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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.



Managing 'cognitive hygiene' can help employee mental health

August 22, 2017

Among employees who are attending work while experiencing a form of negative stress (i.e., distress), many are struggling to cope and as a result, it is having a negative impact on their overall mental health. Now, more than ever, organizations are seeing increasing risk levels of individuals with mental or physical health issues and/or illnesses in the workplace. A new whitepaper released today by Morneau Shepell, found that coping skills and levels of resilience were significant in predicting health outcomes and employees' engagement levels.

Why supporting employees to develop their coping skills and resiliency is good business, by Dr. Bill Howatt, Chief Research and Development Officer for Workforce Productivity at Morneau Shepell, is centred around the concept of "cognitive hygiene": the ability to effectively manage negative thinking, maintain cognitive abilities to solve problems and make good decisions without thinking negative thoughts that influence mental health.

Click here to access the full whitepaper.



$15 million gift for new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital

August 17, 2017

Today, Mackenzie Health announced the largest single donation in its history, a $15-million joint gift from the De Gasperis and Muzzo families to help build the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. The De Gasperis and Muzzo families, separately and together, have a long history of philanthropy, including many contributions to Mackenzie Health. Construction of the new hospital – a 1.2 million sq. ft., state-of-the art health care facility featuring fully integrated 'smart' technology systems and medical devices – began last fall, and is making significant progress toward the scheduled opening in 2020.



More than a third of Canadian workers know someone who was dishonest on resume

August 17, 2017

What's the truth about lying on resumes? More than one-third of Canadian workers (37%) polled by staffing firm OfficeTeam said they know someone who included false information on a resume. Job experience (66%) and duties (57%) were cited as the areas that are most frequently embellished. Forty percent of senior managers suspect candidates often stretch the truth on resumes, and 35% said their company has removed an applicant from consideration for a position after discovering he or she lied.



BC government raising minimum wage this September

August 16, 2017

The BC provincial government is making its first move toward a $15-an-hour minimum wage for British Columbia by announcing a 50-cent increase for September and renewing its commitment to a fair wages commission. Effective September 15, 2017, minimum-wage earners will see their pay increase to $11.35 per hour from $10.85 per hour, giving B.C. the third-highest minimum wage among Canada’s provinces — up from seventh position.



New Green Corps program looks to connect youth to the green economy

August 15, 2017

UNA-Canada is building on 20 years of success to launch Green Corps, which will bridge Canadian youth to meaningful employment and ignite the green economy. The program will:

  • Bridge talented un- or underemployed youth to meaningful employment through work-integrated learning and disciplined support.
  • Strategic six-month full-time placements working with government, private sector, First Nations, institutions, universities and other partner organizations;
  • Partner organizations will receive a wage subsidy to host Green Corps participants during their six-month employment;
  • Peer-to-peer knowledge and skills transfer through “Innovation Teams” consisting of Green Corps participants across Canada and UNA-Canada’s international UN interns;
  • Contribute to Canada’s commitments on climate & environment United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Eligible employer organizations include:

  • not-for-profit organizations;
  • municipal governments, provincial and territorial governments, institutions, agencies and Crown Corporations;
  • Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities);
  • for-profit organizations.

For more information on how to apply, either as a youth participant or an employer, click here.



Volunteer Alberta releases volunteer screening workbook

August 15, 2017

Volunteer Alberta has released a new resource, the Volunteer Screen Program Policies and Procedures Workbook. The workbook covers such topics as generating policy statements and screening procedures, the 10 steps for successful screening, creating effective volunteer positions and assessing risk. The workbook can be downloaded here.



Call for nominations: Celebrate Ontario's conservation leaders!

August 14, 2017

The Ontario Heritage Trust is seeking nominations for the 2017 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards and Young Heritage Leaders program. The Trust's recognition programs recognize and celebrate outstanding contributions by people whose leadership, commitment and creativity made a difference to their community, region or to the province. The nomination deadline is September 30, 2017. The Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards applauds achievements in four categories:

  • Youth Achievement: recognizes exceptional heritage contributions by young individuals and groups, age 24 and under. The individual award includes a $2,000 post-secondary scholarship, jointly funded by Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life.
  • Lifetime Achievement: recognizes outstanding volunteer heritage contributions by an individual over a period of 25 years or more.
  • Excellence in Conservation: recognizes individuals, groups, organizations and communities for exceptional achievements through the completion of a specific heritage conservation project.
  • Community Leadership: recognizes exemplary leadership by a community in heritage conservation and promotion.

