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Volunteer Canada and Investors Group release new volunteer recognition study

April 18, 2017

Volunteer Canada and Investors Group engaged Ipsos Public Affairs to conduct an opinion poll, to examine Canadians' perceptions and attitudes on volunteering. The results revealed that community involvement is increasingly varied and diverse, and may not always fall into the traditional definition of volunteering. From the research emerged the notion of Individual Social Responsibility (ISR), a concept that may disrupt the traditional definition of volunteering but also offers a more inclusive and progressive way to frame volunteering and community engagement. Non-profits can use ISR to better understand what drives Canadians' community engagement motivations. Acknowledging ISR can also help businesses to grow their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. As the definition of volunteering evolves, organizations can celebrate all Canadians who make a difference in their communities. To read the full report of Recognizing Volunteering in 2017 visit

Alternative work arrangements becoming the new normal, research suggests

April 18, 2017

Is your office becoming a ghost town? Many work environments may be less crowded, new research from staffing firm The Creative Group suggests. More than three-quarters (76%) of advertising and marketing executives surveyed said their company offers some form of alternative work arrangement. The most common is part-time hours, provided by roughly six in 10 employers (61%). Flextime and telecommuting are available to another 33% and 30% of professionals, respectively. The research shows that employees who work remotely do so an average of three days a week. But advertising and marketing executives who are able to telecommute typically spend only one day a week off-site. Executives ranked part-time hours, flextime and telecommuting as the most important alternative work arrangements for recruiting and retaining creative professionals. But what do employees want? When asked which option they find most appealing, the top response was flextime (37%), followed by telecommuting and a compressed workweek (tied at 26%).

Ontario communities can apply for $50K in grants for a green facelift

April 18, 2017

Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) has reopened its Community Renewal Fund (CRF) providing funding for green community and non-profit projects in the province. The fund gives Ontario communities up to $50,000 toward building or renewing spaces using sustainable materials made with recycled Ontario tire rubber. Communities and eligible non-profit organizations in the province can apply for funding through the CRF immediately. Selected recipients could receive up to $50,000 towards the purchase and installation of Ontario-manufactured recycled rubber products.

The Intercultural Innovation Award accepting applications from projects promoting intercultural dialogue and understanding

April 13, 2017

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group are pleased to announce the fifth edition of the Intercultural Innovation Award. Grassroots initiatives that encourage intercultural understanding through innovative methods, with the aim of alleviating identity-based conflicts around the world, are encouraged to apply online at The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 31 May 2017. Ten organizations will receive the Intercultural Innovation Award following a rigorous selection process. Awardees will be given a monetary contribution to help their project expand and replicate, with a first prize of USD 40,000. They will also take part in a one-year support program that includes training and capacity-building, increased visibility, access to a network of change makers working in intercultural dialogue and ongoing project-specific mentoring.

Scouts Canada partners with the Canadian Red Cross to offer free first aid training to youth

April 13, 2017

For the first time, Scouts Canada is partnering with the Canadian Red Cross to offer free introductory first aid training to Canadian youth between the ages nine to 16. Training sessions take place in Halifax, Ottawa, Mississauga and Vancouver to kick off Scouts Canada's eighth annual Good Turn Week, taking place April 29 – May 7, 2017. The first aid sessions are among more than 30 major community projects Scouts Canada is launching to bring the spirit of Good Turn Week to communities from coast to coast. Four first aid training sessions will be offered in each city, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. daily on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30. The courses will explore prevention and response training, focusing on increasing the confidence of youth and inspiring action when they are presented with an emergency situation and the opportunity to help someone in need. Participants will learn how to prevent injury, assess an emergency, respond in a first aid or emergency situation while keeping themselves safe and compression only CPR. Youth do not need to be Members of Scouts Canada to participate. Advance registration is required and available spots are first come, first served.

Launch of the Ottawa Non-Profit Employer Engagement Project

April 12, 2017

World Skills Employment Centre is excited to receive funding from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration to launch the Non Profit Employer Engagement Project. This project is part of the Ontario Bridge Training Program for Internationally Trained Individuals and is designed to strengthen the capacity of 50 nonprofit organizations (small, medium and large) in the Ottawa region to enhance their ability to recruit, hire, onboard and retain internationally educated individuals. The project will support 40 internationally trained to gain employment commensurate with their skills and experience and /or to secure a mentorship opportunity. Interested organizations can register here.

