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Tree Canada to support 150 community greening initiatives nationwide

December 6, 2016

Proud to be a part of Canada 150, the Government of Canada's celebration of our country's 150th anniversary of Confederation, Tree Canada today announced an exciting, new initiative, Tree to Our Nature, that will support 150 community greening projects across the country. Starting today, municipalities, community organizations, groups, schools and associations nationwide can apply to have a planting event held in their area. By sponsoring Tree Canada directly, businesses can also become involved by providing funding and volunteer labour to increase the scope of the projects. Here's how to get involved:

Community Organizations, Groups, Schools, and Associations: Connect with your local municipality to identify a local park, recreation area, or school ground in need, and apply for funding through the Tree to Our Nature, Canada 150 Legacy Program.

Canadian Corporations and Businesses: Commemorate Canada's 150th anniversary by partnering with local community groups to increase funding, and supply volunteer labour.

Individuals: Encourage your local municipality to apply, and attend legacy events to help plant trees and celebrate Canadian culture.

The deadline for submissions is February 17, 2017.



Canadian employees look to snacks to get them through their afternoon crash

December 6, 2016

From wanting to take a nap under their desks to going for a walk, there are many things Canadians wish they could do to get them through the afternoon crash. The average time Canadians experience the afternoon crash is 2:30 p.m. according to a recent survey conducted by Vector Poll™. The survey found that of the 85% of Canadians who experience an afternoon crash, it happens at least once a week and 53% of respondents stated they feel tired, sluggish and craving a treat during this time. The afternoon crash is a real concern for many people, with many respondents feeling sleepy (62%), having low energy (59%) and being less productive (44%) along with irritability and being stressed. To combat these feelings in an ideal world, most people would take a nap (57%) but more realistically, 30% choose to have a snack. Of those that say they would reach for a snack, 70% said the benefit is to feel more energetic. Satisfying hunger or cravings (55%) and having something to hold them over (62%) were also strong motivations.



85% of Canadians believe holiday season is about helping those in need

December 6, 2016

Eighty-five percent of Canadians believe that the holiday season is about helping those in need. According to a new Ipsos survey, despite a profound skepticism about the current state of the world, Canadians are looking to spread the spirit of giving back this holiday season. Everyone might like to receive a gift now and then, but when purchasing holiday gifts, three in four Canadians say that many of the people they buy for don't actually need anything. Moreover, 23% say they usually end up throwing out some of the holidays gifts they receive every year. Eighty-one percent of people surveyed believe that Canadians are forgetting the true meaning of the holiday season. One third of Canadians say that if they could help address a global issue, it would be child poverty.



CharityVillage partners with TalentEgg to provide even wider reach for volunteer opportunities

November 30, 2016

For more than a decade, Canadian youth have volunteered more than any other age group! The 2013 General Social Survey - Giving, Volunteering and Participating found that 53% of Canadians aged 15-24 are involved in volunteering. This puts youth well above the national average of 44%. To do our part to continue to encourage young people to give back to their communities through volunteering, CharityVillage has partnered on a new initiative with TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s most popular job site and online career resource for students and recent graduates. Going forward, any volunteer opportunities posted on CharityVillage that are designated as appropriate for students will also be cross posted on the TalentEgg.ca website, ensuring an even wider reach for your volunteer postings!



Federal workplace survey seeks insights to inspire positive change

November 30, 2016

What are the top barriers and issues affecting the health and safety of workplaces in Canada, and what can we do about them? The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is inviting workers and employers to take part in an online survey that continues the conversation sparked at CCOHS’ Forum 2016: The Changing World of Work, held earlier this year. CCOHS’ Forum 2016 brought together subject experts, workers, employers and governments from across the country and beyond, to explore the challenges arising from shifting demographics, climate change, mental health, workplace culture, emotional intelligence, and more. Now CCOHS is inviting the public to take part in the survey and add their voices and perspectives on what they experience in their own workplaces. The results of the survey will be consolidated into a report that shares and compares the feedback from the Forum, and will be available in early 2017. It is hoped that the insights shared in the report will inspire positive change in the workplace. The survey will remain open until December 30, 2016 and can be accessed from the CCOHS website.