In addition, young volunteers may be nominated through the Trust's Young Heritage Leaders program. Since 2000, hundreds of youth have been recognized for their efforts to identify, preserve, protect and promote Ontario's heritage. 



Data: Email subject lines under 21 characters generate the highest open rates

August 14, 2017

Subject lines under 21 characters generated a 31% higher-than-average open rate, yet they account for less than 5% of all email subject lines, according to new data from Yes Lifecycle Marketing. In the newly released report, Subject Line Benchmarks: How Length and Personalization Impact Email Performance Across Message Type and Industry, Yes Lifecycle Marketing analyzed the subject lines of more than 7 billion emails deployed through its cross-channel marketing communication platform Yesmail360. The study found that more concise subject lines drove higher open rates and more clicks. In fact, those using 10 characters or less accounted for less than 1% of all subject lines but generated an impressive average open rate of 26% – almost double the 14.2% average. However, 45% of subject lines in this category belonged to triggered emails, driving engagement rates up and underscoring the value of message relevance, timeliness and personalization.

The majority of subject lines (74%) fell between 21 and 60 characters, yet this length saw the lowest open rate at 13.8%. These emails also generated an 8.5% click-to-open rate. In contrast, emails with subject lines under 21 characters received double the unique click rate (2.4%) and a 12.9% click-to-open rate. Just over a fifth of all subject lines exceeded 60 characters and they generated a 14.8% open rate and 8.9% click-to-open rate.



Employers have a role to play in helping employees balance work and eldercare obligations

August 10, 2017

Over one-quarter of employed Canadians provide care and assistance to an elderly family member, which may lead to significant physical, emotional, and financial pressures. Employees struggling to balance work and eldercare can experience elevated stress levels, absenteeism, and work interruptions, including missing work, taking and making phone calls related to eldercare, and worrying about the care recipient while at work. It is estimated that eldercare obligations cost Canadian organizations an estimated $1.28 billion per year in lost productivity. Despite these substantial costs and implications, formal eldercare programs are not common in Canadian organizations. A new report by The Conference Board of Canada examines how providing eldercare affects both employees and employers and presents a range of accommodation solutions and best practices for implementing an eldercare strategy. Highlights of the report include:

  • Just over one-quarter of employed Canadians have eldercare obligations.
  • Successfully implemented eldercare strategies can benefit employers through retention and reduced absenteeism.
  • A minority of Canadian organizations have eldercare leave programs.

The report, The Juggling Act: Balancing Work and Eldercare in Canada, offers broad guidelines for organizations looking to develop an eldercare strategy.



Ontario Nonprofit Network needs your participation in Changing Workplaces survey

August 9, 2017

In May, the final report of Ontario's Changing Workplaces Review was released with 173 recommendations aimed at creating better, safer and more decent workplaces in Ontario. Following the release of the report, Bill 148, Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Act was proposed by the Ontario Government and public consultations have taken place over the summer. As part of the Ontario Nonprofit Network’s ongoing labour force strategy and their work to build a decent work movement in the nonprofit sector, they are eager to hear your thoughts and insights. As nonprofit employers and workers, help them identify the potential impact of these legislative developments on our 55,000 nonprofits and charities. What could be the impact on your organizational budget and challenges implementing the legislative requirements, if passed? Have your say in this survey. Please note: this survey is for Ontario nonprofits and charities with paid staff. The deadline is August 31, 2017, but review of the bill starts August 21, so the earlier, the better!



Rights and Freedoms Award 2017 on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Call for Nominations

August 9, 2017

The call for nominations of the 2017 Rights and Freedoms Award, dedicated to the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and presented by the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, is now open. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Commission has chosen to dedicate its 2017 Rights and Freedoms Award to Indigenous peoples' rights. In recognition of the work and initiatives of the eleven Aboriginal nations in Québec, twelve awards will be presented this year, one per nation and one multination award. The Award will be given out to initiatives that promoted the recognition and respect of Indigenous peoples' rights throughout Québec over the past decade. These initiatives could include community, educational, activist and artistic or other types of projects, or the work done by a group or an individual. Awards will be given out, among others, to initiatives that are not well-known to the public so they can be better known. Any individual or organization looking to submit a nomination must complete an application which is available online. The deadline for nominations is September 22, 2017.



