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Ontario's Youth Opportunities Fund now accepting expressions of interest

August 4, 2015

The Ontario Trillium Foundation has announced a call for applications for the Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF), an annual program that provides grants and capacity building supports to community-based organizations and grassroots groups serving young people who face multiple barriers to economic and social wellbeing. The YOF is committed to enhancing the wellbeing of young people aged 12 - 25 who face exclusion and barriers to full participation in community life. There are two funding streams available. The Strategic Collaborations Stream supports collaboratives that are working to enhance the quality and responsiveness of services for young people facing multiple barriers. Initiatives funded through this stream are focused on improving systems of services and opportunities for marginalized youth. The Grassroots Innovation Stream creates opportunities for grassroots groups and youth-led groups to implement their bold ideas for how to shape and strengthen their communities. It is a chance for these groups to build skills, grow their networks, and to respond to issues in new and inspiring ways.

Interested organizations must register with the Foundation by September 9, and Expressions of Interest must be submitted by September 23, 2015.



New study finds online charitable transactions least likely to be abandoned

August 4, 2015

According to an article by Charity Digital News, a study by the e-commerce company Ve has found that online transactions on charity websites are the least likely to be abandoned when compared to commercial sectors. When looking at 2014 data, the study found that the cart abandonment rate for charity websites was 62%, compared to 92% for educational institutions and 79% in the travel and leisure sectors. The financial services, retail industry and publishing sector have abandonment rates between 69% and 70%.



Study reveals how consumers feel about giving to charity at the register

July 30, 2015

In a new consumer study, social good consultancy Good Scout Group digs into the minds of American shoppers in order to determine how they feel about donating to charity at the register. The report finds that 71% of the survey respondents have donated to charity at the register. Also referred to as “donation at point-of-sale,” this fundraising tactic has been highly lucrative for nonprofits for over a decade. According to America’s Charity Checkout Champions report, $350 million was raised for a variety of causes through charitable checkout campaigns in 2012. In recent years, there has been speculation in the cause marketing community regarding the perceived oversaturation and consumer fatigue in regards to charitable donations at the checkout line. Good Scout conducted an online survey to 3,030 Americans across all age, gender, ethnicity and social backgrounds to delve into this issue, and found that quite the opposite sentiment exists — the majority of Americans enjoy donating to charitable causes at the register. Consumers surveyed listed “charity brand recognition” as the number one reason they feel compelled to give to charity at the register. The second leading reason is personal connection to the cause. In the Change at the Checkout Report, Good Scout also examined consumer recall — that is, whether shoppers are able to recall the specific charities to which they donated at the register. According to the report, nearly half of American shoppers do indeed remember the last charity to which they donated at checkout, and 79% felt positive about their contribution.



Canadian Cancer Society launches Run to Quit partnership with Running Room

July 29, 2015

The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to announce Run to Quit, an innovative program to help Canadians quit smoking and become more physically active. The initiative, in partnership with the Running Room and with the support of the Public Health Agency of Canada, will be launched nationally in January and will help smokers quit through community-based running clinics, quit smoking counselling and peer-to-peer support. The Society is combining its expertise in smoking cessation programming with the Running Room's long history of working at the grassroots level in its communities to promote and teach Canadians how to exercise properly and develop healthy lifestyles. The Public Health Agency of Canada is providing nearly $5 million in funding for the project, forming a 3-way partnership that shows what can be accomplished when not-for-profits, corporations and government work together toward a common goal.



Students face common challenges in their first professional role, according to survey results

July 29, 2015

University students may be heading back to school soon, but they won't find everything they need to know for their jobs in their textbooks. In an Accountemps survey, more than half (60%) of accounting and finance professionals said they felt only somewhat prepared for their first job after graduation; another 15% indicated they were not at all prepared. Respondents were unready for their first professional jobs in multiple ways. Almost half (47%) of those surveyed indicated that the knowledge they gained in the classroom didn't translate to their position. Forty-three percent said they felt ill-equipped to handle office politics.



