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Government of Canada creates Syria Emergency Relief Fund and will match donations

September 15, 2015

The Government of Canada has announced the creation of the Syria Emergency Relief Fund. The Government will match every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the impact of the conflict in Syria, up to $100 million, effective immediately and until December 31, 2015. The Fund will help meet the basic needs of conflict-affected people in the region, as well as in official development assistance-eligible transit countries for refugees. The Government’s contribution to this fund will provide assistance through international and Canadian humanitarian organizations and will meet humanitarian needs such as shelter, food, health and water, as well as protection and emergency education. To be counted for the purposes of the Syria Emergency Relief Fund, donations from individual Canadians may not exceed $100,000 per individual and must be:

  • Monetary in nature;
  • Made to a registered Canadian charity that is receiving donations in response to the Syria crisis;
  • Specifically earmarked for response to the Syria crisis;
  • Made between September 12 and December 31, 2015;
  • Used by the registered charity receiving the donation in support of the humanitarian response to the impact of the Syria crisis; and
  • Declared by the registered charity receiving the donation to DFATD.

Aviva Community Fund now accepting idea submissions for 2015 competition

September 15, 2015

Aviva Canada is pleased to announce that its 2015 Aviva Community Fund competition is officially open. Starting today Canadians with ideas for positive change can submit them to the competition for a chance to win a share of the $1 million fund. New to the competition this year is fewer voting rounds. In prior years, ideas had to go through two rounds of voting to make it to the finals; this year there is only one round of voting. Ideas can be submitted in one of three categories – Community Resilience, Community Health and Community Development, as well as two funding levels – Small Ideas under $50,000 and Large Ideas $50,000 - $100,000. With only one round of voting, followed by judging, the 2015 Aviva Community Fund competition makes it even easier to win project funding. Visit the Aviva Community Fund website for more information about the competition and to submit an idea. Idea submission ends on Friday October 2, 2015.

Office bullying more common than managers realize, research suggests

September 15, 2015

Office bullying may be more common than many managers realize. According to recent research from staffing firm OfficeTeam, more than two in five (43%) of workers surveyed admitted they've had an office bully, yet the majority (63%) of human resources (HR) managers interviewed said they think workplace bullying never happens at their company. Another quarter (25%) think it rarely occurs. When employees were asked how they responded to a bully, 27% stated they told their manager. Another 25% confronted the bully, and 18% did nothing.

Open call for Canadian charities to apply for grants supporting professional development

September 14, 2015

The PwC Canada Foundation has launched a six-week call for submissions for its Leadership Grants Program; a program that provides up to $275,000 in grants to leaders at small to medium-sized registered charitable organizations in Canada looking to fund professional development opportunities. Submissions for 2014 will be accepted until October 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm EST. Grants are made available in two categories:

  • Individual Leadership Grants (value $2,500) – to be used by individual staff members or volunteers for professional development opportunities of their own design.
  • Team Leadership Grants (value $5,000) - to be used by teams of two or more staff members and/or volunteers (including the applicant) for professional development opportunities of their own design.

Applicants should visit www.pwc.com/ca/grants, review all eligibility criteria and click on the link provided to fill out the online application form before the deadline on October 30, 2014. The program has been designed in a way that gives charities the flexibility to take advantage of a development opportunity that best meets their needs. Examples could include anything from formal courses, conferences or training programs to informal learning experiences of the applicant’s own design that helps advance the applicant's professional development and organization’s goals.

Canadian National Day of Service Foundation partners with Wounded Warriors Canada

September 10, 2015

The Canadian National Day of Service Foundation (CNDSF) honours Canadians engaged in service to their community and provides direct financial support to select charities. The founders of CNDSF are family members of Canadians impacted by 9/11 who are dedicated to create a greater awareness in Canada of National Day of Service to honour Canadians who serve their country and community in extraordinary ways. The CNDSF is proud to announce its partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada. In 2015, all money raised through CNDSF will be donated to Wounded Warriors Canada in support of their mental health programs benefiting our ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families. On March 9, 2010, Canada officially recognized September 11 as National Day of Service, (Bill S-209). CNDSF is directing donors to the Wounded Warriors Canada website to make monthly, tribute in honour; and tribute in memory donations in the amount of $9.11.

