US study shows nonprofit sector plans to increase hiring in 2014
March 10, 2014
Nonprofit HR today announced the results of its seventh annual Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey, which this year indicates that the US nonprofit sector has seen a marked improvement in staffing levels since the recession. According to the survey, more organizations have expanded their staff in 2013, and fewer plan to eliminate positions in 2014 in comparison to 2009 survey results.
Opportunities for upward mobility and professional growth are available within the sector for individuals at all levels. Entry-level vacancies were most often filled by people just entering the workforce (52%) and by people from outside of the nonprofit sector (22%). Mid-level vacancies were most often filled by people from other nonprofit organizations (48%) and people promoted from within (37%). Experienced and senior/executive vacancies were reported as being most commonly filled by professionals from other nonprofit organizations (56% and 59%, respectively).
The issue of diversity is top-of-mind for many nonprofits, especially in light of recent national and global discussions regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights. Despite the importance and benefits of diversity to most nonprofits, less than half (36%) of survey respondents reported that they have a formal workforce diversity strategy, and 14 percent cited diversity as being the biggest employment challenge at their organizations. The greatest diversity challenges that organizations face include: retaining staff under 30 (32%), balancing ethnic/cultural diversity (26%), having the staff reflect the composition of the community served (22%) and balancing gender diversity (19%).
Vancouver Foundation's Neighbourhood Small Grants program now accepting applications
March 10, 2014
The Vancouver Foundation's 2014 Neighbourhood Small Grants program is now accepting applications. The program supports residents who have small but powerful ideas to bring people together and make their community vibrant and engaged. Grants range from $50 to $1,000. There are two granting streams available – Neighbourhood Small Grants and Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants.
Neighbourhood Small Grants funding is available in 10 communities across the Lower Mainland. The grants help residents by encouraging them to come up with their own ideas – workshops, book exchanges or block parties – to strengthen and build vital connections in their own community.
Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants are part of the Greenest City Fund, a Vancouver Foundation partnership with the City of Vancouver to make Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020. If you’re a resident of Vancouver and have a project idea that has a green impact, apply for a Greenest City grant.
The deadline for both funding streams is April 7, 2014.
Women in Science interactive application launched for International Women's Day
March 7, 2014
The Unesco Institute of Statistics and FFunction, a studio specializing in data visualization, are pleased to unveil the interactive application Women in Science, conducted as part of International Women’s Day. The interactive application, now available on the Unesco Institute of Statistics’ website, explores the collected data of women in countries all over the world, in the course leading to a research career. The interactive tool allows the user to visualize, not only the data, but also the gender gap. By using data visualization, the interactive tool aims to reach a better understanding of the provided data, but also to communicate the issue surrounding the topic of gender equity which is the theme of the international women’s day: equality for women is progress for all.
Help us make Village Vibes better - participate in our short reader survey
March 7, 2014
At CharityVillage, we're always looking for ways to improve our offerings and ensure that we're offering you the most relevant and timely information to you, our readers. With that in mind, we'd appreciate it if you would take just a few moments of your time to fill out our 2014 Village Vibes Reader Survey. Your feedback is important to us and your responses will help inform both the content and the look of future Village Vibes issues. The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. Should you have any questions about the survey itself, Village Vibes or other CharityVillage content and articles, please contact Marina Dawson, Marketing & Community Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Film students looking to partner with Okanagan, BC nonprofits to create short commercials
March 6, 2014
For the upcoming quarter (starting April 8), the Centre for Arts and Technology Digital Filmmaking program is seeking interested nonprofits and charities to receive a 30-second commercial. These spots will be created by students as an assignment, and will not be guaranteed as broadcast quality ready. The organizations are free to use them after they are completed. Interested organizations should contact Graham Cairns, department head of the film and audio program at email@example.com, or 250-860-2787 ext. 6112 as soon as possible to ensure your spot (no later than April 1).
RBC Learn to Play Project grants now accepting applications for funding
March 6, 2014
Today, RBC announced it would provide $750,000 in grants through the RBC Learn to Play Project to community-based organizations in Canada for kids' sport and recreation programs in 2014. These grants are intended to support programs that address a widespread lack of physical activity among Canadian youth as well as declining rates in sport participation. Organizations that build and deliver quality sports programs for Canadian youth may be eligible for either of the following two levels of grant:
Program Grants ($1,000 to $10,000): will be awarded to local organizations that teach new skills or sports to kids, and/or expose them to a multiple sports or multiple skills such swimming or skating lessons. Applications are due May 16, 2014.
Community Grants ($10,001 to $25,000): will be awarded to community groups that are developing or implementing action plans to transform the way sport and physical activities are planned and delivered, such as program that makes sports available for new immigrant youth. Expressions of Interest are due April 4, 2014.
