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Charitable giving rebounds in third quarter due to increase in larger gifts

December 4, 2018

The Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) has issued its latest quarterly report showing that charitable giving increased dramatically in the third quarter of 2018 after a sluggish first half of the year. The FEP’s 2018 Third Quarter Report compares fundraising year-to-date in 2018 to the same time period in 2017. The information from the report is based on the Growth in Giving Database, which includes more than 18,000 organizations and $72 billion in donations since 2005.

For the first half of 2018, nearly every metric the FEP measured was lower significantly compared to 2017, including number of donors, total revenue from giving and donor retention rates. While the same is mostly true in the third quarter, one metric improved significantly: total revenue. While total revenue was down 2.1% at mid-year, giving totals are now ahead 2.6% of 2017 figures after the third quarter.

The reason for the increase? Revenue from major gifts ($1,000 and up) increased significantly. Revenue from this group in 2018 was behind year-to-date figures by -2.1% at mid-year. But after the third quarter, revenue from this group is up 3.1%. In contrast, revenue from general donors ($249 and under) and mid-level donors ($250 - $999) remains behind 2017 levels of giving.

The total numbers of donors so far in 2018 is down 4.3% compared to 2017. The only group of donors that has increased in terms of numbers is Repeat Retained Donors (those that have been giving to the same organization for two years in a row), up 0.9% from 2017. Numbers in other groups of donors, including New Donors (first time giving to an organization); New Retained Donors (new donors giving for a second consecutive year to the same organization); and Recaptured Donors (donors who stopped giving to an organization, then resumed giving this year), continue to trail significantly behind 2017 numbers.

Survey finds worker productivity in Canada increases during busy holiday season

December 4, 2018

It's the most wonderful time of the year — for worker productivity? Professionals may simply be looking to land on the "nice" list, but 55% of Canadian respondents in a recent Accountemps survey said they get more work done during the holidays. Of the respondents who see their output falling this time of year, greater year-end workloads (35%) and personal commitments (33%) were noted as the main culprits. Other productivity impediments cited included cold/flu season (22%) and holiday shopping (11%).

CMHA releases Takeaways Toolkit on psychological health and safety in the workplace

December 4, 2018

Big and small, public and private, unionized and not: workplaces everywhere are taking mental health in hand. You’ve heard that the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace can help you prevent psychological harm and promote psychological health, and you’re ready to start. So, what’s next? Now you don’t have to do it in the dark. A national research project, led by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, in collaboration with The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), took the pulse of 40 pioneers that led the way. These 40 organizations shared their journeys to a new normal in their workplace, and now are sharing their intel with you! Check out the Takeaways Toolkit for lessons from the 40, a checklist, resources and more, and let “the 40” show you what it takes.

Enter to win a $1,000 donation to a charity of your choice by completing our 2019 Salary Survey

November 28, 2018

Haven’t had a chance to complete the 2019 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary Survey? No problem – we’ve extended the deadline to December 7! We’re collecting survey data now, with the final report to be published in early 2019. We've also added an exciting new incentive - all who complete the survey will be entered into a draw to win a $1,000 donation to a charity of their choice!

We need your participation to make this report the best yet! There is no cost to participate in the survey, and you can fill out the survey with information about your individual job or on behalf of multiple jobs at your organization. It takes as little as 15 minutes to complete the survey as an individual, and as little as 25 minutes to complete it on behalf of multiple roles. As with previous surveys, all information that our research partner, The Portage Group, collects is kept strictly confidential and identifying information is never shared with anyone – even we don’t get to see it!

To thank you for your participation, you’ll receive the executive summary for free when the report is finished, and you’ll be able to prepurchase the report at a 50% discount and will be entered to win a donation of $1,000 to a charity of your choice! CharityVillage's Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary and Benefits Study is the only one of its kind in Canada, offering a complete and exhaustive survey of the Canadian nonprofit compensation landscape.

Don’t wait to start the survey – the final deadline is December 7!