CAMIMH calls for nominations for the Faces of Mental Illness Campaign

April 11, 2017

Today, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) officially launched the 15th annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign, seeking nominations from the public. The campaign selects individuals living in recovery from mental illness and shares their experiences with the public. These stories are shared online, through promotional materials, in profile videos and through media and political engagement. The Faces of Mental Illness campaign is a key component of Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) running from October 1-7, 2017. To nominate yourself or someone you know for the campaign, please visit Nominations will be accepted until May 26, 2017. The 2017 Faces of Mental Illness will be announced in late June.

Report highlights 30% increase in homelessness in Metro Vancouver region

April 11, 2017

The Preliminary Data Report for the 2017 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver, prepared by BC Non-Profit Housing Association and M.Thomson Consulting, on behalf of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy's Community Entity, Metro Vancouver found 3,605 people homeless in the region-wide count, an increase of 30% from the previous 2014 count. Preliminary report findings include:

  • Region-wide, 828 more people were identified as homeless in 2017 compared to 2014, representing a 30% increase in homelessness and highest number to date.
  • The largest homeless populations can be found in Vancouver, with 2,138 people, followed by Surrey with 602 people.
  • Homelessness increased in all communities except on the North Shore, between 19% (Burnaby) and 142% (Delta/White Rock).
  • Aboriginal people represented 34% of the homeless population, with 746 surveyed individuals identifying as Aboriginal. This is the highest share reported to date in a regional count and is a very strong over-representation compared to the total population.
  • A total of 230 seniors between 55 and 65 years and another 176 seniors above the age of 65 years, for a total of 556 seniors counted as homeless. Seniors aged 55 and over thereby represented 23% of the homeless population compared to 18% in 2014, as share that has steadily grown.
  • A total of 199 children under 19 years of age and 179 youth between 19 and 24 years were found homeless on March, for a total of 378. Young people under 25 years thereby represented 16% of the homeless population in 2017 compared to 20% in 2014.

BMO pledges $1 million to new mental health centre at Royal Columbian Hospital

April 11, 2017

BMO Financial Group is making a major contribution to Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation's dedevelopment fundraising efforts. The financial services provider has pledged $1 million towards the new Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre, which is now under construction at Royal Columbian Hospital. The Foundation is working with donors to raise $9.1 million for the new facility. Opening by 2020, the new Mental Health and Substance Use Centre will offer more inpatient beds, outpatient clinics, and space for training and education. The facility will replace the aging 30-bed Sherbrooke Centre as part of the first phase of redevelopment at Royal Columbian Hospital.

BC nonprofits encouraged to apply for free consulting from the UBC Sauder School of Business

April 6, 2017

The Community Business Project at the UBC Sauder School of Business gives not-for-profit organizations and social enterprises across British Columbia access to free consulting projects from teams of 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 four months, teams of 3-4 UBC Sauder 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 May 1, 2017.

Canadian HR Awards now accepting 2017 nominations

April 6, 2017

The search for Canada’s most innovative HR professionals has begun once again as nominations for the 2017 Canadian HR Awards officially open today. The Canadian HR Awards brings together industry leaders to celebrate excellence in the HR profession, recognizing individuals, teams and companies for their outstanding achievements in people management. This year, twenty awards will be given out individuals, teams, and entire organizations that have demonstrated excellence within a specific HR discipline. The nomination deadline is July 7, 2017.

Kiwanis Club of Toronto celebrates 100 years with 100 grants to Toronto-based charities

April 4, 2017

2017 marks the Kiwanis Club of Toronto’s 100th Anniversary. To celebrate, they are awarding 100 grants to 100 Toronto-based charities that are helping children and youth - each with a value of $2,500. All successful applicants will also be eligible to apply for the Community Achievement Award of $40,000. Before proceeding with the application, note the following criteria:

  1. The funds support children / youth (0 to 24 years).
  2. The funds must be spent on a capital purchase(s); and within 12 months.
  3. Your organization is based in Toronto.
  4. Your organization has an operating budget below $3 million.
  5. Your organization is a registered charity. If you are not a registered charity, you must have a "trustee" charity sponsor your application.
  6. One application per organization.

Note, although the focus is on supporting children and youth from Toronto, they will also welcome applications from Toronto-based charities that help Indigenous children/youth in Canada, and children/youth in developing or stricken countries. The deadline to apply is April 25, 2017.

Apply now for Volunteer Alberta's Volunteer Screening Development Grant

April 4, 2017

Volunteer Alberta's Volunteer Screening Development Grant is designed to help support the development of effective screening practices and processes. The grant provides $2,000 to support nonprofit organizations facing resource and capacity challenges in the area of volunteer screening. Eligible organizations must work with vulnerable populations and engage volunteers in approved positions of trust or authority. Approved applicants for the grant must participate in foundational learning by attending the webinar, Screening Volunteers In. Not Out. Approved applicants will receive an access code to participate in this webinar for free. Applications are due by April 30, 2017.

