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Canada comes together to build largest digital platform of sesquicentennial activity

July 2, 2015

The countdown to 2017 is on and hundreds of organizations from across the country are banding together to launch a digital platform that will capture all the activity, action and engagement around Canada’s sesquicentennial. The Canada-wide initiative is being championed by the 150Alliance, an open network of individuals and organizations mobilizing around 2017, which includes organizations such as the National Arts Centre, Trans Canada Trail, Toronto International Film Festival, Scouts Canada, Canadian Association of Science Centres, Canadian Association of Museums, Montreal 375, The Banff Centre and many, many more.

150alliance.ca will act as the central online hub for all 2017 activities, with individuals and organizations across the country contributing to:

  • an extensive directory of organizations and projects related to Canada 150, searchable by location, sector and many other filters;
  • a cross-Canada events calendar;
  • multiple digital work spaces where organizations can connect and collaborate;
  • storytelling and news feeds from 150Alliance members;
  • shared dashboards that will help Canadians find and track 2017 activity and engagement;
  • and a library of resources to help organizations make the most of their plans for 2017.

Individuals and organizations from across Canada who are mobilizing around 2017 are invited to join the platform now at www.150alliance.ca.



SEE Change Magazine launches History of Social Change multimedia project

July 2, 2015

The History of Social Change is a multimedia project of SEE Change Magazine profiling social change movements in Canadian history (and the changemakers at their heart) that have shaped who we are as Canadians today e.g. Suffrage, LGBT/Marriage Equality, Cooperatives, Environment, Multiculturalism, Social Entrepreneurship. Each profile will offer an in-depth look at the movement’s origins, its challenges, its victories and its status today. As contributors to the project travel across Canada gathering visual and audio footage and interviews, they’ll be providing regular updates with blogs, podcasts and more. Once all stories are completed, they’ll be available on DVD and in an e-book format for educational institutions, organizations and individuals.

Do you have a story about a social change movement in Canada’s history? Do you know a Canadian change maker who played an important part in effecting social change in the 20th century? Contact SEE Change magazine with your ideas.



Who do executives turn to first for job-change advice?

July 2, 2015

According to a recent Accountemps survey, almost half (48%) of the executives surveyed said they turn first to a spouse or significant other for advice when evaluating an employment offer. Mentors were the next most commonly tapped source of guidance (19%), however their influence seems to have diminished: When a similar question was asked in 2007, they were cited by 43% of managers. Friends trailed closely behind, with 15% of the response in the latest survey. Coworkers and other family members were mentioned by just 6% and 7% of those polled, respectively.



Citizenship and Immigration Canada opens national call for funding proposals

June 29, 2015

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) funds services that help newcomers settle and adapt to life in Canada. These services include language training, information and referrals, help finding employment that matches newcomers’ skills and education, and help integrating into Canadian society. The Settlement Program assists immigrants and refugees to overcome barriers specific to the newcomer experience (such as a lack of official language skills and limited knowledge of Canada) so that they can participate in social, cultural, civic and economic life in Canada. The Refugee Resettlement Assistance Program provides immediate and essential support services and income support to assist in meeting refugees’ resettlement needs. The Inter-Action Events stream, which provides funding of up to $15,000 for events, accepts applications year-round.This stream is designed to support events that foster one or more of the following: intercultural/interfaith understanding; civic memory and pride; respect for core democratic values.

CIC is now accepting funding proposals for the National CFP 2015 through a new online system. The deadline to submit your applications through the online system is August 10, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT.



United Way Toronto and York Region set to merge, make record-high community investment

June 29, 2015

At its Annual General Meeting, United Way Toronto announced that in the coming year, it will be investing $86.3-million towards social service agencies and programs that support people throughout Toronto and York Region. The news came minutes after members and both boards approved bylaw changes that will enable the formal merger between United Way Toronto and United Way York Region, first announced in March 2015. On July 1, United Way Toronto, and United Way York Region, will become a single entity with Susan McIsaac as President and CEO. The organization will continue its commitment to supporting youth, improving neighbourhoods, and strengthening the community services sector - now extending beyond Toronto, through the inner suburbs, to Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, and Whitchurch-Stouffville.



