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Imagine Canada releases eighth Sector Monitor report

April 16, 2014

The eighth and most recent edition of Imagine Canada's Sector Monitor reports was conducted between October 31, 2013 and November 29, 2013, with the results now released. Responses to this edition of the Sector Monitor indicate that charity leaders are optimistic about the future. Slightly fewer charities reported that they experienced difficulties and the percentage of organizations that predicted they’d be better able to deliver on their mission in one year increased. However, organizational stress levels are holding steady with one in seven charities (14%) under high stress and one in three (34%) under some stress (these levels have held steady since 2011). Just over half of charity leaders (53%) say their organization has experienced increased demand over the previous year, up from 50% in mid-2011. Half of charity leaders predict stronger demand for their charity’s products and services, up from 44% a year ago and 42% two years ago.

Toronto community artists encouraged to apply for seed funding

April 16, 2014

The Neighbourhood Arts Network and BMO Financial Group are once again planting creative seeds this spring in the form of six $1,000 prizes for Toronto artists. The Neighbourhood Arts Network BMO Seed Fund is a special prize opportunity geared to support artists in the development, creation and/or dissemination of a community-engaged arts project they are leading anytime between June 2014 to April 2015. You are eligible to apply for the Neighbourhood Arts Network BMO Seed Fund if you are:

  • An individual artist
  • Over 18 years old
  • A current City of Toronto resident (Must have lived here a minimum of 6 months).
  • A Neighbourhood Arts Network member (You can sign up for a free membership prior to applying).
  • You are looking to make a positive impact in a Toronto neighbourhood or community through a unique arts based project. Priority will be given to projects taking place in communities across the City of Toronto.
  • Applicants may apply for ONE project only.

The deadline for applications is May 2, 2014.

Online giving, nonprofit email lists continued to grow in 2013, according to report

April 15, 2014

M+R and NTEN’s 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study marks the eighth year of the study, with the numbers from 53 nonprofit organizations defining this year's industry standards for online fundraising, advocacy, and list building. What did the findings reveal? Nonprofits received an estimated 1.7 cents for every fundraising message delivered, and 60 cents for every website visit. Even though response rates for nonprofit emails continued to slide in 2013, online giving was up as email and social media audiences and web traffic kept climbing. Additional findings include:

  • The average one-time online donation amount to a nonprofit was $68 in 2013.
  • Nonprofit organization email lists grew significantly – up 14% in 2013.
  • Online donations were higher than ever before. Online giving was up 14% in 2013, with monthly giving revenue up 25% compared to 2012. Monthly giving accounted for 16% of all online revenue.
  • Nonprofits received $17 for every 1,000 email messages delivered. Overall, email accounted for about one-third of nonprofits’ online fundraising revenue.

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton receives $5 million donation

April 15, 2014

The Boris family has announced a new $5 million gift to help St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton take the da Vinci Si Surgical Robotic System where no St. Joe's Robot has gone before...into the head, neck, kidneys and lungs of surgical patients. In 2011 the Boris family made a $5 million gift to help St. Joe's become one of only three hospitals in Canada to acquire the world's most advanced dual-console surgical robot. To date surgeons at St. Joe's have performed over 240 robotic-assisted surgeries. Thanks to this new $5 million gift, the Hospital now has the funding it needs to expand robotic surgery to patients undergoing procedures of the head, neck, and thoracic (chest) areas.

Last call for submissions for the 2014 Intercultural Innovation Award

April 15, 2014

Launched in 2011, the Intercultural Innovation Award is the result of a unique public-private partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group. Ten organizations from around the world with grassroots projects that promote intercultural understanding in new and sustainable ways will be awarded funding and strategic support by the BMW Group and the UNAOC. A total of $100,500 USD is offered to the awardees, of which $40,000 USD goes to the winning project. The top ten finalists will be invited to present their projects at the 6th UNAOC Global Forum in August 2014 in Bali, Indonesia. To be considered, organizations must apply online by Wednesday, 30 April, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. New York City time.

