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Toronto Foundation’s Vital Ideas grant stream now open for 2016

October 8, 2015

The Toronto Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2016 Vital Ideas grants, which are focused on capacity building to support taking great ideas to the next level. Vital Ideas grants increase the effectiveness of high-impact initiatives in Toronto through one-time strategic grants. This capacity-building funding is awarded to organizations that have a solid track record of success. Its purpose is to help increase the effectiveness of an organization or a program, to position it for even greater impact in the future. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 30, 2015 at 5pm.

Alberta organizations encouraged to apply for Time to Think grants

October 7, 2015

In Alberta, as in the rest of Canada, nonprofits are re-thinking the way they operate to ensure that they are able to solve the province’s toughest social and environmental challenges over the long term. ATB Financial knows that time to reflect, plan and strategize is very important if nonprofit organization are to develop innovative, long term strategies in tandem with the very busy day-to-day work of meeting their missions. The goal of the ATB Time to Think grant is to give the staff, board and members of nonprofits in Alberta time to build skills or develop strategies that will help their organizations to change and improve. This grant is open to eligible nonprofit organizations, charitable organizations (including social enterprises operated by a charity or a nonprofit organization) or collectives. Your organization can only apply for the grant once. Previous winners of a Time to Think grant are ineligible. To apply for ATB's Time to Think grant you must submit your complete application by Monday, November 23rd at 5pm.

Join CharityVillage in celebrating GivingTuesday on December 1, 2015

October 7, 2015

This year, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, CharityVillage will be helping to celebrate GivingTuesday, a new national movement dedicated to giving and generosity. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, imagine a day dedicated to giving back, around the world, across Canada and in your own community. Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season. Want to get involved at your charity or nonprofit organization? Here's how you can be a part of this year's GivingTuesday celebrations:

  • Sign up for free partnership at - partners receive free tools including webinars, toolkits, logos and videos. Mass participation from charities, nonprofits, businesses and individuals is essential to helping to make an impact.
  • Plan an activity or celebration in your organization or community. If you already have something planned for December then you can simply use GivingTuesday as an opportunity to amplify your impact.
  • Follow the movement on twitter @GivingTuesdayCa and share your activity using the #GivingTuesdayCa hashtag. Follow GivingTuesday on Facebook, share the videos and tell Canada your ideas on how to give back for GivingTuesday!

GivingTuesday provides a platform for all charities and nonprofits to rally volunteers and raise money for their cause. Get involved and help make this giving season the best yet!

CAMH survey shows over half of workers with depression do not recognize need for treatment

October 7, 2015

More than half of workers who reported symptoms of depression did not perceive a need for treatment, according to a study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. The study investigated barriers to mental health care experienced by workers and the resulting impact on productivity. Nearly 40% of participants were experiencing significant depressive symptoms and, of that group, 52.8% did not recognize a need to seek help.

As part of the study, researchers also developed a model to help employers identify key barriers to treatment. Strategies could be targeted to these barriers to increase the use of mental health services among workers with symptoms of depression. Researchers calculated that by removing the barrier caused by the unrecognized need for treatment, there would be a 33% decrease in work productivity loss. In addition to treatment need, researchers also assessed attitudinal and structural barriers to accessing mental health services. Attitudinal barriers include stigma of mental illness and belief that treatment is ineffective. Structural barriers include financial limitations and difficulty accessing appropriate mental health care. When all three types of barriers were removed, researchers found that loss of work productivity would be reduced by nearly 50%.

Voting is now open for the Aviva Community Fund

October 6, 2015

Aviva Canada is pleased to announce that voting for the 2015 Aviva Community Fund competition is officially open, with more than 300 fantastic ideas for positive change in communities all across Canada. The ideas each fall within at least one of the three categories: Community Resilience, Community Health, and Community Development, as well as two funding levels: under $50,000 and between $50,000 and $100,000. Voting for Aviva Community Fund ideas continues until October 23 at 4 pm EST. In prior years, ideas had to go through two rounds of voting to make it to the finals; this year there is only one round of voting. After the voting round the top 30 vote getters (five from each idea category in the two funding levels) will be evaluated by a panel of judges, using key criteria including impact on the community, sustainability, submission quality and creativity. Winners of the Aviva Community Fund will be announced on December 2.

