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Survey shows HR managers suggest candidates check in after submitting a resume

September 20, 2017

Submitting application materials and waiting to hear back from a prospective employer can be just as nerve-wracking as the interview itself. But should job seekers follow up with hiring managers, and if so, when? According to a new survey from staffing firm Accountemps, all human resources managers interviewed said candidates should check back after submitting a resume. Nineteen percent said they should contact the hiring manager within a week, and 43% said between one and two weeks. Respondents also shared their preferred contact method, with email (46%) and phone (39%) topping the list. Human resources managers were asked, "How long should a job seeker wait to follow up with the hiring manager after submitting a resume?" Their responses:

  • Less than one week - 19%
  • One to less than two weeks - 43%
  • Two to less than three weeks - 30%
  • Three weeks or more - 8%



First annual Global Trends in Giving Report now available

September 20, 2017

Nonprofit Tech for Good and the Public Interest Registry are pleased to announce the first edition of the Global Trends in Giving Report! Based upon the survey results of 4,084 donors worldwide, the 2017 Global Trends in Giving Report summarizes donor data across six continents about how online and mobile technology effects giving. The report also explores the impact of gender, generation, and ideology upon giving and volunteerism. Some key findings from the report include:

  • Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers all prefer to give online – 62%, 59%, and 59% respectively. In fact, the generations are almost identical in their giving preferences with one exception: Direct mail is popular with Baby Boomers (19%), less popular with Gen Xers (11%) and the least popular with Millennials (10%).
  • 91% of donors say that positive emotions, such as hope and empathy, are the motivating factors behind their giving. Only 9% say anger and sadness. With a 24/7 news cycle that often focuses on the negative, NPOs and NGOs can stand out by sharing positive stories and calls-to-action.
  • Donors in North America are unique in that they are predominately women (75%), ideologically liberal (63%), and Baby Boomers (42%). Of all donors worldwide, North American donors give the most to the cause of religious services and faith. 62% prefer to give online which is also the highest rate in the world.

Click here to download the report.



Community green spaces integral to Canada's future, say vast majority in new report

September 20, 2017

According to a recent survey, the vast majority of Canadians (95%) agree that access to community green space will be important to their quality of life in the future, but three-quarters feel that their local green space could be better. These are two of the key findings of TD Bank Group's GreenSights Report. Among the key findings of the TD GreenSights Report:

Room for improvement. While many Canadians make it a point to get out and visit their community green space regularly, with 60% saying they do so once a week or more, 77% feel there is room for improvement.

A place to escape. When asked to list what they like to do most in their local green space, the top-three cited activities listed by Canadians are all linked to escapism: 43% say they relax on their own; 42% want to connect with nature; and 41% opt to relax with family and friends. Further, technology is not a priority for Canadians' enjoyment of green spaces with only 13% and 8% respectively considering access to free Wi-Fi and electric charging stations to be very important.

Values and trade-offs. The report also finds that Canadians place a high priority on proximity to community green space when selecting a neighbourhood in which to live, ranking at 18 per cent, closely behind "proximity to good schools," (23%) and "easy access to public transit" (19%), and above "walkable neighbourhood," (15%).

A green space for all. When designing community green spaces for the future, Canadians believe a diverse mix of groups should be considered. These include families with young children (70% of respondents), seniors (57%) and people with disabilities (53%).



Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation gives $100 million to University Health Network

September 20, 2017

University Health Network (UHN) announced that The Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation is increasing its support to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (PMCC) with a transformative gift of $100 million. This gift, which will bring the Munks' support of UHN and the PMCC to more than $175 million since 1993, will primarily be used to develop a data-driven digital cardiovascular health platform that reduces costs, advances medical research, and improves the outcomes of patients with cardiac and vascular disease.



Palliative care not yet a routine part of full cancer experience: new report

September 20, 2017

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (the Partnership) has released a report on the state of palliative and end-of-life care for people with cancer in Canada. The report finds that patients who could benefit from palliative care are not being identified, assessed and referred early enough in their cancer experience so that appropriate care can be part of treatment as soon as possible. Palliative and End-of-Life Care: A Cancer System Performance Report provides data and insights from Canadians with cancer and their caregivers on experiences with palliative care. Data suggest people with cancer who die in acute-care hospitals do not always receive inpatient palliative care early in their illness. Over 66 per cent received inpatient palliative care only during their last hospitalization before death, which can be too late for patients to experience the full benefits of this type of physical and emotional support.



