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Fuelling Women Champions expands grant program to support amateur female sport

June 27, 2017

Canadian dairy farmers are helping break down barriers for amateur female athletes by launching the Champions Fund for the second year, and committing additional funding and grants to help even more young female athletes in 2017. Canada's dairy farmers are currently accepting applications for the $150,000 fund – up from $100,000 in 2016 – which will be distributed as 30 grants of $5,000 to help young female athletes pursue their sports dreams. For more information, to apply for the Champions Fund, or to get involved in the initiative, visit The application period runs until September 20, 2017. Fund recipients will be announced in October 2017.

Apply now to be part of Hack for Good Toronto this September

June 26, 2017

Hacking involves volunteer software programmers applying creative problem solving to real life challenges and on Sept. 15-17 Hack for Good Toronto will be hosting a number of really smart programming volunteers to Code For Good. Here are some examples of the types of problems that they might work on:

  1. Activating volunteers by proximity. For example; a Toronto charity that helps children who are ill might need a volunteer to pick up a child from the hospital to drop them off at their grandparents, while their parents are at work.
  2. Tracking effectiveness of fundraising volunteers. Determine who is the A+ fundraiser and who is the F fundraiser. Then you can give the F fundraiser a different role in the organization and thus be more effective with the current volunteer pool.
  3. Managing volunteer recruitment and roles and events. Streamline sign in and sign out at an event and confirmation that they have completed their task(s).
  4. Volunteer management. How do you keep track of the number of times an individual has volunteered for you and who hasn’t. How do you weed out those who are not committed and how do you efficiently re-active engaged volunteers?

At the end of the event, a wrap-up session gives each group a chance to demonstrate their solutions. A number of sponsors will be providing prizes for the winning team. and also sponsoring a post event implementation period to ensure the winning solution is properly implemented for the charities which the event supports. If your organization has issues around volunteer involvement, engagement or utilization please fill out the online form. Let us know if your organization has other problems that might be solvable through the more effective use of technology. We'll be deciding on a select few in order to ensure the best outcomes. Click here for more information about the hackathon.

Government of Canada reducing barriers to inclusive employment through Call for Concepts

June 23, 2017

The Government of Canada launched the Call for Concepts for a program to help federally regulated, private sector workplaces break down barriers to employment for women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minority communities. The Workplace Opportunities: Removing Barriers to Equity grant and contribution program will provide up to $500,000 a year to help make workplaces inclusive and diverse through partnerships and industry-specific strategies. The 2017 Call for Concepts will give preference to projects focused on Indigenous people or persons with disabilities, the two designated groups experiencing the greatest overall challenges in representation in the federally regulated private sector. The deadline for applications is Friday, August 4, 2017. Organizations whose project concepts are successful will be invited to submit detailed project proposals. Projects selected for funding will begin receiving funds in April 2018.

The Kent Hehr Leadership Award accepting nominations in Calgary

June 22, 2017

Established in 2016, The Kent Hehr Leadership Award celebrates and recognizes an individual’s personal resiliency and transformative ability to turn a vision into reality. The award will be given to an individual that works towards building an inclusive Calgary where everyone belongs. The Kent Hehr Leadership Award will be presented at Dinner for Doors, Accessible Housing’s annual fundraising evening on October 12, 2017. Dinner for Doors is an experiential evening that strives to elevate levels of awareness of accessibility challenges, and inspires compassion and generosity for people in need of adequate housing. The evening offers guests a truly unique experience as they navigate the room in a wheelchair, walker, vision-limiting glasses and other assorted mobility aides. The deadline for nominations is August 4, 2017.

Canadian organizations' rewards and recognition programs don't match millennial workforce realities

June 22, 2017

Long-service recognition is the most prevalent type of rewards and recognition program in place in Canadian organizations. However, a new Conference Board of Canada study suggests that these programs may not appeal to younger generations who typically have shorter tenures. Previous research by the Conference Board has indicated that millennials could have an average of five different employers over a 10-year span. Given this, most millennials would not be at an organization long enough to be eligible for most long-service recognition. This may explain why only 37% of responding organizations agreed that their rewards programs consider the multiple generations in the workforce.

