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Bell Let's Talk and True Patriot Love renew mental health partnership supporting military families

November 10, 2016

Bell and the True Patriot Love Foundation have announced a 4-year extension of their joint Bell True Patriot Love Fund, a renewed $1 million partnership that will continue to support community mental health programs serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families through 2020. Since 2013, the Bell True Patriot Love Fund has distributed $1 million in grants to 61 mental health programs delivered through Military Family Resource Centres and other groups in communities around Canada. This year, the Bell True Patriot Love Fund is distributing grants to 13 more organizations delivering specialized services ranging from animal and music therapy programs to family and couples counseling and trauma support.

New Canadian journalism award shines spotlight on workplace mental health

November 10, 2016

A new award has been created for journalists reporting on mental health issues in the workplace. The $1,000 prize is being offered by the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma, in connection with its widely-used journalist-to-journalist guide, Mindset: Reporting on Mental Health. The Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting will be open to Canadian journalists or media organizations working in any medium, in English or French, the Forum announced today. Submissions must have received their first publication in Canada in the calendar year 2016, but self-published work is not eligible. The award, to be presented in April, 2017 at the national conference of the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) in Ottawa, is sponsored by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace. The award's rules define "work" and "workplace" broadly, to capture volunteer as well as paid work and include a wide variety of places in which work is carried out. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2017.

Electronic Recycling Association set to provide tech donations in Ontario and Manitoba

November 8, 2016

The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is proud to announce the opening of a brand new depot in Toronto. The grand opening is scheduled for January 30, 2017, but services are available as of today. ERA, a not for profit organization, has been reducing unnecessary e-waste and its adverse environmental contribution through the recovery, refurbishment and donation of electronic and IT equipment since 2004. ERA currently has locations in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Montreal. No longer will old computers be trashed, shredded and melted, before being given a chance for a second life. ERA will work with individuals and corporations to reuse and refurbish computers, laptops and other electronic equipment, and make valuable technology donations to local communities and throughout Manitoba. ERA's Toronto depot is located at 8 491 Brimley Rd Toronto, ON. Equipment can be dropped off at this location for reuse or recycling.

Aviva Canada announces 30 finalists for 2016 Aviva Community Fund

November 8, 2016

Aviva Canada is thrilled to announce the 30 finalists of the 2016 Aviva Community Fund (ACF). In a mere 18 days, Canadians cast more than three million votes for the over 450 ideas submitted for funding. This reflects a 26% increase in ideas submitted and over five times the number of votes cast compared to last year's campaign. The 30 finalists moving on in the ACF competition will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges, who will determine the grand prize winning ideas. Non-grand prize winning finalists will receive a $5,000 donation to their charity of choice.

New accelerator program launched for social enterprises tackling greenhouse gas emissions

November 7, 2016

The Centre for Social Innovation and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change are looking to support up to 20 enterprises working on climate change solutions that increase the ability of consumers and businesses to make low-carbon choices, resulting in a quantifiable and significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Over the course of one year, Agents of Change: Climate Solutions will provide social enterprises with workspace, training, mentorship, access to capital, advisory services, impact measurement support, and membership in CSI’s community of over 1,000 organizations, with the goal of accelerating and scaling promising products, campaigns, services, and technologies that lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Agents of Change: Climate Solutions is seeking inspired entrepreneurs and changemakers out to reduce GHG emissions in a measurable fashion through behaviour change. Interested candidates should fill out the application form by December 11, 2016. Up to 40 enterprises will be selected to come to a pitch day to present to the selection committee, and of those, up to 20 will be invited to join the program including at least five from outside the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA). Travel and accommodation vouchers will be provided for those from outside the GTHA to travel to Toronto three times throughout the year to attend events in person, and accommodations will be made for them to participate in the rest of the program remotely.