National Vital Signs report explores Canadians' sense of belonging and connecton to community

October 6, 2015

One-third of Canadians feel a weak sense of community belonging due in part to the persistence of discrimination and social isolation, says a new national report from Community Foundations of Canada. A majority of Canadians also don’t feel things are getting better. Belonging: Exploring connection to community, released today as part of Community Foundations of Canada’s national Vital Signs program, highlights how connected people feel to their communities and how much they feel they belong to the country. Among the report’s key findings:

  • Supportive interactions between people are one of the strongest factors found to increase community belonging.
  • People who feel they belong to a community are more likely to contribute with others for the common good.
  • As newcomers spend time more in Canada, their sense of belonging to community and country grows.
  • Visible minorities are more likely to identify with a new national identity if they feel their ethnicity is publicly respected.
  • Aboriginal communities that have maintained more elements of their culture and a greater level of self-governance feel more individual identity and community connection.

Belonging: Exploring connection to community features responses from a national survey conducted in partnership with the Angus Reid Institute in August 2015 on Canadians’ sense of belonging and connection to community. Some of the findings that appear throughout the national Vital Signs report include:

  • Only 17% of Canadians are optimistic that things are getting somewhat or a lot better in Canada. 83% of Canadians believe that things are staying the same (39%) or getting worse (44%).
  • Half of Canadians (50%) think that being involved in community events or activities is either not very important or not at all important in their day-to-day lives; and 38% don’t feel like they have a stake in their local community.
  • Canadians believe that affordability (40%), public safety (38%) and employment opportunities (36%) are among the most important factors in what makes their community a good place to live.

Vital Signs is a national program led by community foundations that leverages local knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities and support action towards improving our quality of life. More than 70 communities across Canada and around the world use Vital Signs to mobilize the power of community knowledge for greater local impact. Twenty-six community foundations across Canada launch their own local reports today at

Canadian Association for Mental Health releases first-ever international study on workplace wellness

October 5, 2015

A joint US-Canada study, supported by The Faas Foundation on workplace wellness, shows corporate offices in both countries are rife with workplace bullying. The cross border survey of 2000 respondents by Mental Health America (MHA) and the Canadian Association for Mental Health (CAMH) reveals that 67% of respondents reported that they feel their company might fire them at any time. Because of unhelpful or hostile work environments, 80% report that they tend to work alone. Despite the difficulties they face, 41% of people in unhealthy work environments report that rarely or never miss work due to work related stress.

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure raises more than $21 million

October 5, 2015

Thanks to the contributions and efforts of 115,000 participants and volunteers, an estimated $21.5 million was raised in more than 60 communities across Canada for breast cancer research and to help support the 25,200 Canadian women and men who will be diagnosed in 2015 as well as their families. Since 1992, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure has been the largest, single-day, volunteer-led national event in support of creating a future without breast cancer.

Many Canadians not using their full vacation days, survey finds

October 2, 2015

Each year, the Vacation Deprivation Survey reveals the number of unused vacation days Canadians have accumulated. According to this year's survey, Canadians will receive an average of 17 vacation days from employers – an increase of one additional day over 2014 – but will take only 15.5 of those days. That represents close to 10 million unused vacation days by Canadians this year alone. For nearly a third of Canadians (32%) work schedules topped the list of reasons for leaving vacation days on the table, followed closely by saving for other obligations such as a house, tuition, or paying off debt (29%), and personal and family schedules ranked third at 24%. The survey also revealed that more than one million Canadians have not taken a vacation in over 15 years and more than 1.4 million Canadians have never been on a vacation in their lifetime.

New tool to bridge the employment gap for people with disabilities

October 2, 2015

A new fall season means back to school and back to work for most people. Even though people with disabilities are graduating from our schools and post-secondary institutions at close to the same rates as the general population, they are two to three times more likely to be unemployed or out of the labour force. The Conference Board of Canada, in partnership with the Government of Ontario's EnAbling Change program, has created the Employers' Toolkit: Making Ontario Workplaces Accessible to People With Disabilities to help employers of all sizes implement simple changes to make their workplaces more inclusive for people with disabilities. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 led to the creation of the Employment Standard, which helps to level the playing field for this large and growing segment of the population. The Employer's Toolkit helps Ontario employers understand and implement the Employment Standard by providing advice, practical scenarios, and useful tools and templates.

