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New 2017 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report reveals compensation details

January 19, 2017

Compensation at nonprofits across the country continues to rise slowly for some nonprofit professionals, according to the new 2017 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report, published by CharityVillage. To better understand nonprofit compensation, we surveyed more than 1,600 participants who represented more than 14,000 individual employees from nonprofits across Canada. The results are gathered in our 2017 salary and benefits report, now available for online purchase. The report covers key metrics such as:

  • Annual salaries by position, experience, organization type, size, region, and focus
  • Performance incentive plans
  • Benefit packages

For additional insight from the report, click here for our companion article. To get more information about the report itself, and to order, please click here.



Canada Summer Jobs 2017 application period for employers extended

January 19, 2017

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that the employer application period for the 2017 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program is being extended until February 3, 2017, to allow more employers to apply for funding to hire summer students. All small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and public-sector employers are encouraged to apply for funding from the Government of Canada to hire summer students. The CSJ program creates summer job opportunities and valuable work experience specifically for students ages 15 to 30. Applicants approved for funding will be able to hire students as early as April 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit Canada.ca/Canada-summer-jobs or visit a Service Canada Centre.



Website services grants available to Canadian organizations

January 18, 2017

White Fuse is a UK-based social enterprise that works with small charities and nonprofits to improve their websites. Alongside its paid work, they invest in the sector by offering a limited number of website grants each year to small and medium-sized organizations to help them achieve what they otherwise wouldn't be able to afford. The grant scheme is designed for organizations with a turnover of less than $1m. The grant is a services grant not a cash grant. It covers all setup costs of the website including content strategy, design, development and launch up to a value of $10,000. You will still need to cover the support and maintenance costs on a monthly basis. More details and the online application form can be found here. Applications are judged on a rolling basis each month.



Three-in-ten Canadians say they’ve been sexually harassed at work

January 18, 2017

Three-in-ten Canadians (28%) say they have been on the receiving end of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, or sexually-charged talk while on the job. And for one-in-seven adults in this country, the experience has been more intense than innuendo or talk: 14% tell the Angus Reid Institute (ARI) they have experienced anything from sexual touching to more serious unwanted sexual contact in their working lives. The results show that while both genders identified experiences of harassment, women are – unsurprisingly – almost four times as likely to have been harassed as men. For one-in-four of those who told the Angus Reid Institute they’ve been sexually harassed at work, the experiences are recent; occurring within the last 24 months. Based on employment statistics, a rough approximation would mean this represents more than one million working Canadians, most of them women. Av ast majority – four-in-five – who say they had these unwanted experiences never actually reported the behavior to their own employers.



The 2017 Bell Let's Talk Community Fund is open for grant applications

January 17, 2017

Bell today announced the launch of the annual $1-million Bell Let's Talk Community Fund for 2017. Grant applications are now being accepted for local mental health initiatives that improve access to care in communities around the country. Registered charities are invited to apply for a grant up to $25,000 to help fund local mental health programs, and all submitted applications are reviewed by a committee of mental health experts from across Canada. The 2017 application period runs until March 31 and all 2017 grants will be disbursed before December 31, 2017.



Charitable giving in US will grow more than 3.5 percent in 2017 and 2018, study predicts

January 17, 2017

Charitable giving in the US is predicted to grow by 3.6% in 2017 and by an additional 3.8% in 2018, according to The Philanthropy Outlook 2017 & 2018, a new report researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The report is presented by Marts & Lundy, a leading fundraising and philanthropy consulting firm. Projected growth by type of donor:

  • Growth in giving by foundations will lead the way in both years (5.9% in 2017 and and 6.0% in 2018).
  • Estate giving is expected to increase by 5.4% this year and 5.2% next year.
  • Giving by individuals is predicted to grow 3.0% and 3.2% respectively.
  • Giving by corporations will lag behind the other sources of giving, rising by just 2.4% and 2.7% respectively.

Giving to health is predicted to grow by 8.5% in 2017 and 7.9% in 2018, exceeding historical annualized averages over the most recent 40-year period. Giving to education is projected to rise 6.3% in 2017 and 6.0% in 2018, continuing the strong growth trends realized in recent years. Giving to support the public-society benefit subsector will also be strong, with growth of 5.2% and 5.4%, respectively. Giving to public-society benefit includes giving to federated campaigns, United Ways, human and civil rights organizations, national donor-advised funds, and other similar types of organizations.



$1 million in support available for community projects to build a better online Canada

January 16, 2017

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is looking to partner with members of the Canadian Internet community to help build a better online Canada. CIRA's Community Investment Program is now accepting funding applications for 2017. CIRA's Community Investment Program targets its support to four program areas:

  • Online services: providing children and youth the Internet-based tools they need to succeed
  • Infrastructure: connecting remote communities with new Internet infrastructure
  • Digital literacy: educating marginalized Canadians on economic opportunities online
  • Research: exploring emerging digital issues affecting Canadians

Please consult the Application Guidelines for more details on funding and how to apply. Applications for this round of funding will be accepted until March 1, 2017.