Donation to the Abilities Centre announced in memory of late former Minister of Finance

April 15, 2014

Canada's five largest banks jointly announced gifts of $200,000 each to the Abilities Centre in Whitby, ON, in remembrance of the late former Minister of Finance the Honourable James Flaherty. The donations from BMO Financial Group, CIBC, RBC, Scotiabank and TD Bank Group will total $1 million. Mr. Flaherty was a tireless champion of people living with disabilities, gave his time to associated causes and encouraged a more inclusive society through his actions and his words. This donation will support the Abilities Centre in its efforts to enrich quality of life for people of all ages and abilities. Opened in 2012, it is a fully accessible recreational and community facility, offering sports, arts, life skills, education and research.

Giving in Canada up according to new Blackbaud Index

April 14, 2014

According to The Blackbaud Index Canada, overall giving grew 2.7% while online giving grew 7.2% in the three months ending February 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013. The Index draws its data from 276 organizations that raise a total of $600 million to $700 million a year, accounting for approximately seven percent of the Canadian market. Key findings from the report include:

  • Overall giving in Canada grew 2.7% while online giving grew 7.2% for the three months ending February 2014.
  • Overall giving for the three months ending in January and February grew 0.1% and 2.7% while online giving grew 6.8% and 7.2%, compared to the same periods in 2013.
  • Overall fundraising revenue among 276 Canadian nonprofits grew 5.6 percent, 2.8% and 5.6% in each of the three-month periods ending in October, November and December 2013 as compared to the same three-month periods in 2012.
  • Online fundraising revenue for 219 Canadian nonprofits grew 8.9%, 13.6%, and 10.1% in each of the three-month periods ending in October, November and December 2013 as compared to the same three-month periods in 2012.
  • Canada's charitable and nonprofit sector is the second largest in the world and consists of roughly 170,000 organizations, split almost evenly between registered charities and nonprofits, according to Imagine Canada.

Bruce MacDonald named president and CEO of Imagine Canada

April 9, 2014

Bruce MacDonald has been named the new president and CEO of Imagine Canada, the national umbrella for the charitable sector. Board Chair Stéphane Vaillancourt announced today that MacDonald will begin his duties effective July 14. MacDonald has an impressive track record in the sector most recently serving as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada.

Nominate a Toronto communications professional for philanthropy award

April 9, 2014

Get recognized for your outstanding leadership, contribution to the communications profession and service to the community. Submit your entry for the Bobbie Resnick Philanthropy Award! The award is open to any communication team or individual from the IABC/Toronto membership area (GTA), who has used strategic communications to make a beneficial impact within the community, either directly or indirectly through a philanthropic campaign. Entries will be accepted from February 15, 2014, to April 15, 2014 and there is no charge to enter. The support material needed for the nomination includes:

  • A 100-word summary statement – why the candidate / team deserves this award
  • Executive summary of communication plans / campaigns / projects in which leadership ability is demonstrated (submissions should include evaluation / results)
  • Other awards and recognition (local, national, international)
  • Recent media coverage, if applicable

The winner of the award will be honoured at the OVATION Awards Gala and will receive recognition in IABC/Toronto publications.

Scouts Canada challenges Canadians to take part in Good Turn Week

April 9, 2014

In celebration of Good Turn Week's fifth anniversary, Scouts Canada is supporting several large-scale community projects such as building portable libraries, refurbishing a community room and cleaning hiking trails in order to bring the week to Canadians. Not only that, Scouts Canada is challenging community members from coast-to-coast to perform random acts of kindness during Good Turn Week from April 26 - May 4. Canadians of all ages are encouraged to join in by in doing at least one good turn for someone else and asking the recipient to pay it forward. There are countless simple good turns that only take a moment to do such as holding a door open for someone, giving up a seat on public transit or buying a coffee for the person in line behind you. A 2013 Harris/Decima survey commissioned by Scouts Canada examined the frequency in which Canadians perform good turns and found 51% of Canadians are the recipient of a good turn at least once a month, while only 28% of Canadians have a good turn performed for them twice a week or more.

