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Calgary Foundation's Soul of the City grants now accepting 2017 applications

February 2, 2017

The Calgary Foundation's Soul of the City grants are now accepting 2017 applications. The program provides grants of $10,000 so that Calgarians can put into action their idea to improve, enhance, or revitalize their community or neighbourhood. Five winning applications will be awarded a $10,000 Soul of the City Neighbour Grant and the opportunity to share their project story with the community. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2017.

New volunteer screening program in Alberta

February 2, 2017

Developed with the input of nonprofit voluntary sector stakeholders and police agencies, Alberta Culture and Tourism’s new Volunteer Screening Program will assist nonprofit organizations with a range of resources to help reinforce existing volunteer screening practices or establish robust new ones. Tools and training provided through the program will help organizations conduct a more thorough assessment of potential volunteers from the applications stage through interviews and reference checks to ongoing support, supervision and evaluation. The Volunteer Screening Program is a unique partnership funded by Alberta Culture and Tourism and administered and delivered by Volunteer Alberta. The program expands upon the existing Volunteer Police Information Check Program with a strong focus on education to support the development and enhancement of volunteer screening and management programs through online resources, learning modules, webinars and workshops.

Nominations open to become a member of the Advisory Committee on Homelessness

February 1, 2017

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development announced a call for nominations for an Advisory Committee of experts and stakeholders in the field of homelessness to support the renewal of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. Employment and Social Development Canada invites Canadians to submit their nomination to become a member of the new Advisory Committee on Homelessness based on the following criteria:

  • Knowledge of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy;
  • A minimum of two years of experience working or volunteering with an organization working on homelessness related issues (e.g. municipality, health sector, service provider, non-governmental organization, university/college etc.);
  • Ability to participate constructively in policy discussions. This could include public policy discussions at the local, provincial or territorial, federal or global levels on issues related to, for example, strategy development, planning, priority setting, and resource allocation; and,
  • Available and willing to commit to participate as an Advisory Committee member over the entire period of the Advisory Committee's work, anticipated to be up to six months.

Other considerations:

  • Knowledge of issues facing particular sub-populations experiencing homelessness in Canada (for example: Indigenous peoples and Inuit, veterans, youth, women fleeing violence) would be an asset.
  • Persons with lived experience of homelessness are encouraged to submit their nomination.

The nomination period will be open from February 1 to February 20, 2017 (23:59 PT). The members of the Advisory Committee will be announced in spring 2017.

Seventy-seven percent of Canadians feel entitled to workplace health benefits

February 1, 2017

Entitled is not a word typically used to describe Canadians, but when it comes to workplace health benefits, some believe these plans are a right. According to the most recent Sun Life Canadian Health Index, 77% of Canadians surveyed feel all employees are entitled to receive a health benefits plan sponsored by their employer. Forty-nine per cent strongly agree and 27% somewhat agree with this statement. According to the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, 24 million Canadians have supplemental health insurance through their employer or their spouse/partner's employer. When it comes to employer health benefits, a little more than half of working Canadians recognize the health and wellness support their employers are providing them. The latest Canadian Health Index survey found that:

  • 64% said their employer supports their physical health;
  • 58% said the same about their mental health; and
  • 26% said their employer offers programs or initiatives that promote health and wellness.

Grants available for BC Family Day events

January 31, 2017

The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, in partnership with the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association, has made one-time, first-come-first-served grants available up to a maximum amount of $1,000 to support Family Day events. The BCRPA invites you to re-brand an existing event, or create a special one in celebration of this year’s Family Day - Feb 13th, 2017. In order to qualify for a grant you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a Local Government, or First Nations Band
  • Your event is: Held during the Family Day long weekend (Feb 10, 11, 12, or 13), admission-free, family oriented, and branded as a “Family Day” event

The deadline for applications is February 8, 2017 at 4:30pm Pacific Time.

Organ donation in Ontario increased by 30% in 2016

January 31, 2017

Trillium Gift of Life Network is proud to announce a third consecutive record year for organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Ontario. In 2016, deceased organ donation increased by 30 per cent, leading to more lives saved. Last year (January 1 – December 31, 2016) 351 deceased organ donors and 256 living organ donors gave the gift of life to a record 1,302 transplant recipients. More families than ever before consented to organ donation, with a 40 per cent increase over 2015, marking a growing trend in families to choose donation for their loved one. Nearly 2,400 tissue donors enhanced the lives of thousands through the gift of eyes, bone, skin, and heart valves. In the past decade (2007 – 2016), tissue donation has increased by 161 per cent in Ontario.

