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US report shows increase in new peer-to-peer fundraising initiatives

February 26, 2015

Peer-to-peer fundraising programs are growing quickly among groups that lead events that fall outside of the traditional run, walk, and ride event model. But a number of longstanding, high-profile programs are continuing to see declines, according to the peer-to-peer fundraising industry’s annual roundup. Overall, contributions to programs listed in the Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Thirty — the ranking of the 30 largest peer-to-peer fundraising programs in the US — totaled $1.62 billion in 2014. That figure represents a 2.47% drop from 2013. That decline was driven, in large part, by struggles at two of the dominant charities in the peer-to-peer fundraising world.

The declines at some of the largest peer-to-peer programs also obscure the growth that is happening at many smaller and newer peer-to-peer programs. Many of those programs are built around regional cycling events or individualized activities such as growing mustaches or shaving heads rather than traditional walks. While 11 of the 20 largest peer-to-peer fundraising programs reported revenue declines in 2014, most of the programs that fall outside of the top 20 reported growth last year. In fact, eight of the 10 programs ranked 21-30 on the Peer to Peer 30 list reported increases in 2014.



AFP Foundation receives grant to expand diversity and inclusion efforts

February 26, 2015

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada has received a multiyear grant, valued at $403,674, from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade to create a fellowship program that will support and train fundraisers from diverse backgrounds. This is the second grant that the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada has received from the Ontario government. The first grant supported a three year project, From Diversity to Inclusion in Philanthropy: An Action Plan for Ontario’s Charitable Sector, which brought together donors, fundraisers, volunteers and charity leaders from twelve different communities to share insights about the giving traditions and interests of emerging philanthropic groups across the province. The second grant, which will cover a 25 month period, will create a pipeline of diverse fundraising leadership through specialized training, education and mentorship opportunities for new and mid-career fundraising professionals from underrepresented communities. The project will support 70 fellows across Ontario. Each fellow will receive intensive professional development and mentorship opportunities, and will participate in organizational policy development on inclusion and equity issues.



National Gallery of Canada Foundation celebrates $2-million gift

February 24, 2015

The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is very pleased to announce the receipt of a gift of $2 million from the Donald R. Sobey Family Foundation. This lead gift of the Donald R. Sobey Foundation will establish the Canadian Artists in Venice Endowment at the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. The endowment will provide vital financial support to Canadian artists representing Canada at La Biennale di Venezia, the iconic international biennial art exhibition in Venice, Italy, better known as the Venice Biennale. This fund is being endowed with the aim of attracting other philanthropic partners.



Conference Board of Canada releases new report on workplace bullying

February 24, 2015

A new primer report by The Conference Board of Canada, calls for employers to adopt proactive strategies to recognize and address increasing levels and the costly impact of workplace bullying. The report, Workplace Bullying Primer: What Is It and How to Deal With It, examines the issue of bullying in workplaces, the causes, and associated organizational and individual costs. It suggests that employers, who could be held legally responsible, need to take greater responsibility to address this detrimental behaviour. While there are no large-scale studies of the instances of bullying in Canadian workplaces, findings related to specific work groups in Canada mirror the range of workplace bullying rates found in other countries. The most common type of bullying is top-down bullying, where a superior bullies an employee. However, lateral bullying (peer to peer), and bottom-up bullying (employee bullies superior) can also occur in the workplace. One of the major means of bullying in the workplace is cyberbullying using email. Email allows people from all levels of an organization to place demands on each other, to jump the lines of authority, and to shift the work queue. It may also allow those doing the bullying to feel "anonymous".



CRA to revoke status of Mississauga-based charity

February 23, 2015

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will revoke the registration of the African Computer and Technology Literacy Awareness Program (ACTLAP) Inc., a charity based in Mississauga, Ontario. According to the CRA, an audit revealed that the organization operated primarily for the non-charitable purpose of furthering a tax shelter donation arrangement, the Mission Life Financial Inc. Canadian Relief Program. The CRA alleges the organization agreed to accept alleged gifts of property from participants and to act as a receipting agent for this donation arrangement.