YEDI concludes successful first session and prepares for launch of new programs

April 8, 2014

YEDI is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide top tier free business education and mentorship to innovative entrepreneurs from any sector or industry in order to build and accelerate successful businesses and efficient nonprofit organizations. In light of the recent cancellation of the Business Immigration program, the 65,000 foreign entrepreneurs and investors who are left searching for a new way to open their businesses in Canada may now be looking to the Start-Up Visa Program as a solution to this unfortunate situation. However, they may lack the necessary economic education and knowledge of the Canadian business environment necessary for the successful presentation of their project to Canadian investors and other designated organizations. YEDI, in partnership with the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC) at York University, has created an intensive International Start-Up Program to serve their needs providing insight and practical experience into the current Canadian business landscape. YEDI is also preparing for the launch of an additional free program track aiming to meet the needs of existing not-for-profit organizations by providing them with the necessary tools and education for efficient growth and development. Visit their website today for more information on all three program tracks.

Ottawa Community Housing welcomes new CEO

April 8, 2014

Ottawa Community Housing's (OCH) board of directors is very pleased to announce that Stéphane Giguère has joined the organization today as its new CEO. Stéphane Giguère is a seasoned executive and a leader in the development of business partnerships and customer service. He most recently served as corporate director of CBC/Radio-Canada, responsible for strategic and operational groups and projects related to revenue generation and organizational effectiveness.

ParticipACTION promotes physical activity at the office with Sneak It In Week

April 7, 2014

Canadian adults spend 9.5 hours per day – almost 70% of their waking hours – being sedentary. Much of this time is spent sitting at work, or in cars commuting to and from work. But, it's time to beware of the chair. Excessive time spent sitting increases the risk of diabetes and heart attack, and causes high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, sore backs and foggy brains. To help Canadians break up time spent sitting and become more physically active throughout their workdays, ParticipACTION is encouraging them to stand up for their health – literally – during its third annual Sneak It In Week, which runs from April 7 to 11. The campaign calls on Canadians to take active breaks and "sneak in" 10-minute increments of physical activity throughout their workdays to reap the reward of a longer, happier, more fulfilling life. Research shows that 10-minute bouts of physical activity not only break up sedentary time, but are an effective way to increase fitness and meet the recommended 150 minutes of heart-pumping physical activity recommended for adults per week.

Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards accepting nominations until May 9, 2014

April 7, 2014

Nominations are now being accepted for the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards until May 9, 2014. To promote Canada’s culture of giving and philanthropy, the Government of Canada created the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers, innovative not-for-profit organizations, and forward-thinking businesses who work together to tackle social challenges. The awards recognize achievements in a wide range of volunteer activity, including:

  • not-for-profit organizations whose innovative actions make a difference every day in the lives of Canadians;
  • individual volunteers or groups of volunteers who give of their time, energy and expertise; and
  • businesses whose commitment to social responsibility strengthens the communities in which they operate.

Award recipients will be recognized at a celebratory ceremony and will be asked to identify an eligible not-for-profit organization to receive a grant for $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award).

Nominations open for CharityVillage's exciting new video project

April 3, 2014

Each year in Canada, millions of workers and volunteers make sacrifices in order to live, breathe and work for change, without expecting anything in return. At CharityVillage, we call these people Unsung Heroes and we feel, it’s about time to sing their praises! We have partnered with leading Canadian television production company, Proper Television to shine the light on the amazing and inspiring work done by real Canadians whose efforts have changed lives and made Canada a better place. These Unsung Heroes will be featured in a series of professionally produced, high-quality video biographies shown online at and in social media across Canada so that their neighbours, colleagues, families, friends and the rest of the country will have a chance to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements.

We are looking for exceptional stories from across Canada to be featured in an online video series meant to document, honour and inspire. Each and every person nominated for Unsung Heroes will be considered and CharityVillage will choose the top five Unsung Heroes to be celebrated on film, so their story and generosity can inspire all of Canada. You could even win a $500 dollar donation to the charity or nonprofit organization of your choice. (All nominators will be entered into a random draw to be conducted at the close of the nomination period. One entry will be selected to choose a charity or nonprofit organization to receive a donation.). Nominate your Unsung Hero today!

