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Survey suggests Canadian executives aren't making employee engagement a priority

March 14, 2017

Employees' personal commitment to the job is a crucial factor in an organization's success. Yet new research from global staffing firm Robert Half suggests Canadian executives aren't making it a priority. While over half (52%) of CFOs interviewed think their workers are more engaged on the job compared to three years ago, 88% are not concerned about the level of commitment. Recent findings from a separate study help to underscore the point that executives should not take employee engagement — or loyalty — for granted: About one-third of professionals surveyed for a study on worker satisfaction and engagement from Robert Half and Happiness Works indicated that they are considering leaving their jobs in the next six months.



New $10,000 prize helps conservation heroes in financial need

March 13, 2017

Nominations are now open for the inaugural $10,000 Glen Davis Conservation Leadership Prize to honour the slain philanthropist, and to reward a conservation hero in financial need. The Prize was established by WWF-Canada and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society to be given for the first time on the 10th anniversary year of Glen Davis's death in May, 2017. The Prize will help a worthy candidate do things such as pay the rent and buy groceries, recognizing that conservation activists often experience financial hardship in order to do what they do. The successful candidate will have the one of following characteristics:

  • Played a key role in bringing — or being on the cusp of bringing — meaningful protections to identifiable land or marine ecosystems in Canada.
  • Or led a foundational initiative regarding species or spaces that leaves Canada measurably better off.
  • Have a demonstrated personal financial need.

Nominations accepted at wwf.ca/glendavis until 5 p.m. ET Monday May 1, 2017. Winner announced May 18, 2017.



Congratulations to the nonprofits included in the 2017 BC's Top Employers list

March 9, 2017

Whether you're a weekend warrior, cycling enthusiast or an occasional yogi, BC's leading employers go out of their way to make sure employees' health and lifestyle choices are supported in the workplace. Their HR programs and policies reflect a unique West Coast culture, which creates a highly productive and engaged workforce. The best of these initiatives were recognized today as winners of the BC's Top Employers competition for 2017 were announced by Mediacorp Canada Inc., the publishing firm that manages the annual Canada's Top 100 Employers project. CharityVillage would like to congratulate the nonprofit organizations and charities who made this year's list!



For persons with disabilities in Canada, education is not always an open door: CHRC report

March 9, 2017

People with disabilities in Canada are facing overwhelming barriers and challenges within our schools, says Canada's human rights watchdog in a new study released today. In a report, entitled Left Out: The treatment of persons with disabilities in Canada's education system, the Canadian Human Rights Commission finds that persons with disabilities in Canada are not receiving the quality education they need to later thrive and succeed in the workforce. Discrimination and the exclusion of persons with disabilities in employment has long been recognized as some of the most prevalent human rights issues in Canada. But what makes an already bad situation worse is that for persons with disabilities the odds are often already against them because of the barriers they face in school. The Commission's report highlights barriers and key issues facing students with disabilities, including a lack of disability accommodation and support, a lack of services and funding, as well as widespread bullying and exclusion. For people with disabilities living in remote areas or on First Nations reserves, the situation is even worse. They face the same barriers but with additional ones including a lack of special education and ineffective dispute resolution mechanisms.



Inspirit Foundation's ChangeUp Grants accepting applications for 2017

March 8, 2017

ChangeUp grants from the Inspirit Foundation create opportunities for people aged 18-34 to initiate creative solutions-focused projects that address issues of discrimination and prejudice in their local communities. The $10,000 one-time grants are for projects that implement creative strategies to open minds and shift attitudes that perpetuate prejudice and exclusion based on ethnicity, race or religion. Through the grants, Inspirit Foundation is particularly interested in supporting the development of effective, connected and influential young change leaders. The deadline to apply is April 18, 2017.



Slaight Family Foundation donates more than $12 million to Indigenous organizations

March 7, 2017

In one of the largest charitable donations ever in Canada aimed at Indigenous communities, The Slaight Family Foundation will donate more than $12 million to 15 not-for-profit organizations. Funding will be used to create unique initiatives that build capacity and leadership within Indigenous communities to strengthen the physical, mental, cultural and social well-being of the First Nation, Métis and Inuit across Canada.



The Canadian Photography Institute launches a $10,000 CAD Research Fellowship Program

March 7, 2017

Today, the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada launched its first Research Fellowship Program, designed to encourage advanced research in the study of the history and criticism of photography. The program is open to photography specialists – historians, conservators, independent researchers and other professionals working in the visual arts, museology and related disciplines in the social sciences in Canada and across the world. Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2017.

The Fellowships involve full-time residencies at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in order to study photographs in the context of other art media. Successful candidates will have access to curators, conservators, collections managers and archivist, as well as, the availability of world class conservation laboratories, storage vaults, exhibition space, and library resources. Each award is valued up to $10,000 CAD, which includes expenses and stipends.



