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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.



Canadian Marketing Association launches the 2017 Digital Marketing Pulse Survey

September 6, 2017

The Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) is pleased to launch, in partnership with Ipsos, the 2017 Digital Marketing Pulse Survey. In this latest edition, we consider familiarity and usage across 14 tactical Digital Marketing functions. The Survey provides insights on shifts in marketing spend and views of evolving trends, as seen through the eyes of Marketers and Agencies in Canada. Key insights from the survey include:

  • Spending: The marketing community in Canada continues to express a sentiment of allocating traditional media dollars (especially print) to digital marketing channels – Social (71% NET increase), Online (62% NET increase), and Mobile (60% NET increase).
  • Digital marketing is complex: With new platforms, techniques and strategies introduced each year, the need for education in the digital space remains critical.
  • Agency Status: Marketers rely on specialized Agencies for their expertise (Programmatic Marketing, Video Syndication, Wearable Technology). Other components that are more mature (E-mail Marketing, Social Network Marketing, Customer Facing website) are increasingly taken in-house while cost is likely the driving force behind this trend. It also allows forward-thinking Marketers to have more control in the creation of content and execution.



UNICEF reports nearly zero progress in reducing the global out-of-school rate over the past decade

September 6, 2017

With 11.5% of school-age children – or 123 million – missing out on learning today, compared to 12.8 % – or 135 million – in 2007, the percentage of six to 15 year olds who are out of school has barely decreased in the last decade, UNICEF said today. Pervasive levels of poverty, protracted conflicts and complex humanitarian emergencies have caused this rate to stagnate, UNICEF said, calling for more investments to address the reasons that keep vulnerable children out of school. Children living in the world's poorest countries and in conflict zones are disproportionally affected. Of the 123 million children missing out on school, 40% live in the least developed countries and 20% live in conflict zones. War continues to threaten – and reverse – education gains. The conflicts in Iraq and Syria have resulted in an additional 3.4 million children missing out on their education, bringing the number of out-of-school children across the Middle East and North Africa back to 2007's level of approximately 16 million. To read the full report, click here.



The Co-operators supports 15 organizations helping Canadians overcome barriers

September 6, 2017

The Co-operators today announced a total of $366,500 in grants to 15 organizations across Canada that enhance the employability of marginalized young Canadians and those with mental health challenges. Through its Community Economic Development (CED) Funds, The Co-operators supports organizations that play an important role in addressing unmet needs in their respective communities. The recipient organizations help vulnerable people develop and achieve their potential, reducing poverty, promoting social integration and revitalizing neighbourhoods. For more information on the Funds and their recipients, please click here.



Community Initiatives Operating Grant in Alberta now open for applications

August 31, 2017

The Alberta Community Initiatives Program Operating grant supports core operations and capacity building for non-profit organizations whose mission, outcomes and activities align with three priority areas:

  • Enhancing the quality of life of Albertans by providing direct programs and services that address social issues.
  • Creating equitable access to human, social and economic resources and services for all Albertans.
  • Supporting community collaborations, involving multiple organizations to address broader human or social issues.

CIP Operating provides two levels of funding:

  • Nonprofit organizations can apply for core operating funding to a maximum of $60,000. Funding is provided on a matching basis.
  • A new Organizational Development funding component of up to $15,000 is available on a non-matching basis for organizations that meet core operating criteria.

The next deadline for applications is September 15, 2017.



Alberta's human rights project grants now accepting expressions of interest

August 31, 2017

Alberta's Human Rights Project grants are available for nonprofit organizations or public institutions to help make changes so that all Albertans have the opportunity to participate in the cultural, social, economic and political life of the province without discrimination. This grant program supports outcome-based community projects that address discrimination and barriers to equity for all Albertans, including Indigenous people, immigrants, racialized groups, religious minorities, gender and sexual minority groups, and persons with disabilities. This grant has flexibility to advance the work of nonprofit organizations and public institutions to best suit the unique needs of applicants and communities to:

  • develop or advance initiatives that remove discriminatory barriers and promote full participation;
  • build capacity for affected groups or individuals to overcome racism and discrimination;
  • create opportunities for Albertans to address the negative impacts of racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia, and discrimination; and,
  • assist nonprofit organizations and public institutions to address the intersection of human rights with issues such as social exclusion, inequality of opportunity, discrimination, racism or other barriers that limit Albertans' ability to be full and contributing members of society.

The deadline for expressions of interest is October 2, 2017.



New Blumbergs' Receipting Kit released for 2017

August 31, 2017

Blumberg Segal LLP has just released their updated Blumbergs' Receipting Kit 2017. The Blumbergs' Receipting Kit 2017 is for Canadian registered charities and other qualified donees who wish to issue official donation receipts under the Income Tax Act (Canada), which are sometimes referred to as "tax receipts". It has a general description of how receipting should be conducted and then copies of documents and resources from the CRA and elsewhere that relate to receipting. The 217 page kit can be searched if you are looking for a particular term. It can also be downloaded if you will not have access to the internet.



L'Oréal Paris calls on public to nominate inspiring volunteers for 2018 Women of Worth Awards

August 29, 2017

L'Oréal Paris opened nominations today for its 2018 Women of Worth Awards honouring inspiring women who ignite change in their communities through exceptional volunteer work. The signature philanthropic program embodies the L'Oréal Paris belief that 'Every Woman is Worth It' by elevating and celebrating altruistic women who find beauty in giving back. The public is invited to nominate extraordinary Canadian women until October 15th at womenofworth.ca.