Volunteer Consulting Group accepting applications for pro-bono consulting in Toronto

June 29, 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. If you think that your organization might be a good match for the VCG, please fill out the project application form by July 24, 2015. Please note that the applications are considered on a first-come-first-serve basis and they are only able to accept a limited number of projects each year. Therefore, please apply as early as possible. After your application form is received, you will be contacted with information on how to proceed with the application process.



Training vouchers available to Ontario social entrepreneurs

June 24, 2015

The Ontario Social Impact Voucher (OSIV) Pilot Program, managed by Ontario Centres of Exccellence, supports capacity building and growth of social enterprises across the province by providing access to relevant training programs. This pilot program will deploy up to 125 Social Impact Vouchers at a value of up to $3,000 per voucher to Ontario-based social enterprises. Social entrepreneurs and enterprises will redeem the Social Impact Voucher for social entrepreneurship training with their chosen Social Enterprise Training Organizations (SETOs). The SETOs providing training are: The MaRS Centre for Impact Investing (MCII), HUB Ottawa, Co-iLab, the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), and Social Asset Measurements Inc. (SAM). Applicants to the OSIV program will select the training program that will most benefit their business. The application process is open until July 13, 2015.



Canadian employees cautiously optimistic about job stability and future prospects

June 24, 2015

Most people believe they should earn more, but aren't planning to ask for it, according to new research from staffing firm Robert Half. The majority are confident in their abilities at work, as 84% of Canadian workers polled believe they should earn more money, however only one-third feel confident asking for a raise, with that same amount planning to ask for one in 2015. Canadian workers are upbeat about their current organization and job prospects: 73% are confident about the stability of their current employer, with just slightly less than half (47%) more confident in their job prospects now compared to one year ago. However, 43% have never checked their salary against the market rate or those of their peers, and only 19% have checked within the last year.



Imagine Canada releases new discussion paper on economic role of nonprofit sector

June 24, 2015

Imagine Canada’s Chief Economist for Canada’s Charitable and Nonprofit Sector released Charities in Canada as an Economic Sector, a discussion paper by Chief Economist Brian Emmett and co-author Geoffrey Emmett. The paper is an invitation to Canadians, governments, businesses and communities to not only think of charities as purpose driven but also as an essential component driving Canada’s economy. Discussed in the report are the following topics:

  • Role and scope of the charitable sector in the Canadian economy
  • The charitable sector as a small business sector
  • Productivity and innovation in the charitable sector
  • The charitable sector as a place to work
  • Revenue and funding sources for charitable organizations
  • Policy implications



New videos designed to help Canadians navigate the human rights complaint process

June 23, 2015

The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) has produced a series of videos, now on its YouTube channel, to help people in Canada deal with discrimination and navigate the human rights complaint process. Using live actors as well as animation, “Human Rights and You: A video series” tells the stories of Lily and Dan — two fictional characters using the CHRC complaint process to deal with workplace discrimination. Lily’s story is about sexual harassment and Dan’s story is about discrimination related to age and disability after a workplace injury. The actors speak directly to camera, telling viewers their story and, in the process, the viewers learn what to expect when making a discrimination complaint. The CHRC hopes the videos, which are available in both official languages as well as closed-captioning, will be used as teaching tools by educators, social workers, lawyers, NGOs, community centres and human resources managers.



New report measures Canada's barriers and incentives to philanthropy

June 22, 2015

Hudson Institute's Center for Global Prosperity (CGP) has released the Index of Philanthropic Freedom, the first global study to measure and compare the incentives and barriers to giving. The new Index provides a detailed analysis of the legal barriers and incentives to philanthropy in both developed and developing countries. Local experts from 64 countries participated in the study, which includes country-specific reports, trends, and policy recommendations. You can view an interactive map detailing all of the participating countries as well as a detailed report specific to Canada.