Canadian Heritage Youth Take Charge program now accepting funding applications

September 8, 2015

Through partnerships with youth-serving organizations, the Youth Take Charge Program supports projects that exemplify an ability to strengthen youth attachment to Canada in the following thematic areas: history and heritage; civic engagement and youth service; arts and culture; and economic activities. The Program is now accepting applications for projects taking place between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. Applications for funding for multi-year projects (with a start date of April 1, 2016) can also be submitted. Projects promoting Canadian history and heritage will be given priority in this intake. The deadline for submitting an application is September 28, 2015.

BC association launches call for letters of intent for projects promoting mental health and wellness in older adults

September 8, 2015

The Community Action Initiative (CAI) is issuing a call for letters of intent for proposals to promote mental health and wellness in older adults, including those with low incomes, immigrant or refugee, and Aboriginal peoples living in community, assisted living, or residential care settings. Proposals that focus on a direct service to older adults with chronic health conditions are encouraged. Proposals that focus on promoting mental health and wellness in family caregivers of older adults will also be considered. This funding opportunity is linked to a larger service delivery opportunity, and thus implemented through a two-stage process. In this first convening stage, agencies will apply for a convening grant, which will be used to explore appropriate potential partnerships, and design a comprehensive service innovation program. Applicants who receive a CAI convening grant will then proceed to the second stage, where they will be invited to apply for a service innovation grant valued up to $200,000 to support a project lasting two to three years in duration.

Approximately twenty-five (25) convening grants, valued up to $10,000 each are available. The lead agency must be a non-government, not-for-profit, community-based organization or a First Nations Band in British Columbia. Non-government, not-for-profit, community-based organizations must supply proof of society/charitable status as part of the online application. First Nations band applicants are exempt from this requirement. Applicants must submit an online application for a convening grant prior to September 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm (Pacific Time).

Funding available for schools and daycares to create outdoor classrooms and play areas

September 8, 2015

The Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds program helps schools create outdoor classrooms to provide students with a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature. Since the program began in 2000, it has provided funds to over 3,000 schools from coast to coast, providing countless opportunities for students to engage with nature on their school grounds. Up to $3,500 for public schools and daycares located on school Board/District property and applications for the 2015–2016 funding cycle will be accepted on 3 intake dates throughout the school year:

  • Monday, September 28, 2015
  • Monday, December 14, 2015
  • Monday, March 28, 2016

Schools applying for funding must have school grounds that are: on school board/district property; publicly available (greater community included) outside of school hours; and publicly funded (i.e. non-tuition based). Daycares applying for funding must be: located within a public school and publicly available (greater community included) outside of operating hours.

New report to detail Canada’s largest point of sale fundraising

September 2, 2015

Companies & Causes Canada has started gathering data on point of sale fundraising campaigns (those that raised over $500,000 in 2014) for a first-of-its-kind report called “Canada’s Charity Checkout Champions”. The report will serve both as a benchmarking tool for companies and causes that ask consumers to contribute at the till as well as a best practices guide for practitioners. If your nonprofit organization raised over $500,000 in 2014 from consumers with corporate partners, you are eligible for inclusion in this important report. Fill out this online survey to be considered or email ms@companiesandcausescanada.com for more information.

Atkinson Decent Work Fund now accepting letters of interest from Ontario programs

September 1, 2015

The Atkinson Decent Work Fund, a funding program of the Atkinson Foundation, promotes social and economic justice in Ontario. It’s a grants program aimed at creating work, wealth and wellbeing for people and communities cut off from the well-traveled routes to prosperity. It’s about removing roadblocks, building bridges and taking detours to get to an economy that works for the 100% and the planet too. A webinar was hosted for prospective applicants in August. If there is sufficient interest, there will be a second one on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 10:00 am. Please contact Atkinson’s Administrative Coordinator Phillip Roh at info@atkinsonfoundation.ca if you are interested in attending the second session. The foundation invites you send a letter of inquiry for funding no later than Monday, September 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

Lawson Foundation announces new micro-grant funding opportunity for youth programs

September 1, 2015

The Lawson Foundation is excited to announce a new micro-grant funding opportunity - 5G Fund: Accelerate. The Foundation is inviting letters of intent from registered charities (and other qualified donees as per CRA) across Canada that support innovative educational initiatives focused on youth mental health. Successful proposals:

  • Must be youth-led, actively support the leadership of young Canadians, or have a positive impact on youth.
  • Must take place within Canada.
  • Should be innovative and creative and have a positive impact in a community.