Blood donations needed: National inventory has declined this summer

July 29, 2015

The national blood inventory has steadily declined this summer and needs a boost to continue to meet the needs of patients through the August long weekend and into the coming weeks. Canadian Blood Services is asking people to give blood before and after the long weekend. The Canada Safety Council reports that "more fatalities occur on Canadian roads during summer months than any other time of year." It can take up to 50 donors to help save someone who has been in a motor vehicle accident. To book an appointment to give blood, visit blood.ca. Those with appointments are encouraged to keep their appointment and, if possible, bring a friend or family member to donate with them. Walk-ins are also welcome.



Deadline extended for volunteer consulting in Toronto

July 23, 2015

The University of Toronto's Volunteer Consulting Group (VCG) offers pro-bono consulting services for nonprofit organizations, forming teams of five undergraduate and/or graduate students and one MBA student. With the guidance of external advisors from the consulting industry, the teams tackle cases from fundraising strategies to marketing plans. Each engagement typically runs for 6 months, beginning in November. The team members commit a few hours of their time each week to work on the engagement. The application deadline has been extended to July 31, 2015. After your application form is received, you will be contacted with information on how to proceed with the application process.



New process requires organizations to register with Ontario Trillium Foundation before submitting grant applications

July 23, 2015

Starting today, nonprofit and charitable organizations can register with the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). Under the new Investment Strategy, this registration is a new mandatory process that organizations must complete before gaining access to grant applications. This new step will ensure that eligibility is confirmed before even applying, saving precious time and resources for the applicants. Here are the application deadlines.

Grow Grants:

  • Organization registration deadline: August 12, 2015, 5:00 p.m. EST
  • Application deadline: August 26, 2015

Seed and Capital Grants:

  • Organization registration deadline: August 19, 2015, 5:00 p.m. EST
  • Application deadline: September 2, 2015

Collective Impact Grants: there are no deadlines for submitting applications and they will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

Registering your organization by the above dates will give OTF enough time to process your registration and confirm that you can submit an application. If you do not register before the August dates, OTF cannot guarantee that your registration will be verified in time to provide access to the grant application for the next round of grants.



Submit your nomination to the Everyday Political Citizen project

July 21, 2015

Nominations are now open for the Everyday Political Citizen project, which celebrates positive political role models and builds a culture of positive politics in Canada. Conducted coast to coast to coast, the EPCitizen project aims to recognize the diversity of politics and democracy in Canada, crowd-sourcing hundreds of nominations for political citizens and celebrating some of the many thousands of ordinary people engaging in big and small ways in this country's rich political culture. Each year, adult and youth winners and finalists are chosen by a jury of prominent Canadians like Rick Mercer. Nominate someone who inspires you with the work they do: An Everyday Political Citizen is an ordinary person who makes a difference in their political community in big or small ways. There are many ways to be political and so there are many kinds of Everyday Political Citizens. They may be an inspiring teacher, political volunteer, community advocate or someone else entirely. The deadline for nominations is October 19, 2015.



Research suggest volunteering reduces risk of hypertension in older adults

July 21, 2015

New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that older adults who volunteer for at least 200 hours per year decrease their risk of hypertension, or high blood pressure, by 40%. The study, published by the American Psychological Association's Psychology and Aging journal, suggests that volunteer work may be an effective non-pharmaceutical option to help prevent the condition. For the study, Rodlescia S. Sneed and Carnegie Mellon's Sheldon Cohen studied 1,164 adults between the ages of 51 and 91 from across the US. The participants were interviewed twice, in 2006 and 2010, and all had normal blood pressure levels at the first interview. Volunteerism, various social and psychological factors, and blood pressure were measured each time. The results showed that those who reported at least 200 hours of volunteer work during the initial interview were 40% less likely to develop hypertension than those who did not volunteer when evaluated four years later. The specific type of volunteer activity was not a factor - only the amount of time spent volunteering led to increased protection from hypertension.



Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia accepting applications for community grants

July 20, 2015

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia administers a Community Grants Program to support individuals and organizations province-wide to undertake programs or services that will benefit the mental health of individuals throughout Nova Scotia. The Foundation strives to fund programs that are developed by Nova Scotians who are passionate about changing the way people think about mental illness. Community Grants are now open for third quarter funding applications, with an application deadline of August 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm.



The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the registration of the Canadian Friends of Pearl Children

July 20, 2015

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has revoked the registration of the Canadian Friends of Pearl Children, a charity based in Ottawa, Ontario, effective July 18, 2015. In a letter to the charity, the CRA alleges: "The audit by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has revealed that the Organization operated primarily for the non-charitable purpose of furthering a tax shelter donation arrangement, the Mission Life Financial Inc. Canadian Relief Program. The Organization agreed to accept alleged gifts of property from participants and to act as a receipting agent for this donation arrangement."



Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers to replace the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award

July 16, 2015

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers will recognize the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country and celebrate a wide range of voluntary contributions. As an official honour created by the Crown, the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers will be part of the Canadian Honours System. The program will incorporate and replace the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, created in 1995, by then-Governor General the Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc. The Chancellery of Honours, part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, will administer the program. The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers will recognize living Canadians who have made a significant, sustained and unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. Non-Canadians will also be eligible if their contribution brings benefit or honour to Canadians or to Canada. Until the inaugural presentation ceremony of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is held in 2016, presentations of the Caring Canadian Award will be ongoing. Nominations for this award will continue to be accepted throughout the year by the Chancellery of Honours and reviewed by an advisory committee, which will make recommendations to the governor general. Existing Caring Canadian Award recipients will subsequently receive the medal to complement their award.



Beware of 'phoning it in' on office conference calls

July 16, 2015

When joining conference calls, employees should be careful about "phoning it in" if they want to avoid irritating colleagues, new OfficeTeam research suggests. Of the workers surveyed who participate in conference calls almost one-third (28%) said multiple people talking at the same time is the most distracting behaviour, followed by excessive background noise (22%). Additionally, 10% of survey respondents were frustrated by attendees who don't pay attention to the call.



Air Canada Foundation annual golf tournament raises more than $1 million

July 16, 2015

This year's Air Canada Foundation golf tournament netted $1,072,000 in support of organizations focused on health and wellbeing of children in Canada. Now in its fourth year, the tournament was held Monday, July 13th, at the Saint Raphaël Golf Club, Québec. The event featured 73 teams totaling 292 golfers from across North America. It included a full day of golf followed by dinner and silent and live auctions of items donated by tournament partners and Air Canada Foundation supporters. As a registered not-for-profit organization, the Air Canada Foundation's mission is to help connect sick children to the medical care they need, grant children's wishes and alleviate child poverty. The Foundation also actively participates in humanitarian activity following natural disasters around the world.



Finances for mental health remain low across the globe

July 14, 2015

Worldwide, nearly 1 in 10 people have a mental health disorder, but only 1% of the global health workforce is working in mental health. This means, for example, that nearly half of the world’s population lives in a country where there is less than one psychiatrist per 100,000 people. Huge inequalities in access to mental health services exist depending on where people live. On average globally, there is less than one mental health worker per 10,000 people, according to the World Health Organization’s Mental Health Atlas 2014, released today. In low and middle-income countries rates fall below 1 per 100,000 people, whereas in high-income countries the rate is 1 per 2,000 people. The report states global spending on mental health is still very low. Low and middle-income countries spend less than $2 (USD) per capita per year on mental health, whereas high-income countries spend more than $50 (USD). The majority of spending is going to mental hospitals, which serve a small proportion of those who need care. High-income countries still have a far higher number of mental hospital beds and admission rates than low-income countries at nearly 42 beds and 142 admissions per 100,000 population.



