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The National Gallery of Canada receives major donation of art valued at more than $12m

May 9, 2017

197 paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media pieces made by some of the most well-known and established Canadian and international artists working today have been donated to the National Gallery of Canada. A gift to the nation in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation, the donation of artwork by businessman and art collector Bob Rennie, is one of the largest gifts of contemporary art ever received by the Gallery. In appreciation of Bob Rennie's generous gift, the National Gallery of Canada will name the Upper Contemporary exhibition gallery (B204), the Galerie RENNIE Gallery.



Enter for a chance to win early bird prizes for the Great Canadian Giving Challenge

May 9, 2017

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is back this year. From June 1 - June 30, every dollar donated to your charity via givingchallenge.ca or canadhelps.org earns your organization a chance to win a $10,000 donation! New this year, charities can enter for a chance to win early bird prizes celebrating Canada's 150th. From April 18th until May 15th, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (PDT), all charities that launch a Canada 150 campaign on CanadaHelps.org will be automatically entered in a random draw for a chance to win one of ten $150 donations or the grand prize of one $1,500 donation. Organizations must be fundraising for a specific program or need and you must choose Canada 150 as the Campaign Type when setting up your campaign page. For more eligibility requirements and contest details, click here.



CharityVillage and TalentEgg acquire BMeaningful

May 9, 2017

CharityVillage, the largest and most popular job board in Canada’s nonprofit sector, and TalentEgg, Canada’s leading job board and online resource for students and new grads, announce Bmeaningful, Canada’s leading social impact career site has joined their family of online companies. Together, the family of companies will provide greater support, value and reach to its users and clients and are committed to helping people with their careers find purposeful work.

“Bmeaningful’s focus on social impact- including corporate social responsibility (CSR), social good and nonprofit – and their belief that there’s more to a job than making money are values that are aligned with CharityVillage and TalentEgg” says Wayne Albo, Chairman of CharityVillage and TalentEgg.

Doing well by doing good is fast becoming a business and financial imperative. In addition to the more than 170,000 charitable and non-profit Canadian organizations, there is also a movement within the for-profit sector to find ‘a better way to do business,’ with more corporations putting a higher priority on CSR. Additionally, many startups are structuring themselves as social purpose businesses- working towards social and financial goals. “The addition of Bmeaningful helps broaden our reach to the socially conscious professional and provides a platform to showcase for-profit companies commitment to social issues” says Geoff Earle, Chief Operating Officer at CharityVillage.



Endeavour Volunteer Consulting accepting applications for pro bono consulting

May 8, 2017

Do you want to build the capacity, impact or sustainability of your non-profit? Endeavour is accepting new clients! Bringing together skills-based volunteer consultants to work with clients for a six-month long engagement, Endeavour provides innovative pro bono management consulting (without charge) that delivers practical solutions for your nonprofit challenges. Their services encompass four key areas: strategic planning, marketing effectiveness, operational efficiency & organizational strength. If your organization meets the following requirements: nonprofit or a registered charity in Canada; annual budget of $2 million and under; operating for a minimum of two years; and mission focused on solving social problems, apply by Friday, June 16, 2017.



21 leading organizations ask government to enact panel recommendations on freedom of speech for charities and income tax law reform

May 5, 2017

May 4, 2017 Today, 21 leading charities and non-profit organizations reacted to a new independent Expert Panel Report by requesting the federal government immediately table a bill to implement the recommendations it provides. As described in the Minister of National Revenue's press release, the report was written by a panel of five experts charged with giving recommendations for a new legislative framework to strengthen the charitable sector. The report recommends that the rules governing the freedom of Canadians to speak be enhanced by removing prohibitions on participation in public policy development by the charities they support. It recommends that the antiquated laws which govern the 86,000 Canadian charities be replaced so as to prevent further infringements on freedom of speech. More.



Goodwill Industries Week Celebrates 115 Years of Building Better Futures and Changing Lives

May 4, 2017

May 4.  From May 7 – 13, Goodwill is celebrating Goodwill Industries Week. For 115 years, Goodwill has worked in communities to help anyone facing challenges to finding employment — including youth, older workers, veterans and military families, immigrants, and people with other specialized needs — gain skills and credentials, find employment, obtain job training, and receive necessary support services, such as financial education and transportation. Every day, Goodwill's network of 162 autonomous, community-based nonprofit organizations across the United States and Canada connect people who are unemployed or underemployed with career navigation and skills attainment so they can advance their careers and earn long-term economic stability for themselves and their families. More.