Landsberg Award celebrates journalists giving greater profile to women's equality issues

February 23, 2015

Journalists giving greater profile to women's equality issues are encouraged to apply for The Landsberg Award, presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) in association with the Canadian Women's Foundation. The deadline for submissions has been extended to March 8, 2015, 5:00 pm. Now in its second year, this award recognizes a working journalist (employed or freelance) doing exceptional research, analysis and writing through a gender lens about women's equality issues in Canada. The recipient will receive a $5,000 prize from the Canadian Women's Foundation. Journalists working in print, broadcast and online news reporting are eligible to apply. The award is named after Michele Landsberg — award-winning Canadian journalist, author, social activist and feminist — to acknowledge the tremendous impact she had as an advocate and role model for all women in Canada.



CharityVillage releases new Unsung Heroes video - The Reactivator

February 21, 2015

CharityVillage has unveiled the newest video in their biography series called Unsung Heroes, which profiles Canadians who make sacrifices in order to live, breathe and work for change, without expecting anything in return.

We're honoured to introduce you to our next Unsung Hero - a real life Canadian superhero with a very special talent, a woman we call "The Reactivator". Watch the video today to learn more about this incredible young woman and help us sing her praises by sharing the video with your friends, family and colleagues.

The Unsung Heroes project was conceived by Mary Barroll. A former TV journalist and presently an entertainment lawyer and television producer, Mary was inspired by the stories she discovered about the people behind Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector when she joined CharityVillage as General Counsel and VP Media Affairs. “I love the idea of exploring the untold stories of secret heroes who live among us – real-life Canadian superheroes whose great works should be acknowledged and celebrated.” The series will include at least six video biographies.



Community Foundations of Canada launches new Youth Catalyst Fund

February 19, 2015

Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) is mobilizing a new multi-sector partnership to address the youth employment issues raised in its landmark #GenerationFlux report. The Ontario government has lent its support to CFC's new Youth Catalyst Fund, one of several initiatives receiving support from the province's Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund. The first phase of the new Youth Catalyst Fund will support social enterprise projects that focus on young people facing barriers to employment. Approximately $900,000 in investment capital will support at least 12 social enterprises across Ontario, selected through an application process later this year. Community foundations across Ontario will be invited to leverage their assets by investing in the Youth Catalyst Fund and to use their community knowledge to identify worthy social enterprise projects in their regions. The Youth Catalyst Fund is part of a broader strategy that will be activated across the community foundation network and includes a pan-Canadian grant program, which will be announced at a later date.



Have your voice heard and participate now in the Alberta Nonprofit Survey

February 18, 2015

The Alberta Nonprofit Survey, launched by the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, is the only source of province-wide "state of the sector" research that documents the ongoing experience, evolution, and health of the nonprofit sector. Your responses contribute to a collective voice of the nonprofit and charitable sector. This survey requires a critical mass of data and information to best provide background and context for stakeholders. The completed report is frequently used to help inform the decision-making of nonprofit leaders and boards, the Government of Alberta, foundations, and community stakeholders. The confidential survey will take approximately twenty minutes to complete and you may leave the survey and return to it at any time, providing you have not cleared your browser's web cache. The survey automatically saves your responses after each page. Please forward to the person in your organization best able to answer these questions. One submission per agency only please. The survey closes at 5:00 pm MST Friday, March 13, 2015.



More companies offering employees the opportunity to work remotely

February 18, 2015

A growing number of professionals are heading to the office without ever leaving the house, a new Accountemps survey shows. More than one in ten (11%) of chief financial officers (CFOs) said the number of work-from-home and other remote working opportunities has increased in the last three years, while only 2% have seen a decline. Among companies offering remote work arrangements, higher morale and retention are the primary benefits, according to 34% of those polled. Another 14% said the best aspect of remote working capabilities is access to a broader talent pool.