Quebecers are cutting back on vacation, returning to work more stressed than ever

July 14, 2015

Although it's recognized that vacations are a time when workers can recharge their batteries and boost their future productivity, Quebecers are cutting back on their summer holidays. Of those who do take time off, two in five stay in contact with their office, which makes their return to work stressful. These figures are even more disturbing for 18-to-34-year olds, who take less time off, have trouble leaving their work behind, and are even more stressed out when they get back. The eighth edition of a CROP survey (French only) on Quebecers and summer holidays, carried out for the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés, shows an ominous trend ? Quebecers are taking fewer and shorter vacations. This summer, they plan to take an average of two weeks off, compared to 2.2 weeks in 2014 and 2.3 in 2013. In addition, more than one Quebecer in ten has no plans for any vacation at all this summer. Some 18% of employees return to work more stressed than before they left.



Ontario's Abilities Connect Fund now accepting funding applications

July 9, 2015

Through the Abilities Connect Fund, Accessibility Works provides financial assistance to employers in order to create experiential learning employment opportunities for post secondary students and recent graduates. The fund also helps to remove the financial barriers associated with accommodating employees with disability in the workplace. The following are the eligibility requirements for both of the two available funding streams:

  • Businesses (for-profit sector) and organizations (not-for-profit)
  • Public sector and broader public sector organizations are not eligible
  • Have between 5 and 500 employees
  • Currently established and operating in Ontario
  • Registered (federally/provincially) for minimum of 2 years

Interested organizations are encouraged to read the online application guide prior to applying for funding.



The Co-operators & Natural Step Canada partner to deliver youth sustainability leadership program

July 9, 2015

The Co-operators and The Natural Step Canada announced a new partnership agreement to jointly deliver the IMPACT! Youth Program for Sustainability Leadership over the next four years. The collaboration significantly deepens the capacity of the IMPACT! program to achieve its vision of developing young sustainability leaders across Canada. IMPACT! is a one-of-a-kind program that empowers university and college students and recent graduates to launch and advance tangible projects and enterprises to enhance their communities. The IMPACT! program encompasses three elements: regional IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training workshops, the national IMPACT! Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership, and the IMPACT! Fund -- which provides grants to support participant initiatives. The program provides development and networking opportunities to a diverse range of student leaders and recent graduates from every region of the country who share a passion for creating a healthier, greener and more equitable tomorrow. To date, nearly 900 inspiring youth have experienced the program.



CharityVillage acquires TalentEgg

July 7, 2015

Toronto, ON (July 7, 2015) CharityVillage, Canada’s leading online resource and job board for the nonprofit sector today announced that they have acquired TalentEgg, Canada’s leading job board and online career resource for students and recent graduates.

Since 2008, TalentEgg has shown consistent growth through hard work, innovation and passion - values strongly aligned with the values of CharityVillage. TalentEgg now attracts over 4 million students and recent grads each year and works with many of Canada’s top employers.

Celebrating 20 years this July, CharityVillage is Canada’s largest and most popular resource and job board for Canada’s nonprofit sector. CharityVillage is visited over 9 million times each year and its pages are viewed 60 million times.

Increasingly, research shows that job seekers are interested in seeking meaningful work. This is especially true along millennials entering the workforce. 79% of millennials want to work for organizations that care about how they impact society.

CharityVillage is now well positioned to help Canada’s nonprofit organizations reach this large young, motivated, passionate and educated workforce. With this acquisition, the reach and audience for CharityVillage’s jobs has dramatically increased, along with an opportunity to inform, develop and recruit future sector supporters and employees.

CharityVillage will provide TalentEgg with the necessary resources to continue and expand its industry leading career resources and job board. “CharityVillage is “egg-cited” to have TalentEgg as part of the CharityVillage family,” Wayne Albo, Chairman, CharityVillage.



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