Toronto Foundation’s Vital Youth grant stream now open for 2017

March 6, 2017

The Toronto Foundation's Vital Youth grant recipients increase access to high-quality recreation activities for youth. This grant stream supports programming that helps youth build useful skills and connect to their communities through grants of up to $15,000. Click here for more information and to access the application form and guidelines. Or, register for an orientation session here. The deadline for applications is April 12, 2017.



L’Oréal Paris announces recipients of inaugural Canadian Women of Worth program

March 3, 2017

L’Oréal Paris has announced the recipients of its inaugural Canadian Women of Worth program. The 10 Women of Worth Honourees will be celebrated and awarded more than $100,000 in charitable grants at an Awards Gala on March 8, International Women’s Day. One of the 10 Women of Worth Honourees will be selected as the National Honouree and will be awarded an additional $10,000 grant for her charity at the Awards Gala. The public can visit www.womenofworth.ca to read more details about each Honouree’s inspirational cause and vote for their favourite until March 7. Voters can cast one online vote per email address each day. These votes will be a core factor in the judging panel’s selection of the National Honouree.



Sage Foundation Enterprise Fund accepting grant applications from Vancouver organizations

March 1, 2017

Sage, a market leader in cloud accounting software, has launched the Sage Foundation Enterprise Fund to back the brightest ideas from nonprofits in the Greater Vancouver area. The $1 million USD fund is open to organizations that support military veterans, young people, women and girls in local communities, and will be split into two rounds of $500,000 USD. Applications for the first round are open until April 5; grants between $5,000 and $35,000 USD will then be awarded to successful applicants. The second round will be ready for release in July 2017. Click here to apply for the Sage Foundation Enterprise Fund, and follow @sagefoundation on Twitter for the latest updates.



Canada Post Community Foundation for Children accepting grant applications

March 1, 2017

The Canada Post Community Foundation for Children is accepting applications for 2017 grants. More than $1 million is available for charities, school programs and other groups serving the needs of young people. Applications will be available between March 1 and April 5, and are open to national and grassroots organizations across the country. The deadline to receive applications is April 5, 2017. Some of the past projects supported by the foundation include:

  • Breakfast and after-school programs.
  • Camp programs for children with learning disabilities.
  • Mental health services for children, youth and their families.
  • Programs focused on healthy body-image and safe media use.



BCIT computing students available to assist with nonprofit tech challenges

February 28, 2017

BCIT's School of Computing and Academic Studies and the Industry Sponsored Student Projects program (ISSP) provides students with real-life experience by working on IT or software development projects directly from industry. Students work in teams or individually with an industry sponsor, proceeding through the development life-cycle to develop IT or software solutions. The ISSP program is an important educational component and is of mutual benefit to both sponsors and students. The program is inviting proposals from organizations who are interested in engaging a team of graduating-year computing students at BCIT to develop a viable solution to their tech challenges. Click here for more information about sponsor requirements as well as project areas and types of projects. Note: The $500 administration fee will be waived for all nonprofit organizations. Submit your project online by April 10th for the April term.



Nominations open for Canada’s Volunteer Awards’ National Advisory Committee

February 28, 2017

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development announced the launch of a call for nominations to leaders from the not-for-profit, voluntary and business sectors to become members of the Canada’s Volunteer Awards’ (CVA) National Advisory Committee (NAC). The National Advisory Committee role is to recommend award recipients annually in partnership with the Government of Canada. Committee members ensure that Canadians are recognized for their contributions towards making a difference in their communities. Sumbit your nomination today to become a member of the Canada’s Volunteer Awards’ National Advisory Committee. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, March 17, 2017 (23:59 PT). The members of the National Advisory Committee will be announced in spring 2017.



BC minimum wage set to increase in September 2017

February 28, 2017

The BC government will increase the minimum wage by 50 cents to $11.35 an hour, effective September 15 of this year, according to a recent announcement. The daily rates for live-in home support workers and live-in camp leaders, as well as the monthly rates for resident caretakers will also increase proportionate to the general minimum hourly wage increases on the same date. More information on these rates will be made public in advance of Sept. 15.



Youth invited to submit pictures, photos or essays in Canada Day Challenge

February 27, 2017

Youth are invited to draw a picture, take a photo, or write a short story, a poem or an essay to take part in the Canada Day Challenge. Youth can decide which category works best for them, or they can also submit entries in each of the three categories. Each entry must be submitted separately. The theme is "Celebrate Your Future" and entries should celebrate Canada’s culture and identity, illustrate young Canadians’ vision of the future, and reflects their exploration and participation in their community. To submit an entry, participants must be aged 8 to 18 years old. Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada or legally allowed residents in the country at the time of the Challenge are eligible. The deadline for entries is March 31, 2017.