Organizations are failing to integrate Millennials into their workplaces: HRPA report

November 30, 2016

Millennials are now the largest generation in the Canadian workforce, yet only 10% of companies have done anything to integrate Millennial employees with their other co-workers, according to a new report released today by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). This is despite the fact that more than half of HRPA members surveyed indicated their companies have experienced tensions between Millennials and other age groups of workers because of perceived differences in values or work habits. Millennials have different views than other generations on the importance of work-life balance, how they want to communicate and the kind of information they need. These differences can cause tensions in the workplace, according to the report.

One path to promoting such workforce integration is through structured as well as informal mentorship programs. Despite this, over 60% of HRPA members surveyed stated that their companies did not have a mentorship program – and those that did were typically informal and open to all employees, rather than focused on integrating Millennials. There is hope, however, since of the 10% of HRPA Members whose companies have taken steps to integrate their Millennial employees, almost 95% indicated it helped improve integration through initiatives like reverse mentoring and generational training for managers.



Enter to win 10,000 Aeroplan miles and Aeroplan will donate 10,000 more to charity

November 29, 2016

Aeroplan’s much-beloved Member Donation program (formerly Beyond Miles) is turning the big 1-0! To celebrate this significant milestone, SEE Change has teamed up with Aeroplan for a special 10 for 10-year-anniversary giveaway just in time for the holidays. To enter the contest, simply send us a tweet (@SEEChangemag) or email (info@seechangemagazine.com) between November 28 and December 20 with the name of one Aeroplan charity partner to whom you’d like to donate 10,000 Aeroplan Miles. SeeChange will draw the winning name on December 21st. If chosen, you’ll be helping a highly respected Canadian organization receive much-needed support, an especially important gift during the holidays. In return for your help, you’ll automatically win 10,000 Aeroplan Miles too. Talk about a win-win!



GivingTuesday growing faster than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined

November 29, 2016

Reaffirming the holidays are indeed a time for giving, statistics show that GivingTuesday is growing faster in Canada than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. While sales numbers for the annual shopping holidays jumped 37% and 65% respectively from 2012 to 2015, the value of donations on GivingTuesday grew by 302% over the same time period, according to figures released by CanadaHelps. The impact of GivingTuesday goes well beyond charitable donations, inspiring generosity in all its forms. An interactive map of GivingTuesday partners shows participation in every province and territory. This year, many local groups are rallying from coast to coast in cities like Halifax, Ottawa, Mississauga, Waterloo, Calgary, Kelowna and Victoria to plan city-wide GivingTuesday celebrations.



Funding available to help communities at risk protect themselves from hate-motivated crimes

November 28, 2016

To help reduce hate-motivated crimes in Canadian communities, Public Safety Canada will open calls for proposals for a renewed Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program (SIP) on December 1st. While the program has been in place for a number of years, improvements announced today represents a renewed commitment to make the program more responsive to the needs of communities at risk for hate-motivated crimes. A wider range of costs will now be considered eligible, allowing communities to implement security measures both inside and outside of their facilities, and all not-for-profit organizations linked to a community at risk can apply, not just those who have been victimized. Changes ensure that funding decisions are provided to applicants within four months of the close of each call; and include a more efficient application process. Interested organizations representing places of worship, provincially and territorially recognized schools, and community centers can apply through Public Safety Canada's Web site, to obtain the application kit and related information. Public Safety Canada will also reach out to eligible communities to ensure those who need this support are aware of the program and its applications process. The deadline for this round of applications in January 31, 2017.



