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CharityVillage partners with TalentEgg to provide even wider reach for volunteer opportunities

November 30, 2016

For more than a decade, Canadian youth have volunteered more than any other age group! The 2013 General Social Survey - Giving, Volunteering and Participating found that 53% of Canadians aged 15-24 are involved in volunteering. This puts youth well above the national average of 44%. To do our part to continue to encourage young people to give back to their communities through volunteering, CharityVillage has partnered on a new initiative with TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s most popular job site and online career resource for students and recent graduates. Going forward, any volunteer opportunities posted on CharityVillage that are designated as appropriate for students will also be cross posted on the TalentEgg.ca website, ensuring an even wider reach for your volunteer postings!



Federal workplace survey seeks insights to inspire positive change

November 30, 2016

What are the top barriers and issues affecting the health and safety of workplaces in Canada, and what can we do about them? The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is inviting workers and employers to take part in an online survey that continues the conversation sparked at CCOHS’ Forum 2016: The Changing World of Work, held earlier this year. CCOHS’ Forum 2016 brought together subject experts, workers, employers and governments from across the country and beyond, to explore the challenges arising from shifting demographics, climate change, mental health, workplace culture, emotional intelligence, and more. Now CCOHS is inviting the public to take part in the survey and add their voices and perspectives on what they experience in their own workplaces. The results of the survey will be consolidated into a report that shares and compares the feedback from the Forum, and will be available in early 2017. It is hoped that the insights shared in the report will inspire positive change in the workplace. The survey will remain open until December 30, 2016 and can be accessed from the CCOHS website.



Organizations are failing to integrate Millennials into their workplaces: HRPA report

November 30, 2016

Millennials are now the largest generation in the Canadian workforce, yet only 10% of companies have done anything to integrate Millennial employees with their other co-workers, according to a new report released today by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). This is despite the fact that more than half of HRPA members surveyed indicated their companies have experienced tensions between Millennials and other age groups of workers because of perceived differences in values or work habits. Millennials have different views than other generations on the importance of work-life balance, how they want to communicate and the kind of information they need. These differences can cause tensions in the workplace, according to the report.

One path to promoting such workforce integration is through structured as well as informal mentorship programs. Despite this, over 60% of HRPA members surveyed stated that their companies did not have a mentorship program – and those that did were typically informal and open to all employees, rather than focused on integrating Millennials. There is hope, however, since of the 10% of HRPA Members whose companies have taken steps to integrate their Millennial employees, almost 95% indicated it helped improve integration through initiatives like reverse mentoring and generational training for managers.



Enter to win 10,000 Aeroplan miles and Aeroplan will donate 10,000 more to charity

November 29, 2016

Aeroplan’s much-beloved Member Donation program (formerly Beyond Miles) is turning the big 1-0! To celebrate this significant milestone, SEE Change has teamed up with Aeroplan for a special 10 for 10-year-anniversary giveaway just in time for the holidays. To enter the contest, simply send us a tweet (@SEEChangemag) or email (info@seechangemagazine.com) between November 28 and December 20 with the name of one Aeroplan charity partner to whom you’d like to donate 10,000 Aeroplan Miles. SeeChange will draw the winning name on December 21st. If chosen, you’ll be helping a highly respected Canadian organization receive much-needed support, an especially important gift during the holidays. In return for your help, you’ll automatically win 10,000 Aeroplan Miles too. Talk about a win-win!



GivingTuesday growing faster than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined

November 29, 2016

Reaffirming the holidays are indeed a time for giving, statistics show that GivingTuesday is growing faster in Canada than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. While sales numbers for the annual shopping holidays jumped 37% and 65% respectively from 2012 to 2015, the value of donations on GivingTuesday grew by 302% over the same time period, according to figures released by CanadaHelps. The impact of GivingTuesday goes well beyond charitable donations, inspiring generosity in all its forms. An interactive map of GivingTuesday partners shows participation in every province and territory. This year, many local groups are rallying from coast to coast in cities like Halifax, Ottawa, Mississauga, Waterloo, Calgary, Kelowna and Victoria to plan city-wide GivingTuesday celebrations.