Strong emotional intelligence is vital for the workplace, survey shows

February 23, 2017

Does EQ outweigh IQ when it comes to success in the workplace? Nearly all human resources (HR) managers (95%) and workers (99%) surveyed by staffing firm OfficeTeam said it's important for employees to have a high emotional quotient, or EQ, because it helps them manage their own emotions and understand and react to the emotions of others. Additional findings from the research:

  • More than one in five employees (21%) believe EQ is more valuable in the workplace than IQ. Nearly two-thirds (65%) said the two are equally important.
  • Most workers (92%) think they have strong emotional intelligence; slightly fewer (74%) believe their bosses do.
  • Three in 10 HR managers (30%) feel most employers put too little emphasis on emotional intelligence during the hiring process.
  • HR managers identified increased motivation and morale (43%) as the greatest benefit of having emotionally intelligent staff.
  • Reference checks (70%) were cited by HR managers as the most common way companies gauge job applicants' EQ, followed by behavioural-based interview questions (55%).
  • Forty percent of HR managers said soft skills, such as communication, problem-solving and adaptability, are more difficult to teach workers than technical abilities.
  • More than six in 10 employees (61%) admitted they've let emotions get the better of them in the office.
  • Eighty-six percent of workers said when a colleague doesn't control his or her emotions, it affects their perception of that person's level of professionalism.



Canadian definition of 'ending homelessness' released today

February 23, 2017

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH) of York University, The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) have released Canada's first definition of ending homelessness. The definition is based on consultations conducted across the country. The national definition takes into account factors such as poverty, access to affordable housing, mental health and life cycle stage. These factors interact in complex ways to impact homelessness. It also takes into account the perspectives of people who have experienced homelessness. For many, an end to homelessness means more than housing. It means safety, security and affordability. Some of the indicators in the new definition include:

  • Participants in a homeless-serving system must report high satisfaction and have been included in the decision-making to develop and deliver services.
  • All unsheltered persons should be engaged with services and have been offered low-barrier shelter and housing at least every two weeks.
  • The total number of unsheltered persons and emergency-sheltered persons is consistently decreasing year over year towards zero; the community has reduced its initial baseline total unsheltered and emergency-sheltered count by 90%.
  • The length of stay in emergency shelters and length of being unsheltered is consistently decreasing year-over-year towards zero. The community has reduced the initial baseline length of stay in homelessness (unsheltered and emergency sheltered) by 90%.
  • No more than 10% of those who exit programs return to homelessness within 12 months.



Canadian Museum of Nature receives $4 million philanthropic gift

February 23, 2017

The Canadian Museum of Nature announced today its largest-ever philanthropic gift – a $4 million investment from the Ross Beaty family in Vancouver, which will enhance the museum’s national research and collections efforts focussed on species discovery. The $4 million gift will support three key initiatives which are core to what will be known as the museum’s Beaty Centre for Species Discovery. This Centre of Excellence, which draws on the museum’s national collections and the expertise of its scientific staff, is dedicated to creating, advancing and sharing knowledge about the discovery, naming, evolution, ecology and classification of species, both in the past and the present. All will be based at the museum’s national research and collections facility, the Natural Heritage Campus, in Gatineau, Quebec.



Online giving to nonprofit organizations reaches a record high in 2016

February 22, 2017

Based on the largest analysis of charitable giving data, Blackbaud, Inc. today announced the availability of its annual Charitable Giving Report, looking at how nonprofit fundraising performed in 2016. Released under the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact, the report analyzes trends from more than $23 billion in fundraising revenue from 2016 and provides the latest insights from leading industry experts to help inform fundraising strategies. According to the report, overall giving to K-12 education and arts & culture sectors grew the most in 2016, and the healthcare sector experienced the largest decrease in year-over-year fundraising with a 4.5% drop. In 2016, overall giving to large organizations grew by 1.0%, medium organizations increased 1.7% and small nonprofits experienced flat growth while online giving to large organizations grew by 6.3%, medium organizations grew 11.4% and small nonprofits grew 8.1%, on a year-over-year basis. Key highlights include:

  • Overall giving grew approximately 1.0% in 2016
  • Online giving grew 7.9% in 2016 compared to 2015
  • Online donations were 7.2% of all fundraising in 2016
  • #GivingTuesday online donations were up 20% in 2016
  • Nearly 17% of online donations were made on a mobile device in 2016



The Rossy Family Foundation makes a major gift to the Museum of History's Canadian History Hall

February 22, 2017

The Canadian Museum of History announced a $3 million donation from The Rossy Family Foundation to support the Museum's new signature exhibition — the Canadian History Hall — and the development of related educational programming for students throughout the country. In recognition of this very generous gift, the largest in the Museum's history, one of the Hall's three principal galleries will be named in the family's honour. The Foundation is directing $2 million toward the exhibition itself and $1 million toward a newly established Rossy Family Canadian History Hall Education Project Fund. The Fund will support the Museum's development of complementary educational programming to be delivered on-site, online and in schools throughout the country.



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