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Toronto youth organizations encouraged to apply to The Little Give

August 27, 2015

Each year, Edelman Canada employees in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal roll up their sleeves and take on The Little Give/Le Petit Geste for not-for-profit organizations in their communities. This year, Toronto’s Little Give will take place over three days from October 1 at 3pm to October 3 at 4pm. Inspired by Oprah’s Big Give, The Little Give is a volunteering program that taps into Edelman employees’ diverse skill sets and well as a whole lot of elbow make a difference in the communities around them. Staff dedicate 48 hours to work with incredible charity partners. Charities will be selected based on their diverse range of offerings and need. Organizations that meet the following criteria will be eligible for consideration:

  • Registered non-profit organization
  • Based in Toronto
  • Organization’s core work revolves around youth
  • Have at least one staff member available as a contact person from Thursday, October 1 at 3pm to Saturday, October 3 at 4pm (this does not need to be the same person for all three days).
  • Have a need or opportunity for Edelman employees to participate in a physical task

Please fill out this form to apply for the Little Give by September 9, 2015. Submit by email:

Calgary Foundation now accepting applications for Fall 2015

August 26, 2015

The Calgary Foundation's Community Grants Program promotes a healthy, vibrant community that embraces diversity and supports all of its members. The average size Community Grant over the past few years has been approximately $30,000 - although some are larger and some are smaller. Contact Grants staff to explore larger amounts that might be available for collaborative projects, or to inquire about smaller amounts for organizational development. The Fall 2015 Grant Request Template is now available and proposals must: Create New Futures; Engage Citizens; Strengthen Charities; and/or Explore and Celebrate Our History and Culture. The deadline for submissions is September 10, 2015.

Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards accepting nominations for 2015

August 26, 2015

The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards recognize extraordinary Albertans whose volunteer efforts have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members. Six awards, two in each category of youth, adult and senior are presented annually on or around International Volunteer Day, December 5. The 2015 nomination form is now available and the deadline for submissions is Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

Share your #UpgradeYourWorld ideas for a chance to receive funding from Microsoft

August 25, 2015

To mark the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft announced that they will help 10 global and 100 local nonprofits achieve greatness by investing more than $10 million in cash and technology. Is there a park or a community centre in your neighbourhood that needs a makeover? A local playground that needs new equipment? Do you have a friend, teacher or colleague who devotes themselves to making the world a better place? Microsoft wants to hear about it. Here's how you get involved: Tweet @WindowsCanada or comment on Windows Canada Facebook using the hashtag #UpgradeYourWorld, and tell Microsoft about the people or groups in your community who are empowering others to do great things. Or join the conversation and explain how you would upgrade your world. Over the coming months, Microsoft will bring a few of these suggestions to life. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2015.

GivingTuesday launches new charity toolkit for 2015

August 25, 2015

Planning to participate in GivingTuesday this December? GivingTuesday Canada has launched a new toolkit to help your charity make the most of this annual giving event. The GivingTuesday Toolkit for Charities includes background details and information on why you should consider participating, five steps to a successful campaign, how to access the resources you need and answers to frequently asked questions. In 2015, GivingTuesday takes place on December 1.

Help green your city this fall with TD Tree Days

August 25, 2015

This September and October, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is inviting Canadians to roll up their sleeves and help green where they live by volunteering at TD Tree Days. According to recent research from TD FEF, protecting existing green spaces (56%) and creating new ones (51%) are priorities when it comes to urban greening initiatives. Canadians polled strongly believe that these spaces are an important legacy for children and future generations (67%), important to the health of the community (61%), and help enhance economic value of the area (51%). Now in its sixth year, TD Tree Days is a grassroots community tree planting program. As TD's flagship volunteer program – and part of TD Bank's TD Forests program – TD Tree Days provides TD employees and their families, customers and community partners the opportunity to support local environmental stewardship. In the last five years, thousands of volunteers have planted over 185,000 trees from coast to coast through TD Tree Days. To see if there is a TD Tree Days planting in your community or for more information, visit

Hamilton charities encouraged to submit proposals for McMaster Charity Ball

August 19, 2015

Each year the McMaster Students Union (MSU) hosts a gala event known as the McMaster Charity Ball. In the last 14 years, the event has raised over $283,000 for local Hamilton and area charities. This year marks the 17th anniversary of the event, and an estimated 2000 students will be in attendance at the Hamilton Convention Centre to dance the night away on Jan. 29, 2016 and an anticipated $15,000 plus will be raised. MSU is currently seeking proposals from charities as to how they could utilize the money raised.

Should you wish to submit a proposal for these funds, please outline the following:

  • Why your organization is in need of funds.
  • The number of people benefiting from the funds.
  • How the funds will be used. Note: the funds donated by the MSU must stay in the Hamilton community and have a local impact.
  • How your organization will help leading up to the event.
  • How your organization will be involved the day/night of the event.

