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Government of Canada matching eligible donations with Famine Relief Fund

June 14, 2017

More than 20 million people in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are at risk of starvation as a result of severe drought conditions or intensifying conflict. In order to address this unprecedented humanitarian situation, Canada launched the Famine Relief Fund on May 29, 2017. For every eligible donation made by individuals to registered Canadian charities between March 17 and June 30, 2017, the Government of Canada will contribute an equivalent amount to the Famine Relief Fund. The government will use the fund to support experienced Canadian and international humanitarian organizations using established Global Affairs Canada channels and procedures. The Famine Relief Fund is separate from the funds raised by charities and is administered separately by the Government of Canada. This means a charity does not receive a matching dollar from the Government of Canada. To be counted toward the Famine Relief Fund, donations must be made by individuals, not exceed $100,000 per individual, and must be:

  • monetary in nature;
  • made to a registered Canadian charity that is receiving donations in response to these humanitarian crises;
  • specifically earmarked in response to the crises;
  • made between March 17 and June 30, 2017; and
  • be declared by the registered charity receiving the donation to Global Affairs Canada by July 7, 2017.



Survey shows managers are leading the way in work-life balance

June 13, 2017

Workers' ability to juggle the demands of the office and home is on the upswing, with those in charge greatly aiding the cause, new research suggests. In a Robert Half Management Resources survey, the more than one-third of Canadian professionals (37%) said their work-life balance has improved from three years ago. Nearly nine in 10 respondents (87%) reported their manager is somewhat or very supportive of their efforts to achieve this balance, and 64% said their boss sets a good or even excellent example.



District of West Vancouver now accepting nominations for community awards

June 13, 2017

The District of West Vancouver is accepting nominations for its Community Awards. The awards recognize the effort and commitment of individual volunteers and/or groups who use their time and talents to build a stronger community, and contribute to our quality of life. Nominations will be received until September 26, in five categories: Arts & Culture, Community Commitment, Environment, Heritage, and Health Wellness & Activity. Nominations are currently being accepted online at westvancouver.ca/awards. Paper nomination forms are also available at Municipal Hall or as a downloadable PDF online. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in November.  



New program helps social entrepreneurs and nonprofits succeed online

June 13, 2017

Social entrepreneurs, students, non-profits, and anyone wanting to make a positive contribution online have a new way to establish and grow their web presence, thanks to an innovative new program from Rebel.com that aims to celebrate and give thanks to Canadians. One of Canada's leading domain name registrars, Rebel has launched the ChangeMaker Program to help people get online. The initiative is unique to the industry, offering heavy discounts to reduce barriers and connect Rebel’s products and services with those who need it most. In some cases, Rebel will even be working directly with users to determine their specific needs and design tailored solutions. At launch, the ChangeMaker Program allows users to submit their project or idea directly to Rebel for further support. Whether it's a discount on web hosting, getting tips on building an engaging startup culture, or spending an afternoon getting coached on designing a website with one of Rebel's experts, the options are almost limitless. To apply, users need to visit Rebel's ChangeMaker page and submit their proposal.



Edmonton Community Foundation receives largest charitable gift to community foundation in Canadian history

June 9, 2017

Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) is honoured to announce that it has received the largest charitable gift to a community foundation in Canadian history. The unprecedented $164-million donation was given anonymously over the last two decades and today ECF is able to name Eldon and Anne Foote as the donors. To date, the Eldon & Anne Foote Funds have enabled ECF to grant approximately $43 million to hundreds of charities in various sectors including: arts, culture and heritage; education and learning; health and wellness; social and community services; recreation and leisure; and the environment. Since 2000, the Eldon & Anne Foote Funds have grown to a value of more than $206 million. Because the gifts are set up as endowment funds, ECF will be able to continue providing support to charities in perpetuity, honouring the Footes’ wishes and vision for a vibrant community now and forever.



Government of Canada brings together leaders to co-create a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy for Canada

June 9, 2017

The Government of Canada is moving forward in the development of a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy to unlock new innovative approaches that improve the well-being of Canadians. The Steering Group, which was selected through a public call for nominations, brings together 15 passionate and diverse leaders, practitioners and experts from multiple fields, including the community, philanthropic, financial and research sectors, on the leading edge of social innovation and social finance. The Group will co-create the Strategy with the Government of Canada over the next 12 months. By drawing on its members’ broad range of expertise, know-how and ideas, and through consultation and engagement activities, the Group will begin developing policy measures to advance social innovation and social finance, and support the social enterprise sector and the social economy in Canada. There is also a backgrounder available about the strategy.