BMO announces $21 Million gift to seven major Toronto academic hospitals

September 20, 2017

BMO Financial Group announced a $21 million gift to seven academic hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine in support of advancing science, research and the enhancement of patient care. The gift, to be granted over the next ten years, serves to highlight Toronto and Canada as a global hub and leading centre for medical research and healthcare, and will further the work of the following hospitals and research centres:

  • Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Hospital for Sick Children
  • Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
  • St. Michael's Hospital
  • Sinai Health System
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network



Fewer than 50% of executives believe their organizations clearly define diversity

September 20, 2017

Russell Reynolds Associates announced the findings and recommendations from their survey, Diversity and Inclusion Pulse: 2017 Leader's Guide. The study surveyed over 2,100 male and female executives around the world to understand how companies align around diversity and inclusion (D&I). The study examined how executives perceive their organization's D&I strategy and the barriers faced in executing it effectively. The study shows that the success of a D&I strategy is primarily dependent on committed leadership. The final results of the study provide actionable insights leaders can use to maximize the benefits a diverse workforce promises within their own organizations.

The study also reveals a need to elevate inclusion to the importance of diversity. Fewer than half (47%) of executives surveyed say that their organizations have a clear, holistic understanding of diversity, but the number drops even further when looking at inclusion. Just 24% of executives say they are aware of a definition of inclusion. Russell Reynolds Associates defines "inclusion" as the establishment of an environment that creates opportunities for all employees to realize their unique potential. An inclusive culture is what unleashes the power of diversity and instills a sense of belonging, which is the extent to which individuals feel they can be their authentic selves within the organization.



Nominations open for Rising Stars report, honouring human resources professionals

September 20, 2017

Nominations for HRD’s second annual Rising Stars report are now open to uncover the HR industry’s best up-and-coming HR professionals of the year. To be eligible for a place on the report, nominees must have worked in HR for 10 years or less and be experienced in executing progressive HR initiatives. Criteria to consider includes:

  • Demonstrated career progression and development in HR
  • Experience executing progressive HR initiatives
  • Worked in HR for 10 years or less
  • Never previously been profiled on HRD’s Rising Stars report

To submit a nomination for yourself or a colleague, please complete the nomination form - where possible, please provide qualitative and quantitative evidence to support your submission. Entries close Friday, October 13th.



Free registration now open for Wild Apricot’s Membership Growth Online Summit 2017

September 20, 2017

Free registration is open now for Wild Apricot’s Membership Growth Online Summit 2017. Space is limited, so register now if you want to attend. The Summit will be held during the week of Nov 13 and will feature a series of five one-hour webinars from industry experts. Each expert will explore different modern marketing strategies used by the top membership organizations to dramatically increase member growth. Some of the key things you will learn are:

  • The 3 keys for attracting younger members
  • How to turn your events into a membership growth engine
  • The blueprints to a digital marketing campaign that actually works
  • How and why digital learning is the glue that keeps your members coming back for more
  • The tech tools used by the fastest growing nonprofits to grow membership

All registrants will receive a copy of all the recordings, so sign up even if you are unable to attend. Sign up for free here.



More than half of Canadians know someone who has been helped by a food bank

September 15, 2017

Hunger and household food insecurity impacts many Canadians, and a recent poll, conducted by Food Banks Canada, tells a powerful story of how close Canadians are to the hunger issue. The poll shockingly indicated that more than half of respondents know someone who has been helped by a food bank which speaks to hunger's far reaching impact. Canadians from all walks of life are being helped by food banks each and every day however the poll also revealed that respondents don't fully know who is being served. For example only 50 % of respondents indicated that children are helped, when in fact over 300,000 kids each month are supported by a local food bank. Food banks in Canada are marking Hunger Awareness Week from September 18th through the 22nd to raise awareness of the fact that each month, more than 860,000 men, women and children turn to a food bank for help.