Apply now for volunteers through the UBC Arts Internship Program

January 13, 2017

The UBC Arts Internship Program provides nonprofits in Vancouver and the lower mainland the chance to host undergraduate students from the Faculty of Arts as interns at no cost. Students are available for summer internships beginning in May and are eligible to volunteer with you for 8-12 hours per week for a duration of 4-8 months. As a host organization, you are expected to prioritize the student's learning and provide strong mentorship and support. In exchange, we hope that your organization will benefit from added energy and opportunities to expand programming and services. For more information see students.arts.ubc.ca/internship or contact Freda Maideen, Program Coordinator at arts.internship@ubc.ca. Proposal Submission Deadline: January 30, 2017 (flexible) for internships that will begin in May 2017.



Calgary Foundation accepting funding applications for Canada's 150th

January 11, 2017

Calgary Foundation is pleased to announce they are accepting a second round of applications to the Community Fund for Canada's 150th. The Community Fund for Canada's 150th is a national initiative and collaborative effort seeded by the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast, and matched and delivered locally by Canada’s 191 community foundations. Canada’s sesquicentennial is a historic moment with the power to bring people and places together as we dream big about our communities and our country. In the spirit of this moment, the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th will activate a breathtaking array of ideas and activities that will bring out the best that Canada has to offer, now and for future generations. The Fund's objectives:

  • To ENCOURAGE participation in community activities and events to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
  • To INSPIRE a deeper understanding about the people, places and events that shape our country and our communities.
  • To BUILD vibrant and healthy communities with the broadest possible engagement of all Canadians, including indigenous peoples; groups that reflect our cultural diversity; youth; and official language minorities.

Click here for application details. The deadline to apply is February 24, 2017.



Nominations now open for the 2017 Champions of Mental Health Awards

January 10, 2017

Today, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) opens nominations for the Champions of Mental Health Awards. The Champions Awards is an annual event devoted to recognizing outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to the mental health sphere in their communities and across the country. A variety of award categories are available. CAMIMH encourages Canadians to nominate their peers by completing the short online nomination form. Submissions will be accepted until February 24th, 2017 and the awards will be held on May 3rd, 2017 at the Shaw Convention Centre in Ottawa.



UCT calling for entries for video contest to award $15,000

January 10, 2017

United Commercial Travelers (UCT) is calling for entries from schools in North America with programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities or colleges and universities with classes to train special education teachers for their 2017 UCT Gives Back AGAIN video contest. The organization will be giving away two prizes – a $10,000 first place award and a $5,000 second place award. The contest will be easy for schools to enter:

  • Create a short video up to 2 ½ minutes long about your program
  • The video doesn't need to be professionally filmed - use a video camera or Smartphone and keep it simple
  • Explain how the $10,000 or $5,000 would help your program and what UCT means to you
  • Post the video on YouTube and complete the contest form at UCT's Facebook page

Submit your video Feb. 15 – Mar. 15, 2017, for your chance to win $10,000 or $5,000 Video finalists will be posted on UCT's Facebook page March 27-April 21, 2017, for followers to vote on the winners, and followers can vote once per day. The winning schools will be announced and awarded the $10,000 and $5,000 cash prizes in May 2017.



New survey shows sloppy work considered the most annoying behaviour by co-workers

January 10, 2017

Want to get on your manager's good side? Don't let the details slide. In a new survey by staffing firm Accountemps, more than two in five (41%) of Canadian CFOs cited lacking attention to detail or sloppy work as the most annoying behaviour by coworkers. For 27% of respondents, gossiping or engaging in office politics was their biggest pet peeve, marking a slight increase from a similar survey in 2011. Other popular answers included missing deadlines (16%) and being perpetually late (13%).



Winners of the 2017 "Canada's Top Employers for Young People" competition are announced

January 10, 2017

It's not difficult to spot the organizations that will lead their industries through periods of rapid technological innovation and changing business models. A good place to start is with the employers that go out of their way to make their workplaces attractive for younger employees to begin their careers. The best of these organizations were recognized this morning, as the winners of the 2017 Canada's Top Employers for Young People competition were announced. Now in its 15th consecutive year, Canada's Top Employers for Young People is an editorial competition that recognizes the employers that offer the nation's best workplaces and programs for young people at the beginning of their careers. The winning employers lead the nation in attracting and retaining younger employees to their organizations. CharityVillage would like to congratulate the nonprofits and charities that were included in this year's list! To view the full list of 2017 winners, click here.