Funding available for events promoting financial literacy and wellness

October 1, 2015

Credit Education Week Canada (CEWC) provides funding for community-based events that foster financial wellness. The CEWC 2015 Host An Event Program is administered by Credit Canada Debt Solutions (CCDS). The program supports CCDS’s mandate by assisting community agencies in creating financial literacy awareness and helping the Canadian consumer to learn about and look after their personal finances with the ultimate goal of financial wellness. Some examples of eligible types of events:

  • Community-based celebrations, cultural groups, including in support of Financial Literacy Month
  • A “lunch and learn” or event for young people, organized by school groups
  • Dialogues that bring together representatives of Canada’s financial industry
  • Public education events that foster financial literacy wellness

Funding is available to Canadian not-for-profit organizations, associations and unincorporated groups of individuals; colleges, universities and high schools; and Canadian Aboriginal organizations. The deadline for applications is October 9, 2015.

McKesson Canada launches its 2016 Regional Grants Program

September 29, 2015

McKesson Canada announces the launch of its 2016 Regional Grants Program, a Canada-wide campaign that each year provides financial assistance to a number of nonprofit organizations, supported by the McKesson Foundation. Grants will be awarded to programs whose mission is to assist children and youth, 0 to 18 years old, in the area of health, specifically, access to primary health care. McKesson Canada would like to encourage the submission of grant applications for one-time specific projects or programs. The Regional Grants Program typically awards grants that range in size from $2,500 to $25,000. Grant applications will be accepted from October 5 until November 13, 2015 at midnight and grant recipients will be announced in spring 2016. All grant applications must be submitted online.

CAMH home to first global centre dedicated to child and youth depression

September 29, 2015

Today the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Canada launched the Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depression. Supported by a $15-million gift from The Peter Cundill Foundation, the new centre will lead a global effort to reduce the burden of depression in the first two decades of life. The goal of the Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depression is to accelerate the pace of research, care and knowledge exchange for better care for children and youth with depression. While some young people do respond well to existing treatments, many do not achieve optimal, lasting recovery. Depression is a major risk factor for suicide and, in Canada, suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults. Today, along with announcing the Cundill Centre, CAMH is simultaneously launching an awareness and fundraising campaign focused on increasing efforts to prevent suicide. The campaign will share the stories of real people who have lost family members to suicide with the aim of inspiring Canadians to join in CAMH's treatment and prevention efforts.

Daily Bread Food Bank releases report exploring hunger in Toronto

September 23, 2015

The Daily Bread Food Bank has released the 2015 Who's Hungry report, which provides a profile of hunger in Toronto. According to the report, since 2008, the geographic distribution of food bank visits has changed drastically in Toronto. The inner suburbs have seen a 45% increase, while the city core has seen a 16% decrease during the same period. Overall, demand across the city is 12% higher than 2008. The number of recent newcomers coming to food banks in Toronto has decreased substantially since 2008. The increased cost of housing in Toronto may mean it is no longer an “arrival city” for newcomers. Since the recession, people are having a harder time climbing out of poverty. The average length of time coming to a food bank has doubled from 1 year to 2 years since 2008. The average monthly income of someone accessing food bank services is $763, while the percentage receiving social assistance as main source of income is 65%. The money available per person per day after rent and utilities are paid is $6.67.

Samsung Canada launches Solve for Tomorrow Education Challenge

September 23, 2015

Samsung Electronics Canada today announced the launch of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge, a national educational challenge designed to inspire Canadian students to reach their full potential and get closer to STEM subjects by applying them to help better their communities. Students in Grades 6 to 12 will be asked to identify an existing challenge or issue they see in their town, city or neighbourhood, and use STEM to passionately help solve it. Finalist schools will share in $500,000 in Samsung classroom technology. The first phase of the Challenge, documenting the community issue and STEM-based solution, will close on November 30. Fifty-five finalist schools will then be selected in December to move on to the next phase, where they will implement their idea and capture the process in a video documentary using Samsung technology. One winner from each province and territory (11 in total) will win $20,000 in classroom technology and will go on to compete in the final phase in February 2016 for two grand prizes of $50,000 in classroom technology each plus live visits school from Mitch and Greg from AsapSCIENCE.