Alberta nonprofits encouraged to apply for ATB Time to Think grant funding

February 18, 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 learn, reflect, plan and strategize is very important if nonprofit organization are to develop innovative, long term, effective 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 new skills or develop new strategies that will help their organizations to change and improve. This one-time only 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 apply for a Time to Think grant to support developing and, where possible, executing a plan, strategy or training opportunity that will help to strengthen your organization’s work. ATB will look for applications that demonstrate how your organization will use the grant to actively acquire new skills and information. To apply for ATB’s Time to Think grant you must submit your complete application by March 11, 2015 at 5pm to corporategiving@atb.com.



Mitacs opens research funding to not-for-profit organizations

February 16, 2015

Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 15 years, is pleased to announce that eligible not-for-profit (NFP) organizations and Crown corporations can now receive funding to support research collaborations with universities. Qualifying organizations will be able to access high-quality research expertise in order to solve their business challenges. Eligible organizations may include economic development organizations, industry associations, social welfare organizations, and charitable organizations. Partners will be assessed for a demonstrable economic or productivity orientation of the proposed research project, such as creating jobs, reducing costs, or increasing productivity.



Apply now: Bursaries available for adult learners in Quebec

February 16, 2015

Do you know an adult learner who has shown determination and courage in undertaking literacy or basic training? Once again this year, Desjardins Foundation and the Literacy Foundation are proud to offer a $1,000 bursary to each of five adult learners who have shown outstanding perseverance and determination and have each followed paths that can inspire other adults wishing to upgrade their reading and writing skills. Trainers, teachers and other respondents working in the field of literacy training and basic training or individuals wishing to underscore the outstanding training paths taken by someone close to them have until May 29, 2015 to nominate learners. To be eligible, candidates must:

  • be aged over 16 and be residents of Quebec;
  • have been enrolled in literacy or basic training in an adult education centre, community organization or corporate basic training program between January 1, 2014 and May 29, 2015;
  • have attained a personal or professional goal with respect to completing this training;
  • have followed a path that may serve as a model for other adults wishing to return to training in order to upgrade their reading, writing and arithmetic skills.

The nomination form is available online.



FREE WEBINAR: Finding Ease in Times of "Crazy Busy"

February 12, 2015

In the new paradigm of ‘busier-than-ever’ work (and life), we need to embrace new strategies to keep ourselves hearty, productive, resourceful and inspired. How can the ED protect and maximize their own professional mojo, best thinking and leadership ability? And how can they ensure the same for their staff? What should nonprofit professionals be on the lookout for? And how can they support others who may be experiencing overwhelm? CharityVillage invites you to a free webinar with presenter Eileen Chadnick where you'll learn practical tools to help answer these difficult questions.

Ideal for busy nonprofit professionals at any stage in their career who feel overwhelmed with their day-to-day workload, this webinar may be of particular interest to executive directors of small organizations.

Register now for this free session, taking place on March 5 at 1pm ET (10am PT). Don't think you'll be able to make the live event? Complete the registration and we'll send you a link to the recording afterwards.



RBC Canadian Painting Competition announces call for submissions

February 12, 2015

RBC and the Canadian Art Foundation opened the call for submissions to the 2015 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. As part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition seeks to give exposure and opportunity to Canada's next generation of visual artists, in addition to a total of $85,000 in prize money to the finalists. Entries are now being accepted online and must be received by May 6, 2015 at 4 pm EST. The submitted works will be short-listed to 15 finalists by an independent panel of judges, made up of experts from Canada's art community. Finalists will be announced on June 24, 2015, and all 15 artists will have their work exhibited at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver in November, 2015. The jury of nine art experts will meet in November to determine one winner and two honourable mentions, who will be announced on November 18, 2015 in Vancouver. The winner will receive a prize of $25,000, the two honourable mentions will receive $15,000 each and the remaining 12 finalists receive $2,500 each.



