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Ontario introduces bill around discrimination

October 13, 2017

Discriminating against someone on the basis of their genetics, immigration status, social condition and police records would be a violation of their rights in Ontario under a proposed bill introduced in the provincial legislature. Read more.



Students can help build more Habitat for Humanity homes through the Genworth Canada's Meaning of Home writing contest

October 13, 2017

For the 11th consecutive year, Genworth Canada is asking students in grades 4, 5, and 6 to consider what home means to them. Through the Meaning of Home contest, students have the opportunity to share their stories, videos and poems in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada and local Habitats in communities across the country. The contest begins October 10 and ends November 30, 2017. Read more.



Canadians invited to give to children in need with Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts

October 13, 2017

Canada's 2017 Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection season starts today, as thousands of individuals, families, churches, businesses, sports teams, and community groups begin packing shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items, plus personal notes and photos. Operation Christmas Child is an annual initiative of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and development organization with projects in more than 100 countries. Read more.



Calling all Grade 12 students! Take Control of Your Future with one of 30 RBC scholarships as we celebrate Black History Month

October 13, 2017

As part of the celebrations for the upcoming Black History Month, the Royal Bank of Canada today announced a call for submissions for the 2018 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. Read more.



Nominations for L'Oréal Paris's 2018 Women of Worth Awards accepted until October 15th

October 5, 2017

Nominations for L'Oréal Paris's  2018 Women of Worth Awards honouring inspiring women who ignite change in their communities through exceptional volunteer work are being accepted until October 15th. The signature philanthropic program embodies the L'Oréal Paris belief that 'Every Woman is Worth It' by elevating and celebrating altruistic women who find beauty in giving back. The public is invited to nominate extraordinary Canadian women at womenofworth.ca.

Following a rigorous review, the pool of applicants will be narrowed down to ten Honourees who will each be awarded a $10,000 grant for her nonprofit cause. One of these Honourees, chosen by an esteemed judging panel with input from online voting in February, will be selected as the National Honouree and awarded an additional $10,000 grant for a total of $20,000 to support her organization. All of the 2018 Honourees will receive a trip for two to Toronto on March 8, 2018 (International Women's Day) where they will be recognized at an awards ceremony hosted by L'Oréal Paris.



Research - Millennials are attracted to companies with strong cultures of giving

October 5, 2017

A new survey  finds that Canadians love volunteering and are even more likely to give time when their employer supports the effort. The data, released by TELUS today, reveals Canadians are more likely to volunteer when the companies they work for organize group volunteer activities. Yet, only 2-in-5 say their current company organizes volunteer events in which employees can participate. When applying for jobs, 1-in-2 working Canadians say it’s important that the company organizes volunteer events in their local community.

“Volunteering and giving back to the communities where we live, work and play is part of TELUS’ DNA,” says Jill Schnarr, Vice President Community Investment and Corporate Marketing, TELUS. “We’re proud to have such a strong culture of giving, and have learned over the years that our team members are the most engaged when they are able to pursue causes that are important to them. This study reaffirms what we’ve found at TELUS: organizations have much to gain in terms of attracting and retaining talent by fostering a culture of volunteerism.” More information.



The Intact Foundation Climate Change Adaptation granting window is now open

October 5, 2017

The Intact Foundation Climate Change Adaptation granting window is now open.  The goal is simple: to protect Canadians from the increasing impacts of climate change so they can continue to enjoy the communities where they live and work for years to come. The Intact Foundation is looking for charities who are working on building a more resilient and stronger Canada.

They will invest $1million across Canada on projects in three key areas:

  • Action Plans: Our communities are unique. We’re looking for organizations to step up to partner with municipalities & community leaders to understand what needs to be protected and how best to do so
  • Resiliency Projects: Focusing on flood, wind, fire, and hail, we’re investing to ensure we have resilient communities to live and enjoy for years to come. This includes projects focused on improved water management, stronger fire prevention tactics, urban greening initiatives, and wind/hail resiliency initiatives
  • New Solutions: We’re enabling Canadian charities to develop new and forward thinking solutions for climate change impacts. We’re focused on enabling future generations and investing in projects of forward thinking charities focused on climate resiliency, all in the name of challenging Canadians to adapt to climate change impacts.