Following a rigorous review, the pool of applicants will be narrowed down to ten Honourees who will each be awarded a $10,000 grant for her nonprofit cause. One of these Honourees, chosen by an esteemed judging panel with input from online voting in February, will be selected as the National Honouree and awarded an additional $10,000 grant for a total of $20,000 to support her organization. All of the 2018 Honourees will receive a trip for two to Toronto on March 8, 2018 (International Women's Day) where they will be recognized at an awards ceremony hosted by L'Oréal Paris.



Having a bad job can be worse for your health than being unemployed: Study

August 29, 2017

A new study by The University of Manchester has found that people employed in low-paying or highly stressful jobs may not actually enjoy better health than those who remain unemployed. The aim of the study was to examine the association of job transition with health and stress. The researchers were particularly interested in comparing the health of those who remained unemployed with those who transitioned to poor quality work, and examining whether the health impacts of good or poor quality jobs.

The study monitored over 1000 participants aged 35-75 who were unemployed during 2009-2010, following up with them during the next few years about their self-reported health and their levels of chronic stress as indicated by their hormones and other biomarkers related to stress. There was a clear pattern of the highest levels of chronic stress for adults who moved into poor quality work, higher than those adults who remained unemployed. Adults who found a good quality job had the lowest levels of biomarkers.

Working into any type of job (whether it was a good or poor quality job) was not associated with an improvement in physical health compared to those who remained unemployed. Good quality work was associated with an improvement in mental health scores compared to remaining unemployed, but there were no differences in mental health scores between those who transitioned into poor quality work and those who remained unemployed.

In summary, researchers found evidence that formerly unemployed adults who moved into poor quality jobs had elevated risks for a range of health problems, compared to adults who remained unemployed. They found little evidence that reemployment into poor quality jobs was associated with better health and lower adverse levels of biomarkers related to chronic stress compared to remaining unemployed - instead, the evidence suggested that it was associated with higher levels of chronic stress-related biomarkers.



Trico Foundation announces 2017 Social EnterPrize recipients

August 29, 2017

Created by the Trico Charitable Foundation in 2011, the biennial Social EnterPrize celebrates and advances leadership and excellence in social entrepreneurship in Canada. Social enterprises are organizations, for-profit or not-for-profit, that use business models to solve social problems. In line with the goals of the Social EnterPrize to both advance the work of leading Canadian social enterprises and inspire and inform others, the recipients receive $100,000, a video profile, and will be the subject of an in-depth case-study undertaken by a Canadian post-secondary institution. This year's winners are Fogo Island Inn and Furniture Bank. Read more about the recipients here.



Hudson's Bay reaches goal of raising $1 million in support of The Trans Canada Trail

August 29, 2017

Hudson's Bay has announced that it has reached its goal of raising $1 million to help support the connection of The Great Trail, created by Trans Canada Trail, through its Grand Portage campaign. The $1 million raised will go directly toward helping to connect the remaining 2,200 kms of The Great Trail. The Grand Portage was an initiative designed by Hudson's Bay in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. Canadians across the country rallied together to help Hudson's Bay reach its fundraising goal. The $1 million raised came through a variety of sources. Hudson's Bay will continue to raise funds for The Great Trail into the fall through Giving Day on September 15, 2017.



Philanthropic Foundations Canada releases report on partnerships with governments

August 24, 2017

Philanthropic Foundations Canada has released a report, Grantmakers and Governments: The Possibilities of Partnership, which explores the potential opportunities for partnering with government. It looks at how foundations have moved policy agendas forward in the last few years and includes compelling case studies demonstrating the different ways in which philanthropic funders and networks can participate in public-private partnerships. Click here to download the full report.



CRA making automated courtesy calls regarding charity information returns

August 24, 2017

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has started making automated courtesy calls notifying registered charities that the due date for filing their completed information return is approaching. Every registered charity, even those that are inactive, must file a complete information return each year, no later than six months after the end of its fiscal period. A charity’s registered status may be revoked if it doesn’t file.

The automated message states that the annual return must be filed shortly, and provides information about contacting the CRA for additional details. It does not include any taxpayer information.

If you received this call and your charity has already filed its return, disregard the message.

The CRA has strong practices to protect the confidentiality of taxpayer information. When the CRA calls you, it has established procedures in place to make sure your personal information is protected. If you want to confirm the authenticity of a CRA telephone number, call the CRA by using the numbers on its Telephone numbers page.



Research finds the age of discontent at work starts at just 35

August 24, 2017

Research by Happiness Works on behalf of Robert Half UK has revealed that almost one fifth (17%) of people over the age of 55 are unhappy at work. Those in Generation X don’t fare much better with 16% of 35-54 year olds admitting they are also unhappy in their roles. This is double the number of Millennials that said the same. In stark contrast to the older generations, less than one in ten (8%) of those aged 18-34 claimed to be unhappy in their jobs.

The full report, It’s time we all work happy™: The secrets of the happiest companies and employees, looked at what influences employee happiness in the workplace and showed that older generations are more heavily affected by workplace stress. One third (34%) of those aged over 35 found their job stressful. This figure is significantly lower for 18-35 year olds where only a quarter (25%) said they suffered from stress. Complaints about work-life balance also come into play the older you are. In total, 12% of those aged 35-54 and 17% of those aged over 55 struggle to juggle work with other aspects of their life. In comparison, just one in 10 Millenials feel the same.

Overall, 68% of 35-54 year olds felt more free to be themselves at work, with more than half (55%) of this generation, saying that they were able to be creative at work. This compared to 31% of 55+ year olds and 38% of Generation X, who said they were able to be creative. As employees get older, they are also far less likely to view their colleagues as friends. In fact, 14% of those aged 35-54 years old and 15% of those aged over 55 said they don’t have good friends at work, clearly keeping their work and social lives separate. By comparison, three in five (62%) 18-34 year olds said that they had good friends at work.



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