Field Law Community Funding available now in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife
March 6, 2014
Field Law has announced the second annual Field Law Community Fund Program. $30,000 will be distributed annually in both Edmonton and Calgary Community Markets, and $15,000 in the Yellowknife Community Market to worthy individuals, initiatives and/or organizations. Each submission must:
- Benefit a Field Law Community Market: Calgary (Southern Alberta), Edmonton (Northern Alberta) or Yellowknife (Northwest Territories)
- Clearly define the purpose for the funds requested and how the money will be managed for the duration of the implementation of the initiative
- Not have been previously awarded funding from the Field Law Community Fund Program
- Have a measurable impact in the community by 2014
The deadline for submissions is April 17 2014.
Community Foundations of Canada launches new, year-long awareness campaign
March 5, 2014
The foundation of my community starts with you - and me. That's the simple, yet powerful, message at the heart of a new spoken-word style 'anthem to community' released today by the 191 community foundations across Canada as part of their first national awareness campaign through the Community Foundations of Canada. The campaign's goal: to celebrate the way our communities shape who we are, and to recognize the role we have in giving back to those communities. The year-long awareness campaign, launching today, includes a series of print, broadcast and online messages, each featuring Canadians who embody the concept of Community Makes You. You Make Your Community. Every month more profiles of these exceptional Canadians will be added to the campaign’s website.
Aviva Community Fund launches Facebook photo contest with $1,000 grand prize
March 5, 2014
The Aviva Community Fund has launched a Facebook photo contest for a chance to win a $1,000 Grand Prize Donation to a charity of your choice. How have you spent winter with your family and friends? Did you have fun tobogganing down the snow filled hills? Did you go ice skating? Skiing? Tell them with a picture! Here's how you enter:
- Submit your favourite community-themed family winter photo below.
- Vote every day and ask your family and friends to vote. The earlier you enter and start voting, the better your chances of winning.
- The top ten entries with the highest number of votes will advance to the semi-final round where a panel of judges will select the grand prize winner of a $1,000 donation to a charity of your choice.
Get your entries in - the contest closes March 30, 2014.
Georgian Bay Islands National Park accepting applications for artists in residence program
March 5, 2014
Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, Ed Bartram and Margarethe Vanderpas are just a few of the many Canadian artists who have been inspired by the lush hardwood forests and distinctly rugged Precambrian Shield of Georgian Bay. Today, Georgian Bay Islands National Park continues to connect artists with this incredible landscape, and is once again inviting artists to submit an application to become an artist in residence this summer. Up to six artists will be selected, and each will spend four days in one of the rustic waterfront cabins located on Beausoleil Island. Also included in the program is boat transportation to the island, use of a bicycle, and opportunities to meet and share artwork with the park visitors. The deadline for applications is April 17, 2014.
Alberta Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award now accepting nominations
March 4, 2014
Direct Energy and the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association (AWNA) invite Albertans to help recognize Alberta's tremendous volunteer spirit with the tenth annual Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award. The award consists of:
- $1,000 cash prize to the winner;
- $5,000 cash grant to the winner's organization/cause of choice in their community;
- Recognition of the winner's achievement through a commemorative award, article and photo to be published in AWNA newspapers across Alberta;
- $1,000 cash grant to the four semi-finalists' organization/cause of choice in their communities;
- Recognition of the four semi-finalists through a commemorative award, article and photo to be published in their respective AWNA community papers.
The nomination period is now open and nominations will be accepted until Friday, April 11, 2014.
Volunteer BC launches photo contest celebrating National Volunteer Week
March 3, 2014
Volunteers strengthen communities and make BC vibrant. Do you have photos of volunteers that recognize, celebrate and thank volunteers? Volunteer BC would like you to send your best image that reflects the strong contribution volunteers have made in your community. Photos must be taken in the 2013/2014 year and more than one photo can be entered by an organization. All entries will be posted on a special website during National Volunteer Week and prizes will be awarded to the top 3 photos. Winners will be announced in the Volunteer BC newsletter and be included in their annual report. Submit your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31, 2014.
Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference now accepting applications
March 3, 2014
The Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference was created to broaden the perspectives of future leaders in business, unions and public administration so that their decisions are based on a practical understanding of the influence of their organizations on the general welfare of the community. Members typically are managers and officials drawn from business, labour, professional and government positions as well as from academia, community and voluntary groups, and the cultural sector. The conference begins with a three-day plenary session where eminent speakers from Canada and around the world provide focus and substance to the Conference theme. The members also begin the process of debate and networking in their study groups, each of which is a microcosm of the overall Conference membership. Each study group then travels to a region of Canada where, for the next nine days, the members examine issues through the practical experiences of local companies, communities and regional leaders.
The application period is now open for the 2015 Conference, which will have the theme of Exploring Leadership and Innovation.
Home Depot Canada Foundation now accepting funding applications for housing grant program
March 3, 2014
The Home Depot Canada Foundation is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for its Affordable Housing Grant program. This program awards grants of up to $25,000 to Canadian registered charities making repairs, refurbishments and/or modifications to a housing accomdation that benefits youth in need. The LOI deadline is March 21, 2014. Canadian registered charities that are looking to complete small-scale affordable housing and community-based improvement projects that benefit Canadians in need and encourage hands-on service through volunteer engagement may also apply for funding through The Home Depot Canada Foundation’s Community Grants Program. Applications are accepted year-round for this program that provides grants of up to $5,000. Priority is given to initiatives that prevent and end youth homelessness. This includes funding renovation and repair projects and programs that provide access to safe, stable shelter and support services.