.ART is the first internet domain dedicated to arts and culture

November 28, 2016

.ART, the first domain created exclusively for the global art community, is pleased to announce that more than 60 world-renowned museums and arts organisations will launch dedicated websites on the new top-level domain, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Centre Pompidou, Fondation Beyeler, Fondation Cartier, Guggenheim Museum, Hauser & Wirth, ICA Miami, LACMA, MAXXI, Tate and Walker Art Center, among others. As early adopters of .ART, these organisations have exciting plans to activate their new domains, some of which include fully migrating or consolidating their existing websites to .ART, while others are launching new dedicated websites to showcase unique content from their artists and/or collections. Beginning in February 2017, .ART domain names will be available for registration to professional members of the art world, ensuring that key stakeholders are given the opportunity to secure their desired domains first.



Failed hires a matter of mismatched skill set, survey says

November 28, 2016

Recent research from Robert Half Finance & Accounting reflects a continuing trend: Aside from poor performance, failed hires are a result of a mismatched skill set. Nearly half of CFOs interviewed (47%) responded this way, up 18 percentage points from a similar survey conducted five years ago. Another 29% of financial executives think unclear performance expectations is the top reason new employees don't work out. 



Over half of Canadians prefer to receive gift of charity this holiday season

November 28, 2016

The holiday season is a time for celebrating with friends and family and, for many, giving and receiving gifts. However, gift giving can be a source of stress. According to a recent survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the Canadian Red Cross, nearly 30% of holiday shopping is done at the last minute, and over half of Canadians worry those last-minute gifts they purchase will disappoint. While Canadians are feeling strapped for time for seasonal shopping, charitable gifts are becoming an increasingly popular option. Nearly 60% of Canadians say they receive trinkets and traditional items like socks they'll never use, while 64% would prefer to receive a charitable gift that would help someone else. Additional survey findings reveal that Canadians are willing to "pay it forward" this time of year:

  • Six in ten Canadians plan on donating to a charity or volunteering their time this holiday season.
  • Nearly 60% of Canadians agree that purchasing a charitable gift online is a convenient way to buy someone a present.
  • Half of Canadians would be more likely to donate to a specific cause if they saw a friend or family posting on social media about giving to that charity.



Three sports grants of $50,000 available from Just Energy Foundation and MLSE Foundation

November 24, 2016

MLSE Foundation believes that all kids should have access to sport and the opportunity to develop lasting dreams on the playing field. There are currently three grants of $50,000 available to organizations looking to grow the game of hockey/skating, basketball or soccer. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC Community Action Grants presented by Just Energy Foundation will be awarding one grant of $50,000 to each sport. The application period closes January 13, 2017. To find out more about the grant program, workshops availible and to apply, click here. Please direct all inquiries to FoundationGrants@MLSE.com.



Tree Canada's Edible Trees program sprouts up again in 2016

November 24, 2016

Tree Canada today is pleased to announce the return of one of its most popular programs, Edible Trees, which offers funding of up to $4,000 and other resources for community-based projects that provide residents with access to fresh fruit and nut trees while making a positive difference to the Canadian environment. Since its inception in 2012, Tree Canada's Edible Trees program has helped plant almost 8,000 fruit and nut providing trees and shrubs in communities across Canada. The deadline for submission is February 24, 2017, and funding is available, but not limited to, community gardening groups, community housing projects, schools, parks and arboretums. Tree Canada will consider projects which meet the following criteria:

  • Increases equitable access to healthy food;
  • Strengthens communities by empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of city-grown food resources;
  • Benefits the local community by providing access to the trees and their fruit by the public (i.e. food banks, volunteers, community kitchens);
  • Meets the needs of the community and includes creative plans for the produce grown;
  • Takes place within a geographic area suitable for growing fruit and nut trees;
  • Protects and preserves the Canadian environment;
  • Assists residents in understanding and participating in environmental activities in local communities.



