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Youth-led community service grants accepting applications

April 8, 2019

Do you have a simple project idea to support your community? TakingITGlobal (TIG) is looking for young people who are inspired with ideas and ready to take action through youth-led community service grants. Three levels of grants are available:

  • $250 for simple ideas - like community events or gatherings - that can be implemented by you and your friends. Deadline is April 30.
  • $750 for bigger ideas that can be implemented with a small group of peers, such as building a community garden, or distributing care packages. Deadline is April 30
  • $1500 for projects that involve a larger group of people to drive impact. Projects at this level of funding need a budget and a mentor or community reference to apply. Deadline is June 30

Get more information, access a funding checklist and get inspiration for your projects here.

The RBC Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada to deliver multi-million dollar investment for youth-led initiatives

April 5, 2019

Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and the RBC Foundation are pleased to announce the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, a historic $5 million initiative that will enable participating community foundations to support youth leadership across the country. This partnership will support youth-led community projects in 150 small to mid-sized Canadian communities from coast-to-coast. Grants of up to $15,000 will be available through participating community foundations, and will support projects that address diverse and urgent local priorities, including food security, employment, learning, health and the environment. As part of the initiative, participating foundations will also facilitate ‘Vital Conversations,’ where young people and other community members are brought together to participate in a dialogue about priorities for the future. Young people will also have access to a series of remote and national learning opportunities to help them build their skills, gain practical experience, and grow their professional networks. Additional details, and the application period to submit a grant proposal will be available through the participating community foundations on May 22, 2019.

Invest in careers of Millennial fundraisers to avert imminent ‘talent crisis’: Report

April 3, 2019

The fundraising sector in the USA will face a worsening ‘talent crisis’ if it fails to invest in the career development of Millennial fundraisers. The warning comes in a new report – the Critical Fundraising (USA) Report – published by the international fundraising think tank Rogare and launched at the AFP International Conference. In one of the report’s essays, Oklahoma-based senior fundraiser James Green, MBA, CFRE, points out that the average tenure for early career fundraisers is just under 2.5 years per job. That’s the same as it was 20 years ago. The problem, Green argues, is that many nonprofits base their management strategies on an “outdated organizational theory which dictates that employees are obligated to ‘remain loyal’ to their employer for an ill-defined period of time.” This might have worked for Baby Boomers and members of the Golden Generation, who were promised job security, but it fails to accommodate the aspirations of the Millennial Generation, who want career growth.

SVP Calgary accepting funding applications from organizations supporting youth

April 3, 2019

Are you ready to take your organization to the next level? SVP Calgary is looking for nonprofits that want a different kind of funding relationship. Their annual granting cycle is now live. Over the past year, SVP Calgary has been heavily engaged in determining how to increase their community impact. Through extensive research and conversations with experts, SVP Calgary is making a five-year commitment to invest in nonprofit organizations that support youth ages 12-15. Specifically, they are looking to partner with an organization that focuses in the areas of prevention and out of school hours (i.e. before school, after school, evenings, weekends and days off school). Prevention includes focusing on vulnerable populations and offering strength-based programming, building skills and resiliency, forming natural supports, mentorship and more. Does this sound like an organization you work for or know of? Check out the SVP Calgary – Applicant Guide 2019 to see if your organization is eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is April 18, 2019.

ABC Media Sale offers discounted advertising for a good cause

April 3, 2019

Do you need to make an announcement, get the word out, promote an event, new product or service? Would you love to be able to advertise but can’t afford to? How cool would it be to place your ad and help support literacy at the same time? With the ABC Media Sale you can! The 19th annual ABC Media Sale for literacy launches on Monday April 29th 2018 at 9 AM EDT.

ABC Life Literacy Canada’s largest fundraiser of the year, is an online sale of advertising space generously donated by leading media across the country. This ad space is then sold at an incredible 65% off the rate card price to key media buyers like you. Funds raised from these ad sales goes directly towards ABC Life Literacy’s essential literacy programming and the creation of educational resources for adult learners and families across Canada.

