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Builder's transformational gift names Markham Stouffville Hospital's Cancer Clinic

October 30, 2018

On October 30, Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) will host a celebration and unveiling event in honour of the seven-figure donation made by Mr. Shakir Rehmatullah, President & Founder of Flato Developments Inc. This monumental gift will support extraordinary patient care by funding the acquisition of priority medical equipment, innovative technology and emerging hospital needs. In honour and recognition of this transformational gift, the hospital is proud to name and announce – The Shakir Rehmatullah Cancer Clinic. Both Mr. Rehmatullah and his company are long-time MSH supporters having generously contributed towards the most recent capital expansion of the hospital and numerous fundraising events. Mr. Rehmatullah often gives anonymously and has asked MSH to hold the amount of his gift in confidence.

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy announces 2018 High Performers List

October 30, 2018

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) has recognized 54 US and 10 Canadian development organizations as high-performing fundraisers in the health care industry for fiscal year 2017. These organizations are primarily foundations affiliated with nonprofit hospitals or health systems and were surveyed for AHP's 2018 Report on Giving, which provides key industry benchmarks for health care fundraisers. The full list is available here. High performers are defined in the report as those organizations who represent the top 25 percent in net fundraising returns out of all responding institutions. This means they raised more than $12.4 million in the U.S. and more than $14 million in Canada and represented a median of $27.29 million in the US and $19.61 million in Canada in net fundraising returns. Congratulations to the Canadian charities who made this year's list!

BC Cancer Foundation announces historic $18-million anonymous gift

October 25, 2018

The BC Cancer Foundation announced a historic $18.346-million philanthropic grant from the Aqueduct Foundation on behalf of an anonymous donor that aims to transform treatment for people facing metastatic cancer. The funds will fuel a world-leading Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics program at BC Cancer spanning research and development of cutting-edge radiopharmaceuticals through to clinical trials. The funds will establish BC Cancer’s Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics program under the leadership of Dr. François Bénard, BC Leadership Chair in Functional Cancer Imaging. Over the next five years, the program will expand its infrastructure, scale-up scientific development of radioactive isotope treatments and launch a series of clinical trials.

Canadian girls experience sexism early and often according to new report by Girl Guides of Canada

October 24, 2018

Although an overwhelming majority of teens in Canada believe that men and women should be treated equally in all areas based on their competency and not their gender (98% of girls; 95% of boys), a new nationwide survey of girls and boys aged 12-17 commissioned by Girl Guides of Canada (GGC) reveals a very different picture, particularly for girls. The survey, conducted by Ipsos in September 2018 on behalf of GGC, asked key questions about attitudes and behaviours related to gender inequality, sexism and feminism. To read the full report, go to www.girlguides.ca/LetGirlsGuide.

Girls are two times more likely than boys to say they've experienced sexism (43% vs. 21%) and are significantly more likely to say that gender inequality has impacted their lives (35% vs. 20%). Further, their experiences with inequality start early: teens report noticing gender inequality in their lives for the first time at around 11 years of age on average, with more than half of girls (54%) saying they first noticed it between the ages of 10 and 13. Young Canadians recognize that gender inequality is still a reality in 2018; 69% of girls in Canada said they believe there is currently gender inequality in terms of social, political and/or economic rights in Canada. Boys were significantly less likely than girls to agree, but still more than half (60%) said they believe that there is currently inequality between boys/men and girls/women.

Human resources survey identifies employer priorities for 2019

October 23, 2018

Morneau Shepell has released its 2018 Trends in Human Resources Survey. Each year, Morneau Shepell conducts a survey on Canadian employers' priorities for the coming year, expected changes in compensation and the opportunities and challenges that have the potential to affect the Canadian workplace in 2019. This year, Morneau Shepell found that salaries are expected to increase by an average of 2.6% in 2019. The study also found that some of the top priorities for HR leaders include improving employee engagement, improving the mental health of employees and reducing employee turnover. In addition, the company found that the upcoming legalization of cannabis, the #MeToo movement, dealing with increasing health costs and optimizing retirement plans are among the top emerging issues to watch.

Engineers Canada accepting 2019 award nominations

October 23, 2018

Engineers Canada's annual awards honour outstanding Canadian engineers, teams of engineers, engineering projects or achievements, and engineering students. There are nine categories for awards, including a special category for Community Service. In all of the categories except for the Gold Medal Student Award and the Award of Journalism Excellence in Engineering, you must be a professional engineer licensed with one of Canada’s engineering regulatory bodies. Award nominations will be accepted until January 11, 2019.