Funding available to help communities at risk protect themselves from hate-motivated crimes

November 28, 2016

To help reduce hate-motivated crimes in Canadian communities, Public Safety Canada will open calls for proposals for a renewed Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program (SIP) on December 1st. While the program has been in place for a number of years, improvements announced today represents a renewed commitment to make the program more responsive to the needs of communities at risk for hate-motivated crimes. A wider range of costs will now be considered eligible, allowing communities to implement security measures both inside and outside of their facilities, and all not-for-profit organizations linked to a community at risk can apply, not just those who have been victimized. Changes ensure that funding decisions are provided to applicants within four months of the close of each call; and include a more efficient application process. Interested organizations representing places of worship, provincially and territorially recognized schools, and community centers can apply through Public Safety Canada's Web site, to obtain the application kit and related information. Public Safety Canada will also reach out to eligible communities to ensure those who need this support are aware of the program and its applications process. The deadline for this round of applications in January 31, 2017.



.ART is the first internet domain dedicated to arts and culture

November 28, 2016

.ART, the first domain created exclusively for the global art community, is pleased to announce that more than 60 world-renowned museums and arts organisations will launch dedicated websites on the new top-level domain, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Centre Pompidou, Fondation Beyeler, Fondation Cartier, Guggenheim Museum, Hauser & Wirth, ICA Miami, LACMA, MAXXI, Tate and Walker Art Center, among others. As early adopters of .ART, these organisations have exciting plans to activate their new domains, some of which include fully migrating or consolidating their existing websites to .ART, while others are launching new dedicated websites to showcase unique content from their artists and/or collections. Beginning in February 2017, .ART domain names will be available for registration to professional members of the art world, ensuring that key stakeholders are given the opportunity to secure their desired domains first.



Failed hires a matter of mismatched skill set, survey says

November 28, 2016

Recent research from Robert Half Finance & Accounting reflects a continuing trend: Aside from poor performance, failed hires are a result of a mismatched skill set. Nearly half of CFOs interviewed (47%) responded this way, up 18 percentage points from a similar survey conducted five years ago. Another 29% of financial executives think unclear performance expectations is the top reason new employees don't work out. 



Over half of Canadians prefer to receive gift of charity this holiday season

November 28, 2016

The holiday season is a time for celebrating with friends and family and, for many, giving and receiving gifts. However, gift giving can be a source of stress. According to a recent survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the Canadian Red Cross, nearly 30% of holiday shopping is done at the last minute, and over half of Canadians worry those last-minute gifts they purchase will disappoint. While Canadians are feeling strapped for time for seasonal shopping, charitable gifts are becoming an increasingly popular option. Nearly 60% of Canadians say they receive trinkets and traditional items like socks they'll never use, while 64% would prefer to receive a charitable gift that would help someone else. Additional survey findings reveal that Canadians are willing to "pay it forward" this time of year:

  • Six in ten Canadians plan on donating to a charity or volunteering their time this holiday season.
  • Nearly 60% of Canadians agree that purchasing a charitable gift online is a convenient way to buy someone a present.
  • Half of Canadians would be more likely to donate to a specific cause if they saw a friend or family posting on social media about giving to that charity.



Three sports grants of $50,000 available from Just Energy Foundation and MLSE Foundation

November 24, 2016

MLSE Foundation believes that all kids should have access to sport and the opportunity to develop lasting dreams on the playing field. There are currently three grants of $50,000 available to organizations looking to grow the game of hockey/skating, basketball or soccer. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC Community Action Grants presented by Just Energy Foundation will be awarding one grant of $50,000 to each sport. The application period closes January 13, 2017. To find out more about the grant program, workshops availible and to apply, click here. Please direct all inquiries to FoundationGrants@MLSE.com.