Almost 90% of responding organizations have some type of formal rewards and recognition program in place. In 2016, Canadian organizations spent, on average, $139 per full-time employee (FTE) on rewards and recognition. These programs are more prevalent in the public sector compared to the private sector, however spending on rewards and recognition in the private sector ($161 per FTE) is also almost double that in the public sector ($84 per FTE).

Among these organizations, long-service recognition is the most common at 96%, followed by retirement recognition at 64%. Performance-based rewards and recognition programs, which includes manager-to-employee, peer-to-peer, and corporate recognition are also prevalent. The most common rewards provided as part of peer-to-peer recognition programs are non-monetary such as e-cards or handwritten notes. In fact, just over one-third (37%) of organizations report this is the only type of reward given in their peer-to-peer program.

Nonprofit organizations organizations recognized with inaugural Employee Recommended Workplace Award

June 22, 2017

The winners of the first Employee Recommended Workplace Award were announced today. The Employee Recommended Workplace Award recognizes excellence in achieving a healthy, engaged and productive workforce. Employees were asked to complete a short confidential survey that includes questions about their physical and mental health, as well as aspects of their work and life – all elements of Total Health that impact employee engagement and productivity. On completion, they received a personal assessment that identified potential areas for improvement and provided them with resources to help them take action. Organizations received a summary report of their workforce that highlighted positive results and outlined opportunities for improvement, which they could use for Human Resources planning. CharityVillage would like to congratulate New Brunswick Association for Community Living, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and Cégep Garneau for winning the not-for-profit or government categories.

Enrolment for the 2018 Employee Recommended Workplace Award program is now live. For more information on the Employee Recommended Workplace Awards and to register online, please visit

Casual dress codes can cause confusion, survey finds

June 19, 2017

Casual dress codes may cause clothing confusion for many professionals, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam shows. Although 63% of Canadian workers surveyed said they prefer to wear more relaxed work attire, more than a quarter (28%) admitted they're at least sometimes unsure about whether clothing is office-appropriate. Nearly four in ten (39%) would choose to eliminate uncertainty altogether by donning a uniform.

Additional findings include:

  • Those ages 18 to 34 (45%) have the greatest preference for formal dress codes. They’re also most commonly unsure if their clothing is appropriate (36%) and the age group with the largest number of respondents interested in wearing a uniform (33%).
  • More men (49%) prefer formal attire than women (25%).
  • Most employees (77%) reported they like casual dress codes because they can wear more comfortable clothing.
  • About two in five respondents (39%) said their company policy isn’t always clear about what attire is acceptable.

The National Gallery of Canada receives $2M gift for Canada 150th

June 15, 2017

The National Gallery of Canada today announced a gift of $2 million from Fred and Elizabeth Fountain of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. $500,000 is earmarked for the Gallery's National Outreach program. Through this program, the Gallery can better share the experience of great visual arts coast-to-coast-to-coast. The remainder of the funds from the gift will go to the Gallery's Art for the Nation 150 priority initiatives including over $1 million into the General Endowment at the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, providing enhanced support to the Gallery's art programming and its ambitious engagement as a pre-eminent art museum. In recognition of the Fountains' gift, the National Gallery of Canada will name the garden court, within the recently unveiled Canadian and Indigenous Galleries, the Jardin FRED & ELIZABETH FOUNTAIN Garden Court.

iA Financial Group launches Canada-wide philanthropic contest

June 15, 2017

In celebration of its 125th anniversary, iA Financial Group is launching a Canada-wide philanthropic contest with the purpose of helping a charitable organization realize a project that will help it grow and shine. Recognized charities from across the country have until September 30th to submit a community project that is close to their hearts and enter for a chance to win a boost of $125,000. To be eligible for the contest, charities and their projects must meet certain criteria*. They must:

  • Be registered with the Canada Revenue Agency
  • Aim to improve the quality of life of Canadians
  • Operate in the health, education or social services sectors
  • Provide assistance to individuals – we are not looking for organizations that help other organizations
  • Propose a project to be launched in 2018

All projects submitted, big or small, will be reviewed. At the end of the submission period, in the fall, ten projects will be selected by the jury and presented to the public, who will then be invited to vote for the charity that has submitted the most inspiring project. The winning charity will receive a donation of $125,000 and the nine remaining finalists will each receive a donation of $12,500. The winning project will be announced on December 11th.