Submit your volunteer photos to the Volunteer BC National Volunteer Week photo contest

April 3, 2017

Do you have photos of volunteers that create a positive impact in your community? National Volunteer Week (NVW) (April 23 - 29) is a time to celebrate and thank BC volunteers. Volunteering comes in many forms and is as diverse as Canada itself. Sometimes we miss recognizing these people as volunteers because they do not occupy a formal role within an organization or group. Let’s celebrate these individuals who make our communities vibrant! Send Volunteer BC your photos that reflect the unique qualities of your volunteers and the strong contribution they make. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 photos, and will be included in the Volunteer BC Annual Report and website. The contest deadline is April 20, 2017.

ABC Media Sale on April 24th offers discounted advertising space to raise funds for literacy

March 29, 2017

This year ABC Life Literacy will be holding its 17th annual Media Sale April 24th, selling (donated) advertising space to raise funds for literacy in Canada, while offering 65% off advertising space in major Canadian media. There are a wide range of media involved again this year including: national (The Globe & Mail) magazines (The Antigonish Review, Zoomer), radio stations (98.9 The Drive), television (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), websites (The,, local publishers and print outlets (Black Press Newspapers, The Sherbrook Record, The Dawson Creek Mirror), and many, many more. This once-a-year Media Sale is held online and is the major fundraising event for ABC Life Literacy Canada. All advertising space is donated by the various media outlets to assist ABC Life Literacy Canada raise money to create and provide educational resources and programming for adult learners and their families across Canada.

Jim Pattison makes $75 million donation to St. Paul’s Foundation

March 28, 2017

St. Paul’s Foundation today announced the largest donation in Canadian history by a private citizen to a single medical facility, as Jim Pattison made a $75 million donation to the foundation. This unprecedented philanthropic donation will support the transformation of health care for British Columbians with the creation of the new St. Paul’s at the Jim Pattison Medical Centre, a world-class medical and research centre in the heart of Vancouver.

Winners of Canada's Best Diversity Employers are announced for 2017

March 28, 2017

Now in its 10th year, the Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition recognizes the nation's leaders in creating inclusive workplaces for employees from five diverse groups: women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities; Aboriginal peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) peoples. The annual competition is open to any employer with its head office or principal place of business in Canada. Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector. CharityVillage congratulates the nonprofit and charitable organizations who were recognized on the 2017 list!

Volunteer BC launches new website and resource series

March 27, 2017

Volunteer BC has launched a new website and has a number of new resources available for volunteer managers and volunteer centres, including a fully revised Community Connections Series. Part 1 of the series, the Community Engagement Handbook, is a guide for Communities wanting to promote, encourage and match people to local volunteer opportunities and is written for community members who are interested in volunteering. Part 2, How to Start a Volunteer Program, is a guide for organizations and volunteer managers. This second guide also includes a 28-page pdf full of templates such as volunteer agreement forms, time sheets, performance reviews and exit evaluations.

Ducks Unlimited Canada receives $3 Million donation

March 27, 2017

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) announced a $3 million grant from James C. Kennedy, an environmental philanthropist, to protect 20,000 acres of waterfowl habitat in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The organization will leverage this gift to match funds made available through the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The funds will help the organization protect critical breeding habitats for waterfowl and a diversity of other migratory birds, restore degraded wetlands and re-establish permanent nesting cover across the Prairie Pothole Region. The Prairie Pothole Region remains the most important breeding area on the continent for many species of waterfowl; unfortunately, its wetlands and grasslands continue to be threatened.

New workplace challenge combats sedentary behaviour in the office

March 24, 2017

Today, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, along with Paul Estey, Chief Innovation Officer of Public Inc. announced the launch of Sit Kicker. Sit Kicker is a nationwide initiative focused on encouraging Canadians who work in office settings to reduce sedentary behaviour and "kick the sit" out of their work habits by shifting workplace culture towards more stand-friendly physical work environments. Sit Kicker will encourage employees to participate in a four-week challenge to interrupt sitting every half hour and stand more often. Participating workplaces will be provided with a Sit Kicker tool-kit that includes portable stand-up desks for use with laptops, tablets, phones or other office devices, a companion iPhone/Android Sit Kicker app that enables workers to track their standing time, as well as posters, stickers and other workplace supports. The program is designed to inspire participants to transfer the knowledge, experience and less sedentary habits gained from the Sit Kicker initiative to other parts of their life.

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