TalentEgg to Host 2017 National Campus Recruitment Excellence Conference and Awards May 18th

May 4, 2017

Each year, the TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Conference and Awards brings together talent experts, employers, and the student perspective to communicate and collaborate on the most effective recruitment strategies focussing on generation Y and Z. Since 2008, TalentEgg’s recruitment philosophy has been defined by one clear purpose: to foster enduring relationships between recruitment professionals and talented young candidates looking for meaningful career opportunities and assist organizations of all sizes to better recruit and retain young talent and develop their future leaders. This sixth annual conference and awards continues to highlight and explore the best practices, emerging trends, and innovations in student and new graduate recruitment with expert advice and shared strategies in employer branding and talent acquisition. More.



PetSmart Launches Philanthropic Grooming Services to Support Canadians Living with Cancer

May 4, 2017

May 2. PetSmart, Canada's leading pet specialty retailer, today announced a collaboration with the Canadian Cancer Society, with PetSmart adding a philanthropic element to its Pet Expressions grooming services, where dogs can don a Yellow Daffodil, the Canadian Cancer Society's iconic logo, or Pink Ribbon stencil in support of Canada's leading cancer charity. More.



Humanitarian Crises: CGAP-World Bank Report Says Financial Services Can Improve People's Resilience

May 4, 2017

May 1. The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) and the World Bank Group's State and Peacebuilding Fund released a timely report that sheds light on the importance of quality financial services during periods of humanitarian crises. Global emergencies, such as the Syrian crisis, place many vulnerable people at risk. The report provides specific guidance to development actors, government and financial players on how to bridge short-term humanitarian assistance and longer-term financial inclusion. More.



Salary and benefits, good work-life balance are what employees want, according to research

April 27, 2017

Randstad Canada revealed today the results of its Employer Brand Research 2017 (previously known as the Randstad Award). According to the research, employees' expectations are not always met. Employees identified money, work-life balance, job security and pleasant work atmosphere as what attracts them most to an employer. When choosing an employer, competitive salary & employee benefits (64%) tops the list as the most important factor for Canadian workers. Canadians also value good work-life balance (50%), long-term job security (49%), a pleasant working atmosphere (44%) and career progression opportunities (33%).



The Royal Ontario Museum receives landmark $5 million gift

April 27, 2017

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is pleased to announce it has received a gift of $5 million from entrepreneur and philanthropist Dan Mishra, which represents the largest donation to the Museum's South Asian section. With this landmark gift, the Dan Mishra South Asian Initiative establishes a newly endowed curatorial position and sustainable funding for exhibitions, public engagement, research, and learning activities that will support and enhance the Museum's commitment to South Asian art and culture.



Mowat Centre releases new report on strengthening the Canadian charitable sector

April 26, 2017

The Mowat Centre has released a new report, Charting a Path Forward: Strengthening and Enabling the Charitable Sector in Canada. This paper is the first in Mowat NFP’s Enabling Environment Series, which explores the different dimensions of an ‘Enabling Environment’ in the relationship between the charitable and nonprofit sector and government. The paper defines the current challenge in the relationship between the federal government and the nonprofit and charitable sector; explores what an enabling environment could look like; identifies possible priorities; and presents different ways that the government and the sector can work together.



Funding available for adult foundational learning in Calgary

April 26, 2017

The Calgary Learns initiative grants address new and emerging adult foundational learning needs in Calgary. This funding supports community-focused nonprofit organizations to research and develop learning resources, and to pilot innovative foundational learning opportunities for adult Calgarians with financial barriers. Proposals are due June 1, 2017 for the July 2017/June 2018 grant term and initiative funding supports one-time projects to a grant maximum of $25,000. Projects must demonstrate community need and an innovative response, and piloted learning opportunities must be non-credit and part-time. Learners in piloted learning opportunities must have financial barriers. For more information, and to take part in a Proposal Preview session, please visit the Calgary Learns website.



Free webinar offers practical steps to address workplace mental health

April 26, 2017

Organizations are planning their activities and programs for North American Occupational Health and Safety (NAOSH) Week that runs from May 7 to 13. As part of their NAOSH program, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) will be hosting a free, live webinar that provides a practical approach to addressing mental health in the workplace. The live webinar, Steps to a Mentally Healthy Workplace, will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EDT. This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the tools and resources an organization needs to create and implement a comprehensive healthy workplace program. A recorded session of the webinar will be made available after the live event, and can be watched on-demand. More information on how to register is available on the CCOHS website.



