Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) has appointed Jean-Marc Mangin as their new president and CEO, effective July 1, 2019. He succeeds Hilary Pearson, who has led PFC since 2001. Mr. Mangin brings a breadth of knowledge from his various roles spanning more than thirty years in civil society, the Federal Government, and the UN, including more than a decade in executive roles at the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Global Call for Climate Action, and CUSO.
PFC facilitates collaboration and mobilizes philanthropic action in addition to providing tools and resources to promote effective grantmaking. PFC will be highlighting collaboration as a theme at its upcoming symposium The Future of Philanthropy: Working Across Boundaries in Calgary, October 16 and 17th.
Community Foundations of Canada welcomes today's announcement of $22 million from the new Investment Readiness Program. This investment will allow community foundations and partners from across the country to support local innovation, social enterprise and social financing to tackle some of our most pressing issues like climate change and affordable housing. Through CFC, community foundations and other partners across the country will flow funds directly to social purpose organizations such as charities, non-profits and for-profit social enterprises. This will help them access what they need to build their own capacity and readiness for social finance, investments that create positive social and environmental impacts, as well as financial returns. The Responsible Investment Association estimates that in 2017, the Canadian impact and responsible investment market totalled $9.2 billion. CFC will also be playing a role in raising awareness of the Investment Readiness Program across Canada, convening a range of participating partners and leading a process to conduct a developmental evaluation of its success.
The Strategic Opportunities program from the British Columbia Arts Council assists BC arts and cultural organizations undertake significant strategic projects to address artistic and organizational opportunities and challenges, including:
- support for the creation of new work (including commissioning and collaboration);
- innovation in or enhancement of programming activity;
- capacity building;
- organizational transition; and/or
- investment in small capital projects (facilities or specialized equipment).
Proposals made to this program should be able to demonstrate a high level of organizational self-assessment and self-representation; clearly articulate the conceptual and strategic rigour, risk and innovation in the project; and define the relationship between the proposed project and the organization’s history, mandate, ongoing activity and strategic trajectory. Successful applications will address challenges and opportunities in one or more of the various aspects of the organization. Projects should fall into one of three categories:
- Artistic Capacity
- Organizational Development and Transition
- Capital Projects
The maximum award available through this program is $30,000 and the application deadline is July 2, 2019.
Applications for SVP Calgary’s Fast Pitch 2019 are now live. Program runs September 11 to November 7. This year, there is no semi-final competition, meaning ALL participants will present their pitch live on stage in front of 400+ audience members at Telus Spark on November 7. Applications will be accepted in the following categories:
- Collaboration: Two nonprofit organizations currently partnering on projects or programs will work side by side to perfect their pitch. At SVP Calgary, we have a theory there is amazing collaboration already happening in the nonprofit sector. And we think not enough people know about this! (4 teams of 2; 5 minute pitch)
- SVP Calgary Investment Focus: Nonprofits that provide programming and/or services for 12-15 year olds building resiliency outside of school hours. (4 teams of 1, 3 minute pitch)
- General: Any nonprofit doing great work in Calgary. (4 teams of 1, 3 minute pitch). Just like in previous years, we want to learn about interesting nonprofits doing great work in our city.
The deadline for applications is June 28, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. MDT.
Recruiting is no walk in the park, according to new research from global staffing firm Robert Half. Canadian companies face a number of challenges throughout the hiring process, the greatest being generating interest from qualified candidates (32%) and developing compensation packages and negotiating salaries (20%), as reported by more than 600 senior managers. Making an offer to a candidate isn't the end of the recruiting road. When asked to name the most common reason prospective hires decide not to join their company, nearly three in 10 (28%) of senior managers said it's because applicants accepted another position or counteroffer. Twenty-five percent of senior managers said candidates turned down a job from their company because the compensation and benefits were lower than expected.
Americans are more likely to have a positive image of (89%), trust in (86%) and be loyal (83%) to brands that lead with Purpose, according to the 2019 Porter Novelli/Cone Purpose Biometrics Study. This first-of-its-kind biometrics study, examines not only what consumers say they will do to support responsible brands, but also how they feel and physically react when exposed to Purpose-driven messaging. By leading with Purpose and connecting with consumers on shared values, companies are poised to build significant and lasting relationships with individuals. Nearly eight-in-10 (79%) Americans say they feel a deeper personal connection to companies with values similar to their own. And, nearly three-quarters (72%) of consumers believe Purpose-driven companies care about them and their families more. The emotional bonds formed by leading with Purpose inspires individuals to promote the brand in many ways:
- 72% - Feel proud to be associated with the brand (e.g., wearing the company logo)
- 74% - Tell others to buy products from that company
- 62% - Share information about that company on their social networks
These ardent supporters are also keen to support Purpose-driven companies even in tough times. Seventy-five percent of Americans said they'd be more willing to forgive a company if it makes a misstep, and the same amount (75%) would defend that company if someone spoke badly of it.
School Mental Health Ontario - Santé mentale en milieu scolaire Ontario will engage secondary students across Ontario to hear student voices, improve youth engagement in school-based mental health programming, and inform a provincial student mental health leadership strategy. Through an online survey, and in-person forums, English and French students will have a voice in the development of mental health awareness and wellness promotion efforts in Ontario's publicly-funded schools. The online survey launches on June 3rd and will remain open until July 12th. The survey will be focused on student mental health knowledge needs and preferences. Regional forums will provide an opportunity for students to think together about ideas for promoting student mental health in Ontario schools, and how students can be engaged as leaders in school-based mental health initiatives. Forums are taking place in London, Ottawa, Thunder Bay and Toronto. Mental health support will be available at all forums.
The Youth-Led Roadmap for Gender Equality: A Plan to Achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5 in Canada was released today. Developed by the Youth for Gender Equality (YGE) initiative, which was co-led by Plan International Canada and the Canadian Teachers' Federation, funded by TD Bank Group, and facilitated in partnership by more than 20 organizations, the Roadmap provides tangible actions for individual Canadians, the private sector, and government at all levels to take towards gender equality in Canada.
The uniquely youth-led Roadmap reflects the powerful perspectives of over 300 youth from all over Canada with diverse experiences and backgrounds, such as youth who have experienced homelessness, Indigenous youth, young people of colour, newcomers to Canada and members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, among others, as well as individuals from remote and rural communities in Canada.
The Roadmap includes 20 recommendations that individual Canadians can take today to achieve gender equality within their homes, communities and beyond. It also includes more than 40 additional recommendations targeted at public institutions, the private sector and governments to help Canada achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender equality, by the goals' end date of 2030.
Through the Department for Women and Gender Equality, the Government of Canada is entering into three funding agreements with organizations that will match up to $30 million of federal funding into gender equality efforts. The new matching partnerships with Community Foundations of Canada, Canadian Women’s Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada, will provide funding to women’s organizations in Canada. Through Global Affairs Canada, the government is investing $300 million to bring the granting, philanthropic and investment worlds together into a single platform, working with the Equality Fund, selected through a competitive process, to establish this innovative platform.
The Equality Fund will not only create a sustainable and predictable source of funding for women’s rights organizations and movements in developing countries, but will also shift how investment decisions are made for gender equality outcomes: by providing resources directly to women’s rights organizations and by making investments that support gender equality. The Equality Fund has mobilized initial investments of $100 million as a result of the Government of Canada’s initial $300 million commitment. The Equality Fund will also mobilize funding for women’s rights organizations in Canada.