This year the ABC Media Sale reflects a wide range of media platforms from newspapers such as The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and National Post, magazines like Maclean’s, HELLO! Canada and The Walrus to online websites like ctv.ca, cbc.ca, and TheTyee.ca to posters on buses and streetcars to digital screens on campuses, restaurants, bars and food courts across the country. They have advertising in niche publications such as Cosmetics, Quench and TEACH to local media such as West Coast Families, Burlington Post, and 680News Radio. They have something for everyone at a price anyone can afford! To access the ABC Media Sale advertisers simply register for free here.

Young Canadians encouraged to enter to win a trip to the first-ever Canada Youth Summit

April 3, 2019

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the first-ever Canada Youth Summit will be held in Ottawa, Ontario, on May 2 and 3, 2019. The Summit will bring together 300 young people from every province and territory to discuss issues that matter to them, from protecting our environment and fighting climate change, to supporting good jobs and service opportunities, to building more equal and inclusive communities. Young Canadians who would like to attend the Summit are invited to participate in the Youth Video Challenge. They can enter to win a trip to the Summit by posting a video on social media using the hashtag #InspiredToServe, capturing what service means to them and how it benefits their community, and submitting an online application. Eligible Canadians from 18 to 24 years old who would like to participate in the Youth Video Challenge have until April 14 to share their video.

Immigration Matters initiative invites you to share your community's success stories

April 3, 2019

The Immigration Matters initiative aims to show the benefits of immigration at the local, community level. They are looking for your help to find stories of immigrants who are making a strong contribution to cities, towns and neighbourhoods across Canada. They would also like your help starting the conversation in the community you know best – your own. They invite you to promote the stories you find – on Instagram, Facebook, in your newsletters and with local media. If you post or publish a story, email them and use the hashtag #ImmigrationMatters. They can then help promote your local stories through the Immigration Matters website, on social media channels, and at events, speaking opportunities and panel discussions. Check out the Toolkit for more information, ideas for sharing on social media, research and statistics and more!

Second Harvest to study and accelerate food rescue with a $1.8M investment from the Walmart Foundation

March 27, 2019

Second Harvest, Canada's largest food rescue organization, is undertaking the first national study of food programs offered by public sector and community service organizations though a $1.8 million CDN grant from the Walmart Foundation. Second Harvest will again partner with Value Chain Management International, a leader in food industry research, to map food programs across Canada. Their recent research collaboration, The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste, reported that 11 million metric tonnes of potentially rescuable food is lost or wasted across the food chain each year. This new study will determine the location and capacity of current food programs, as well as identify gaps in existing food rescue networks.

New research suggests flexible working is now expected by Canadians

March 26, 2019

A new global study suggests there has been a power shift towards the employee. In many sectors, companies are no longer dictating what the regular work day looks like, instead the employees—the new so-called 'Generation Flex'—are calling the shots about when, where and how they want to work. Research conducted by IWG shows that 85% of Canadian respondents would choose a job that offered flexible working over a job that didn't. Additionally, more than half (54%) say having a choice of work location is more important than working for a prestigious company and almost a third (28%) would prefer to choose their work location over an increase in vacation time. In light of these findings, it's no surprise that 77% of Canadian respondents believe flexible working has become the new normal. As a result, in the past ten years, 69% of surveyed Canadian business people say their companies have introduced a flexible workspace policy.

Despite the fact that the majority of Canadian businesses have a flexible workplace policy, there's one overriding factor standing in the way of companies fully adopting the changes: corporate culture. Sixty percent of Canadians surveyed say that organizational culture is the main barrier to implementing flexible work, particularly for businesses that have a long-standing, non-flexible working approach. Almost half of Canadian respondents believe businesses fear the idea of embracing flexible working (45%) and many believe there is a lack of understanding about the benefits of flexible working (42%).