Almost half of Canadian workers would consider going back to a former employer

August 9, 2017

There are no regrets in life, they say, just lessons learned. But does that adage ring true when it comes to your career? In a recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps, 15% of Canadian workers polled said have regrets about leaving their former job. Biggest regrets include departing for the wrong reasons (28%), leaving friends and colleagues (24%), and not exploring other opportunities within the company (13%). Forty-two per cent of workers would consider returning to a former employer, but it would take better pay (54%), promised opportunity for growth (12%) or a flexible schedule (9%) to entice them back.



2017 Global NGO Technology Survey needs your participation

August 8, 2017

The third edition of the Global NGO Technology Survey is now live. The resulting report will expand research and benchmarks useful to NGOs, nonprofits, and charities worldwide and your participation is needed. The survey data will become the foundation of the 2018 Global NGO Technology Report and the report will only be as good as the data it represents. Depending upon your answers, completing the survey should take 4-7 minutes. The results will be published in the 2018 Global NGO Technology Report scheduled to be released on January 29, 2018. The survey is 100% anonymous. No questions are asked that will reveal personal, identifiable information.



Organizations across Canada encouraged to apply for Code for Change

August 8, 2017

Code for Change is once again looking for organizations to be a part of their program, now in its eighth year. Code for Change is a unique in-kind donation program to support select charitable organizations. Every year, pixel sweatshop sets aside 10% of their profits to put towards the Code for Change program. As part of the program, the company will match your organization dollar-for-dollar, up to a maximum of $10,000 of in-kind support to help increase your reach through web, social and print media. This means the company will donate, in-kind, their professional print/web design and development services equal to the amount that your organization is willing to contribute to a project. Any nonprofit, charitable or community organization within Canada may be eligible for the program. International organizations are also encouraged to apply, especially organizations that help in areas such as science and technology, social support, education, youth advocacy, public health, environment and the arts. Projects can include:

  • Content Management Systems so you can easily manage your own website;
  • Social/community networking websites for you and your clients to communicate and connect with one another;
  • Client Relationship Management Systems to record and manage case notes, communications, and case histories;
  • eLearning platforms for clients to access training opportunities where traditional classroom courses are not available;
  • Intranets for staff and Boards to communicate, share ideas, vote and collaborate on organizational documents

Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis until all of the funds earmarked for the year (January 1- December 31) have been utilized.



Canada's kids say health and belonging most important to their well-being

August 8, 2017

A new UNICEF Canada report released today highlights what Canada's youth consider critical to their well-being. Among the insights, holistic health and a sense of belonging top the list. In My Cat Makes Me Happy, UNICEF Canada outlines the findings of workshops held across Canada to learn directly from youth what well-being means to them, and to gain a better sense about what it's like to grow up in Canada. According to the youth report, health (34.5%) and relatedness (18.2%) top the list of factors most important to child and youth well-being, followed closely by equity (12.8%), education and employment (12.3%), youth engagement (12.3%), affordable living conditions (6.7%) and access to spaces and a healthy environment (3.3%).



Funding available for Canadian organizations working to increase access to justice

August 3, 2017

The Law Foundation of Ontario invites applications from nonprofit organizations across Canada to the Access to Justice Fund (ATJF) in the area of family law, including child protection. 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. This is a unique opportunity to further access to justice for families through innovative projects. Grants made from the ATJF are to be used to support public access to justice. While the phrase “access to justice” cannot have a single meaning, it is closely linked to the promotion of equity, fairness, and the elimination of barriers to justice (whether physical, psychological, financial, linguistic or social). It can include access by low-income or marginalized persons to information and services. Letters of Intent for the major grants portion of this funding stream are due by October 2, 2017.



Inspirit Foundation accepting applications for 2017 ChangeUp grants

August 3, 2017

The Inspirit Foundation has is now accepting applications for 2017 ChangeUp grants. ChangeUp grants create opportunities for people aged 18-34 to initiate creative solutions-focused projects that address issues of discrimination and prejudice in their local communities. Up to $10,000 one-time grants are available for projects that aim to open minds and shift attitudes that perpetuate prejudice and exclusion based on ethnicity, race or religion. The deadline to apply is September 25, 2017.



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