Submit your nomination for the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers

January 30, 2017

The Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. The Medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers. Any person who is a Canadian citizen and who has made significant, sustained and unpaid contributions to their community in Canada or abroad is eligible. Candidates must have demonstrated an exemplary commitment through their dedicated volunteerism. The Medal is awarded to individuals only, not to groups or couples. Non-Canadians are also eligible if their contributions have brought benefit or honour to Canadians or to Canada. There is no deadline for submissions. Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

Participate now in the 2017 Burk Donor Survey

January 25, 2017

The 2017 Burk Donor Survey will explore the giving intentions of young, middle age and older Canadian donors and asking for their input and advice on some of the biggest issues that fundraisers face in a rapidly changing world. The Burk Donor Survey has become a vital resource to Canadian charities and fundraisers. Thousands of donors participate, making the Burk Donor Survey the single largest exploration of philanthropic trends in Canada. The Burk Donor Survey is made possible by the kind assistance of charities and institutions who reach out to their donors, asking them to complete our anonymous online survey. Partners never have to share any information about their donors, including email addresses. In return, our partners receive:

  • FREE: the full Canadian Survey report, containing all statistical findings and practical recommendations for raising more money immediately.
  • FREE: an exclusive interactive webinar for partners to discuss the findings directly with Penelope Burk.

For more information about the research themes for the 2017 edition of The Burk Donor Survey and how you can become a partner, please click here or contact our Director of Customer Relations, Theresa Horak, at: or tel: 905-546-5335. Partner registration is open until Friday February 10th.

Share your HR innovation for chance to win $500 in team-based professional development

January 25, 2017

HR management practices within the nonprofit sector are changing rapidly. Shifting demographic, economic, technological, and social trends are reshaping the landscape of HR from how we develop talent to how we structure office environments. Over the course of 2017, the Community Foundations of Canada will be tapping into their community foundation, philanthropic and networks to shine a spotlight on stories of innovative HR strategies being used successfully by nonprofit organizations across Canada. Got a great example of HR innovation in action? Want to share your strategy with others in the nonprofit sector? Submit your story on the Community Foundations of Canada website and it may be featured in an upcoming national series showcasing the best of what Canada’s nonprofit sector has to offer through blogs, podcasts, video, social media and more. BYour organization will also be entered into a draw to win up to $500 towards a team-based professional development opportunity for your nonprofit organization.

Seed Grant funding available from Junior League of Toronto

January 24, 2017

The Junior League of Toronto (JLT) supports nonprofit organizations to deliver programs in the Greater Toronto Area. The JLT supports innovative programs by partnering with other nonprofit organizations on both short and long term projects and offering start up funding through Seed Grants to support new programs. The JLT is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. If your organization is interested in partnering with the JLT on a community project, please email for more information. To apply for Seed Grant funding for the start up of a new program, please complete an application form on the Junior League of Toronto website by Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

Research finds organizational change linked to physical and mental health sick leave

January 24, 2017

New research announced today by Morneau Shepell found that organizational changes have led to employees taking sick leave from work. In a recent survey of employees and employers across Canada, nearly half (46%) of employees have taken time off work and/or noticed other employees take more time off work following workplace changes. The survey found that two thirds (66%) of respondents have experienced at least one organizational change with their current employer – this included team restructuring (39%), downsizing/layoffs (35%), job re-design (35%), re-design of the physical office space (29%) and mergers (15%). Of those employees who have experienced a change, 43% said it had a negative impact on their perception of the company, 40% said it negatively affected their health and well-being and 30% indicated that it impacted their job performance. Across the country, Alberta employees experienced the most workplace changes, with nearly three quarters (74%) facing at least one workplace change with their current employer during the time of their employment.

New guidebook for nonprofits, Survive and Thrive: Three Steps to Securing Your Program’s Sustainability, is now available

January 23, 2017

Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation is pleased to announce the release of their new guidebook for nonprofits, Survive and Thrive: Three Steps to Securing Your Program’s Sustainability. More than ever, program sustainability is a concern for nonprofits and the grantmaking organizations that fund them. It’s been estimated that up to 40% of all new social programs do not last long beyond their initial funding. Program sustainability is also a ubiquitous question on grant application forms and one that many grantees struggle to answer confidently. But program sustainability is not just about funding, it’s the product of a proactive and step-by-step process. In Survive and Thrive, Kylie Hutchinson guides readers through a straightforward and innovative three-step strategy that ensures their programs have a lasting impact for years to come. Written in an informal and user-friendly style and packed with current research, fascinating case studies, and hands-on exercises, Survive and Thrive is the definitive guidebook for nonprofits on how to develop a sustainability action plan.

Funding available for legal projects that foster innovation, address emerging needs

January 23, 2017

The call for applications is now open for The Law Foundation of Ontario’s Responsive Grants program. The Responsive Grants program enables the Foundation to fund ideas generated by nonprofit community groups to improve access to justice. Each year the program includes one round of major grants (up to $100,000) and two rounds of small grants (up to $15,000). Responsive Grants aim to encourage new ideas, innovations, approaches, and relationships that can help address emerging needs and connect more people to legal information and supports, especially people who are not currently being reached. These grants have provided seed funding for hundreds of innovative projects across Ontario. The next deadline for both small and major grants applications is March 31, 2017. For full details and funding criteria, visit

New 2017 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report reveals compensation details

January 19, 2017

Compensation at nonprofits across the country continues to rise slowly for some nonprofit professionals, according to the new 2017 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report, published by CharityVillage. To better understand nonprofit compensation, we surveyed more than 1,600 participants who represented more than 14,000 individual employees from nonprofits across Canada. The results are gathered in our 2017 salary and benefits report, now available for online purchase. The report covers key metrics such as:

  • Annual salaries by position, experience, organization type, size, region, and focus
  • Performance incentive plans
  • Benefit packages

For additional insight from the report, click here for our companion article. To get more information about the report itself, and to order, please click here.