Health Nexus announces 2014 call for nominations for 3M Health Leadership Award

April 1, 2014

Health Nexus and 3M Canada have announced the 2014 call for nominations for the 3M Health Leadership Award. The annual award honours leaders in Canada who have made a significant impact on the health and well-being of their community. Launched in 2011, the 3M Health Leadership Award highlights the innovative leadership that drives healthy and resilient communities across Canada. The 3M Health Leadership Award provides a platform to celebrate community leaders, to share stories about community change, and to nurture leadership. Leaders who are eligible for the award:

  • make a difference in a Canadian community
  • work to build a healthy community where people live, work, learn and play
  • understand that health means more than access to health care
  • demonstrate leadership that goes beyond a job
  • inspire others to work together for change

The deadline for nominations is Friday June 20, 2014.

State Farm Youth Advisory Board grant program now accepting applications

March 31, 2014

The State Farm® Youth Advisory Board (YAB) service-learning grant program is now accepting applications. The grants range from $25,000 - $100,000 and are designed to create sustainable change in local communities across Canada and the United States. Public K-12, charter, higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations are eligible, but must be able to demonstrate how they plan to impact student achievement within the public K-12 curriculum. All applicants must have a youth contact and adult administrator, as the programs must be youth-driven and youth-led. Each grant request must fall under one of these issue areas: community safety; environmental responsibility; financial literacy; access to higher education; health and wellness; or arts and culture. The deadline for applications is May 2, 2014.

Donner Awards for Excellence now accepting applications

March 28, 2014

The Donner Canadian Foundation Awards for Excellence is now accepting applications. The awards program provides nonprofit social service agencies with the tools to measure and monitor performance and encourages excellence and accountability. Every nonprofit agency that applies to the awards program receives a free confidential performance report, based on information provided by the applicant, which will measure the agency’s performance and compare it to similar organizations. Award winners will share $60,000 in prize money, with each of the seven award categories including a $5,000 prize. Additionally, the $20,000 William H. Donner Award for Excellence goes to the best overall performer and the $5,000 Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Management goes to the nonprofit with a consistent record of excellence and innovation in management and service delivery.

The deadline for applications is May 30, 2014 and all applications submitted by the deadline are entered in a $1,000 cash draw. Applicants are assessed in 10 key areas including management and governance, the use of staff and volunteers, innovation, program cost and outcome monitoring. The annual Donner Canadian Foundation Awards for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services are sponsored by the Donner Canadian Foundation and administered by the Fraser Institute.

Dr. Bob Bell accepts role of Deputy Minister of Health for the Province of Ontario

March 28, 2014

Dr. Bob Bell, president & CEO of the University Health Network (UHN), which includes the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, has accepted the role of Deputy Minister of Health for the Province of Ontario effective June 2, 2014. Prior to his 2005 appointment as CEO of UHN, Dr. Bell was vice-president and chief operating officer of The Princess Margaret.

Job seekers & hiring managers needed for short CharityVillage survey

March 27, 2014

This June, Foot in the Door Consulting will be presenting a webinar with CharityVillage called Protecting and Enhancing the Organizational Brand while Hiring. And we need your help! Are you responsible for hiring at your organization? Please fill out our quick survey (only five minutes long!). The information will help guide the webinar discussion about the reality of the hiring process for nonprofit organizations.

Nonprofit job seekers - we need your help as well! We'd like to hear about your job search experiences in the nonprofit sector in a separate (but also short!) survey. This information will be used in the webinar to inform nonprofit organizations about real frustrations and expectations of current job seekers.

Both surveys should take about 5 minutes to complete and are administered by Foot in the Door Consulting on behalf of CharityVillage. All information will be kept confidential. Any identifying information will be removed and only consolidated, anonymous responses will be used.

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