Attention all registered charities! Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is inviting registered charities interested in receiving donations of surplus goods from the federal government to identify themselves. PSPC is seeking charities interested in the following items:
- Entertainment items
- Games and toys
- Clothing, footwear, outerwear
- Outdoor equipment
- Household items
To participate, complete the Request for Information questionnaire currently posted on the Buyandsell.gc.ca site by August 30, 2019. The information you provide will help PSPC determine the demand for donations and evaluate the viability of a program for donating Government of Canada surplus goods. For any comments or questions, please contact Julia Caughey, Project Manager, PSPC, at email@example.com.
Post Cereal Canada is looking celebrate the genuine goodness in all of us by nominating and voting for a stand out and stand up member or team in your community with their Search for Goodness contest. If your nominee wins, they’ll receive $10,000 to spread a lot more goodness! Ten finalists will be selected by online voting, and the winner will be determined by a panel of judges. The deadline for nominations is August 26, 2019.
The BC Societies Act came into force on November 28, 2016, and recognizes there are over 27,000 societies in BC that vary significantly in size and purpose. The Act:
- provides societies with a new user-friendly legislative framework
- allows for electronic filings at the Corporate Registry
- provides flexibility to accommodate the vast range of societies, and
- ensures accountability in governance and managing of public funds
Over the past two-and-a-half years, the government has been monitoring the roll-out of the Act to make sure it is working for societies and their members. Based on the feedback received from societies, the legal community and the public, the Ministry has developed proposed amendments to the Act to address some of the issues that have come to light. The Ministry would like to provide societies, their members, the legal community and the public with an opportunity to review and to comment specifically on the amendments listed in the Appendix (PDF). The deadline for feedback is August 23, 2019. Please direct your comments in electronic format to: Societies.Consultation@gov.bc.ca.
Wisely, a philanthropic fundraising enablement platform that leverages AI to help nonprofits simplify and pursue donations more efficiently, today announced it has raised $1.5 million CAD ($1.15M USD) in seed funding to expand its operations in North America. The round was led by Ripple Ventures with participation from Verstra Ventures and the Maple Leaf Angels. The seed round brings Wisely’s funding to-date to $2.1 million Canadian.
Founded by engineers, fundraisers and nonprofit software executives in response to organizational inefficiencies and archaic tools used in the sector, Wisely’s fundraising platform adapts to and integrates with existing donor data, and creates customized plans for the organization to optimize workflow and funds raised. The philanthropic sector sees an estimated $440 billion raised each year across the USA and Canada.
Wisely works with nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, foundations, and charities across North America including UNHCR, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation, Kids Help Phone, and Oakville Hospital Foundation.
CCVO is again offering an exclusive opportunity for nonprofits in Calgary to receive management consulting advice through a partnership with the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business MBA program. Apply today with your managerial, financial, accounting, marketing, or operational issue to be considered. If selected, a dedicated student group will work with your nonprofit as consultants to develop solutions to your specific issue. The project will be completed over 12 weeks this fall (September to November). Selected organizations will be paired with small groups of MBA students who, under the guidance of the course instructor, will refine the project parameters and deliverables. The deadline for applications is August 7, 2019.
A worldwide search has begun to find volunteer Global Youth Ambassadors, young adults who are passionate about making a positive difference for children and youth around the world, and Canada is among the first countries to be offered this exciting opportunity. Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is accepting applications, and along with a chance to travel, ambassadors will have opportunities for unique learning and leadership experiences. They will even see their innovative ideas put into action. This program will give youth a way to make a tangible, positive impact on the world.
Currently, CCFC is searching for six to eight ambassadors, aged 16 to 25 from Canada, to join a global group of people who have a heart for helping children and young people around the world. Other criteria include having a passion for global issues and local solutions, and past experience participating in leadership activities. And CCFC welcomes applicants of all faith backgrounds. To learn more, visit ccfcanada.ca/youth-ambassador-program. For an application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations are now open for the Barbara Laronde Award for emerging Indigenous artists from Northern Ontario who are Women (Trans, Cis, Two-Spirit, Non-Binary, Genderqueer). Please note that you can nominate yourself or someone else. Eligibility requirements include:
- Must be 18 years of age or older.