Please check the Foundation's website for funding criteria, timelines and the link to submit an online application. Note that the submission deadline is Wednesday September 30th, 2015 at 1:00 pm EDT.

US report identifies challenges in getting donors to change their giving habits

September 1, 2015

The Camber Collective has released the new Money for Good 2015 report, which examines giving patterns in US households with incomes of $80K and up. Key findings from the report include:

  • Donors feel overwhelmed by the giving process, are often uncertain where to start, don’t have the information they want, feel pressed for time, and hence default to comfortable but less effective giving habits.
  • Donors don't know how much they give compared to their peers: 75% of Americans think they donate more than average. In reality, 72% contribute at a rate below the national average.
  • Donors want clearer communication with nonprofits: 49% don’t know how nonprofits are using their money, 34% feel hassled and 20% are unsure who benefits from the work they’re funding.
  • Nonprofit name recognition trumps impact: 61% prefer to give to well-known nonprofits but not necessarily the most effective organizations.
  • Donors are reluctant to change their giving patterns: 67% are loyal to their primary causes, only 13% intend to give to different nonprofits oand nly 9% compare nonprofits before giving.

Toronto youth organizations encouraged to apply to The Little Give

August 27, 2015

Each year, Edelman Canada employees in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal roll up their sleeves and take on The Little Give/Le Petit Geste for not-for-profit organizations in their communities. This year, Toronto’s Little Give will take place over three days from October 1 at 3pm to October 3 at 4pm. Inspired by Oprah’s Big Give, The Little Give is a volunteering program that taps into Edelman employees’ diverse skill sets and passion...as well as a whole lot of elbow grease...to make a difference in the communities around them. Staff dedicate 48 hours to work with incredible charity partners. Charities will be selected based on their diverse range of offerings and need. Organizations that meet the following criteria will be eligible for consideration:

  • Registered non-profit organization
  • Based in Toronto
  • Organization’s core work revolves around youth
  • Have at least one staff member available as a contact person from Thursday, October 1 at 3pm to Saturday, October 3 at 4pm (this does not need to be the same person for all three days).
  • Have a need or opportunity for Edelman employees to participate in a physical task

Please fill out this form to apply for the Little Give by September 9, 2015. Submit by email: jill.delarzac@edelman.com.

Calgary Foundation now accepting applications for Fall 2015

August 26, 2015

The Calgary Foundation's Community Grants Program promotes a healthy, vibrant community that embraces diversity and supports all of its members. The average size Community Grant over the past few years has been approximately $30,000 - although some are larger and some are smaller. Contact Grants staff to explore larger amounts that might be available for collaborative projects, or to inquire about smaller amounts for organizational development. The Fall 2015 Grant Request Template is now available and proposals must: Create New Futures; Engage Citizens; Strengthen Charities; and/or Explore and Celebrate Our History and Culture. The deadline for submissions is September 10, 2015.

Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards accepting nominations for 2015

August 26, 2015

The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards recognize extraordinary Albertans whose volunteer efforts have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members. Six awards, two in each category of youth, adult and senior are presented annually on or around International Volunteer Day, December 5. The 2015 nomination form is now available and the deadline for submissions is Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

Share your #UpgradeYourWorld ideas for a chance to receive funding from Microsoft

August 25, 2015

To mark the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft announced that they will help 10 global and 100 local nonprofits achieve greatness by investing more than $10 million in cash and technology. Is there a park or a community centre in your neighbourhood that needs a makeover? A local playground that needs new equipment? Do you have a friend, teacher or colleague who devotes themselves to making the world a better place? Microsoft wants to hear about it. Here's how you get involved: Tweet @WindowsCanada or comment on Windows Canada Facebook using the hashtag #UpgradeYourWorld, and tell Microsoft about the people or groups in your community who are empowering others to do great things. Or join the conversation and explain how you would upgrade your world. Over the coming months, Microsoft will bring a few of these suggestions to life. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2015.