Aviva Community Fund now open for 2017 submissions

September 15, 2017

Aviva Canada announces Canada's longest running online funding competition, Aviva Community Fund, is back again for its ninth year with over $1 million in available funding. Canadians with ideas for positive change in their community are encouraged to submit them by October 2 for a chance to win funding. Also new to this year's competition is the introduction of Community Legacy – a category in honour of Canada's 150th anniversary. Community Legacy encourages seasoned or aspiring social entrepreneurs aged 18 to 25, to submit an original solution that tackles the consequences of climate change. The $150,000 prize for the category is in addition to the share of $1 million from Aviva Community Fund. There are four ACF categories: Community Resilience, Community Health, Community Development and Community Legacy, as well as two funding levels: small ideas for under $50,000 and large ideas for $50,000 to $100,000. Idea submission closes on October 2 and voting begins on October 10, 2017. Finalists will be revealed on November 1 and the winners announced on December 5, 2017. ACF has extended its funding period from one year to two years. This allows ideas that require implementation over a two-year period to apply.



Funding opportunity for Ivey Connects Community Internship Program

September 14, 2017

With support from Great West Life, London Life and Canada Life, the Ivey Connects Internship Program annually funds a number of summer internships in both London and Toronto for a 10-12 week placement between May and August. Each chosen nonprofit will receive $5,000 to subsidize the salary of interns. The program is designed to give future business leaders greater access to the not-for-profit industry and expand their knowledge and experience in the impact space. Ideally, the internship will give students the opportunity to engage in strategic decision-making and implementation processes significant to the organization. The best internships will have specific deliverables with measurable impacts. Applications and further details can be found online. To apply, please fill out the appropriate application (London-based vs. Toronto-based) and send the completed form by to our Program Coordinators, Shefali Sood (ssood.hba2020@ivey.ca) and Nikki Kwan at (nkwan.hba2018@ivey.ca) by 11:59pm on October 27, 2017.



Workplace culture and career progression outshine pay cheque in evolving Canadian workforce

September 12, 2017

According to a recent survey by Hays Canada, company culture has significantly moved up the list when evaluating work options and 74% of Canadians are willing to take a pay cut for their ideal job. The Hays What People Want Survey gathered insights from more than 4,000 employees across Canada, offering a snapshot of the shifting priorities of the Canadian workforce when it comes to salary, benefits, culture and career growth. Respondents were asked about what they considered to be most important in their current role and when weighing other opportunities.

Hays Canada first surveyed Canadians about their career preferences in 2013. The findings released today reveal that in the past four years, overall work satisfaction has declined by 19% and that 89.8% of Canadian employees would consider leaving their current job for something else, up from the 77.6% reported in 2013. While financial compensation continues to dominate career decisions, there has been an 11% drop in how salary is weighted, with Canadians placing increased importance on company culture, up 26% since 2013. In fact, the combination of career progression and workplace culture trump paycheque when it comes to making career decisions.



The Global Coalition on Youth Mental Health launches in Canada to prioritize mental health around the world

September 12, 2017

Launched today at an event during the first week of classes at the University of Toronto, the Global Coalition on Youth Mental Health will engage the mental health community to amplify the many voices advocating for youth mental health worldwide. The Coalition is an inclusive, youth-inspired initiative that asks leading mental health organizations, young people experiencing mental illness, and their communities to share the Coalition's and its partners' supportive social media messages, empowering young leaders to be mental health advocates. Beginning at the launch, the Coalition asks organizations, advocates, and individuals to share positive social media messages using the hashtag, #195forMentalHealth. The hashtag represents the question: what if all 195 countries prioritized youth mental health? The campaign will focus on helping its member organizations amplify each other's social voices and activate the voice of young people across the world, initially in Canada and advancing to include other countries. By doing so, the Coalition hopes to create a groundswell that global leaders cannot ignore, prompting a much-needed focus on youth mental health.



Data: Personalized email subject lines boost open rates by 50 percent

September 12, 2017

Consumers open emails with personalized subject lines at a 50% higher rate compared to emails without personalized subject lines, yet only 2% of emails employ personalization, according to data recently released by Yes Lifecycle Marketing. According to the findings, personalized emails drove higher open and click rates than their non-personalized counterparts. In fact, messages with personalized subject lines generated more than double the unique click rate and 58% higher click-to-open (CTO) rate than emails without personalization in their subject lines. However, nearly 98 (97.7)% of all emails sent in Q2 2017 did not use personalization in subject lines, indicating that marketers are not using customer data to improve message relevance as much as they should. According to the report, 1.1% of all emails sent in Q2 2017 had first/last name personalization in their subject lines while 1.2% were personalized based on other factors, such as loyalty program status, browse behavior or purchase history.



