Federal government seeking charities for donations of surplus goods

July 30, 2019

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
  • Furniture

To participate, complete the Request for Information questionnaire currently posted on the 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

Nominations now being accepted for Post's Search for Goodness contest

July 30, 2019

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.

Public consultations now open on proposed amendments to BC Societies Act

July 30, 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:

Edmonton Foundation Community Grants now accepting applications

July 30, 2019

The Edmonton Foundation's Community Grants program can support a wide range of organizational needs. If you would like to discuss your organizational needs, start with a phone call to the Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) to discuss the online application process and eligibility requirements. A nonprofit is eligible to apply if it serves the greater Edmonton area, including Leduc County, Parkland County, Strathcona County, and Sturgeon County. The nonprofit must also have a charitable registration number from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or be considered a qualified donee. If you don’t have a recent relationship with us (successfully received a Community Grant in the last five years), your organization can apply for a grant up to approximately $50,000. If you’ve worked with ECF recently (successful Community Grant approved, completed and reported on), you can apply for a grant up to approximately $80,000. The next deadline for grant applications is September 1.

Tech startup for nonprofits Wisely secures $1.5M to advance philanthropic fundraising with AI technology

July 25, 2019

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.

Calgary nonprofits encouraged to apply for MBA consulting advice

July 24, 2019

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.

Canadian charity seeks young adults, aged 16 to 25, for volunteer Ambassador program

July 24, 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 For an application, please email

New research shows women’s fund and foundation donors are exceptionally engaged philanthropists

July 23, 2019

A new report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute explores the characteristics of women’s fund and foundation donors — the vast majority of whom are women — and finds that these donors are exemplary in a number of ways. Donors to women’s funds and foundations give more, engage more holistically, and see themselves as leaders in philanthropy — particularly in their giving to women’s and girls’ causes. All In for Women & Girls was based on a new survey of high-net-worth donors, comparing women’s fund and foundation donors to a group of more “general” high-net-worth donors to a variety of causes. Compared to general donors, women’s fund and foundation donors:

  • are more likely to be women and LGBTQ individuals, and less likely to be retired or religious.
  • have given to women’s and girls’ causes for a longer period of time.
  • are more likely to consider themselves philanthropic experts, philanthropic leaders, and activist donors.
  • are more motivated to give by being on the board or volunteering for an organization, giving back to the community, and believing their gift can make a difference. They are less likely to be motivated by tax benefits.
  • give higher amounts to charity, and to a larger number of charitable organizations; they also use different tools and strategies for giving, such as giving circles and a will with a charitable provision.
  • are more satisfied with their giving to women and girls; evaluate their giving based on direct contact with organizations; and take key steps to give more effectively, such as serving on a nonprofit board, or talking with other donors.
  • are more likely to be giving at their financial capacity to women and girls.

CAN Fund announces a $3 million matching donation

July 23, 2019

In anticipation of next year's Summer Games, Canadian Athletes Now Fund (CAN Fund) is charging forward on its mission to provide financial support to athletes representing Canada. One year and one day out from the Games, the organization is honoured to announce a $3 million matching donation by Eric and Vizma Sprott, longstanding supporters of the charity. This historic announcement marks the largest personal donation to Canadian athletes. Recognizing that every day counts for Canadian athletes on their journey, CAN Fund provides recipients with the opportunity to focus on success, instead of unnecessary financial hurdles.

Nominations open for Barbara Laronde Award for emerging Indigenous artists

July 22, 2019

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.

New research report explores nonprofit organizational health and culture

July 17, 2019

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.

Ontario's Francophone Community Grants Program accepting applications

July 17, 2019

The Francophone Community Grants Program will help Ontario's community organizations as well as francophone businesses and those that serve French-speaking Ontarians to implement projects that enhance the cultural and commercial vitality of the French-speaking population by driving community and economic development. The Francophone Community Grants Program is an application-based grant program. The 2019-20 edition of the Program continues to support local cultural and community initiatives and has expanded its scope to include a focus on economic development. The Program has two funding streams: a cultural and community stream open to not-for-profit organizations, and an economic development stream open to businesses serving the French-speaking community. The deadline for applications is August 19, 2019.

The Honda Canada Foundation surpasses fundraising goal

July 16, 2019

The Ontario Honda Dealers Association (OHDA) and the Honda Canada Foundation (HCF) raised more than $120,000 for Make-A-Wish® Canada during the Honda Indy Toronto event. This marks the tenth consecutive year Make-A-Wish® fundraising efforts were an integral part of race weekend, which has generated a total of more than $820,000 for the organization dedicated to granting wishes for children with critical illnesses. All donations made during race festivities were matched dollar-for-dollar by the Honda Canada Foundation.

Ontario Nonprofit Network releases new policy brief on maternal and parental EI benefits

July 15, 2019

The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) has released a new policy brief related to maternal and parental Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. Accourding to ONN research, the nonprofit sector across Canada consists of an estimated 80 percent of women workers, many of whom are the most marginalized workers in the labour market. ONN’s recent research has found that women in the sector tend to see lower compensation, while very few organizations offer maternity and parental benefit top-ups. As a result, many women workers are particularly hit with a significant loss of income when taking maternity and parental leave. For this reason, ONN is making 5 key recommendations.

Air Canada Foundation golf tournament nets record-breaking amount

July 11, 2019

The Air Canada Foundation raised a record-breaking $1.2M during the eighth edition of its annual golf tournament. For the fifth consecutive year, the Foundation raised over $1M in support of charitable organizations dedicated to the health and well-being of children and youth in Canada. Held at the Saint-Raphaël Golf Club on Monday, July 8, the event welcomed approximately 350 attendees from over 100 Canadian, U.S. and international corporations and organizations.

First time $300,000 Vancouver Music Fund to elevate Indigenous and underrepresented voices

July 11, 2019

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.

    Nearly 7 in 10 managers consider consistent temp work comparable to full-time job

    July 10, 2019

    Temporary work is gaining an equal footing with traditional, full-time employment when it comes to job qualifications, suggests new research from staffing firm Accountemps. Sixty-nine percent of Canadian senior managers from across a variety of industries reported they consider a long period of consistent temporary work comparable to full-time when evaluating job candidates. Over half (54%) of employers surveyed also said they are more open to hiring interim workers to fill gaps while looking for a full-time employee than they were two years ago.

    CCVO's Executive Directions Ascent program for nonprofit leaders now accepting applications

    July 9, 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.

    2019 Para Sport Jumpstart Fund distributes $800,000 to grassroots programs across Canada

    July 9, 2019

    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.

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