2015 Digital Outlook Report reveals digital strategy a growing priority for nonprofits

February 12, 2015

Care2, hjc, and NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network announced the findings from the 2014 Digital Outlook survey in the report: 2015 Digital Outlook Report. The report compiles responses from nearly 500 individuals that work in the nonprofit sector about their outlook for 2015 in regards to their staffing, strategies, tools, and more. Digital strategy is a growing priority in nonprofits, but the findings reveal that this growth is not consistent across organizations in terms of staffing, tools, and strategies. Fifty-six percent of survey respondents reported that they do not have any staff dedicated to digital strategy. Size plays a role in determining this to some extent, where 66% of respondents from organizations with 76+ full time staff noted that they have a dedicated team for this. While budget and capacity constraints continue to play a key factor for all nonprofits when planning their digital strategies, the report highlights four elements to improve digital interaction with prospective donors and supporters where budget is not a barrier: right audience, right plan, right content, and right tools.



Junior League of Toronto now accepting applications for Seed Grants

February 10, 2015

The Junior League of Toronto (JLT) supports nonprofit organizations who deliver programs in the Greater Toronto Area. The JLT supports innovative programs by partnering with other nonprofit organizations on both short and long-term projects and offering start-up funding through Seed Grants to support new programs. The Junior League of Toronto is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. If your organization is interested in partnering with the JLT on a community project, please email info@jlt.org for more information. To apply for Seed Grant funding for the start up of a new program, please submit your application by Friday, March 6th, 2015.



Micro grants available for newcomer artists in Toronto

February 10, 2015

The Neighbourhood Arts Network and RBC Foundation announce an exciting new partnership and present the inaugural RBC Arts Access Fund for newcomer artists. The Neighbourhood Arts Network RBC Arts Access Fund is the first of three micro award initiatives offered in the spring, summer and fall that are designed to support newcomer artists across Toronto. The Funds will range from $500 to $1500 to support costs associated with community-engaged arts projects such as artist fees, art supplies, equipment rental, space rental and food costs for a workshop or event. Individuals and Artist Collectives can apply but can receive only one RBC Arts Access Fund per year. The project must not be complete at the time of application. Individuals must be: residents of the City of Toronto for at least one year prior to the application deadline; newcomers who have been in Canada between 1 and 7 years; and be over 18 years old. Collectives must be based in the City of Toronto and the majority of collective members must be Toronto residents. The deadline for applications for the first round of grants in 2015 is March 8.



Devon Canada's Investing in People grants now accepting applications for 2015

February 5, 2015

Devon Canada's Investing in People grant is intended to reflect strong commitment to the development of people and support for programs that create healthy and respectful workplaces. The grant encourages innovative projects and activities that help to build organizational, rather than individual capacity. The program is now accepting applications with the following eligibility requirements:

  • The maximum allowable grant to an organization is $5,000 in a calendar year
  • The grant may be used for organizational improvement projects for either employees and/or volunteers
  • Organizations are encouraged to think creatively and, if possible, collaboratively with other organizations
  • The program is intended to fund new capacity building initiatives and not yearly programming
  • The applicant organization must be a registered charity or nonprofit
  • Multi-year applications cannot be accepted
  • The organization must have an impact in one or more of the Canadian communities in which Devon operates including Bonnyville, Calgary, Edmonton, Lloydminster and Lac La Biche.

The deadline for applications is February 20, 2015.



Survey finds disconnect between employers and employees on work-life balance

February 5, 2015

WorkplaceTrends.com and CareerArc today announced the results of a new study entitled, 2015 Workplace Flexibility Study. The US study revealed that 67% of HR professionals think that their employees have a balanced work-life, yet almost half (45%) of employees (35% of job seekers) feel that they don’t have enough time each week to do personal activities. One in five employees surveyed spent over 20 hours working outside of the office on their personal time per week – a clear indicator of suboptimal work-life balance. Technology may be to blame for the amount of work performed outside of the office. The survey found that the majority of workers – 65% of employees (67% of job seekers) - say that their manager expects them to be reachable outside of the office, 9% by email (7% for job seekers at their previous job), 23% by phone (27% for job seekers) and 33% by email and phone (34% for job seekers). From the HR perspective, 64% expect their employees to be reachable outside of the office on their personal time, 18% by email, 3% by phone and 26% by both email and phone.



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