Majority of Canadians more likely to purchase from companies that give back

November 28, 2018

A new report from The Upside Foundation, a charity that enables startups to give back by sharing their financial upside, examines Canadians' attitudes toward corporate giving and the effect it has on purchasing decisions. The report found that 70% of Canadians are more likely to purchase from companies that support charities, with 81% of Canadians agreeing that all companies should give back, and 68% saying they would be more loyal to companies that have a corporate giving mandate. One-fifth (20%) of Canadians feel that after doing their holiday shopping they should be giving back to charities.

When it comes to purchasing decisions, nearly half (46%) of Canadians say they have based their purchase on whether or not a company was considered charitable. What's more, 48% are willing to spend more on products from companies that give back. The report also found that corporate giving has a long-standing impact on consumers—almost a quarter (23%) of Canadians say they have purchased from a company more than once or changed their shopping habits entirely as a show of support for that company's charitable giving.

As Canadians look to the year ahead, 46% say they believe that the biggest trend for charitable giving in 2019 will be an increase in digital donation options. When it came to the way that Canadians believed companies can be most effective with the corporate giving mandates, "donating money to causes/charities" was the top choice (75%).

Two in five Canadian workers would pass on perfect job if culture was not a fit, survey finds

November 28, 2018

Creating a positive corporate culture is top of mind for employers looking to recruit and retain talent, according to a new study from global staffing firm Robert Half. The research, which surveyed Canadian and U.S. senior managers and professionals, examines why workplace culture is increasingly under the microscope; it's featured in a report, Organizational Culture: The Make-or-Break Factor in Hiring and Retention. The findings include:

  • Two in five workers in Canada (40 per cent) wouldn't accept a job that was a perfect match if the corporate culture clashed. More than one-third of U.S. workers (35 per cent) felt similarly.
  • Nine out of 10 Canadian (90 per cent) and U.S. (91 per cent) managers said a candidate's fit with the organizational culture is equal to or more important than their skills and experience.
  • While workers in both Canada and the U.S. said their ideal corporate culture is supportive or team-oriented, most described their company as traditional.

Air Canada Foundation announces $1.6 million in donations to charitable organizations helping children

November 28, 2018

To mark Giving Tuesday, the Air Canada Foundation is pleased to announce it will donate more than $1.6 million by year end to support programs or projects by eligible registered charities that contribute to the health and well-being of children and youth in Canada. The Air Canada Foundation, a registered charitable organization, is dedicated to helping connect sick children to the medical care they need, make their wishes come true, and alleviate child poverty.

Nominations open for Government of Canada Expert Panel on Early Learning and Child Care

November 28, 2018

To support the development and implementation of the Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework and the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework, the Government of Canada is creating an Expert Panel on Early Learning and Child Care. This Expert Panel will complement other engagement activities in support of the development of the data and research strategy.

A public call for nominations is now open to interested individuals who have experience with early learning and child care to apply for the Ministerial Expert Panel on Early Learning and Child Care (hereafter the Panel or Expert Panel).

The Panel will be composed of leaders, practitioners, and experts in early learning and child care from areas such as, academia, service delivery, leaders and social actors, as well as international experts and researchers on early learning and child care. It will also include people who have experience with early learning and child care and individuals representing diverse groups, including parents, Indigenous partners and racialized communities. The deadline for nominations is December 14, 2019.

Toronto charities encouraged to register for CPA Ontario networking event to connect with future board members

November 26, 2018

CPA Ontario is hosting a member not-for-profit board networking event in Toronto on January 24, 2019 and looking for NFPs interested in connecting with CPA’s to join their boards of directors to be in attendance. Space is limited so please reach out to rkeleta@cpaontario.ca by December 7 to express your interest in attending. This is a great opportunity to connect with exceptional talent to contribute to your NFP board – across all roles.