Differences in women's and men's income affect what types of charities couples give to

September 22, 2015

How gender differences in income affect where couples give, women's and men’s differing motivations for giving, and who supports causes aimed at helping women and girls are among the issues addressed in new research being released by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

While both men’s and women’s income play important roles in a couple’s giving, an increase in the man’s income tends to result in a greater likelihood of the couple giving to religious, youth, international and combined purposes organizations (such as United Way, United Jewish Appeal or Catholic Charities), and/or in giving larger amounts to those causes, the study found. When the woman’s income increases, the couple is more likely to give — and to give a larger amount — to charities providing for basic human needs, such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, or a shelter for the homeless. The study also found that nearly half (45%) of all donors surveyed give specifically to causes that support women and girls. When researchers looked at giving by gender, they found that half of women donors and two out of five men donors give to these causes.

In high net worth households (those with $250,000 or more in income and/or $1 million or more in assets not including their principal residence), men and women shared the same top motivations for giving. Gender differences appeared in lower priority motivations. Women are more likely than men to say that they give because of their political or philosophical beliefs; give because they are on the board or volunteer for an organization; and give spontaneously in response to a need.

Bell Let's Talk initiative extended a further five years

September 22, 2015

Bell today marked the fifth anniversary of Bell Let's Talk by announcing the extension of the national mental health initiative for a further five years and an increase in Bell's total funding commitment for Canadian mental health to at least $100 million. Bell Let's Talk works to move Canada's mental health forward based on 4 action pillars: Anti-stigma, care and access, new research, and workplace leadership. Since its launch, Bell Let's Talk has funded more than 600 mental health partners around Canada, from the largest health care institutions and universities to the smallest community organizations in every region, while encouraging engagement by Canadians in the cause with high-profile anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let's Talk Day and Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk. Bell has increased its funding target to $100 million by the end of 2020. But as Canadians continue to drive Bell donations with their engagement in the cause on Bell Let's Talk Day, the total amount could be much higher. The next Bell Let's Talk Day is set for January 27, 2016 and the team continues to welcome new spokespeople and ambassadors.

Invitation to participate in research on cyber incivility

September 22, 2015

Kristin Williams, a PhD student at the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, is inviting interested nonprofit leaders to participate in an academic research study to explore cyber incivility in organizational settings. Cyber incivility is social behaviour that is communicated via email. The behaviour may be regarded as rude, inappropriate, or disrespectful. The research question is: what are the perceptions, implications and repercussions of cyber incivility in the nonprofit sector in Canada? The study is a qualitative analysis involving 60-minute semi-structured interviews with up to 15 non-profit leaders in Canada as well as an analysis of submitted email samples of cyber incivility. To learn more, please contact Kristin Williams at on or before October 2, 2015. All participation is confidential.

Imagine Canada launches new Election 2015 resource hub for nonprofits and charities

September 17, 2015

Imagine Canada has launched an Election Hub highlighting the issues that charities and nonprofits are raising, as well as any election resources they’ve created to get organizations and citizens engaged. They are inviting charities to also share about the issues their organizations are raising and would like to see a brief description of your activities and any links to online resources. These will help inform election-focused initiatives and may be included on the Hub. In addition to highlighting political party platforms, the Hub also features policy commitments that address the issues of importance to the charitable and nonprofit sector, as they are made by parties and candidates. It is a one-stop-resource during the election for staff and volunteers of charities and nonprofits, as well as members of the media, political parties, others in government and voters.

Nominations now open for the AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize

September 17, 2015

Authors of published research works on fundraising and philanthropy are invited to submit a book or monograph of 50 or more pages OR a peer-reviewed article for the 2016 Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy, presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Other individuals or organizations may submit nominations of appropriate publications. To be considered for the Prize, works must be published by a commercial publishing house or a professional organization between December 1, 2013 and November 1, 2015. Publications must be based on either applied or basic research. All Research Prize entries must reflect a standard publisher selection process without regard to the source and sponsorship of the research. The Prize Jury will not consider unpublished theses or dissertations, self-published works, directories, op-ed pieces, or editorials. Cash awards of up to $3,000 will be presented to the winner(s) of the competition. Winners will also be introduced at the AFP Board meeting prior to the AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Boston, Massachusetts in March 2016. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2015.

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