2017 winners of Canada's Top Employer Awards announced

November 7, 2016

The Canada's Top Employer Awards announced the 2017 winners, and several nonprofit organizations and public sector employers were included in the list. This year's competition saw a record number of employers take part in the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition, which saw more applicants from all regions of the country. Entering its 18th year, the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition is an editorial project that recognizes employers with exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies. Some of the nonprofit organizations on this year's list include:

  • Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto
  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
  • The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Toronto International Film Festival Inc. / TIFF
  • University of New Brunswick / UNB
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • World Vision Canada

Last chance to enter to win a $1,000 donation by completing the 2017 Nonprofit Sector Salary Survey

November 3, 2016

LAST CHANCE! CharityVillage's 2017 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary and Benefits Survey closes November 9th, which means you still have time to complete the survey and be entered to win an iPad Mini. Also, complete the survey and your organization will be entered into a draw to win a $1000 donation from CharityVillage! The Report (to be released in early 2017) that follows the Survey is the largest and most comprehensive Canadian report to provide a detailed picture of nonprofit sector salaries and benefits, which is vital for workforce planning in organizations from across the country. All participants will also be able to pre-purchase the report at a 50% discount.

Toronto Foundation’s Vital Ideas and Leadership grant stream now open for 2017

November 3, 2016

Vital Ideas & Leadership – an evolved and integrated grant stream – draws on components of Toronto Foundation’s Vital Ideas and Vital People grant streams to support high-impact initiatives in Toronto with a proven track record of success to achieve deeper impact and build capacity within the nonprofit sector. These one-year strategic $50,000 grants support organizations addressing quality of life issues in our city, as highlighted in Toronto’s Vital Signs Report. This funding opportunity will support new strategic activities that will increase the effectiveness and sustainability of an initiative and position it for deeper impact. For more information and to access the application form and guidelines click here. To register for an orientation session, RSVP here. The deadline to apply is December 14, 2016.

David Suzuki Foundation announces new, national fellowship program

November 3, 2016

The David Suzuki Fellowship program will empower emerging scholars to tackle complex environmental problems. It will reduce financial barriers, provide mentorship and foster leadership and creativity so fellows can conduct research and engage and inform the public and policy-makers. A total of three fellowships are available, one in Montreal, one in Toronto and one in Vancouver. Each will be for one year (with the potential for renewal) and will consist of:

  • A $50,000 stipend, plus up to $5,000 for travel and other professional expenses
  • Mentorship from David Suzuki and David Suzuki Foundation senior staff
  • Access to office space at the Foundation offices

In the program’s inaugural year, three fellows from different disciplines will work together to find climate change solutions to accelerate Canada’s transition to a low-carbon future:

  • The Vancouver-based fellow will join the Foundation’s Science and Policy team and research innovative clean energy solutions and/or the economics of sustainable development. Candidates from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
  • The Toronto-based fellow will join the Foundation’s Ontario and Northern Canada team and work to integrate traditional Indigenous knowledge into climate change solutions. Candidates from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. You must be an Indigenous person (First Nation, Inuit or Métis) to be eligible.
  • The Montreal-based fellow will join the Foundation’s Quebec and Atlantic Canada team and work on regional and/or national transportation, energy and climate change issues. Issues may include (but are not limited to) green transit planning and the development of sustainable cities. Candidates from all disciplines are encouraged to apply and must be bilingual (French and English).

The application deadline is February 2 with winners notified in the spring of 2017.

Charities Directorate launches new gifting and receipting video series

November 1, 2016

The Charities Directorate is pleased to announce that the first educational video of their new “Gifting and receipting” series is now available. Learn about the types of donations for which registered charities and other qualified donees can issue a tax receipt, and the various rules on receipting. Watch the Gifting and receipting 101 video on the videos and recorded webinars for charities and donors webpage, or on their YouTube Channel for a better resolution.