Government of Canada announces new advisory committee and a social finance fund

November 26, 2018

The Government of Canada's Fall Economic Statement includes several items of interest for nonprofits and charities. Not only does it highlight the new legislation introduced October 29 to remove limits on political activities, but it also establishes a permanent Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector. Led by the Canada Revenue Agency, the Advisory Committee will be made up of stakeholders from the charitable sector, and will provide advice to the Government on important issues facing charities on an ongoing basis. Additionally, they have announced the creation of a Social Finance Fund. Details on the governance and parameters of the Fund will be developed further in the coming months and released in early 2019.

Canada earns low ranking in new global childhood physical activity report

November 26, 2018

Childhood physical inactivity has reached crisis levels with many children around the world – including in Canada – not moving enough to maintain healthy growth and development, according to a global report released today. Compared to 48 other countries, Canada lags behind on grades that measure Overall Physical Activity (D+), Sedentary Behaviour (D+) and the newest indicator, Physical Fitness (D). The report was developed by the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (AHKGA) to assess global trends in childhood physical activity and formed what is known as the Global Matrix. For Canada, it included data from the ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.

The report shows that modern lifestyles, including increases in screen time, the urbanization of communities and the increasing automation of previously manual tasks, are contributing to this pervasive public health problem that must be recognized as a priority in Canada and around the world. In Canada, for instance, only 35 percent of 5- to 17-year-olds are getting the recommended 60 minutes of heart-pumping physical activity, while 51 percent engage in more recreational screen time than is recommended by the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines.

The Working Group on Gender Equity in Sport accepting public feedback

November 26, 2018

The Working Group on Gender Equity in Sport, established in April 2018 by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, met for the last time to identify concrete actions and innovative ways to address this important issue. The working group explored several short- and medium-term actions, which touched on education, training, leveraging current structures to reach out to communities, developing an awareness campaign for Canadians, experimenting through pilot projects, and exploring innovative ways to collect disaggregated data. In a fully inclusive Canadian sport system, women will have equal representation as athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, technical support staff and board members. While gender equity has improved in recent years, women are still underrepresented in these decision-making roles. There is also a need for more research to better understand the reasons why women and girls choose not to participate in sport, or not to move into the senior ranks of coaching or sport management. Although this was the last official meeting of the working group, Canadians are invited to share their feedback about gender equity in sport through the online form.

Deadline extended! Participate in the 2019 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary Survey & enter to win a $1000 donation

November 26, 2018

Haven’t had a chance to complete the 2019 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary Survey? No problem – we’ve extended the deadline to December 7! We’re collecting survey data now, with the final report to be published in early 2019.

We need your participation to make this report the best yet! There is no cost to participate in the survey, and you can fill out the survey with information about your individual job or on behalf of multiple jobs at your organization. It takes as little as 15 minutes to complete the survey as an individual, and as little as 25 minutes to complete it on behalf of multiple roles. As with previous surveys, all information that our research partner, The Portage Group, collects is kept strictly confidential and identifying information is never shared with anyone – even we don’t get to see it!

To thank you for your participation, you’ll receive the executive summary for free when the report is finished, and you’ll be able to prepurchase the report at a 50% discount and will be entered to win a donation of $1,000 to a charity of your choice! CharityVillage's Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary and Benefits Study is the only one of its kind in Canada, offering a complete and exhaustive survey of the Canadian nonprofit compensation landscape.

Don’t wait to start the survey – the final deadline is December 7!

CRA releases new graphic educational tool on changing your fiscal year end

November 21, 2018

The Canada Revenue Agency has released a new graphic educational tool: Changing your fiscal year end (FYE) for charities. A registered charity must get permission from the Charities Directorate before it can change its fiscal year-end, since such a change affects the charity's filing obligations. The request for permission must be made in writing and include particular information. Get more information here.

RBC Foundation Scholarship to help nonprofit directors attend governance program

November 21, 2018

RBC has announced changes to the RBC Foundation Scholarship that will allow their NFP Governance Essential Program (NFP) to become more accessible to not-for-profit organizations across the country. RBC will now offer a limited number of full scholarships valued at $2,500 to selected NFP directors in various regions. This scholarship ensures that not-for-profits with limited financial resources have the opportunity to take part in this important training. This includes NFPs who serve newcomers, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples and undeserved populations with resource constraints. More information can be found on the application form. Dates of the program vary by region, as do deadlines to apply for the scholarship - click here for more information.