- To be considered for an award the artist must be an Indigenous person living in Northern Ontario (Métis, Inuit, Status and Non-Status First Nations peoples).
- This award is for Indigenous artists who are Women which includes Trans and Two-Spirit Women as well as Cis Women. This award is also open to Two-Spirit artists who may identify as Non-Binary and Genderqueer who prefer the use of they/them pronouns.
- Must be at the emerging stages of artistic career.
The nomination deadline is August 30, 2019. Click here for further eligibility and nomination details.
With 33 years experience in the nonprofit sector, Maryann Kerr will tell you she has seen a lot. Her stories, some personal and some shared through her recent research, paint a picture of a sector that needs to pay attention to organizational health and culture.
Kerr’s research gathered data through individual interviews, focus groups and surveys. She interviewed a range of social profit executives from organizations of varying sizes and reached a diverse group of individuals. Combined, the interviewees represented: 164 years of service to the sector, $463 M in annual revenue and $3.59 B in endowed funds. Focus group participants represented close to 100 years of experience and included individuals with experience as both fundraisers and grantors. The survey sample was small – only 58 responses, 51 of whom worked in the sector. 75% of these respondents had over 10 years’ experience in the sector. 43% had over twenty years’ experience.
The research findings likely won’t surprise you and thankfully Kerr offers sound advice in the resulting report on what to do to fix the problems faced by so many who work in the sector.
The City of Vancouver and Creative BC are proud to partner on three new music grant programs to support Indigenous and underrepresented artists and organizations within the City of Vancouver and the unceded traditional homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. These programs will be funded by the City’s $300,000 Vancouver Music Fund, approved by Council in January, and administered by Creative BC. In addition to these programs, Creative BC will leverage their existing music support programs for overall investment in Vancouver artists, programs, and initiatives. The City’s Vancouver Music Fund includes three grant streams in partnership with Creative BC:
Demo Program: Supporting new and emerging artists from underrepresented groups to create demo recordings and engage in mentorship and skill development with a BC producer.
Music Video Program: Supporting the creation of music videos for new and emerging artists from underrepresented groups to build audiences.
Industry Catalyst Program: Supporting projects that develop Vancouver’s music ecosystem and build the capacity of underrepresented groups. Individuals and collectives can apply, in addition to companies and organizations.
Applicants may apply to Creative BC for a grant of up to 100% of budgeted eligible expenditures, removing the usual requirement for matching funding, a barrier for many underrepresented groups. The deadline for applications for all three programs is July 24, 2019.
Applications for CCVO's Nonprofit Leadership Development for directors and managers are now being accepted! Executive Directions Ascent is a six-month learning journey that will help you understand your role as a leader and develop the confidence to grow your career. Bring your leadership questions, challenges and aspirations to the small group each month, beginning this fall. Guided by specific topics and skilled facilitators, each session will include inquiry and conversations that can help you experience deep self awareness, connections, and growth on your path to becoming a more effective nonprofit leader. If you're ready to take action to grow your leadership network and advance your career, apply for the fall 2019 cohort of Executive Directions Ascent today. Early application for Ascent Cohort 4 is August 22.
Several community organizations across the country are receiving support to buoy their Para sport programming, as the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities announced today the recipients of the 2019 Para Sport Jumpstart Fund. A total of $800,000 is being distributed across 40 organizations in Canada this year. The Para Sport Jumpstart Fund aims to remove barriers to sport and recreation for children and youth with disabilities, offering grants to community and sport organizations that provide accessible opportunities for play. Funding can go towards various elements of enhancing their Para sport offerings, such as equipment, staffing, recruitment, and additional programming.