Second 2016 Census of Population release: Age, sex, and type of dwelling

April 26, 2017

Statistics Canada will release the second installment of its year-long census story, with data on age, sex and types of dwellings being published at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on May 3, 2017, on Statistics Canada's website. The age and sex release will show results at the national, provincial, territorial and sub-provincial levels. In addition, two Census in Brief articles will examine current population trends. The first will unveil the portrait of the population aged 85 and older in 2016 in Canada. The second will examine recent trends among the population aged 15 to 64. Also released that day will be a Census in Brief article that presents the types of dwellings Canadians live in—whether they be detached houses, apartments, or collectives such as seniors' residences.

As with the first release, the story of Canada, as seen through the 2016 Census, is being told in words and pictures in a variety of mediums, through infographics and a video. Over the coming months, Statistics Canada will continue to release results from the 2016 Census of Population, and provide an even more comprehensive picture of the Canadian population. Data and analysis on the following topics will be released throughout 2017:

  • families, households, marital status and language (August 2, 2017)
  • income (September 13, 2017)
  • immigration, ethnocultural diversity, housing and Aboriginal peoples (October 25, 2017)
  • education, labour, journey to work, language of work, mobility and migration (November 29, 2017).



Sparking Change report identifies impacts of parks in underserved neighbourhoods

April 25, 2017

Park People's report Sparking Change identifies the key social impacts that occur when people get involved in parks in underserved neighbourhoods. It highlights tried-and-true strategies that have helped maximize parks’ potential to serve community development goals, increase civic engagement, support local economies, and create inclusive, welcoming public spaces. Through interviews with community volunteers, partner organizations, and city staff in seven different North American cities, including Toronto, the report highlights five major social impacts of park engagement.



Children's Aid Foundation receives a $400,000 donation from the Joe Carter Classic

April 25, 2017

Children's Aid Foundation prevention programs aimed at strengthening at-risk communities in the Toronto area will receive a boost with a $400,000 donation from the Joe Carter Classic Golf Tournament. Since 2010, the Joe Carter Classic has made a significant commitment to helping children and their families, and with today's gift, the annual celebrity golf tournament has raised over $1.5 million for the Children's Aid Foundation. The donation will support the Children's Aid Foundation's Joe Carter Family Support Endowment Fund, which was established to provide vital financial assistance to prevention programs that aim to develop healthy families and strengthen communities in Toronto, decreasing the number of children and youth served by child welfare agencies.



Winners of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2017 are announced

April 25, 2017

Canada's Greenest Employers is an editorial competition that recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness. The winning employers, selected by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers, are evaluated on the following criteria: (1) unique environmental initiatives or programs they have developed; (2) whether they have been successful in reducing their own environmental footprint; (3) whether their employees are involved in these programs and contribute unique skills; and (4) whether their environmental initiatives have become linked to the employer's public identity to attract new people to the organization. CharityVillage would like to congratulate the charities and nonprofit organizations included on this year's list!



New report showcases public/private partnerships for green space revitalization

April 20, 2017

Breaking New Ground, the latest report from Park People, demonstrates how an innovative partnership between the public and private sector spurred the creation and improvement of more than 200 acres of green space through the Weston Family Parks Challenge. From food-growing to restoring natural habitat to arts-based programming, the Weston Family Parks Challenge kick-started a more creative, collaborative approach to public space in Toronto that other municipalities across Canada can learn from. Breaking New Ground highlights the challenges and key learnings from the Weston Family Parks Challenge, including creating sustainable partnership strategies for foundations, municipal governments, and communities that foster innovation, engage citizens, and revitalize urban green spaces.



New funding available for ‘breakthrough’ family law ideas that advance access to justice

April 19, 2017

The Law Foundation of Ontario opened a new call for applications today to fund innovative legal projects in the area of family law through its national Access to Justice Fund. Family law, including child protection, is an important area of focus for the Foundation because many people experiencing family problems struggle to use the law to improve their lives and address those problems. The call for applications includes one round for small grants, those under $15,000, and one round for major grants, those up to $250,000. The deadlines for applications are June 30, 2017 and October 2, 2017 respectively. For full details, including program criteria and the application process, visit lawfoundation.on.ca.



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