Less than a third of Canadians feel confident asking for a raise

June 15, 2017

Public speaking has long been thought of as a recipe for anxiety, but it's a one-on-one conversation that makes workers feel even less sure of themselves: asking the boss for a raise. According to a new study from Robert Half, over a quarter of Canadian professionals (28%) feel confident when asking for a pay increase, compared to 48% who feel self-assured when public speaking. The discomfort around these conversations is further reflected in the percentage of survey respondents who – rather than ask for a raise – would prefer to clean their house (39%), look for a new job (10%), get a root canal (3%), or be audited by the CRA (3%). The insecurity around asking for a raise is not new but has changed slightly over time, according to the three-year study: Last year, 31% of professionals felt confident when asking for a raise; in 2015, the percentage was 35%.

New UNICEF report: Poor health, violence at alarming rates among Canada's kids

June 15, 2017

A new UNICEF report released today highlights the challenges that high-income countries like Canada face in meeting global commitments for children. Canada does comparatively well in some aspects of child and youth well-being, but lags farthest behind other countries in concerning indicators of child health and violence. In Oh Canada! Our Kids Deserve Better, the Canadian Companion to the global report, UNICEF digs deeper into the data around child well-being in Canada, busting many of the myths commonly held about what it's like to grow up in Canada. Canada has the fifth-highest rate of bullying at 15 per cent, ranking 27th out of 41 countries. Unlike many of its peers, Canada has been unsuccessful in bringing bullying rates down over the past 10 years. Canada's child homicide rate is higher than average, ranking 33rd out of 41 countries. Canada also ranks 31st out of 41 for teen suicide.

Government of Canada matching eligible donations with Famine Relief Fund

June 14, 2017

More than 20 million people in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are at risk of starvation as a result of severe drought conditions or intensifying conflict. In order to address this unprecedented humanitarian situation, Canada launched the Famine Relief Fund on May 29, 2017. For every eligible donation made by individuals to registered Canadian charities between March 17 and June 30, 2017, the Government of Canada will contribute an equivalent amount to the Famine Relief Fund. The government will use the fund to support experienced Canadian and international humanitarian organizations using established Global Affairs Canada channels and procedures. The Famine Relief Fund is separate from the funds raised by charities and is administered separately by the Government of Canada. This means a charity does not receive a matching dollar from the Government of Canada. To be counted toward the Famine Relief Fund, donations must be made by individuals, not exceed $100,000 per individual, and must be:

  • monetary in nature;
  • made to a registered Canadian charity that is receiving donations in response to these humanitarian crises;
  • specifically earmarked in response to the crises;
  • made between March 17 and June 30, 2017; and
  • be declared by the registered charity receiving the donation to Global Affairs Canada by July 7, 2017.

Survey shows managers are leading the way in work-life balance

June 13, 2017

Workers' ability to juggle the demands of the office and home is on the upswing, with those in charge greatly aiding the cause, new research suggests. In a Robert Half Management Resources survey, the more than one-third of Canadian professionals (37%) said their work-life balance has improved from three years ago. Nearly nine in 10 respondents (87%) reported their manager is somewhat or very supportive of their efforts to achieve this balance, and 64% said their boss sets a good or even excellent example.

District of West Vancouver now accepting nominations for community awards

June 13, 2017

The District of West Vancouver is accepting nominations for its Community Awards. The awards recognize the effort and commitment of individual volunteers and/or groups who use their time and talents to build a stronger community, and contribute to our quality of life. Nominations will be received until September 26, in five categories: Arts & Culture, Community Commitment, Environment, Heritage, and Health Wellness & Activity. Nominations are currently being accepted online at Paper nomination forms are also available at Municipal Hall or as a downloadable PDF online. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in November.  