Statistics Canada launches crowdsourcing consultation on new Centre for Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics

October 23, 2018

As part of its commitment to meet evolving information needs, Statistics Canada has launched a crowdsourcing site to obtain input from Canadians on the new Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics hub. The hub serves as a focal point for data produced by the new Centre for Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics, which aims to address gaps in the availability of information by gender, sex and other intersecting identity factors, such as disability, Aboriginal status (First Nations, Métis and Inuit), and other ethno-cultural characteristics. The hub enables users to easily access and analyze a wealth of statistical information, relevant to the evaluation of programs, policies and other initiatives from a gender, diversity and inclusion perspective. The crowdsourcing site includes six short questions, allowing Canadians to let Statistics Canada know what kind of data they would like to see in the new hub. Participation is anonymous and respondent information is protected by the Privacy Act. All Canadians are invited to participate until December 21, 2018.

Library and Archives Canada offers financial assistance to preserve and share your history and documentary heritage

October 23, 2018

Library and Archives Canada announced today the launch of the 2019–2020 funding cycle for its Documentary Heritage Communities Program. Since this program was introduced in 2015, some 130 organizations have taken advantage of the financial assistance provided to enhance their capacity to sustainably preserve, share and highlight Canada's documentary heritage. Every dollar invested helps to increase awareness of and access to local and regional histories that should be known and told across the country, not only in the communities where the projects originated. Eligible libraries, archival centres and other memory institutions can now apply for a portion of the $1.5 million that will be allocated in 2019–2020. The Program's eligibility criteria and guidelines are posted on the Library and Archives Canada website. Please review them carefully because some changes have been made that may affect applications. For questions about the Program, call Library and Archives Canada at 819-997-0893 or 1-844-757-8035, or email bac.contributions.lac@canada.ca. The application deadline for the 2019–2020 funding cycle is January 8, 2019, at 11:59 pm, Eastern Standard Time.

TELUS gives $120 million to launch the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation

October 22, 2018

TELUS announced it is giving $120 million, launching the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation, an independent charitable organization mandated to address the social and economic challenges facing Canada’s disadvantaged youth. Across Canada, 1.5 million children go hungry without access to nutritious food every single day; 350,000 young people are in government care and, lacking the support of a family, often experience trauma and an isolating transition into adulthood; 30,000 Canadians, many of them young people, are homeless on any given night and lack vital access to healthcare; and 40% of low-income families lack affordable access to the Internet, putting kids at risk of falling behind in school. The Friendly Future Foundation builds on the many achievements of the TELUS Community Boards to date and ensures TELUS’ commitment to giving will be sustained for decades to come

An estimated 3.5 million raised for local charities at the 2018 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

October 22, 2018

More than 25,000 people, from over 70 countries, took part in the 29th annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon this weekend, raising an estimated $3.5 million for nearly 200 local charities, through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is one of Scotiabank's six sponsored running events in Canada this year, with events taking place in Montreal, Halifax, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.

CSAE launches Associations Connect, an online community for association professionals

October 16, 2018

The Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) today announced the launch of Associations Connect, the first-ever online community in Canada dedicated to connecting association and not-for-profit professionals for networking, dialogue, and resource sharing. Some of the features of the new online community, which is powered by Higher Logic, include a resource library, an online discussion forum, sub-communities and a directory. The resource library is a place to submit and access original research and content pertaining to the associations and not-for-profit sector. The online discussion forum and sub-communities can be used to create industry-specific streams within the community. The directory can be used to find and reach out to other professionals in the sector. Those who already have a profile up in CSAE.com can use the same login information to sign in to Associations Connect. Those who do not have a profile up in CSAE.com can simply sign up with their email.

Toronto Foundation’s Vital Ideas and Leadership grant stream is now open for 2019

October 16, 2018

These one-time strategic grants support organizations addressing quality of life issues in Toronto, as highlighted in Toronto’s Vital Signs Report and fund new strategic activities that will increase the effectiveness and sustainability of an initiative and position it for deeper impact. Through Vital Ideas & Leadership, Toronto Foundation will provide grants of up to $50,000 over one year to support:

  • The idea – strategic activities to position an initiative for deeper impact.
  • Professional development – to support key leadership for the idea.
  • Evaluation – to develop an evaluation framework to measure the deepened impact of the initiative.

For more information and to access the application form and guidelines, click here. To register for an orientation session, RSVP through Eventbrite. The deadline to apply is November 29, 2018.

Bell Let’s Talk doubles contributions to community mental health care in Greater Montréal

October 16, 2018

The Bell Let's Talk initiative is proud to donate $300,000 to 16 community mental health organizations to help improve access to care in Greater Montréal. The increase in support reflects the decision by Bell Let's Talk to double the size of its national Community Fund to $2 million annually beginning in 2018.