For more details about the Climate Change Adaptation granting window, including the link to apply, please visit Intact Financial Corporation.

Please contact the Intact Foundation at intact.foundation@intact.net with any questions.



Habitat for Humanity GTA accepting applications for families to become Habitat homeowners in the Greater Toronto Area

October 5, 2017

October 2nd  marks the United Nations' World Habitat Day, and the Greater Toronto area Habitat for Humanity affiliate is encouraging working, low-income families to apply to become Habitat homeowners. The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. Habitat for Humanity GTA believes everyone should have access to safe, decent, and affordable housing, especially families. The charity currently has 20 of the 50 townhomes at their Pinery Trail build project in Scarborough available for family occupancy, as well as 10 homes in Brampton, and 6 on its way in Georgina. More information.



The Good Food Machine grows to feed and educate 20,000 students across Canada

October 5, 2017

LoyaltyOne announced it is expanding The Good Food Machine program to add ten more schools and two community centres across northern Manitoba, Ontario, northern Quebec and Northwest Territories. The expansion will allow The Good Food Machine to reach 20,000 students across Canada, providing them with both access to healthy food plus education on how to grow, harvest and prepare nutritious food.  

First launched in Canada in 2016, The Good Food Machine, an adaptation of the educationally acclaimed Green Bronx Machine, aims to transform the health and eating habits of students through experiential education on how to physically grow and cook healthy food – right in the classroom.  By doing this, the Good Food Machine is seeking to help advance three of the priority goals of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals



Belonging and inclusion still a work in progress for Canadian communities

October 5, 2017

Canadian communities are not doing enough to make sure people feel like they belong, says a new national report by Community Foundations of Canada. The publication, called Vital Signs, looks at the many ways that community-level systems affect people's sense of inclusion. Affordable housing, employment opportunities and public safety surfaced as the top three things Canadians say make a community a good place to live. Yet rising housing costs, economic inequality, and a lack of faith in public institutions are creating systemic barriers to belonging, most notably for newcomers, visible minorities and Indigenous Peoples.



Ivey Connects Community Internship Program deadline approaching

October 5, 2017

With support from Great West Life, London Life and Canada Life, the Ivey Connects Internship Program annually funds a number of summer internships in both London and Toronto for a 10-12 week placement between May and August. Each chosen nonprofit will receive $5,000 to subsidize the salary of interns. The program is designed to give future business leaders greater access to the not-for-profit industry and expand their knowledge and experience in the impact space. Ideally, the internship will give students the opportunity to engage in strategic decision-making and implementation processes significant to the organization. The best internships will have specific deliverables with measurable impacts. Applications and further details can be found online. To apply, please fill out the appropriate application (London-based vs. Toronto-based) and send the completed form by to our Program Coordinators, Shefali Sood (ssood.hba2020@ivey.ca) and Nikki Kwan at (nkwan.hba2018@ivey.ca) by 11:59pm on October 27, 2017.



Orange Door Awards offer funding to youth-serving organizations

September 27, 2017

The Home Depot Canada Foundation is now accepting grant applications from registered Canadian charities for The Orange Door Awards programs that support the work of charitable organization dedicated to helping put an end to youth homeless in Canada. The Foundation recognizes the importance of incorporating the opinions of youth who have experienced homelessness in their work. In an effort to recognize youth-serving organizations that effectively seek and incorporate feedback from youth in their work, the Foundation is pleased to offer the Orange Door Award program again this year! How does it work?

