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.

    Canadians are having trouble disconnecting from the internet

    July 9, 2019

    Today, The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) published its annual look at the state of the nation's internet — Canada's Internet Factbook 2019. As summer begins across Canada, the survey of more than 2000 Canadians found that 85% had not gone "off-the-grid" (spent more than one-week offline) in the last year, and only one in five had even disconnected for eight consecutive hours. Some highlights from the survey include:

    • Boomers are embracing smartphones. The percentage of those 55+ who browse the web using mobile devices has increased from 24% in 2015 to 57% in 2019
    • Three-quarters of Canadians surf the internet while watching TV
    • 9% completed their education online
    • 22% found a job online

    Ontario sets new record for organ donation and transplants

    July 5, 2019

    New preliminary data available from Trillium Gift of Life Network, Ontario's donation and transplant agency, reveals an unprecedented number of lives saved through organ donation and transplantation in a single quarter. In the first quarter of 2019/20 (April 1 – June 30, 2019), a record number of organ transplants saved the lives of 388 Ontarians. This achievement is credited to Trillium Gift of Life Network's world-class practices in organ and tissue donation and transplantation, the commitment of its hospital partners and transplant programs, and most importantly, the altruism of donor families who contributed to an increase in deceased organ donation. During the same reporting period, a record 106 deceased organ donors generously gave the gift of life to someone in the end stages of a terminal disease, and an additional 553 tissue donors gave the gift of eyes, skin, bone and heart valves.

    Good Works releases State of the Legacy Nation 2019 whitepaper

    July 4, 2019

    Good Works has just launched its newest research paper, State of the Legacy Nation 2019. A lot has changed since the last legacy research paper was released in 2014. Earlier this year, Good Works teamed up with Environics Research to explore today’s charitable giving behaviours and compared it to the data over the past decade. This year’s research has revealed some big findings that will affect the way organizations approach their legacy fundraising efforts going forward. In the report, they take a deep dive into today’s Canadian legacy market and forecast the next 5 years to come. So just how big is the revenue? Well the numbers are in and it’s huge! Download the newest whitepaper and read it for yourself!

    First Peoples' Cultural Council accepting applications for micro grants and Indigenous Arts Program

    July 4, 2019

    The First Peoples' Cultural Council Micro-Grant program assists Indigenous artists and collectives in British Columbia to achieve outcomes that respond to extenuating circumstances and emergent needs, as well as contribute to professional development in all artistic disciplines. Applications for this program are accepted throughout the year and may be submitted at any time. With grants of $1,000, this program will assist with projects initiated and directed by Indigenous artists and collectives (groups of three or more people) who have demonstrated commitment to their artistic practice.

    Applications are also being accepted for the Indigenous Arts Program, which includes the categories: Emerging Individual Artists; Organizations and Collectives; Sharing Traditional Arts; Arts Administrator Internships; Community Land-Based Arts. The deadline for these grants is September 15, 2019.

    Children's Aid Foundation of Canada announces finalists for the 2019 Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award

    July 3, 2019

    Children's Aid Foundation of Canada is pleased to announce the six finalists for The Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award, which recognizes extraordinary Canadians whose efforts have improved the lives of vulnerable children. Established in 2018, the Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award winner will direct a total of $75,000 in grants from Children's Aid Foundation of Canada to a child welfare, child rights or child- and youth-serving organization. The national award winner will be announced at Children's Aid Foundation of Canada's Stand Up for Kids Night presented by CIBC on September 11, 2019. More information about the 2019 finalists is available here.

    Free mini-course shows how to create impact with evidence-based implementation

    June 27, 2019

    The mission of The Center for Implementation is to accelerate the application of implementation science to improve outcomes. For a limited time, they are offering their first ever online mini-course for free: Inspiring Change: Creating impact with evidence-based implementation. This mini-course will empower and enable you to:

    • Gain an overview of evidence-based implementation so you can plan your change initiative more proactively
    • Discover how process models, theories, and frameworks can be the backbone of your change plan
    • Be inspired to use behavior change theory
    • Be more purposeful with your time, by addressing high-priority areas and anticipating resistance to change
    • Learn simple tricks and tips that can set you up for success

    Sign up for free – you can launch into the modules right away!

    Deadline extended to apply for pro bono management consulting

    June 27, 2019

    Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-Profits, a Canadian charity that provides management consulting to improve organizational capacity and community impact for nonprofits, has extended the application deadline for their 2019 Fall/Winter consulting engagements. Organizations now have until July 19 to submit their applications. Be sure to read their full eligibility requirements before applying.

    New study shines light on workplace romance

    June 27, 2019

    Canadians are finding love at work but many are hiding it from their coworkers, according to a new study by ADP Canada. Based on self-reported figures, one-third of working Canadians are now or have been romantically involved with a coworker. Despite the prevalence of workplace romance across Canada, many employees still feel the need to keep their relationship secret. Nearly half (45%) of those in workplace relationships kept it a secret from someone, with 27% keeping it a secret from everyone at work. The study, by Leger Research for ADP Canada, revealed Canadians are more likely to hide a relationship from human resources (37%) or management (40%) than from their colleagues.

    Part of this secrecy could be credited to a fear of penalization or a misunderstanding of workplace policies. Approximately half (49%) of participants claim their company does not have a formal policy that addresses workplace relationships. This percentage was even higher in Quebec, with 65% reporting there was no clear policy at their company. But employees aren't opposed to workplace romance. In fact, a large majority (83% combined) are open to relationships at work, indicating relationships between colleagues should be allowed, or they don't care if people they work with are in romantic relationships.