Majority of Canadian girls report experiencing gender discrimination and have a female friend who has been sexually harassed

October 16, 2018

To mark International Day of the Girl and one year since the #MeToo movement went viral, Plan International Canada has released key findings from a new national survey that reveal just how 'normal' sexual harassment, gender discrimination and insecurity continue to be for girls across Canada. Of 1,002 girls ages 14- to 24-years-old surveyed nationwide, three in four (75%) report experiencing gender-based discrimination, while two in three (66%) report having a female friend who has been sexually harassed. Only 16% of Canadian girls report feeling completely safe in public spaces. The survey, Girls in Canada: Gender Equality Today, which was conducted online from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14 by Nanos Research, shows that despite the prevalence of gender-based discrimination, girls in Canada are resilient, defiant and they remain hopeful. More than two in three (68%) Canadian girls say the #MeToo movement has given them a sense of hopefulness about the future of gender equality.

The Donald Berman Foundation gives the Children's $5,000,000 to meet its most urgent needs

October 16, 2018

The Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation (MCHF) is proud to announce a $5,000,000 donation from the Donald Berman Foundation to the Healthy Kids Fund, which helps meet our young patients' most urgent needs. Committed to various children's causes, the Donald Berman Foundation has given the Children's more than $5.7 million over the past few years. As a gesture of recognition for their generous contribution, the Hospital has renamed its main entrance the Entrée Donald Berman Entrance.

Take #30MinutesThatMatter to shape the future of cancer care

October 15, 2018

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (the Partnership) announces the launch of the #30MinutesThatMatter campaign asking Canadians to share their experiences about cancer to directly shape how prevention, screening, care and survivorship are delivered in this country over the next decade. The federal Minister of Health has asked the Partnership, as the steward of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control, to undertake this public engagement work. Canadians' opinions will shape recommendations to update the country's cancer control strategy. All Canadians are encouraged to participate, including people living with cancer, those caring for someone with cancer, and anyone who knows someone with cancer. Take #30MinutesThatMatter and visit cancerstrategy.ca to complete the Choicebook™, an online survey that lets Canadians identify what's most important to them and have their say on improving how cancer care is delivered. The Choicebook™ is part of the Partnership's Canada-wide public engagements on how to evolve the cancer control strategy. The Partnership is working alongside provincial cancer agencies and programs, cancer organizations, charities, patients, caregivers, the private sector and First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada, to identify and address the most pressing challenges faced by those affected by cancer.

RBC launches 10th annual Black History Month student essay competition

October 15, 2018

As part of the celebrations for next February's Black History Month, the Royal Bank of Canada today announced a call for submissions for the 10th Annual RBC Black History Month Student Essay Competition. This year there are 30 available scholarships, including three top prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500. The competition is open to all Canadian grade 12 students who are applying to a Canadian post-secondary school for the 2019/20 academic year. It asks students to learn about and share their thoughts on how black Canadians have helped to define Canada's diverse heritage and identity through their achievements and contributions to the broader society. The competition will be judged by a jury of community leaders from across Canada, and the winners will be announced on February 8, 2019. Essays must be 750 words or less and must be submitted by December 7, 2018. Full details can be found online at www.rbc.com/essay.

Participate now in Senate Committee's electronic questionnaire on nonprofit sector challenges

October 15, 2018

On January 30, 2018, the Senate passed a motion to create the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector to examine the impact of the charitable and nonprofit sector and the rules that govern it. As part of its study, the committee has developed an electronic questionnaire that is designed to help the committee better understand the challenges faced by the sector. The questionnaire has 18 questions and will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The questionnaire will be open until 11:59 pm on November 2, 2018. All data collected will be treated as confidential and will not be shared with third parties. The committee’s final report will include key results from the survey and will be made available on the committee’s website. Be assured that no identifying information, such as your organization’s name, will appear in the committee’s final report, or any related publications. Any questions about this electronic consultation should be directed to the committee’s clerk, Mr. Kevin Pittman.

CERIC releases free e-book identifying tips for nonprofits & charities to attract and retain staff

October 10, 2018

CERIC has released a new e-book available for free download that identifies 40+ low-cost tips, activities and actions that nonprofits and charities can take right now (some in only 10 minutes a day) to attract, engage and retain staff. Written by author Lisa Taylor in an innovative “travel guide” format, the publication includes:

  • Special sections on new graduates, the aging workforce and precarious employment, and provides planning templates and links to unique resources
  • Research, facts and statistics that shed new light on Canada’s nonprofit workforce
  • Practical career management tools to use with employees in ways that advance thriving careers and build the capacity of the nonprofit sector

Career management – even for the smallest nonprofits – offers a strategic lever for stronger performance. Indeed, career management affects more than just employee satisfaction and loyalty. It drives better client service, faster identification of ways to deliver on your mission and increased opportunity for growth – for staff as well as for your organization. Download your free copy of the e-book today.

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