment to increase the digital literacy of the arts sector with its Digital Strategy Fund. This pilot project will be open to artists and arts organizations across the country, in all fields of practice, including early career artists. No prior digital experience will be required. The Canada Council for the Arts will share full guidelines and details for the Creation Accelerator in late June, when the initiative opens for applications on the Council's online granting portal.

Number of working Canadians who need time off for disability on the rise

May 28, 2019

The majority of working Canadians (68%) have some experience with time off work due to a disability, whether for themselves or a family member, or they know someone who has taken a disability leave. Moreover, the number of Canadians who need time off work due to a disability is on the rise, yet disability coverage continues to decline, according to a recent RBC Insurance survey. The study found that half (50%) of working Canadians say they would have liked to have taken time off work for a disability but felt they couldn't afford it, up 5 points from 2018. Despite the increase, the number of Canadians who have disability coverage either through their workplace benefits or personal insurance that they've purchased declined by 5 points from 55 per cent in 2018, leaving half of working Canadians without any disability coverage at all.

More than 200 philanthropists have now joined the Giving Pledge

May 28, 2019

Today the Giving Pledge announced that 19 philanthropists have joined the Giving Pledge since the previous year, bringing the total number of Giving Pledge signatories to 204 from 23 countries. Now in its ninth year, the Giving Pledge continues to expand internationally with the addition of philanthropists from China, Norway, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, as well as the United States. Founded by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010, the Giving Pledge is a global, multi-generational commitment by some of the world's wealthiest individuals and couples to give more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes, either during their lifetimes or in their wills.

Survey: Majority of workers save vacation time for summer

May 28, 2019

As temperatures climb, many workers are stocking up on sunscreen and booking summer travel. A recent Accountemps survey found more than half of Canadian workers (56%) save their vacation time for June, July and August, and plan to take an average of 11 days off this summer. When asked how many days they plan to take off this summer, most popular was 6-10 days (34%), followed by 1-5 days (22%). Rounding it out was 11-15 days (20%), 21+ days (9%) and 16-20 days (9%). A full 8% had no plans to take any time off this summer.

Personal achievement and interpersonal relations driving Canadian workers

May 22, 2019

Here's the good news for Canadian employers: More than four out of five (83%) Canadian workers are satisfied with their work, according to an extensive study on the Canadian workplace conducted for Hamster by Léger. Most are also very engaged (90%) and motivated (81%) by their job. Three in four (75%) report that their work is fulfilling because they achieve personal goals. However, the survey also shows employers need to be prepared for generational change as Baby Boomers age out of the workforce, meaning they will need to shape workplace culture to new generations' preferences, including Gen X-ers, Millennials.

The study reveals that the soon-to-retire Baby Boomers (now all over 55) say they are more satisfied with their work (89%) than younger workers. They are also the most committed to their job (95%) and the most motivated (89%). However, Generation X workers (now age 35 to 54), who will replace the retiring baby-boomers, is over-represented among those who are dissatisfied with their work (19%) and is also the least motivated segment (21% being not very motivated and not motivated at all). This difference could be explained by the fact that workers aged 35 to 54 are generally experiencing a particularly busy period in their lives, including often both parental responsibilities and care for their own parents as they age.

Volunteer Canada requesting feedback on this year's National Volunteer Week activities

May 22, 2019

What did you think of Volunteer Canada's National Volunteer Week theme this year? National Volunteer Week (NVW) 2019 has come to a close! Volunteer Canada would like to thank all organizations who participated in celebrating The Volunteer Factor - Lifting Communities. Volunteer Canada wants to know what you thought of this year's theme, campaign and resources. The results of this survey will be used to assist Volunteer Canada in planning future NVW campaigns.

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