Deadline extended for online consultation on political activities in the charitable sector

November 23, 2016

Further to Minister Diane Lebouthillier’s announcement on September 27, Ottawa has been added as a location for in-person consultations with representatives from the charitable sector about political activities. As space at these in-person consultations is limited, the CRA encourages all charities that have not received an invitation before November 29 to participate in the online consultation, to ensure their views are fully considered. The deadline for submissions to the online consultation has been extended to December 14. For more information on the consultation process, click here.



Deadline approaching for Spring 2017 pro bono consulting in Toronto

November 23, 2016

Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-Profits is accepting applications for their Spring 2017 consulting projects. Bringing together volunteer teams of consultants to work with nonprofits during a six-month engagement, Endeavour provides innovative pro bono (without charge) management consulting. Their skills-based teams develop practical solutions for Non-profit challenges in four key areas: strategic planning, marketing effectiveness, operational efficiency and organizational strength. Endeavour helps small and mid-size nonprofits in the Greater Toronto Area that are dedicated to social good and have limited resources, to build their capacity, impact and sustainability. The deadline to apply to become a Client for Endeavour's Spring 2017 consulting projects is Wednesday, December 7, 2016.



New holiday gift guide launches in support of community

November 23, 2016

Each gift you buy this holiday season can have significant impact on your community. Thanks to the newly launched Social Enterprise Gift Guide, extending the impact of your gift giving is now easier than ever. The Guide features a wide variety of products created by Canada's diverse social enterprise sector, representing for-profit and nonprofit organizations, cooperatives and B Corps. The Social Enterprise Gift Guide includes a broad range of products and is fully searchable by product type, price range, region and other categories. For example, you'll be able to purchase calendars or greeting cards from Options Mississauga Print and Office Services, beer from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company, meals cooked by Syrian refugees from Newcomer Kitchen, Inc. and order a gift basket of local preserves made by Youth Opportunities Unlimited in London.



GivingTuesday offers donors the opportunity to vote on cancer research projects

November 21, 2016

The Canadian Cancer Society is challenging Canadians to support pioneering scientists as part of GivingTuesday, which marks the start of the holiday giving season and rallies people to support their favourite causes and think about others. This year, the Society’s GivingTuesday campaign includes an added twist – the ability for donors to vote for the cancer researcher they think should win the honour of receiving the $200,000 Great Canadian Innovation Grant, which supports scientists who are taking unconventional approaches in the hope of making unexpected discoveries that could change the way we prevent, diagnose or treat cancer. Donors can vote for their top choice from November 22 to 29. The winner will be announced in early December.



Millennial and GenX women are as generous as previous generations

November 21, 2016

Young women donors today are holding their own when it comes to charitable giving, bucking the trend of Millennials and Gen Xers being less generous than their predecessors, according to the newest report in the Women Give series released by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Conventional wisdom says younger generations —Millennials and Gen Xers — are less generous than their predecessors. However, a closer look reveals that giving by young single women Gen Xers/Millennials is holding steady compared to their counterparts 40 years ago; giving by single men and married couples, on the other hand, has dropped. The Women Give 2016 report investigates how charitable giving has changed across generations, given that women’s roles within the family and within society have changed. To do so, this study compares young adults across two generations: the pre-Boomer generation, also known as the Silent generation, when they were young adults four decades ago; and Generation Xers/Millennials, who are young adults today.



Results of the first ever National Youth Homelessness Survey released today

November 17, 2016

The Home Depot Canada Foundation, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and A Way Home Canada today announced the results of the first ever National Youth Homelessness Survey in Canada. According to this ground-breaking new survey, Youth homelessness can begin as young as age 13, and if not addressed can lead to years on the streets. More than 6,000 youth don't have a safe place to sleep every night, making youth homelessness one of the most urgent social issues in Canada. Without A Home – The National Youth Homelessness Survey finds that understanding the causes and conditions of youth homelessness are vital to implementing the right supports to help create successful futures and break the cycle of youth homelessness.



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