New tool for leaders to promote psychologically safe workplaces

March 26, 2019

The Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace and Dr. Joti Samra announced the launch of the Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment (PSLA), a free, online tool helping assess leadership strategies related to psychological health and safety. The assessment was developed by a team of Canadian researchers led by Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych. – an innovator in the area of psychological health and safety in the workplace, and principal and founder of MyWorkplaceHealth.com. The PSLA can help create a psychologically safe workplace where employees can thrive. Through the tool, leaders obtain feedback on the extent to which they implement effective strategies in five key areas:

  • Communication and collaboration;
  • Social intelligence;
  • Problem solving and conflict management;
  • Security and safety; and
  • Fairness and equality.

Enter the Volunteer BC National Volunteer Week photo contest

March 20, 2019

National Volunteer Week is around the corner - April 7 - 13 , 2019. This year’s theme is: “The Volunteer Factor – Lifting Communities.” The Volunteer Factor celebrates and recognizes the exponential impact of volunteers and how they lift our communities. Our friends at Volunteer BC are hosting a photo contest - do you have photos of volunteers that celebrate and recognize the importance of ongoing contributions that volunteers make every day throughout our communities? Send Volunteer BC photos that reflect the unique qualities of your volunteers and the strong contribution they make in their communities! The deadline is April 1. Click here for more details.

New report shows pay equity problem persists in Canadian workplaces

March 19, 2019

Compensation for working Canadians still favours men, according to a new study by Leger Research commissioned by ADP Canada. Based on self-reported figures, men say they earn an average of $66,504 per year – 25.5% more than the reported average of $49,721 for women. This gap widens as it relates to additional compensation like bonuses and profit sharing, where men report annual earnings averaging $5,823 and women report an average of $3,912 – a 32.8% difference. The workforce also appears to be divided when it comes to the perception of their employer's practices around pay equity. Nearly 80% of men believe that men and women are compensated equally within their workplace, while less than two-thirds of women (62%) believe the same.

Although a gap – actual and perceived – persists, the Canadian workforce continues to apply pressure within their organizations to achieve parity, with nearly half of all workers (45%) saying they would leave their current employer if they found out that a colleague of equal standing received preferential compensation based on gender. With only 63% of executives indicating they believe men and women are equally compensated, it is clear that senior leadership teams recognize there is a pay gap issue; however, only 31% indicate pay equity is a priority within their organization.

Almost half of Canadian applicants don't meet skills requirements, but companies willing to train

March 19, 2019

In new research from global staffing firm Robert Half, HR managers in Canada said 45% of resumes they receive, on average, are from candidates who don't meet job requirements. In a separate survey of Canadian workers, 76% admitted they would submit for a role when they don't match all the qualifications. Luckily for applicants, 86% of HR managers reported their company is open to hiring an employee whose skills can be developed through training. In fact, 58% of employees have been offered a job when they didn't match the exact qualifications.

CRA announces changes to reporting requirements on political activities

March 19, 2019

The Canada Revenue Agency has annouced that, as a result of new rules on public policy dialogue and development activities (PPDDA), reporting requirements related to political activities have changed. Charities now have less to report for PPDDAs than they had for political activities. To reflect this change, the annual information return and the application to register will be revised for November 2019. Until then, the Canada Revenue Agency has posted detailed instructions to guide charities and applicants on how to report PPDDAs on these forms. As the legislative change is retroactive, the changes to the reporting requirements apply immediately to registered charities filing their information return for any given fiscal period-ends.

Government of Canada launches consultations on the National Strategy for Sustainable Development

March 18, 2019

In September 2015, Canada and all other 192 United Nation member States adopted the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which is a blueprint towards ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring equal opportunity for everyone by 2030. From March 15 until May 15, 2019, Canadians are invited to contribute their ideas to help shape the development of Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy which will create a common vision for Canada’s path forward. The Government of Canada wants to hear from Canadians on what sustainable development means to them, what they are doing to build a more sustainable, and equitable Canada, and what can be done to advance progress on the 2030 Agenda. Canadians are encouraged to take part in the online consultation by submitting their views, taking a poll, or voting on ideas.