GivingTuesday launches new charity toolkit for 2015

August 25, 2015

Planning to participate in GivingTuesday this December? GivingTuesday Canada has launched a new toolkit to help your charity make the most of this annual giving event. The GivingTuesday Toolkit for Charities includes background details and information on why you should consider participating, five steps to a successful campaign, how to access the resources you need and answers to frequently asked questions. In 2015, GivingTuesday takes place on December 1.

Help green your city this fall with TD Tree Days

August 25, 2015

This September and October, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is inviting Canadians to roll up their sleeves and help green where they live by volunteering at TD Tree Days. According to recent research from TD FEF, protecting existing green spaces (56%) and creating new ones (51%) are priorities when it comes to urban greening initiatives. Canadians polled strongly believe that these spaces are an important legacy for children and future generations (67%), important to the health of the community (61%), and help enhance economic value of the area (51%). Now in its sixth year, TD Tree Days is a grassroots community tree planting program. As TD's flagship volunteer program – and part of TD Bank's TD Forests program – TD Tree Days provides TD employees and their families, customers and community partners the opportunity to support local environmental stewardship. In the last five years, thousands of volunteers have planted over 185,000 trees from coast to coast through TD Tree Days. To see if there is a TD Tree Days planting in your community or for more information, visit tdtreedays.com.

Toronto Foundation's 16th Vital Signs Report exposes pervasive inequity among citizens

Released today, Toronto Foundation's 16th Toronto's Vital Signs Report reveals the extent to which inequity infiltrates all aspects of life in the city. For the first time in its history, the report uses an equity lens to disaggregate data and paints a clear picture that quality of life in Toronto varies drastically depending on neighbourhood, income, race, immigration status, gender, sexual identity, and age. The report also gives Torontonians concrete, actionable steps to be part of ending inequity in the city. Some general facts highlighted in the report:

  • The middle income range is between $24,000 and $42,000. This is the middle class in Toronto. This group saw income gains of just 6% over ten years while the top fifth of earners experienced a 9% increase.
  • The number of residents living on low income has grown to 20% of the population, and the average real employment increase for this cohort was 6% from 2005-2015, while the top fifth of all earners saw an increase of 9%.
  • For the first time, there are more seniors than children in Toronto and the most common household type (replacing couples with children) is people living alone.
  • For the first time, more than half identify as belonging to a visible minority.
  • Toronto is a thriving global centre. The population has grown to more than 2.7 million (up 4.5% between 2001 and 2016).

The 2017/18 Toronto's Vital Signs report concludes with a bold call to action (page 75) to use the report to spark dialogue, inform upcoming voting decisions and disrupt charitable giving patterns. The full report can be read here.

Toronto Foundation's 16th Vital Signs Report exposes pervasive inequity among citizens

Released today, Toronto Foundation's 16th Toronto's Vital Signs Report reveals the extent to which inequity infiltrates all aspects of life in the city. For the first time in its history, the report uses an equity lens to disaggregate data and paints a clear picture that quality of life in Toronto varies drastically depending on neighbourhood, income, race, immigration status, gender, sexual identity, and age. The report also gives Torontonians concrete, actionable steps to be part of ending inequity in the city. Some general facts highlighted in the report:

  • The middle income range is between $24,000 and $42,000. This is the middle class in Toronto. This group saw income gains of just 6% over ten years while the top fifth of earners experienced a 9% increase.
  • The number of residents living on low income has grown to 20% of the population, and the average real employment increase for this cohort was 6% from 2005-2015, while the top fifth of all earners saw an increase of 9%.
  • For the first time, there are more seniors than children in Toronto and the most common household type (replacing couples with children) is people living alone.
  • For the first time, more than half identify as belonging to a visible minority.
  • Toronto is a thriving global centre. The population has grown to more than 2.7 million (up 4.5% between 2001 and 2016).

The 2017/18 Toronto's Vital Signs report concludes with a bold call to action (page 75) to use the report to spark dialogue, inform upcoming voting decisions and disrupt charitable giving patterns. The full report can be read here.