Please submit your proposal to and m#mce_temp_url#. The deadline for proposals is September 14, 2015. A decision will be made by the end of September as to the charity that will receive the funds. A presentation to the committee may be required if a decision is not reached based on the proposals submitted. Proposals will only be accepted from local charities.

Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People grant stream now open for 2016

August 19, 2015

Are you or is someone you know doing amazing work in the not-for-profit sector as an innovator, collaborator or galvanizer? The Toronto Foundation’s Vital People grant program is now accepting applications. Vital People supports Toronto’s not-for-profit leaders with grants of up to $5,000 for professional development. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 5pm. An optional orientation will be held at the Toronto Foundation offices on Friday, September 4 or 11 at 9:30 am. Please RSVP to Miranda Hassell at or by telephone (416) 921-2035 x222. Spaces are limited.

British Columbia unveils new Medal of Good Citizenship, now accepting nominations

August 19, 2015

The Government of British Columbia has unveiled its new Medal of Good Citizenship. The medal features British Columbia’s shield, floral emblem and the words, ‘Generosity, Service and Selflessness’. British Columbians are now urged to consider good citizens making a difference in their communities and nominate them for this new honour. The Medal of Good Citizenship will recognize individuals who, through exceptional long-term service, have made outstanding contributions to the well-being of their communities without expectation of remuneration or reward. The medal reflects their generosity, service, acts of selflessness, and outstanding contribution to community life. Nominations for the medal close on Friday, September 25, 2015.

Community Foundations of Canada launches new fellowship program

August 18, 2015

The Community Philanthropy Fellowship, a joint initiative of the Carold Institute and Community Foundations of Canada, is designed to offer full-time community foundation staff new skills and knowledge to enhance their leadership, strengthen their organization, and contribute to the movement and their communities in new ways. Fellowship applicants are encouraged to read the Fellowship Backgrounder for more information before applying. Key dates are as follows:

  • Deadline for Expressions of Interest: October 1, 2015
  • Deadline for Full Fellowship Applications (by invitation): November 16, 2015
  • Announcement of 2016 Community Philanthropy Fellow: January 8, 2016

Taking a lazy lunch break? You're not alone according to new survey results

August 18, 2015

As much as they'd like it to be, the midday endorphin rush isn't a reality for most workers, a new survey from Accountemps suggests. Almost half (46%) of accounting and finance professionals polled said they typically spend their lunch breaks eating alone, with only 17% finding the time to fit in a workout. This is contrary to what most respondents actually want: 48% indicated they would like to exercise or go to the gym, or enjoy a meal with coworkers. Rather than exercise or socialize the survey found that respondents more frequently surf the Internet (36%), run errands (34%) and check personal email (29%) during their lunch break.

BC program connects youth leadership volunteers with local nonprofit organizations

August 17, 2015

Youth Now is designed to harness the leadership potential found in our community by training young adults to serve as board members for local nonprofit organizations. The program is open to high school graduates under the age of 26 who live, work, or study in Richmond, BC. There are two distinct components to the Youth Now program: 1) a leadership development component for youth who are looking to make an impact in their community; and 2) an opportunity for nonprofit organizations to strengthen their boards through the infusion of younger community leaders. Leadership Richmond – Youth Now includes training for both the young adults and nonprofit organizations participating in the program. Youth Now leaders develop their leadership skills, along with their understanding of the roles that boards of directors fill and the benefits of being involved as a community leader. Organizations learn how to strengthen their boards by involving youth as full participants and mentoring them through the program. Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-16 Youth Now program, which begins in September. Application forms for both youth leaders and non-profit organizations can be found below. They're in fillable PDF format, so you can download them, complete them, and submit them when you're ready. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 28, 2015 OR until spots are filled.

Nominations open for award celebrating Montrealers making a difference in their city

August 17, 2015

The Mayor of Montréal, Denis Coderre, today announced the launch of the nomination period for the 2015 Thérèse-Daviau Award. The award, which was introduced in 2004 and is awarded every two years, recognizes the exceptional commitment of a Montrealer who has made a mark in the fields of social development, sports and recreation or culture, and who has improved the quality of life in Montréal. Montrealers and local organizations have until September 11, at 5 pm, to submit the name of a candidate, using the nomination form included in the Thérèse-Daviau Award 2015 leaflet, which is available online.

BC Hydro Community Champions Program now accepting video submissions

August 13, 2015

Is your not-for-profit group engaging your community and helping to make British Columbia more sustainable? The Community Champions Program is a BC Hydro program that engages nonprofits in BC that demonstrate environmental leadership in their community. It provides these organizations a platform to highlight initiatives that support conservation, the environment and sustainably development for the chance to win a $10,000 Community Champions Conservation Award.