New Statistics Canada report examines volunteering in Canada between 2004 and 2013

June 22, 2015

Statistics Canada has released a new report on volunteering from the Spotlight on Canadians: Results from the General Social Survey series. The report examines volunteering in Canada between 2004 and 2013 and includes the following highlights:

  • In 2013, 44% of Canadians aged 15 years and older volunteered for a charitable or non-profit organization. This represented a slight drop from 2010 (47%).
  • The hours contributed by volunteers in 2013 stood at 1.96 billion hours, equivalent to about 1 million full-time, year-round jobs.
  • The rate of volunteering was highest among teens aged 15 to 19, at 66%. This was followed by Canadians aged 35 to 44 (48%). Rates subsequently decline with age, with the lowest rates recorded among Canadians aged 75 years and older (27%).
  • While older Canadians were less likely to volunteer, they devoted more hours to their volunteer work. For example, volunteers aged 65 to 74 dedicated 231 hours annually, compared to 110 hours for teens and 122 hours for middle-aged volunteers.
  • Women were slightly more likely to volunteer than men (45% versus 42%), though this was primarily driven by significant gender differences among those aged 35 to 44.
  • The top four sectors benefiting from volunteer work were: social services (25%), sports and recreation (24%), education and research (20%) and religious organizations (19%). Holding steady over the last decade was volunteering in the social services and sports and recreation sectors, while drops were recorded for the education and research sector, as well as religious organizations.
  • Similar to previous years, volunteers were most often engaged in organizing events (46%) and raising money on behalf of an organization or group (45%).



Funding available for programs improving access to mental health care for military families

June 22, 2015

The Bell True Patriot Love Fund today announced that applications are being accepted for grants to support programs that focus on improving access to mental health care for Canadian military families. Launched in 2013, the Bell True Patriot Love Fund is a $1-million program providing grants from $5,000 up to $25,000 to community mental health initiatives for Canadian military families, veterans and serving members. Since its launch, the Fund has provided 32 grants to programs delivered through Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) and other charities that work to improve access to mental health care in military communities across the country. Applications will be accepted until August 21, 2015. The Fund will be open exclusively to programs that focus on increasing access to mental health support for soldiers, veterans, and their families.



Blackbaud report examines #GivingTuesday (US) growth since 2012

June 22, 2015

Blackbaud has released a #GivingTuesday Trends Report (US) providing online giving trends from more than 4,300 nonprofit organizations representing $55.6 million in online fundraising since 2012 that took place on #GivingTuesday (US). The report’s focus was to measure online giving during #GivingTuesday as this represents the best snapshot of what happened the day of the event. In 2012, most of the online giving on #GivingTuesday was concentrated among nonprofits in the medical research, human services, and international affairs sectors. By 2014, giving had shifted towards faith-based, higher education, and healthcare organizations. Key findings from the #GivingTuesday Trends report include:

  • #GivingTuesday has had double-digit year-over-year growth in online donations since 2012.
  • Large nonprofits received the most donations on #GivingTuesday but this trend is shifting.
  • Faith-based nonprofits now receive the largest percentage of #GivingTuesday online donations.
  • Online average gift amounts exceed $100 for most nonprofits on #GivingTuesday.
  • About 17% of online donation form views on #GivingTuesday 2014 were on a mobile device.



Alberta Blue Cross announces new funding program for student wellness initiatives

June 22, 2015

Alberta Blue Cross is committing up to $350,000 to support and promote student wellness initiatives at Alberta's post-secondary institutions. Funding will be made available to universities, colleges and institutes through the organization's new Post-Secondary Wellness Promotion Grant Program, which will support a variety of projects across the province to support young Albertans' health and wellness. The new program reinforces Alberta Blue Cross's unique legislative mandate to support and promote the health of Albertans, as it continues to expand its focus on championing wellness initiatives across the province. Grants could be used for a variety of projects including smoking cessation programs, healthy eating campaigns, programs to encourage active lifestyles and initiatives focused on mental health and stress management.