Survey: 1 in 3 job candidates removed from consideration following reference checks

March 12, 2019

In a new survey from global staffing firm Accountemps, senior managers in Canada reported they remove approximately one in three candidates (32%) from consideration for a position with their company after checking their references. Reference checks help employers get a stronger sense of whether a candidate will be a good fit, both in terms of skills and experience, as well as within the workplace culture. Specifically, senior managers surveyed said they were most interested in getting a view of the applicant's strengths and weaknesses and a description of their past job responsibilities and work experience.

Despite disengagement at work, 65% of employees plan to stay in their current jobs

March 12, 2019

A recent survey conducted by Achievers revealed that only 34.7% of workers plan to look for a new job in 2019, down drastically from 74% in Achievers' 2018 report. This is surprising given 70.1% do not consider themselves "very engaged." While this may seem like a positive trend, it actually indicates a major workplace complacency conundrum. For example, 18.6% of over 800 North American respondents haven't even decided if they'll look for a new job yet – the jury is still out. Key takeaways from the survey include:

  • Just 20.8% consider themselves "very engaged," while 16.3% are fully disengaged, and 31.3% say they're "engaged but feel my company could do more to improve employee experience."
  • When asked the main reason they would change jobs, however, only 14% said they'd leave because "I'm not engaged," meaning many employees are sticking around despite average to no engagement.
  • Over one-quarter of respondents (26%) ranked "recognition for my work" in their top three important factors for staying with their current employer, but nearly 1 in 5 (17%) said their manager/employer was "horrible – they never recognize my work" and the largest group of respondents (43%) ranked their manager/employer as just "okay" (recognizing them annually or quarterly at least).

2018 recipients of Nonprofit Employer of Choice (NEOC) Awards announced

March 11, 2019

Hilborn:ECS together with partners CCEOC Inc. and The Goldie Company congratulate the recipients of the fourth annual Canadian Nonprofit Employer of Choice (NEOC) Award. This year, 13 organizations from across Canada fulfilled program requirements to be named a Canadian Nonprofit Employer of Choice. The 2018 award recipients are:

  • Alberta Retired Teachers Association (AB)
  • Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation (ON)
  • Lakeland Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Society (AB)
  • BC Nonprofit Housing Association (BC)
  • The Ottawa Mission Foundation (ON)
  • UNICEF (ON)
  • Brantwood Community Services (ON)
  • Chilliwack Society for Community Living (BC)
  • CMHA - York Region (ON)
  • LOFT Community Services (ON)
  • North Hastings Community Integration Association (ON)
  • Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services (ON)
  • Participation House Durham Region (ON)

All winners successfully completed the NEOC Organizational Profile and Employee Commitment Survey achieving a minimum overall score of 75% to qualify for the award. In a quest to create "decent workplaces" thought leaders are debunking the myth that employees in the nonprofit sector are willing (and should be expected) to work in exchange for the opportunity to “do good.” Today, talented people can find a socially meaningful career outside a traditional nonprofit organization, which intensifies the competition for qualified staff. Applications to participate in the 2019 NEOC Award program are now being accepted at http://neoc.ca.

AFP releases new Fundraising is Awesome document

March 11, 2019

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has relesaed a new Fundraising is Awesome document that can be used for a variety of purposes: recruitment, board education, and team building, to name just a few. It’s also a great primer for both experienced and aspiring fundraisers to understand the impact that the profession has. Fundraising is Awesome also serves as a recruitment tool, both for the profession and for the AFP community. There are many facts that have been curated into the document—including sections on the impact of the profession and the charitable sector, why you should become a fundraiser and traits of a successful practitioner—to compel more people to choose an amazing and inspirational career.

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