The program also offers sustainability lesson plans to BC classrooms and connects those classrooms with participating nonprofit organizations. By participating, classes are entered into a random draw for a chance to win a $1,000 award to use towards their own school-based conservation project. This important program benefits schools, communities and the environment.

Not-for-profit video submissions are accepted from August 18 to September 30, 2015. The voting period is open to the public and participating schools starting October 15. Winners will be announced December 15, 2015. Need inspiration? Hear from past winners and see the 2014 Community Champion video submissions.

Toronto-based social enterprise takes top spot at Parapan Am accessibility tech pitch contest

August 12, 2015

A social enterprise company that has developed a next-generation prosthetic knee took first place in Ontario Centres of Excellence's (OCE's) Parapan Am Games-affiliated Accessibility Tech Pitch competition. The company immediately said it would use the $20,000 award to fit 200 amputees in developing countries with its device. Toronto-based Legworks, which is also an OCE-supported company, was selected from 18 participants in a two-day elimination pitch competition – one of the features of the Government of Ontario's Accessibility Innovation Showcase held at MaRS Discovery District August 8-10.

Nominate your inspirational P2P participants for the Cash, Sweat & Tears Canada Awards

August 10, 2015

Canada’s most inspiring peer-to-peer fundraiser will be honoured at the Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Conference on October 20th in Toronto. The Cash, Sweat & Tears Canada Awards honour the passion of your most extraordinary volunteers - the people who take on physical challenges, overcome obstacles or raise huge sums from friends, family and colleagues for your cause. A $1,000 donation will be made by Blackbaud to the nonprofit organization nominating the award-winning supporter and all nominees receive online recognition and a certificate. Nominating someone is free and takes just a few minutes. Every nominee will be sent a Certificate of Merit recognizing their outstanding contributions. For further information, please contact Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Canada at The entry deadline is September 10th.

Apply now for AFP's Canadian National Scholarship Program

August 10, 2015

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada and Mackenzie Investments are teaming up to offer Canadian fundraising professionals working for charitable and nonprofit organizations, the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in fundraising. Financial scholarships, up to a maximum of $1000, are being offered to cover registration and travel costs for educational programs at the local, national and/or international level. Educational Programs that can be funded through the National Scholarship Program include, but are not limited to:

  • AFP Congress
  • AFP CFRE Review Course
  • AFP Chapter Fundraising Workshops & Conferences
  • AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course
  • AFP International Conference
  • Other fundraising conferences/courses/tuition fees

The next scholarship deadline is September 15, 2015.

Calgary organizations encouraged to apply to management consulting project with MBA students

August 10, 2015

The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) has developed an opportunity for nonprofit organizations to participate in a management consulting project through a partnership with the MBA program of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. This project will allow organizations to draw upon the expertise of an advanced class of MBA students who wish to gain knowledge and experience in consulting and change management. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to use this opportunity to address business and management issues facing their organizations such as social enterprise, human resource management and operating systems challenges. Students will work with sector organizations and the course instructor to refine project parameters and develop solutions to workplace and organizational change issues. Students work in teams from early September until the end of November, 2015. Space for participating in this project is limited. Organizations will be selected based on their capacity to undertake a meaningful systems, structures or organizational change initiative. To explore this opportunity further and to determine how this project could benefit your organization, please contact Mike Grogan at or 403-261-6655 before August 31, 2015.

Envision Financial Douglas College Community Building Program now accepting applications

August 5, 2015

Envision Financial and Douglas College are now accepting project proposals from local nonprofit and charitable agencies for its fifth community development project commencing September 2015-April 2016. The Envision Financial Douglas College Community Building Program is an innovative approach to hands-on learning. The program matches nonprofit agencies with fourth year Douglas College student-led teams who help agencies by applying academic research and problem solving skills to address challenges facing the nonprofit agencies. The program is open to organizations located in one of the following BC communities: Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Delta, Hope, Langley, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, Mission or Surrey.

If you would like to be considered as a community partner in the 2015/2016 Envision Financial Douglas College Community Building Program, please email your expression of interest, by August 21, to Susan Byrom, Senior Manager, Community Investment. If you have questions regarding your application, you are encouraged to contact Envision directly at 604-539-7353. Expressions of interest should include a detailed outline of an organizational challenge and what, if any, current action is being taken to address that challenge.

Newman’s Own Foundation announces call for funding applications for The Empowerment Project

August 5, 2015

Newman’s Own Foundation has introduced The Empowerment Project, which recognizes the tireless contributions of individuals within nonprofit organizations whose aim is to empower people to overcome adversity and to contribute to the development of society. Whether it’s the organization’s founder, manager, part-time employee or volunteer, the one thing these heroes have in common is a significant contribution to improving the lives of others. A total of US$100,000 is available to charities in recognition of the exceptional work these individuals are doing in areas such as human rights, disadvantaged youth, veteran affairs, health services and education. Submit your expression of interest by September 11, 2015.

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