2014 JUNO Awards launch sustainability initiative
March 3, 2014
Today marks the launch of the 2014 JUNO Awards What Do You Do? initiative, an online awareness campaign designed to inspire conversation and action around sustainability. The initiative kicks off with the release of a video which features Canadian musicians and celebrities including Billy Talent, Chris Hadfield, and Said the Whale amongst others, talking about the steps that they take in their daily lives and work to be more sustainable. To get involved, people are encouraged to get online, engage and tweet @TheJUNOAwards the answer to the question: What Do You Do to live more sustainably using the hashtag #JUNOWDYD. Participants will be entered into a draw for JUNO merchandise and tickets to 2014 JUNO Week events. The initiative will run throughout the month of March, with subsequent videos being released each Thursday to spark ongoing creativity and dialogue, and the final draw set to be held on March 27, 2014.
CRA releases 2014 Charities Directorate update, announces major technological initiative
February 27, 2014
In February 2013, the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) issued the first Charities Program Update as a new way to communicate with charities and others interested in the charitable sector. They have now released their 2014 update, which primarily summarizes the previous year's activities. This year's report, however, also includes information about a major upcoming project announced in the recent 2014 federal budget.
As stated by Cathy Hawara in the update: "Budget 2014 announced measures designed to reduce the administrative burden on charities, encourage charitable giving, allow charities to use modern electronic tools, and help charities understand and meet their compliance obligations. The modern electronic tools initiative will involve a redesign of the Directorate's principal information technology systems, the Charities Assessment Registration System (CARE) and the Charities Internet Display System (CIDS). Once the redesign is complete, the Charities program will be able to offer new electronic services, including online filing of Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return and Form T2050, Application to Register a Charity Under the Income Tax Act. This initiative will also allow the program to evolve to meet the modern data needs of the Government of Canada, the charitable sector, and the Canadian public. We will be engaging with the sector and others as we move forward with our development work."
Approximately 73% of online adults now use social networking sites
February 26, 2014
According to research from the Pew Research Center's Internet Project, some 73% of online adults now use a social networking site of some kind. Facebook is the dominant social networking platform in the number of users, but a striking number of users are now diversifying onto other platforms. Some 42% of online adults now use multiple social networking sites. In addition to being the most commonly used social networking platform of the five measured, Facebook also has high levels of engagement among its users: 63% of Facebook users visit the site at least once a day, with 40% doing so multiple times throughout the day. Instagram and Twitter have a significantly smaller number of users than Facebook does, but users of these sites also tend to visit them frequently. Some 57% of Instagram users visit the site at least once a day (with 35% doing so multiple times per day), and 46% of Twitter users are daily visitors (with 29% visiting multiple times per day).
Report finds Canadian organizations spending more on staff training
February 25, 2014
Between 2010 and 2012, Canadian organizations increased funding for training, learning and development, according to the 12th edition of The Conference Board of Canada's Learning and Development Outlook. Spending was up $17 per employee, a modest reversal of the downward trend of the past two decades. The Canadian organizations surveyed in the Learning and Development Outlook spent an average of $705 per employee compared $688 per employee in 2010. Despite this modest increase, overall learning and development spending is down nearly 40% from its historic high of $1,207 in 1993. Over the past 20 years, spending has declined in both the public and private sectors and in organizations of all sizes.
Leaders of Tomorrow Awards in Cowichan, BC now accepting nominations
February 24, 2014
The Leaders of Tomorrow Awards is a youth volunteer recognition program, which enables individuals or community organizations to publicly recognize the contributions of their youth volunteer leaders. The purpose of the Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Program is to encourage the nominees to continue their involvement in volunteerism and leadership activities and to acknowledge that all voluntary contributions are valuable to the community. The Cowichan chapter in British Columbia is now accepting nominations in four different age categories (up to age 24). The deadline for nominations is March 21, 2014, with an awards ceremony to be held in April.
The Millennial Influence: Say hello to the new workplace
February 24, 2014
Organizations need to start embracing changes that are already transforming the workplace or they will struggle, according to Canadian Management Centre (CMC). In a recent survey conducted by the CMC, more than 54% of respondents indicated they felt Millennials are the most challenging to engage and lead effectively. Millennials or Gen Y, born between 1981-1995, are the fastest growing segment of Canada's workforce at 29% and as of next year they will start to outnumber Baby Boomers. By 2025, Millennials will represent 75% of the global workforce according to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics. The eldest of the Millennial generation have been in the workforce for 10 years and are moving up the leadership ranks very quickly. Research from EY indicates that 87% of Millennial managers took on a new management role in the last 5 years compared with 38% of Gen X managers and 19% of Boomers.