Government of Canada suspends lawsuit provision in anti-spam legislation

June 8, 2017

The Government of Canada is suspending the implementation of certain provisions in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) in response to broad-based concerns raised by businesses, charities and the not-for-profit sector. The provisions, known as private right of action, would have allowed lawsuits to be filed against individuals and organizations for alleged violations of the legislation. The provisions were scheduled to come into force on July 1, 2017, but have now been suspended. Canadians deserve an effective law that protects them from spam and other electronic threats that lead to harassment, identity theft and fraud. At the same time, Canadian businesses, charities and nonprofit groups should not have to bear the burden of unnecessary red tape and costs to comply with the legislation. The Government supports a balanced approach that protects the interests of consumers while eliminating any unintended consequences for organizations that have legitimate reasons for communicating electronically with Canadians. For that reason, the Government will ask a parliamentary committee to review the legislation, in keeping with the existing provisions of CASL.



New resource explores trends shaping nonprofit leadership in Canada

June 7, 2017

Trends and Forces Reshaping Nonprofit Organizations is a newly released resource that identifies shifts in how nonprofit organizations are governed, managed and resourced to accomplish their mission. In an easy-to-read format, it provides a high level briefing for management and board; it identifies critical strategic questions that need to be answered; and proposes actions organizations can take to address them. The resource was co-sponsored by the foundation Ignite NPS and The Philanthropist. To access the resource, go to The Philanthropist or to the Ignite NPS website.



Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians agree on need for reconciliation: national report

June 7, 2017

The National Narrative on Reconciliation Report surveyed Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians on attitudes towards reconciliation and revealed a strong alignment about the contributions that Indigenous Peoples make to Canadian society. The survey, the first of its kind, also points to significant barriers to overcome to truly achieve reconciliation. Over the past decade, we have witnessed growing momentum in the reconciliation movement in Canada. In its final report, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission noted that meaningful engagement among Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians will be key in advancing reconciliation. To support this, Reconciliation Canada commissioned a national public opinion survey to measure Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians’ perspectives, beliefs and attitudes on reconciliation and the journey ahead. Click here to download the report.



Siva Creative contest will give one organization a brand new website

June 6, 2017

Siva Creative has launched a new charity contest that will result in one organization getting a brand new website. Contest winners will receive a complete website design or redesign tailored to your organization; logo creation or logo makeover; and, web marketing – social media promotion for one week. To enter, applicants must be a charity or nonprofit organization, in need of a website (or updated website), and located in Canada. For full details and eligibility requirements, click here.



Earth Day Canada announces 2017 Hometown Heroes Award winners

June 6, 2017

Earth Day Canada (EDC) is pleased to announce that Emmanuelle Melis (Youth) of Toronto, Ont.; Jean Hall-Armstrong (Individual) of Thunder Bay, Ont.; The Riverwood Conservancy (Group) of Mississauga, Ont.; Fresh City Farms (Small Business) of Toronto, Ont.; and David Gordon (Teacher) of Toronto, Ont., have been selected as EDC's 2017 Hometown Heroes Award Winners. All of the Hometown Heroes Award Winners receive a custom-designed statuette along with a $5,000 cash prize. The Youth Award winner can donate the money to a local environmental group or cause of their choice or put it toward a post-secondary scholarship; the Individual Award winner must donate it to a local environmental group or cause of their choice; the Group Award winner can use it to support their ongoing work; the Teacher Award winner can donate it to their school to support further environmental efforts; and the Small Business Award must use it to make an operational change that results in the organization lessening its environmental impact.



Survey identifies most telling body language in job interviews

June 6, 2017

When it comes to landing a job, what you say to a prospective employer may sometimes be less important than how you say it. In a recent survey by staffing firm OfficeTeam, senior managers said 17% of candidates display negative body language during interviews. Respondents identified eye contact as the most telling nonverbal cue when meeting with applicants, rating it a 4.41 on a scale of one to five (with five indicating the highest significance). This was followed by both posture and handshake, which tied at 4.26. Rounding out the list were hand gestures (4.15), facial expressions (4.14) and fidgeting/habitual movements (4.09).



Survey explores how the political landscape impacts volunteering - your participation needed

June 5, 2017

What does the political landscape have to do with volunteering? Participate in this survey and help find out! In the past several months, we've seen unparalleled levels of civic engagement, often directed to specific charities and causes in the form of donations, marches and social media engagement in response to political figures - both during the US Presidential campaign trail and currently. To provide a well-rounded perspective, the survey is split into two audiences, and both volunteer managers and volunteers will be asked about recent patterns of involvement. This research is North American-focused, but participation is welcome from around the world, and is being conducted by Erin Spink, MA (Leadership), with the Centre for Advanced Research in Volunteer Engagement. Take the survey now: Volunteer Responses to Political Leadership Survey.



Jim Pattison gives $50 million to Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan

May 31, 2017

A new day dawned in maternal and pediatric healthcare with the announcement of the largest one-time donation in Saskatchewan history to a charitable organization. Businessman and philanthropist Jim Pattison, originally from Luseland, Saskatchewan, announced a donation of $50 million to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. The historic gift will help support world-class pediatric and maternal research and equipment at the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. In honour of the unprecedented gift, the new provincial hospital will be renamed Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital. Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan is also changing its name accordingly, becoming Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation effective immediately.