Tree Canada's Edible Trees program sprouts up again in 2016

November 24, 2016

Tree Canada today is pleased to announce the return of one of its most popular programs, Edible Trees, which offers funding of up to $4,000 and other resources for community-based projects that provide residents with access to fresh fruit and nut trees while making a positive difference to the Canadian environment. Since its inception in 2012, Tree Canada's Edible Trees program has helped plant almost 8,000 fruit and nut providing trees and shrubs in communities across Canada. The deadline for submission is February 24, 2017, and funding is available, but not limited to, community gardening groups, community housing projects, schools, parks and arboretums. Tree Canada will consider projects which meet the following criteria:

  • Increases equitable access to healthy food;
  • Strengthens communities by empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of city-grown food resources;
  • Benefits the local community by providing access to the trees and their fruit by the public (i.e. food banks, volunteers, community kitchens);
  • Meets the needs of the community and includes creative plans for the produce grown;
  • Takes place within a geographic area suitable for growing fruit and nut trees;
  • Protects and preserves the Canadian environment;
  • Assists residents in understanding and participating in environmental activities in local communities.



Deadline extended for online consultation on political activities in the charitable sector

November 23, 2016

Further to Minister Diane Lebouthillier’s announcement on September 27, Ottawa has been added as a location for in-person consultations with representatives from the charitable sector about political activities. As space at these in-person consultations is limited, the CRA encourages all charities that have not received an invitation before November 29 to participate in the online consultation, to ensure their views are fully considered. The deadline for submissions to the online consultation has been extended to December 14. For more information on the consultation process, click here.



Deadline approaching for Spring 2017 pro bono consulting in Toronto

November 23, 2016

Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-Profits is accepting applications for their Spring 2017 consulting projects. Bringing together volunteer teams of consultants to work with nonprofits during a six-month engagement, Endeavour provides innovative pro bono (without charge) management consulting. Their skills-based teams develop practical solutions for Non-profit challenges in four key areas: strategic planning, marketing effectiveness, operational efficiency and organizational strength. Endeavour helps small and mid-size nonprofits in the Greater Toronto Area that are dedicated to social good and have limited resources, to build their capacity, impact and sustainability. The deadline to apply to become a Client for Endeavour's Spring 2017 consulting projects is Wednesday, December 7, 2016.



New holiday gift guide launches in support of community

November 23, 2016

Each gift you buy this holiday season can have significant impact on your community. Thanks to the newly launched Social Enterprise Gift Guide, extending the impact of your gift giving is now easier than ever. The Guide features a wide variety of products created by Canada's diverse social enterprise sector, representing for-profit and nonprofit organizations, cooperatives and B Corps. The Social Enterprise Gift Guide includes a broad range of products and is fully searchable by product type, price range, region and other categories. For example, you'll be able to purchase calendars or greeting cards from Options Mississauga Print and Office Services, beer from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company, meals cooked by Syrian refugees from Newcomer Kitchen, Inc. and order a gift basket of local preserves made by Youth Opportunities Unlimited in London.



GivingTuesday offers donors the opportunity to vote on cancer research projects

November 21, 2016

The Canadian Cancer Society is challenging Canadians to support pioneering scientists as part of GivingTuesday, which marks the start of the holiday giving season and rallies people to support their favourite causes and think about others. This year, the Society’s GivingTuesday campaign includes an added twist – the ability for donors to vote for the cancer researcher they think should win the honour of receiving the $200,000 Great Canadian Innovation Grant, which supports scientists who are taking unconventional approaches in the hope of making unexpected discoveries that could change the way we prevent, diagnose or treat cancer. Donors can vote for their top choice from November 22 to 29. The winner will be announced in early December.



Millennial and GenX women are as generous as previous generations

November 21, 2016

Young women donors today are holding their own when it comes to charitable giving, bucking the trend of Millennials and Gen Xers being less generous than their predecessors, according to the newest report in the Women Give series released by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Conventional wisdom says younger generations —Millennials and Gen Xers — are less generous than their predecessors. However, a closer look reveals that giving by young single women Gen Xers/Millennials is holding steady compared to their counterparts 40 years ago; giving by single men and married couples, on the other hand, has dropped. The Women Give 2016 report investigates how charitable giving has changed across generations, given that women’s roles within the family and within society have changed. To do so, this study compares young adults across two generations: the pre-Boomer generation, also known as the Silent generation, when they were young adults four decades ago; and Generation Xers/Millennials, who are young adults today.