Nonprofits encouraged to provide feedback to Law Society of Ontario

November 21, 2018

The Law Society launched a call for comment on October 25, 2018, about a draft regulatory framework that would permit lawyers and paralegals to provide legal services through registered, civil society organizations (CSOs), such as charities and not-for-profit organizations — to the clients of those organizations. Presented by the Law Society’s Alternative Business Structures Working Group, the framework is designed as a way of facilitating access to justice for Ontarians – particularly individuals who may have legal issues, but who have traditionally faced barriers to receiving legal advice from a lawyer or paralegal. The framework was developed following Convocation’s approval in principle of this policy in September 2017. Comments may be submitted via email or mail (see below) until January 18, 2019.

Royal Ontario Museum receives landmark $5 million gift

November 21, 2018

Toronto philanthropists Jeff Willner and Stacey Madge have generously committed $5 million to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) for the Willner Madge Gallery, Dawn of Life. This investment will establish a new 10,000 square foot permanent gallery that explores the beginnings of life on Earth. The Willner Madge Gallery, Dawn of Life will trace the story of life from its earliest beginnings, about four billion years ago, to the emergence of the first dinosaurs and mammals. The Gallery will complement the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs and the Reed Gallery of the Age of Mammals on the second floor of the ROM.

New initiative at Seneca College helps nonprofits hire students and alumni at no cost

November 21, 2018

You are invited to be part of an exciting new Seneca College initiative called Seneca 360! Seneca 360 hires students and alumni to complete projects for not-for-profit organizations. The program finds and pays these employees, allowing not-for-profits to access the skills they need to continue and enhance their work without incurring further costs. Seneca 360 can work with any not-for-profit organization whose project falls under one of the academic programs offered at the college (for a list of programs, click here). To learn more about how Seneca 360 can help your organization, please visit www.seneca360.ca.

PayPal Giving Fund Canada launches with mission to develop online giving programs

November 21, 2018

In a move to enable greater charitable giving in Canada, PayPal Giving Fund Canada has launched with a mission to partner with leading Internet companies like Facebook to develop innovative online giving programs that inspire a new wave of philanthropy. Canadian charities registered with the CRA can now enroll via this link to reach more donors to support their cause. Also announced was a partnership between PayPal Giving Fund Canada and Facebook where for the first time in Canada, charities can raise money directly on Facebook using PayPal Giving Fund Canada’s platform without any charges, because Facebook is covering the payment processing cost. 

PayPal Giving Fund Canada, a CRA-registered charity, uses PayPal technology and financial support to help raise funds to benefit Canadian charities. Operating costs are covered by partners, meaning that charities or individual donors are not charged for any PayPal Giving Fund services. 100% of donations made to PayPal Giving Fund Canada are distributed to Canadian charities. In the US and UK, PayPal Giving Fund helped raise over CAD $130 million to benefit 46,000 charities in 2017.

As an exclusive Community Partner, along with TalentEgg and Bmeaningful, CharityVillage covered the Facebook announcement - all details can be found here.

Most Canadian employers are hosting holiday parties this year

November 20, 2018

According to new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam, 93% of senior managers said their company will be hosting year-end festivities. Of those who noted holiday activities are taking place, respondents identified off-site and on-site parties (58% and 42%, respectively) and office decorations (39%) as the most common plans. When it comes to seasonal soirees, 25% of organizations are planning to spend more this year, while only 10% anticipate cutting costs. Does that mean workers have to make an appearance at these events? No matter what the budget, 67% of managers indicated there's an unwritten rule employees should attend.

Many professionals aren't in the holiday giving spirit: Nearly three-quarters of workers (73%) forgo year-end presents in the office. Of the 27% who do offer presents, 21% provide them to colleagues, and 14% give one to their boss. The majority of those who give out holiday presents (75%) do so because they want to, not because they feel obligated.

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