    The Scotiabank Charity Challenge in Vancouver raises a record $1.2 million dollars

    June 24, 2019

    The 2019 Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5k had many highlights, with $1.2 million dollars being raised for local organizations through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, capping off a spectacular, record-setting day. Milton, Ontario's Ben Preisner had an impressive Half-Marathon debut to take the men's title in 65:41, while North Vancouver's Natasha Wodak narrowly missed the course record in a time of 71:21. They raced to victory ahead of a sold out crowd of 6,440 participants, who came from 36 countries, eight Canadian provinces and 27 American states.

    TD calls for innovative solutions to help increase equitable health outcomes

    June 24, 2019

    TD announced today that applications are open for the 2019 TD Ready Challenge, its annual North American initiative that has a total of 10 grants of $1 million (CDN) each, available to be awarded to ten future-forward organizations offering innovative solutions for a changing world. Launched last year, the TD Ready Challenge acts as a springboard for social innovation to help forge relationships, test new ideas and scale solutions for emerging problems. Eligible organizations are invited to submit proposals offering solutions to a specific issue identified within The Ready Commitment, TD's corporate citizenship platform.

    This year's TD Ready Challenge focuses on Better Health. TD is seeking proposals focused on helping improve access to early detection and intervention for disease, with the goal of helping to increase equitable health outcomes for more people. This includes programs grounded in clinical solutions that focus on preventative efforts, such as screening, early detection and intervention innovations, with the aim to reduce the onset, development and severity of chronic disease and illness.

    Proposals must satisfy one or both of the following criteria: they must aim to improve on existing healthcare practices and services to help reach underserved and remote populations (Canada), or low-to-moderate income populations (U.S); and/or they must utilize technologies to reach underserved and remote populations (Canada) or low-to-moderate income populations (U.S). Applications will be accepted until Friday, August 23 at 4 p.m. EST and will be judged in multiple rounds by panels consisting of TD executives and external subject matter experts. Those selected as grant recipients will be announced in fall 2019.

    Deadline extended for Canada's Volunteer Awards

    June 24, 2019

    The Government of Canada has extended the Call for Nominations deadline for Canada's Volunteer Awards! The call will now be open until July 31, 2019. That means six additional weeks for interested nominators to assemble a nomination for consideration for a Canada’s Volunteer Award. Please take this time to consider the people and organisations around you doing amazing volunteer work that lifts up their communities. Thank you for helping support and recognize the significant contributions of individual volunteers, non-profit organizations, businesses and social enterprises across the country!

    Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector releases new report summarizing findings

    June 21, 2019

    The federal government needs to renew its relationship with charities, nonprofits and volunteers if it is to sustain good work in the future. In a new report, the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector details the strategies and regulatory reforms needed to maximize the impact of this sector in communities both here in Canada and around the world. Established in January 2018 to examine the impact of laws and policies governing the sector in Canada, the committee held extensive consultations with charities, nonprofit, and volunteer groups to learn how Canada could better support their important work.

    Themes quickly emerged. While people are at the heart of the sector’s success, organizations expressed concern about recruiting the next generation of volunteers to meet the growing demands and retaining paid staff as other sectors compete for the same talent pool. Canadians’ giving patterns have shifted, and the federal funding for programs and services delivered by charities, nonprofits and volunteer organizations continue to be short-term and precarious. The legal framework governing the sector is out of date and can sometimes impede organizations’ work. And the relationship between the sector and the federal government should be strengthened by identifying a home for the sector within a specific department or agency.

    The committee makes a number of practical recommendations to address those issues and more. Members of the committee recognize that there are ways to improve how the federal government can better support the charitable and non-profit sector and the valuable work that it performs.

    New research shows Canadian seniors volunteer more time and money than any other age group

    June 20, 2019

    Canadian seniors are leaders when it comes to giving both time and money to the causes that matter most to them according to The Revera Report on Aging: Living a Life of Purpose, the 8th report on aging and ageism released today by Revera. Revera's report celebrates the contributions seniors continue to make in Canadian society and demonstrates that Canadians over the age of 65 volunteer more hours and donate more money to the causes that are important to them than any other age group. Survey highlights include:

    • Canadians over the age of 65 contributed 42% of all donations, equaling more than $4 billion, with an average donation of $2,500 according to Statistics Canada. This exceeds the national average by 40%.
    • Nine in ten Canadian seniors say they do something to support the charities or causes that are important to them. In fact, 82% say they donate money and more than one third (37%) volunteer their time.
    • Volunteers over the age of 65 contribute on average 214 volunteer hours annually, well above the national average of 154 hours per volunteer and they are more likely to be considered a "top volunteer." Top volunteers are those who are in the top 25% in terms of hours volunteered.
    • Eighty-nine percent of Canadian seniors believe they can play a significant role in working towards solutions to the issues affecting the world and a further 87% agree they are hopeful future generations will make the world a better place.

    ONN invites Ontario nonprofits to take part in their Sector 360° survey

    June 19, 2019

    ONN invites you to take their Sector 360° survey. One year since the 2018 provincial election, ONN is interested in exploring how the sector is faring with its funding and programs. The objective of the survey is to gather information on how recent decisions made by the Ontario government are directly and indirectly impacting nonprofits across Ontario. This survey is open to nonprofits, charities and nonprofit co-operatives with a mission to serve a public benefit, including grassroots groups in Ontario. The survey should be completed by a representative (e.g. executive director or management staff) who can speak to your organization's overall finances and programming. Only one person from your organization should fill out the survey. The survey takes 10 - 20 minutes to fill out, and the deadline to complete the survey is July 12, 2019.

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