New program helps social entrepreneurs and nonprofits succeed online

June 13, 2017

Social entrepreneurs, students, non-profits, and anyone wanting to make a positive contribution online have a new way to establish and grow their web presence, thanks to an innovative new program from that aims to celebrate and give thanks to Canadians. One of Canada's leading domain name registrars, Rebel has launched the ChangeMaker Program to help people get online. The initiative is unique to the industry, offering heavy discounts to reduce barriers and connect Rebel’s products and services with those who need it most. In some cases, Rebel will even be working directly with users to determine their specific needs and design tailored solutions. At launch, the ChangeMaker Program allows users to submit their project or idea directly to Rebel for further support. Whether it's a discount on web hosting, getting tips on building an engaging startup culture, or spending an afternoon getting coached on designing a website with one of Rebel's experts, the options are almost limitless. To apply, users need to visit Rebel's ChangeMaker page and submit their proposal.

Edmonton Community Foundation receives largest charitable gift to community foundation in Canadian history

June 9, 2017

Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) is honoured to announce that it has received the largest charitable gift to a community foundation in Canadian history. The unprecedented $164-million donation was given anonymously over the last two decades and today ECF is able to name Eldon and Anne Foote as the donors. To date, the Eldon & Anne Foote Funds have enabled ECF to grant approximately $43 million to hundreds of charities in various sectors including: arts, culture and heritage; education and learning; health and wellness; social and community services; recreation and leisure; and the environment. Since 2000, the Eldon & Anne Foote Funds have grown to a value of more than $206 million. Because the gifts are set up as endowment funds, ECF will be able to continue providing support to charities in perpetuity, honouring the Footes’ wishes and vision for a vibrant community now and forever.

Government of Canada brings together leaders to co-create a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy for Canada

June 9, 2017

The Government of Canada is moving forward in the development of a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy to unlock new innovative approaches that improve the well-being of Canadians. The Steering Group, which was selected through a public call for nominations, brings together 15 passionate and diverse leaders, practitioners and experts from multiple fields, including the community, philanthropic, financial and research sectors, on the leading edge of social innovation and social finance. The Group will co-create the Strategy with the Government of Canada over the next 12 months. By drawing on its members’ broad range of expertise, know-how and ideas, and through consultation and engagement activities, the Group will begin developing policy measures to advance social innovation and social finance, and support the social enterprise sector and the social economy in Canada. There is also a backgrounder available about the strategy.

Government of Canada suspends lawsuit provision in anti-spam legislation

June 8, 2017

The Government of Canada is suspending the implementation of certain provisions in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) in response to broad-based concerns raised by businesses, charities and the not-for-profit sector. The provisions, known as private right of action, would have allowed lawsuits to be filed against individuals and organizations for alleged violations of the legislation. The provisions were scheduled to come into force on July 1, 2017, but have now been suspended. Canadians deserve an effective law that protects them from spam and other electronic threats that lead to harassment, identity theft and fraud. At the same time, Canadian businesses, charities and nonprofit groups should not have to bear the burden of unnecessary red tape and costs to comply with the legislation. The Government supports a balanced approach that protects the interests of consumers while eliminating any unintended consequences for organizations that have legitimate reasons for communicating electronically with Canadians. For that reason, the Government will ask a parliamentary committee to review the legislation, in keeping with the existing provisions of CASL.

New resource explores trends shaping nonprofit leadership in Canada

June 7, 2017

Trends and Forces Reshaping Nonprofit Organizations is a newly released resource that identifies shifts in how nonprofit organizations are governed, managed and resourced to accomplish their mission. In an easy-to-read format, it provides a high level briefing for management and board; it identifies critical strategic questions that need to be answered; and proposes actions organizations can take to address them. The resource was co-sponsored by the foundation Ignite NPS and The Philanthropist. To access the resource, go to The Philanthropist or to the Ignite NPS website.

Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians agree on need for reconciliation: national report

June 7, 2017

The National Narrative on Reconciliation Report surveyed Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians on attitudes towards reconciliation and revealed a strong alignment about the contributions that Indigenous Peoples make to Canadian society. The survey, the first of its kind, also points to significant barriers to overcome to truly achieve reconciliation. Over the past decade, we have witnessed growing momentum in the reconciliation movement in Canada. In its final report, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission noted that meaningful engagement among Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians will be key in advancing reconciliation. To support this, Reconciliation Canada commissioned a national public opinion survey to measure Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians’ perspectives, beliefs and attitudes on reconciliation and the journey ahead. Click here to download the report.

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