Canadian children invited to showcase their creativity to win a $5,000 scholarship

November 1, 2016

Canadian children ages 14 or younger are invited to enter the annual Pier 1 Imports/UNICEF/Owlkids Greeting Card Contest to benefit children worldwide. From November 1 through 23, 2016, budding artists are invited to submit their entries illustrating this year's theme, Peace, Love and Joy, for their chance to win a $5,000 scholarship, $500 for art supplies for their school and have their design featured as an official UNICEF holiday greeting card sold exclusively at Pier 1 Imports stores across Canada during the 2017 holiday season. Entry forms are available at all Pier 1 Imports stores in Canada while supplies last or online. All entries must be hand-drawn and received by Pier 1 Imports Canadian Headquarters by November 23, 2016. Submissions will be judged on artistic quality and creative interpretation of this year's theme, Peace, Love and Joy. To be eligible, participants must be 14 years or younger as of November 23, 2016.

Retention tension: Are your employees headed for the door?

November 1, 2016

As nearly all experiences go digital – from reading the news to requesting a ride – demand continues to rise for people with the technical and creative expertise to deliver positive online customer experiences. These highly skilled workers, including developers, designers and UI/UX specialists, are hard to find – and equally challenging to keep. In fact, research from staffing experts at Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group shows more than half of CIOs (67%) and advertising and marketing executives (52%) interviewed are worried about employee retention over the next 12 months. When asked how they prevent top performers from leaving, the most common responses from the CIOs and creative executives surveyed were engaging in frequent conversations about performance and career development, regularly benchmarking compensation and benefits to remain competitive, and checking in often with employees about their on-the-job happiness. Additional research findings include:

  • Nearly three-quarters (71%) of technology executives said losing a highly skilled team member without notice would have a somewhat adverse impact on their business because they would be stretched thin until a replacement was found.
  • Six in 10 (61%) creative executives said they experience the most turnover among entry-level employees.
  • The top causes of employee turnover are limited opportunities for career growth and job boredom, according to creative executives.

Canadian employers continue to be challenged in keeping and finding key talent

November 1, 2016

Like their counterparts in the rest of the world, Canadian employers continue to grapple with the challenge of retaining and attracting valuable employees. The results of recent employer and employee surveys conducted by Willis Towers Watson show that half of employers have trouble attracting employees in key workforce segments.

The studies found that communication and effective supervision are very important to foster a rational, emotional and behavioral attachment to a company. While sustainable engagement pays dividends as it diminishes the turnover risk and boosts the companies' performance, the study showed that only 39% of Canadian companies indicate their employees are highly engaged. Therefore, it is worthwhile for organizations to invest in effectiveness at the higher levels of the management hierarchy in order to set an example and lead the way to sustainable engagement by their employees.

The Global Workforce Study reports that less than half of employees say that the senior leadership in their organization has a sincere interest in employee well-being (43%) or that they have trust and confidence in the job being done by the senior leadership of their organization (46%). Only half report that they believe the information they receive from senior leadership.

Canadian Hillman Prize in Journalism now accepting entries

November 1, 2016

The Sidney Hillman Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Canadian Hillman Prize honouring excellence in journalism in the public interest. The Hillman Prize seeks out top investigative reporting that draws attention to social or economic injustice and hopefully leads to corrective measures. We strive to recognize discernment of a significant news story, resourcefulness and courage in reporting, skill in relating the story and the impact of the coverage. The 2017 Canadian Hillman Prize will be given to a reported piece or series published or broadcast in 2016. Eligible entries include reporting in newspapers, magazines and online, as well as broadcast journalism (television and radio), tablets and multimedia. The contest is open to journalists and subjects globally, although the content must have been published in Canada and made widely available to a Canadian audience.

The recipient(s) of the 2017 Canadian Hillman Prize will be announced in mid-March and be awarded travel to receive a $5,000 honorarium and certificate at a reception to be held on March 30, 2017 in Toronto. The winner(s) will also be invited to travel to New York City to participate in the U.S. Hillman Prize ceremony to be held May 9, 2017. The Canadian winner(s) will be listed among all Hillman Prize winners on the Hillman Foundation website. There is no entry fee. Submission of a cover letter explaining why the entry meets the required criteria, and the nominated material, is all that is required. The deadline for submissions is January 13, 2017.