  1. You tell the Foundation how you incorporate the voices and opinions of youth into your organization’s programs and procedures on or before Sunday October 15, 2017 at 11:59PM EST.
  2. The Youth Advisory Committee members assess the submissions and determine which ones will be awarded a grant of $25,000.
  3. Applicants will be notified about the status of their application on or before December 16, 2017.
  4. Cheques will be issued to the successful applicants to help them further incorporate the voices of youth to further enhance their programs.

Celebrations (cheque presentations) will be arranged with local The Home Depot store associates and resources will be provided to make inviting local media representatives (where appropriate) turnkey. Click here to apply.



Canadian employers step forward on diversity, fall short on inclusion: RBC report

September 27, 2017

Canadian employers overwhelmingly agree on the benefits of having a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace, but only one in 10 strongly agree that they take advantage of those benefits, according to a new report published by the Royal Bank of Canada and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Highlights from the survey include the following:

  • Employers are paying attention: 81% provide internal networks such as affinity groups to foster a diverse workforce, while 75% have initiatives in place to develop high-potential talent.
  • Every respondent either strongly agreed (87%) or agreed (13%) that inclusive teams make better decisions than teams that are not inclusive.
  • A majority either strongly disagreed (34%) or disagreed (34%) that diversity and inclusion can have drawbacks.
  • 82% of respondents strongly agree that inclusion is required to translate diversity into performance results such as innovation.
  • There was an overall consensus that organizations should do more to build a diverse workforce (46% strongly agreed and 48% agreed).
  • Only 55% of employers attempt to measure the impact of their diversity initiatives.
  • Organizations were most likely to say they lagged behind in diversity and inclusion with respect to Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities.



PwC Canada seeking Canada's most innovative organizations in the country

September 27, 2017

PwC Canada announced today that it is now accepting applications for the 2018 PwC Vision to Reality (V2R) Awards. This year's awards program is open to organizations of all sizes, across all industries and sectors whose innovative ideas have added value to people, business or society. Organizations can submit their application until December 22, 2017. This year, PwC Canada introduced a new award category, the accelerator, that recognizes innovation in public sector organizations. Awarded to a public sector organization of any size, innovation in this category can be defined as a progressive initiative that's making an impactful contribution to Canadian citizens. Finalists will be announced in early spring 2018 and four winners will be awarded a 2018 PwC Vision to Reality (V2R) Awards in Toronto in May 2018.



Celebrating 20 years, Bell Fund launches new program and direction

September 27, 2017

The Bell Fund is launching the first of four pilot programs as it celebrates its twentieth anniversary of investing in the Canadian media production industry. The Fund's first deadline will be November 13, 2017 for its Short-Form Digital Series for non-fiction which covers factual, lifestyle and documentary programming. The four new pilot programs were created in response to the CRTC's update of the Policy Framework for Certified Independent Production Funds. To increase the variety of productions that are accessible to all Canadians in our multi-platform universe the Bell Fund is expanding its programming to include a variety of formats and platforms.



NonprofitCoach™ launches global leaders fellowship for new and emerging nonprofit executives

September 27, 2017

NonprofitCoach™ announced the launch of the Global Leaders Fellowship — an exclusive leadership development program for new and emerging nonprofit executives 25 to 35 years of age. Applications are being accepted through October 6, 2017 for enrollment in the 2018 class commencing in January. Ten newly-appointed or emerging nonprofit executives will be selected for the Global Leaders Fellowship 2018 inaugural class. Selection criteria include nonprofit leadership, age, diversity, participation, merit and financial need. There are no travel or residency requirements as the program is designed to allow fellows to develop within the context of their current organization and role. Nor is there any cost to fellowship recipients or their employers.

The Global Leaders Fellowship is a rigorous leadership coaching program that will blend monthly one-on-one coaching for each fellow with monthly group coaching for the entire class. Meetings will take place virtually—via voice and video conferences — twice a month between January and June 2018. This experiential approach will allow fellows to learn, practice, and master new leadership mindsets, skillsets and behaviors on their own, in community with their peers, and on the job. Interested candidates should click here to learn more and apply online by the October 6, 2017 deadline.