Results of the first ever National Youth Homelessness Survey released today

November 17, 2016

The Home Depot Canada Foundation, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and A Way Home Canada today announced the results of the first ever National Youth Homelessness Survey in Canada. According to this ground-breaking new survey, Youth homelessness can begin as young as age 13, and if not addressed can lead to years on the streets. More than 6,000 youth don't have a safe place to sleep every night, making youth homelessness one of the most urgent social issues in Canada. Without A Home – The National Youth Homelessness Survey finds that understanding the causes and conditions of youth homelessness are vital to implementing the right supports to help create successful futures and break the cycle of youth homelessness.



Canadian employees want flexible work schedules and generous vacation time

November 17, 2016

Are employers and workers on the same page about juggling personal and professional priorities? Apparently so. More than one-third of senior managers (34%) surveyed by staffing firm OfficeTeam said their company is very supportive of its employees' efforts to achieve work-life balance, and a similar number (30%) of staff agree. Which perks do employees value most? Flexible work schedules (42%) and generous vacation time or sabbaticals (21%) topped the list. This differed slightly from what staff said are the most common work-life benefits at their organizations: 46% noted their company offers paid parental leave, followed by 37% who reported having options for flexible schedules. When asked about health and wellness benefits, employees cited ergonomic evaluations and equipment, such as standing desks (26%), and access to fitness facilities or programs (25%), as the most valuable.



New national study released on the state of childhood in Canada

November 16, 2016

Canadians are living under a misconception that the kids are alright. That's according to a new report from Children First Canada, a national nonprofit organization that launched today in Toronto. The report, based on a survey co-funded and conducted in partnership with the Angus Reid Institute (ARI) in October, highlights a significant gap between the public's perceptions about how Canada measures up for our children's wellbeing and the harsh realities that children face. While public opinion polling in the ARI report presents a generally encouraging picture of life for youth in Canada, additional empirical data from Children First Canada reveals a more dire reality. More than two-thirds of Canadians think Canada ranks as either a top-five or 10 country in the world for children's wellbeing. The reality is that Canada ranks 17th out of 29 affluent nations for children's wellbeing based on a global index by UNICEF. And we place near the bottom when it comes to measuring child poverty and children's health and safety.

The national study released today reveals some of the biggest issues facing young Canadians:

  • The top three concerns for young people are bullying (40%), cost of post-secondary education (37%), and mental health, depression and/or anxiety (32%)
  • 58% of adults and 45% of children say they would like to see more support for young people's mental health
  • More than half of respondents (58%) believe Canada is not doing enough to help its poor people
  • 64% of adults say that more programs are needed to prevent child abuse and neglect



Mental health claim rates can be reduced with specific management practices: Salveo Study

November 16, 2016

Following five years of data analysis, the Salveo researchers have identified five management practices that can help companies lower mental health and disability claim rates in their organizations. These following practices can help prevent mental health issues, reduce claim costs and improve productivity in the workplace: 1) Job design based on employee skills and interests has a 87% probability of reducing claims; 2) work-life balance opportunities has a 77% probability of reducing claims; 3) employee recognition has a 74% probability of reducing claims; 4) promotion of physical activities has a 69% probability of reducing claims; and 5) implementing strategies to help employees maintain a reasonable workload has a 64% probability of reducing claims.

Since 2011, Professors Alain Marchand and Pierre Durand, co-leaders of the study at the Université de Montréal, with the participation of Université Laval and Concordia University, and in partnership with Manulife, have interviewed over 2,100 workers from 63 organizations of all sizes. They analyzed 63 management practices to identify risk factors triggering mental health disorders and provided employers with recommendations on management practices that could help reduce mental health claim rates.



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