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Applications open for paid Justice Fellowship for nonprofit leaders

February 7, 2017

The call for applications for The Law Foundation of Ontario’s Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships for the 2017/2018 or 2018/2019 academic terms is now open. The fellowship gives nonprofit leaders the opportunity to further their careers and their causes through a paid fellowship. It provides a professional development opportunity for leaders in the public sector and builds bridges between community and academia, leaving a lasting access to justice legacy for both. The opportunity is open to senior employees in public interest organizations who are dedicated to advancing access to justice. It allows recognized leaders in the public sector to spend all or part of an academic year at an Ontario university, law school, or college in a legal or justice studies related department (including but not limited to criminology, sociology, social work, political science, and law and society programs). The fellows plan and implement their individual projects, leading activities such as research, teaching, lectures, events, and collaborations. Candidates do not need to have a law degree. The Law Foundation of Ontario provides funding toward the cost of the fellow’s salary and for equipment and other program-related costs the academic host may need. The deadline for applications is April 29, 2017. For full details of the program criteria and application process, visit lawfoundation.on.ca.



Seven in ten Canadian employees report increased work stress

February 7, 2017

Having trouble "keeping calm and carrying on" at work? You're in the majority. More than half (58%) of Canadian workers said they are stressed at work on a day-to-day basis, and 70% reported work-related pressure has increased in the last five years, according to a new survey by staffing firm Accountemps. Executives should take note: Only 21% of Canadian CFOs acknowledged their teams are stressed, and only 23% recognized an increase in worker anxiety. Employees polled cited heavy workloads and looming deadlines (41%), attaining work-life balance (22%), and unrealistic expectations of managers (17%) as top worries.



Research finds organizations using the Mental Health Standard are perceived as safer

February 7, 2017

If you'd describe your workplace as psychologically safe, with civil relationships and satisfactory work/life balance, it just may be due to a major shift in how employers understand and respond to workplace mental health issues. In 2016, 77% of working Canadians indicated attitudes toward workplace mental health issues are better than they were in 2007. Additionally, those Canadians who say their workplace is psychologically unhealthy or unsafe (10%) has been cut in half, down from 20% in 2009. These are just two of the findings arising from recent research commissioned by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace (the Centre). Some of the research highlights include:

  • More working Canadians (79%) say they know about mental health conditions like depression, up from 66% in 2007.
  • Since 2009, fewer workers describe a workplace that has serious or significant psychosocial concerns. Most significant improvements have been made in the areas of civility and respect (27% are concerned, down from 33%) and balance (30%, down from 35%).
  • Employees have more concerns than managers. For example, employees were more concerned with growth and development (38% of employees vs. 26% of managers).

Additionally, a number of Canadian workplaces are now following best practices based on the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) released in 2013. In organizations implementing the Standard:

  • Only 5% of employees say their workplace is psychologically unhealthy or unsafe vs. 13% in organizations that are not implementing the Standard.
  • Employees who are or have experienced depression are missing less time (7.4 days per year) from work as a result than the average employee with depression (12.5 days).



New 2017 Global NGO Technology Report released

February 7, 2017

The 2017 Global NGO Technology Report is now available in English, French and Spanish! This year’s report highlights how 4,908 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide use online technology — such as email communications, online and mobile fundraising tools, and social and mobile media — to engage their supporters and donors. This report was researched by Nonprofit Tech for Good and sponsored by Public Interest Registry. The Global NGO Online Technology Report is intended to be an annual project. If you are interested in becoming a partner for the 2018 report, please contact heather@nptechforgood.com.



Top performing health care fundraisers focus on major gifts, according to study

February 7, 2017

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) recently recognized 52 US and Canadian development organizations as high-performing fundraisers in the North American health care industry for FY 2015. The organizations are primarily foundations affiliated with nonprofit hospitals or health systems and were surveyed for AHP's 2016 Report on Giving (FY 2015). AHP's Report on Giving defines high performers as organizations that raise more net funds than 75% of all responding institutions. In FY 2015, the median amount raised by high performers was more than $11.9 million in the U.S. and $14.4 million in Canada. A key difference between high performers and the organizations surveyed was the type of fundraising activities pursued. High performers focus less on annual gifts and special events while putting more emphasis on major gifts and corporate giving as their major fundraising sources. Planned giving also accounts for a higher share of fundraising revenue for high performers than the average institution, especially in the US. In Canada, fundraisers depended more on corporate giving and less on annual gifts. High-performing organizations also allocated more of their resources to research and fewer resources to capital equipment. In the US, 13.5% of high performer resources were allocated to research vs. 6.4% overall.



Women's College Hospital receives $12-million gift for the field of women's cancers

February 6, 2017

Peter Gilgan and the Canadian Cancer Society are providing a collaborative $12 million gift to Women's College Hospital (WCH), establishing a collaboration that will further research, education and innovation in the field of women's cancers – particularly breast, ovarian and thyroid cancers. Together, Women's College Hospital and the Canadian Cancer Society will launch a major new initiative to transform care for women's cancers on a national scale by drawing together WCH's excellence in research, clinical care, innovation and education and then leveraging that knowledge across the country through the Canadian Cancer Society's national network. With the leadership investment from Peter Gilgan and the Canadian Cancer Society, a centre in women's cancers will be established at Women's College Hospital. In recognition of their leadership, vision and profound generosity, the centre will be named The Peter Gilgan Centre for Women's Cancers at Women's College Hospital, in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society.



Call for nominations for the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation

February 6, 2017

In 2010, the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation was created to recognize the outstanding contributions of countless individuals and groups across Canada who work tirelessly on behalf of Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and their families. Nominations are now open for the 2017 Commendation. Starting today, the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman is accepting nominations of individuals, organizations or groups that deserve recognition for their selflessness, hard work and dedication to Veterans and their families. Nominations can be made in any of these four categories:

  • National organization or group – to recognize the exceptional work and significant contribution of an organization or group with a national scope that have resulted in a long-lasting and positive impact on the well-being of Veterans and their families;
  • Local organization or group – to recognize the exceptional work and significant contribution of an organization or group that have resulted in a long-lasting and positive impact, at the local or regional level, on the well-being of Veterans and their families;
  • Individual – to recognize the exceptional work and significant contribution of an individual that have resulted in a long-lasting and positive impact on the well-being of Veterans and their families at the national or local level; and
  • Lifetime Contribution – to recognize the life-long dedication, exceptional work, and significant contribution an individual has made in supporting or advocating for Veterans and their families.

Nominations must include a completed nomination form and a summary of why the nominee is deserving of the Veterans Ombudsman's Commendation. Consult the nomination guidelines for more details and learn about past recipients on the OVO website. The deadline for submission of nominations is March 31st, 2017.



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: t.horak@cygresearch.com 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 HRcouncil.ca 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 info@jlt.org 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 lawfoundation.on.ca.



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