Call for submissions announced for 2017 Donner Prize

September 27, 2017

Ken Whyte, Chair of the Board of the Donner Canadian Foundation, today announced the official Call for Submissions for the twentieth annual Donner Prize, the award for the best public policy book by a Canadian. The winner will receive $50,000, and the other shortlisted titles will each receive $7,500. The deadline for submissions for this year's prize is November 30, 2017. The shortlist will be announced in Spring 2018, and the winner will be proclaimed at a gala dinner in Toronto in May 2018.



Survey shows HR managers suggest candidates check in after submitting a resume

September 20, 2017

Submitting application materials and waiting to hear back from a prospective employer can be just as nerve-wracking as the interview itself. But should job seekers follow up with hiring managers, and if so, when? According to a new survey from staffing firm Accountemps, all human resources managers interviewed said candidates should check back after submitting a resume. Nineteen percent said they should contact the hiring manager within a week, and 43% said between one and two weeks. Respondents also shared their preferred contact method, with email (46%) and phone (39%) topping the list. Human resources managers were asked, "How long should a job seeker wait to follow up with the hiring manager after submitting a resume?" Their responses:

  • Less than one week - 19%
  • One to less than two weeks - 43%
  • Two to less than three weeks - 30%
  • Three weeks or more - 8%



First annual Global Trends in Giving Report now available

September 20, 2017

Nonprofit Tech for Good and the Public Interest Registry are pleased to announce the first edition of the Global Trends in Giving Report! Based upon the survey results of 4,084 donors worldwide, the 2017 Global Trends in Giving Report summarizes donor data across six continents about how online and mobile technology effects giving. The report also explores the impact of gender, generation, and ideology upon giving and volunteerism. Some key findings from the report include:

  • Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers all prefer to give online – 62%, 59%, and 59% respectively. In fact, the generations are almost identical in their giving preferences with one exception: Direct mail is popular with Baby Boomers (19%), less popular with Gen Xers (11%) and the least popular with Millennials (10%).
  • 91% of donors say that positive emotions, such as hope and empathy, are the motivating factors behind their giving. Only 9% say anger and sadness. With a 24/7 news cycle that often focuses on the negative, NPOs and NGOs can stand out by sharing positive stories and calls-to-action.
  • Donors in North America are unique in that they are predominately women (75%), ideologically liberal (63%), and Baby Boomers (42%). Of all donors worldwide, North American donors give the most to the cause of religious services and faith. 62% prefer to give online which is also the highest rate in the world.

Click here to download the report.



Community green spaces integral to Canada's future, say vast majority in new report

September 20, 2017

According to a recent survey, the vast majority of Canadians (95%) agree that access to community green space will be important to their quality of life in the future, but three-quarters feel that their local green space could be better. These are two of the key findings of TD Bank Group's GreenSights Report. Among the key findings of the TD GreenSights Report:

Room for improvement. While many Canadians make it a point to get out and visit their community green space regularly, with 60% saying they do so once a week or more, 77% feel there is room for improvement.

A place to escape. When asked to list what they like to do most in their local green space, the top-three cited activities listed by Canadians are all linked to escapism: 43% say they relax on their own; 42% want to connect with nature; and 41% opt to relax with family and friends. Further, technology is not a priority for Canadians' enjoyment of green spaces with only 13% and 8% respectively considering access to free Wi-Fi and electric charging stations to be very important.

Values and trade-offs. The report also finds that Canadians place a high priority on proximity to community green space when selecting a neighbourhood in which to live, ranking at 18 per cent, closely behind "proximity to good schools," (23%) and "easy access to public transit" (19%), and above "walkable neighbourhood," (15%).

A green space for all. When designing community green spaces for the future, Canadians believe a diverse mix of groups should be considered. These include families with young children (70% of respondents), seniors (57%) and people with disabilities (53%).



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