Nearly two-thirds of Canadian workers would connect with co-workers on Facebook

September 12, 2017

Do workers "like" the idea of office friendships crossing into social media? Nearly two-thirds of workers (62%) polled by staffing firm OfficeTeam said it's appropriate to connect with colleagues on Facebook. Slightly fewer feel it's OK to follow coworkers on Twitter (52%), Instagram (45%) and Snapchat (33%). In contrast, just over half of senior managers interviewed think it's fine to engage with fellow employees on Facebook (54%), followed by Twitter (34%), Instagram (34%) and Snapchat (29%). According to the worker survey, those ages 18 to 34 find it more acceptable to connect with coworkers on social media than their counterparts.



UBC Community Business Project now accepting applications from nonprofits and charities

September 6, 2017

The MM Community Business Project gives nonprofit organizations, charities, social enterprises, and start-ups across BC and Canada access to free business consulting from UBC Master of Management students. Organizations get the chance to tackle key challenges while giving students the opportunity to hone their business skills and gain real-world business experience. Over a period of five months, teams of 3-5 UBC Master of Management students apply their expertise and knowledge in business and marketing to tackle key challenges for a variety of community organizations. Applications are due on October 15, 2017. Click here for more info and the application.



Survey finds about half of Canadian workers living pay cheque to pay cheque

September 6, 2017

Even though there have been some signs of economic improvement over the past year, most employed Canadians are no better off when it comes to their retirement prospects. According to the Canadian Payroll Association's ninth annual survey, released today, 47% of working Canadians report it would be difficult to meet their financial obligations if their pay cheque was delayed by even a single week. The numbers are even higher for millennials in their 30s (55% would have difficulty) and Gen Xs in their 40s (51%).

The survey also shows that 41% of employees spend all of or more than their net pay. The number-one reason given for increased spending is higher living costs. Forty-two percent of survey respondents said they save 5% or less of their earnings, below the 10% savings level generally recommended by financial planning experts. Illustrating just how strapped some employees are, 22% (nearly 1 in 4) say they could not come up with just $2,000 within a month for an emergency expense.



Statistics Canada reports rising tuition fees over 2016/2017

September 6, 2017

According to Statistics Canada, the tuition fees associated with postsecondary degree programs increased in 2017/2018. The actual cost that students pay, however, depends on their program of study, and the grants and assistance they may receive. Tuition for undergraduate programs for Canadian full-time students was, on average, $6,571 in 2017/2018, up 3.1% from the previous academic year. The average cost for graduate programs was $6,907, a 1.8% increase over 2016/2017.

While postsecondary institutions receive the majority of their revenue from government funding, according to the Financial Information of Universities and Colleges, and the Financial Information of Community Colleges and Vocational Schools surveys, tuition fees represent a growing source of revenue for universities and degree-granting colleges.

Across Canada, the increase in undergraduate average tuition fees for 2017/2018 ranged from 0.1% in Alberta to 5.5% in Nova Scotia. Tuition fees for Canadian graduate students were unchanged in Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador, and rose in the remaining provinces, with increases ranging from 0.8% in British Columbia to 2.8% in Nova Scotia.



Nonprofit board trends and practices revealed in Leading with Intent 2017 study

September 6, 2017

Today marks the ninth release of BoardSource’s biennial study, Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices. Formerly known as the Nonprofit Governance Index, Leading with Intent takes an in-depth look at the current practices and trends of nonprofit boards. The 2017 report and findings show some good progress on the part of today’s boards, and we congratulate you for that. Other findings, however, indicate a lack of commitment to stated priorities. Key findings from Leading with Intent 2017 study include:

  • Boards are no more diverse than they were two years ago, and current recruitment priorities indicate this is unlikely to change.
  • Boards are starting to embrace their roles as advocates for their missions, but stronger leadership is still needed.
  • Strong understanding of programs is linked to stronger engagement, strategy, and external leadership — including fundraising.
  • Boards that assess their performance regularly perform better on core responsibilities.
  • Chief executives and board chairs agree that the board has an impact on organizational performance, and that two particular board characteristics matter most: the board’s understanding of its roles and responsibilities, and the board’s ability to work as a collaborative team toward shared goals.



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