Canada Summer Jobs 2017 application period for employers extended

January 19, 2017

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that the employer application period for the 2017 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program is being extended until February 3, 2017, to allow more employers to apply for funding to hire summer students. All small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and public-sector employers are encouraged to apply for funding from the Government of Canada to hire summer students. The CSJ program creates summer job opportunities and valuable work experience specifically for students ages 15 to 30. Applicants approved for funding will be able to hire students as early as April 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit or visit a Service Canada Centre.

Website services grants available to Canadian organizations

January 18, 2017

White Fuse is a UK-based social enterprise that works with small charities and nonprofits to improve their websites. Alongside its paid work, they invest in the sector by offering a limited number of website grants each year to small and medium-sized organizations to help them achieve what they otherwise wouldn't be able to afford. The grant scheme is designed for organizations with a turnover of less than $1m. The grant is a services grant not a cash grant. It covers all setup costs of the website including content strategy, design, development and launch up to a value of $10,000. You will still need to cover the support and maintenance costs on a monthly basis. More details and the online application form can be found here. Applications are judged on a rolling basis each month.

Three-in-ten Canadians say they’ve been sexually harassed at work

January 18, 2017

Three-in-ten Canadians (28%) say they have been on the receiving end of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, or sexually-charged talk while on the job. And for one-in-seven adults in this country, the experience has been more intense than innuendo or talk: 14% tell the Angus Reid Institute (ARI) they have experienced anything from sexual touching to more serious unwanted sexual contact in their working lives. The results show that while both genders identified experiences of harassment, women are – unsurprisingly – almost four times as likely to have been harassed as men. For one-in-four of those who told the Angus Reid Institute they’ve been sexually harassed at work, the experiences are recent; occurring within the last 24 months. Based on employment statistics, a rough approximation would mean this represents more than one million working Canadians, most of them women. Av ast majority – four-in-five – who say they had these unwanted experiences never actually reported the behavior to their own employers.

The 2017 Bell Let's Talk Community Fund is open for grant applications

January 17, 2017

Bell today announced the launch of the annual $1-million Bell Let's Talk Community Fund for 2017. Grant applications are now being accepted for local mental health initiatives that improve access to care in communities around the country. Registered charities are invited to apply for a grant up to $25,000 to help fund local mental health programs, and all submitted applications are reviewed by a committee of mental health experts from across Canada. The 2017 application period runs until March 31 and all 2017 grants will be disbursed before December 31, 2017.

Charitable giving in US will grow more than 3.5 percent in 2017 and 2018, study predicts

January 17, 2017

Charitable giving in the US is predicted to grow by 3.6% in 2017 and by an additional 3.8% in 2018, according to The Philanthropy Outlook 2017 & 2018, a new report researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The report is presented by Marts & Lundy, a leading fundraising and philanthropy consulting firm. Projected growth by type of donor:

  • Growth in giving by foundations will lead the way in both years (5.9% in 2017 and and 6.0% in 2018).
  • Estate giving is expected to increase by 5.4% this year and 5.2% next year.
  • Giving by individuals is predicted to grow 3.0% and 3.2% respectively.
  • Giving by corporations will lag behind the other sources of giving, rising by just 2.4% and 2.7% respectively.

Giving to health is predicted to grow by 8.5% in 2017 and 7.9% in 2018, exceeding historical annualized averages over the most recent 40-year period. Giving to education is projected to rise 6.3% in 2017 and 6.0% in 2018, continuing the strong growth trends realized in recent years. Giving to support the public-society benefit subsector will also be strong, with growth of 5.2% and 5.4%, respectively. Giving to public-society benefit includes giving to federated campaigns, United Ways, human and civil rights organizations, national donor-advised funds, and other similar types of organizations.

$1 million in support available for community projects to build a better online Canada

January 16, 2017

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is looking to partner with members of the Canadian Internet community to help build a better online Canada. CIRA's Community Investment Program is now accepting funding applications for 2017. CIRA's Community Investment Program targets its support to four program areas:

  • Online services: providing children and youth the Internet-based tools they need to succeed
  • Infrastructure: connecting remote communities with new Internet infrastructure
  • Digital literacy: educating marginalized Canadians on economic opportunities online
  • Research: exploring emerging digital issues affecting Canadians

Please consult the Application Guidelines for more details on funding and how to apply. Applications for this round of funding will be accepted until March 1, 2017.

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