Government of Canada releases report based on accessibility consultations

May 30, 2017

The Government of Canada has released a report entitled, Creating new national accessibility legislation: What we learned from Canadians. The report summarizes the input received following Canada-wide consultations to inform the development of new planned federal accessibility legislation. Over 6,000 people participated, both online and in-person, in the largest and most accessible consultation process on disability in Canada in the past 20 years. These consultations included 18 public meetings and 9 thematic roundtables where Canadians from across the country shared their personal stories and their challenges, successes, hopes and aspirations for a more inclusive society. The report summarizes what the Government of Canada learned from consulting with Canadians, experts, stakeholders and community organizations, and provides valuable insight on the barriers that Canadians with disabilities face in their daily lives.There is emerging consensus from participants in the consultation about what the new legislation should look like and the role of the Government of Canada, namely:

  • The legislation should lead to the development of detailed standards for federal organizations on how to improve accessibility, while also supporting them in removing barriers for their employees and customers;
  • The legislation should include strong compliance and enforcement mechanisms;
  • It’s understood that new legislation alone cannot remove all barriers and there is recognition that complementary supports and programs will be necessary to create new opportunities to ensure participation for persons with disabilities and to help change the way people think about accessibility; and
  • The Government of Canada should be a leader, both in its own practices and in supporting organizations to be successful, and also set ambitious goals with clear and measurable targets.



Applications open for the Wounded Warriors Canada Veterans Child Scholarship

May 30, 2017

Wounded Warriors Canada is proud to announce they are now accepting applications for their second annual Veterans Child Scholarship (VCS) fund benefiting military families. Beginning this September, the $40,000 VCS will fund the first year of full-time post-secondary education for 8 children whose parent(s) is a Canadian Armed Forces Veteran, serving or retired, affected by Operational Stress Injuries (OSI) – including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Wounded Warriors Canada is profoundly aware of the life changing impact that mental health injuries have on our military families and, specifically, the children. The deadline to apply for the 2017-2018 school year is July 31st, 2017.



Charitable giving a key theme for Canada's 150 celebration

May 30, 2017

With giving back a key theme of Canada 150, CanadaHelps feels it's important to shine light on our nation's rich history of charitable giving. Coast-to-coast, charities of all sizes are launching campaigns to mark Canada's 150th birthday and share their vision for a better Canada. Canada is home to more than 86,000 charities, of which 80% have overall annual revenues of less than $500,000 and a full 49% have annual revenues of less than $100,000. Further still, 86% of small charities have fewer than five staff and 48% are fully volunteer run. Considering the impact they make across the country, it's a hard truth that Canada's small charities receive just 24% of donations – a fact that is all too real during the summer months when donations tend to dry up compared to the holiday season. Whether donating time or money, Canadians are urged to incorporate giving back into their Canada Day celebrations. With over 260 campaigns to choose from, Canadian's can find a cause that's close to their heart as well as one that speaks to their vision for Canada's future. To view a full list of Canada150 campaigns and to get started giving, Canadians can click here.



Indigenous researchers receive $2.6 million for Indigenous maternal and child health program

May 25, 2017

A unique Indigenous-led, community-hospital-university-private sector partnership to enhance Indigenous maternal and child health will address some of the underlying causes of health inequity through an innovative new action-research project. The Kind Faces Sharing Places: An Action Research Project for Indigenous Families During and After Pregnancy and Birth project will aim to address some of the social determinants of health and break the multi-generational impacts of family disruption in Toronto. This project is supported by CAD$2.6 million in funding from Merck Canada Inc. provided in part through Merck for Mothers. Dr. Smylie and a team of Indigenous researchers and community partners from the University of Toronto's Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Well Living House, Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto and Nishnawbe Homes will lead the project.



Facebook and Instagram Canada launch free courses for community organizations

May 24, 2017

Facebook and Instagram Canada have launched Facebook Blueprint x Canada 150 to help enable community organizations to share their story and cultural impact in Canada, as well as promote their Canada 150 initiatives and events. With 22 million Canadians on Facebook and 8.5 million Canadians on Instagram, Facebook and Instagram allow organizations to reach the people that matter to them. Facebook Blueprint x Canada 150 is a self-directed learning path featuring 40 courses, available in English and French, that makes it easy to learn and master the best practices of Facebook and Instagram marketing. The training module is segmented into 6 sections, and allows people to select courses based on their experience and interests. It can be accessed for free at: fb.me/blueprint/canada150



A third of Canadian employees check in with the office while on vacation

May 24, 2017

Are vacations where people completely disconnect from the office a thing of the past? Research shows "workations" may continue to be common for some professionals today. In a recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps, 33% of Canadian workers said they typically check in with the office at least once or twice a week during their vacation, not changing significantly from 36% one year ago. On the bright side, those who do connect with the office do so fewer times during their break: six percent of workers touch base at least once or twice a day, compared to 10% in 2016. Their reasons for checking in include gaining peace of mind that things were under control (55%), keeping projects moving along (51%), avoiding coming back to extra work (47%) and preventing colleagues from feeling undue stress (25%).



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