Kraft Heinz Project Play returns, committing $325,000 to building better places to play

August 7, 2019

Kraft Heinz, TSN, and RDS are coming together once again to build better places to play across the country through Kraft Heinz Project Play. From now until September 22, Canadians can nominate their local recreation project through Kraft Heinz Project Play for a chance to win local facility upgrades. The Grand Prize winner will receive $250,000 towards a recreational facility upgrade, and three second-prize winners will each receive $25,000. Canadians can nominate the places, spaces, and projects that keep their communities playing, active, and united at The top four finalists will be announced October 12 on TSN and RDS. Canadians can then vote for their favourite community project.

Health care and social assistance highly impacted by aging workforce

August 7, 2019

A new study published in Insights on Canadian Society finds that an aging workforce is affecting all occupations, but also that there is considerable variation in the extent and pace of aging across occupations. The study, titled "Results from the 2016 Census: Occupations with older workers", uses the Census of Population (1996 and 2016) and the Labour Force Survey (1996 to 2018) to examine changes in the age composition of occupations. The aging of the workforce can be examined by calculating the ratio of younger workers to older workers, which is defined in this study as the number of workers aged 25 to 34 for every worker aged 55 and older.

Health care and social assistance was the largest industry in Canada in 2016, accounting for 2.3 million or 13%, of all workers. This industry also had one of the most rapid growth rates in the number of workers from 1996 to 2016 (+68%). Despite the rising demand for health care services, workers who are providing health care to an increasingly older population are themselves aging. For instance, among registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses—the largest occupation related to health care—about 1 in 5 was aged 55 and older in 2016, compared with less than 1 in 10 in 1996. In 1996, there were 4.5 female nurses aged 25 to 34 for each female nurse aged 55 and older. By 2016, that ratio had declined to 1.6.

Lacey Prize for small arts organizations and artist-run centres now accepting nominations

August 7, 2019

Launched earlier this year, the National Gallery of Canada’s Lacey Prize is a biennial Prize will recognize small arts organizations and artist-run centres across Canada through a cash prize of $50,000 to the winner and $20,000 to two runners-up (the inaugural submissions deadline is August 30, 2019). The Lacey Prize will also facilitate a more active relationship between these centres and the National Gallery of Canada, with a contemporary art curator travelling from Ottawa to visit the winning centre. The National Gallery of Canada will accept nominations for the 2019 edition of the Lacey Prize until August 30, 2019. The three winners will be selected by an independent jury and announced in late November 2019.

RBC Future Launch Community Challenge accepting applications from youth-led projects

August 7, 2019

The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is a call to action for youth, aged 15 – 29, in more than 150 small and mid-sized communities across Canada. In each participating community, youth and partner organizations will have the opportunity to team up and apply for a grant of up to $15,000 to support youth-led projects that respond to one central question: What is your boldest idea to respond to an urgent local need? As a national initiative, the challenge will shift power into the hands of young people as they lead projects connected including health, food security, education, the environment, reconciliation, and many other community priorities. It is an opportunity for youth to create positive change while also learning new skills, gaining experience, and building relationships across their community — all things that will help them prepare for the future of work. For a list of community foundations participating in the challenge, and application deadlines, please visit the Community Foundations of Canada website.

Help your clients get benefits and credits with a free outreach visit from the CRA

August 7, 2019

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)'s outreach team is looking to work with organizations who help one or more of the following groups:

  • Indigenous peoples
  • Newcomers to Canada or refugees
  • Seniors
  • Students and youth
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Housing insecure, homeless, or individuals staying in a shelter
  • Modest income Canadians

The CRA offers free, in-person visits to organizations across the country to help make sure that Canadians get the benefits and credits to which they are entitled. Their outreach officers are available to host a booth or give a presentation at your next event. They can answer your benefit and credit questions, and bring information materials that highlight the different payments and how to get them. They can also tell you more about free tax clinics where people with a modest income and a simple tax situation may be able to get their taxes done for free by community volunteers! As an organization, you can even host your own free tax clinic for the people in your community. Don't delay, request a visit from a Canada Revenue Agency outreach officer at

Funding available in Alberta for public-use community facilities

August 7, 2019

Alberta's Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) funding provides financial assistance to acquire, build, purchase, repair, renovate, upgrade or expand sports, recreational, cultural or other related public-use community facilities. CFEP funding is approved on a matching basis. The applicant must contribute an amount equal to or exceeding the CFEP grant request towards the expenses of the project. The matching funding may be cash, donated labour, equipment or materials, all of which must be specifically related to the project. CFEP Small Funding stream maximum funding request is $125,000. Organizations may be considered for up to $10,000 non-matching funding. The CFEP Large Funding stream is for projects requesting over $125,001 and up to $1 million. The deadline for the Small Funding stream is September 15, while the deadline for the Large Funding stream is October 1.

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.

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