The Give Agency and Sun Life Financial launch Toronto's biggest creative agency to help local charities

January 10, 2017

The Give Agency and Sun Life Financial Inc. in association with the National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS) Canada are joining forces to launch one of Toronto's largest creative agencies to help local charities for one week free of charge. For five days in February 2017, The Give Agency, Sun Life Financial and some of Toronto's top marketing and communications experts will come together to help community charities tackle some of their toughest marketing challenges. Open from February 6 through to February 10, The Give Agency is a volunteer-based super team of Toronto's top talent in advertising, PR, social media and strategy. Each day, volunteer "Givers" work collaboratively with a different charity using a high-speed "barn raising" process that directly embeds the client into the curating and harvesting of creative solutions specific to their work. Charities are encouraged to visit www.theGiveAgency.ca to apply by January 20, 2017. Five nonprofit organizations will be selected and each will work with The Give Agency for one day.



Nominations open for awards celebrating Toronto volunteers

January 9, 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Volunteer Toronto Legacy Awards. The annual Legacy Awards recognize 25 volunteers for their outstanding contribution to the local community. Entries for the 2017 awards will be accepted until 5pm on Tuesday January 31st. The awards are an opportunity to formally thank volunteers and celebrate the achievements they have made. Nonprofits and members of the public can now nominate anyone who they think deserves special recognition. Recipients will be announced at a special ceremony taking place in downtown Toronto in April 2017, in time for National Volunteer Week.



Funding available for Ontario-based health charities

January 9, 2017

Federated Health Charities is a workplace giving campaign that runs within the Ontario Public Service and raises funds for provincially based health charities. They currently have 16 charities that receive funds from the annual campaign and we are looking to bring on a 17th! The application process is now open so visit www.federatedhealth.ca for eligibility details and to apply. Application deadline is March 31, 2017.



CRA releases new Report on the Charities Program 2015-2016

January 5, 2017

The Canada Revenue Agency Charities Directorate has released a new Report on the Charities Program 2015-2016. The report covers current information on the definition of "charitable", qualified donees and a snapshot of the sector in a 'By the Numbers' infographic. It also provides an overview of the audit process and commits to an education-first approach to compliance. Audit findings and revocations are also summarized for the 2015-2016 period. In the What's Next section, the report discusses the conclusion of the political activities audit program, new outreach and compliance initiatives, and the Charities Modernization Project (CHAMP), which will modernize the Directorate's IT systems over a five year period. Improving these systems will allow charities to apply for registration and file their annual returns electronically, reducing their administrative burden.



Nearly one in three Canadians are distracted at work due to financial health

January 5, 2017

Nearly one in three (29%) Canadians agree (8% significantly/21% somewhat) that over the past 12 months, they have been distracted while at work due to having issues related to their financial health, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Sun Life Financial. Conversely, seven in ten (71%) Canadians disagree that they have become distracted while at work as a result of having financial health issues. According to the results of the study, the high level of stress Canadians are feeling appear to be driven by their current financial struggles. When asked what factors cause an uncomfortable level of stress, the top three of four responses were all associated with financial challenges, with the third relating to health concerns. Nearly half (45%) of Canadians say personal or household finances causes them to experience an uncomfortable level of stress. Meanwhile, one in three (32%) say it is trying to maintain a budget, and a further three in ten (31%) say it is those unexpected expenses that cause them such grief.



Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund now accepting funding applications

January 5, 2017

The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) is a grant program that supports a vision of getting and keeping Ontarians active in community sport, recreation and physical activity. The fund:

  • increases opportunities for physical activity in sport and recreation by developing new programs or increasing access to existing programs to encourage individuals to become more active and keep those who are, engaged throughout their lives
  • works to embed physical literacy as a foundation for lifelong physical activity among individuals enabling them to make healthier activity choices
  • strengthens the community sport and recreation sector by providing training in areas such as coaching, youth development, and volunteer development to provide enhanced service and quality programming.
  • Through the support of projects that deliver high-quality programs and policies, the OSRCF provides Ontarians with more opportunities to become physically active, including groups who experience barriers to participating and those who are traditionally less active. The program supports projects of one or two years in length, at both the Local/Regional and Provincial levels. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2017.



Two-in-three Canadian workers want to make a significant change in their careers

January 5, 2017

For many Canadian workers, it appears that the grass is always greener at somebody else’s job. While three-quarters of working Canadians say they are satisfied with their current careers overall, almost two-thirds say they’re interested in making a significant career change – pushing for a promotion, a new employer, or a new career entirely. These are some of the findings of a public opinion poll of more than 4,500 Canadian adults, including more than 2,500 workers, conducted in three waves by the Angus Reid Institute. Key findings include:

  • Most Canadian workers are satisfied with a variety of aspects of their careers, from opportunities for advancement (60% satisfied) to the type of work they are doing (80%).
  • More than half (54%) identify “pay and benefits” as one of the most important factors in their job satisfaction, but fewer are satisfied with this than with other facets of their work.
  • Almost two-in-three Canadian workers (63%) say they would be interested in making a significant change in their careers, but 43% say “a change would be nice, but I wouldn’t know how to make it happen”.

Most Canadian workers express satisfaction with their careers, but some are more satisfied than others. Asked about their current employment situation overall, three-in-four workers (74%) say they are “satisfied” though most leave room for improvement. Only one-in-five (20%) say they are “very satisfied".



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