Funding available for projects lowering greenhouse gases in Alberta

June 18, 2015

The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) has announced a call for Expressions of Interest (EOI). The corporation follows a specific, rigorous process when choosing which projects to fund. Twice a year, in spring and fall, they call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) where you — and any member of the public — can submit a proposal if it meets that EOI’s criteria. The CCEMC is now inviting EOIs for shovel-ready projects that can deliver significant and sustainable near-term greenhouse gas reductions in Alberta. Only projects that can reduce GHG emissions by greater than 50,000 tonnes CO2e annually and be fully implemented before 2020 will be considered. GHG reductions must be quantifiable, and verifiable. The submission deadline is July 2, 2015.



Mood Disorders Society of Canada wants your input on Canada's mental health care system

June 17, 2015

Mood Disorders Society of Canada and their national and regional partners are interested in better understanding your viewpoints and experiences with the Canadian mental health care system. In 2011, a similar benchmark survey was undertaken, and this new survey is being conducted in order to understand what changes have occurred since 2011, as well as what more needs to be done in order to improve care. This survey is being conducted by Corporate Research Associates, an independent firm. Your individual responses will be completely confidential, and only overall results will be shared with the Society. The survey should take approximately 12-15 minutes to complete. Your input will help the organizations to identify priority issues and areas for improvements or changes to the Canadian mental health system that need to be addressed with government. Please complete the survey by June 27th, 2015.



Call for artist submissions from Vancouver Island for Comox Valley Airport art & culture program

June 17, 2015

The Comox Valley Airport Commission and the Comox Valley Community Arts Council are seeking submissions for the 2015 Art and Culture Program at the Comox Valley Airport. This year's exhibition entitled: Island Connections will run for six months from November 2015 to May 2016. In this call for submission, the airport is seeking two and three dimensional art pieces that celebrate a connection to the Island - to the many special places, people and experiences available on Northern Vancouver Island. Work can be representative of the emotional, physical, literal and/or ethereal sense of being linked or associated with this part of the Island. Art submissions may be in the form of paintings, original prints, photography, mixed media, textiles and/or sculpture. Open to all artists residing in the Comox Valley Airport's catchment area of Northern Vancouver Island. Boundaries include Parksville, Port Alberni and Ucluelet in the south; the Pacific Ocean to the west; Powell River to the east (including Texada, Denman, Hornby, Quadra, Cortes, Alert Bay and Sointula); and the Pacific Ocean to the north. Submissions must be made online and entries will be accepted until August 31, 2015.



Ontario organizations invited to register for social enterprise assistance program

June 16, 2015

The Earning Capacity Project will engage up to 30 community service organizations across Ontario to develop their social enterprise capacity. Successful applicants will have a committed team, marketable administrative capacity in areas including IT, HR, marketing, space, and finance, and will be ready for (or already involved in) earned revenue activities related to these service areas. A Project Advisory Committee (PAC), and social enterprise and evaluation consultants will contribute their knowledge and expertise in small business and nonprofit social enterprise development, and help in documenting results. Organizations focused on: employment & training, arts & culture, children & youth, community development, education, environmental, agriculture, health, First Nations organizations, immigrant (settlement) services, recreation, and social service organizations are welcome to register. The first step for all interested organizations is to register for one of two free introductory webinars, after which organizations will be asked to submit expressions of interest. The free webinars are being held on June 22 and June 30, 2015.



Frontier College receives $2.5 million gift to expand their Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps

June 16, 2015

More Aboriginal children in communities across Canada will now be able to access an expanded Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps program, thanks to a $2.5 million donation made by TD Bank Group to Frontier College. Today's gift to Frontier College is one of the largest community donations TD has made to date to a single organization and is the largest in support of youth literacy and the Aboriginal community.



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