Nominate deserving families for HGTV home renovation

June 19, 2019

HGTV Canada and Proper Television are looking for the most deserving families in your neighbourhood who need a major home makeover. Who in your community is always giving back? Has come through hard times? Is worthy of an epic renovation by HGTV Canada’s biggest stars? Tell us about the people in your community who are the most deserving! Big Home Overhaul (working title) is HGTV Canada’s new feel-good renovation series that follows the network’s most talented contractors and designers as they come together to deliver whole-home renovations to incredibly deserving homeowners. The series is hosted by Cheryl Hickey (ET Canada), and will premiere on HGTV Canada in Spring 2020. Submit your nominations here.

Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) announces a new president and CEO

June 19, 2019

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.

Scotiabank makes $3.1 million donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

June 19, 2019

Youth mentorship has been given a boost thanks to a $3.1 million donation by Scotiabank to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. The donation by Scotiabank will accelerate one-to-one mentoring relationships, directly changing the lives of hundreds of youth and their families in communities across Canada. The donation will also build the capacity for youth mentorship through support for volunteer recruitment and impact measurement initiatives.

Social enterprises, finance and innovation in Canada gets $22M boost

June 13, 2019

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.

Strategic opportunities grant funding available from BC Arts Council

June 11, 2019

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.

Canadian employers underestimate the presence of chronic disease in the workforce

June 11, 2019

The 22nd edition of The Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey uncovered gaps in knowledge that can serve to help guide decision-making among employers who provide health benefit plans to employees. A persistent gap is employers' underestimation of the presence of chronic disease in their workforce, which suggests they may also underestimate the negative impact of unmanaged disease on productivity. The report suggests there is a growing urgency to do more for chronic disease as:

  • 54% of plan members have been diagnosed with at least one chronic disease or condition, increasing to 69% among those aged 55 to 64.
  • Plan sponsors estimate that 39% of their workforce has a chronic condition.
  • When chronic pain is added to the equation, 67% of employees have a condition that can impact productivity and lead to repeated absences from the workplace.
  • 87% of employees with a chronic condition would like to know more about their condition and how to treat it.
  • 82% of employers would like their benefit plan to do more to support employees with chronic conditions.

Calgary-based global water charity receives multi-million dollar boost

June 11, 2019

CAWST, Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, announced today two significant gifts from David O'Brien and Geoffrey Cumming that will see all new donations matched, up to $12 million. CAWST is a Canadian charity and not-for-profit engineering consultancy that provides practical training to organizations in developing countries on household water and sanitation solutions

Pro bono consulting services exclusively for small nonprofits

June 10, 2019

Applications are now open to become an Endeavour client for a 6-month consulting engagement starting in Fall 2019. Our pro bono services encompass four key areas: strategic planning, marketing effectiveness, operational efficiency and organizational strength. Since 2007 Endeavour has been bringing together skills-based volunteer consultants and nonprofits on projects that build capacity, impact and sustainability. Read about how Endeavour has helped organizations like yours to achieve their goals and further their social mission. Apply for the next round of consulting by: June 28, 2019.

GTA charities invited to apply to the Digital for Good™ Tech Jam

June 5, 2019

GTA charities are invited to apply to the Digital for Good™ Tech Jam hosted by Capital One®. Following the legacy of Gift the Code, the Digital for Good Tech Jam will unite technology experts with Charity Partners on November 15-17 to build a tailored solution to help advance the charities' technological capabilities. If your charity has an understanding of what tech would benefit your organization but needs help developing and implementing, and has internal resources to champion the solution, you're a perfect fit! More information at The deadline for the Charity Partner Applications is June 15, 2019. Click here to apply to be a charity partner or send questions to

Peter Gilgan Foundation donates $100 million to SickKids

June 5, 2019

An unprecedented gift of $100 million donated by the Peter Gilgan Foundation, was announced at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). This is the largest single gift ever to SickKids. Together with donations made to other hospitals and health-care organizations to date, this makes Peter Gilgan and the Peter Gilgan Foundation the largest benefactor to health care in Canada. This $100 million gift will support the SickKids VS Limits campaign, a key element of which involves redevelopment of the SickKids campus, including building a new patient care tower on University Avenue, which will be named the Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower.

SVP Calgary accepting applications for Fast Pitch 2019

June 4, 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.

Government of Canada invites youth leaders to help build a more accessible Canada

June 4, 2019

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, recently announced several initiatives to support youth leaders in their efforts to build a more accessible Canada:

  • A new call for expressions of interest under the EAF Youth Innovation Component: youth interested in participating must identify accessibility barriers in public places or workplaces, and seek out interested organizations willing to work with them to develop an accessibility project proposal. Funding of up to $10,000 is available to eligible organizations.
  • A call for proposals under the Disability component of the Social Development Partnerships Program to support capacity building and youth leadership: for projects that promote partnerships between youth-focused organizations and national disability organizations to develop the next generation of youth disability leaders, and facilitate succession planning and sustainability in the disability sector. Funding of $900,000 over three years is available for eligible projects.
  • a call for proposals under the Disability component of the Social Development Partnerships Program to address barriers to financial security of persons with disabilities: will provide $1.8 million over three years in funding to support projects aimed at identifying and testing innovative solutions to improving the financial situation of working-age Canadians with disabilities living in or near poverty.

Research reveals hiring hurdles from job posting to job offer

June 4, 2019

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.

Purpose messages evoke greater attention and emotion, according to biometrics research

June 4, 2019

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.

#HearNowON seeks Ontario secondary student input on school mental health

June 4, 2019

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.

Canada's youth develop a roadmap for Canada to achieve gender equality

June 4, 2019

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.

Canada and partners announce new legacy investments to support women’s rights and gender equality

June 3, 2019

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.

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