Canadian Cancer Society and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation plan to merge

October 31, 2016

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) announced plans to merge in order to have a greater impact on cancer research and support programs across Canada. The two national health charities plan to come together under the Canadian Cancer Society banner. The mandate and spirit of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, including its key programs and activities, will remain a vital and important part of the Canadian Cancer Society. The Canadian Cancer Society also announced the appointment of Lynne Hudson as President and CEO, effective immediately. Hudson is CEO of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and has extensive experience in change management, strategic planning, fundraising and development in the corporate and nonprofit sectors in Canada and the US. She will lead both CBCF and the Canadian Cancer Society through the amalgamation. The proposed merger is expected to be finalized by February 1, 2017, and still requires the completion of due diligence and appropriate approvals, including CRA. In the meantime, each organization will continue to operate as usual.

Apply now to enter the Impact Challenge for a chance to receive a $750,000 grant

October 31, 2016

The Impact Challenge is looking to find and fund innovative Canadian nonprofit organizations that are using technology to tackle the world's biggest social challenges. Five nonprofits will each receive a $750,000 grant, and mentorship from Google and LEAP to help them realize their vision. Canadian nonprofits will be invited to submit their entries between October 28 and November 26, 2016. Google will shortlist the entries to 10 finalists, who will pitch their projects to a panel of judges at an event in Toronto in March 2017. The judges will select four winners, and a fifth winner will be chosen by the Canadian public and revealed at the same event. The remaining 5 finalists will each receive a grant of $250,000 along with mentorship from Google and LEAP. To apply, or get more information, visit the Impact Challenge website.

Sport funding available to amateur athletic associations across Canada

October 28, 2016

The Daryl K. Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund is a national program administered by the Calgary Foundation, in accordance with the Will of Daryl K. “Doc” Seaman, for the purpose to support:

  • All aspects of amateur ice hockey in Canada on a nation-wide basis;
  • Registered Canadian amateur athletic associations;

Qualified donees are invited to contact before completing a grant application. In addition to amateur ice hockey, proposals of interest include new initiatives that encourage young people to learn about, enjoy and play amateur sport of all kinds as well as those that increase equal access and promote participation in community-based amateur sport. Proposals from across Canada are encouraged. Please apply by November 12, 2016.

Enter to win a $1,000 donation by completing the 2017 Nonprofit Sector Salary Survey

October 27, 2016

Good news - CharityVillage's 2017 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary and Benefits Survey has been extended until November 9th, which means you still have time to complete the survey and be entered to win an iPad Mini. Also, complete the survey and your organization will be entered into a draw to win a $1000 donation from CharityVillage! The Report (to be released in early 2017) that follows the Survey is the largest and most comprehensive Canadian report to provide a detailed picture of nonprofit sector salaries and benefits, which is vital for workforce planning in organizations from across the country. All participants will also be able to pre-purchase the report at a 50% discount.

Apply now for the 2016 Calgary Nonprofit Innovation Awards

October 27, 2016

The 2016 Calgary Nonprofit Innovation Awards are your opportunity to share how you made a difference through innovation, risk taking and creativity. Submit your application and show how your organization has:

  • embraced risk-taking in your work
  • formed unique partnerships
  • solved a problem with new thinking
  • made a big difference with a change of focus
  • adapted innovative practices from others into your own context

Apply by November 30, 2016 to win $2,500 and have your story shared with others.

Imagine Canada's new Sector Monitor report explores charities' political activities

October 26, 2016

Imagine Canada has released their latest Sector Monitor report, which focuses on the public policy and political activities by charities. Survey responses indicate that most charities (67%) are involved in some form of public policy activity, including 31% involved in political activities. This is substantially more than commonly believed. Highlights from the report include:

  • Nearly half of public policy charities reported engaging in only one or two subactivities – typically ones that do not require significant resources.
  • Two thirds of organizations engaging in charitable activities and four fifths of those engaging in political activities did so a few times a year or less.
  • Larger revenue organizations tended to be more heavily engaged in public policy, as do charities working in some sub-sectors.
  • Collectively, 31% of charities engaged in political activities, but just 3% reported political activities on their T3010.
  • Political activities appear to be underreported largely because charities do not fully understand what they are and how they are defined.

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