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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.



Canadian employees want flexible work schedules and generous vacation time

November 17, 2016

Are employers and workers on the same page about juggling personal and professional priorities? Apparently so. More than one-third of senior managers (34%) surveyed by staffing firm OfficeTeam said their company is very supportive of its employees' efforts to achieve work-life balance, and a similar number (30%) of staff agree. Which perks do employees value most? Flexible work schedules (42%) and generous vacation time or sabbaticals (21%) topped the list. This differed slightly from what staff said are the most common work-life benefits at their organizations: 46% noted their company offers paid parental leave, followed by 37% who reported having options for flexible schedules. When asked about health and wellness benefits, employees cited ergonomic evaluations and equipment, such as standing desks (26%), and access to fitness facilities or programs (25%), as the most valuable.



New national study released on the state of childhood in Canada

November 16, 2016

Canadians are living under a misconception that the kids are alright. That's according to a new report from Children First Canada, a national nonprofit organization that launched today in Toronto. The report, based on a survey co-funded and conducted in partnership with the Angus Reid Institute (ARI) in October, highlights a significant gap between the public's perceptions about how Canada measures up for our children's wellbeing and the harsh realities that children face. While public opinion polling in the ARI report presents a generally encouraging picture of life for youth in Canada, additional empirical data from Children First Canada reveals a more dire reality. More than two-thirds of Canadians think Canada ranks as either a top-five or 10 country in the world for children's wellbeing. The reality is that Canada ranks 17th out of 29 affluent nations for children's wellbeing based on a global index by UNICEF. And we place near the bottom when it comes to measuring child poverty and children's health and safety.

The national study released today reveals some of the biggest issues facing young Canadians:

  • The top three concerns for young people are bullying (40%), cost of post-secondary education (37%), and mental health, depression and/or anxiety (32%)
  • 58% of adults and 45% of children say they would like to see more support for young people's mental health
  • More than half of respondents (58%) believe Canada is not doing enough to help its poor people
  • 64% of adults say that more programs are needed to prevent child abuse and neglect



Mental health claim rates can be reduced with specific management practices: Salveo Study

November 16, 2016

Following five years of data analysis, the Salveo researchers have identified five management practices that can help companies lower mental health and disability claim rates in their organizations. These following practices can help prevent mental health issues, reduce claim costs and improve productivity in the workplace: 1) Job design based on employee skills and interests has a 87% probability of reducing claims; 2) work-life balance opportunities has a 77% probability of reducing claims; 3) employee recognition has a 74% probability of reducing claims; 4) promotion of physical activities has a 69% probability of reducing claims; and 5) implementing strategies to help employees maintain a reasonable workload has a 64% probability of reducing claims.

Since 2011, Professors Alain Marchand and Pierre Durand, co-leaders of the study at the Université de Montréal, with the participation of Université Laval and Concordia University, and in partnership with Manulife, have interviewed over 2,100 workers from 63 organizations of all sizes. They analyzed 63 management practices to identify risk factors triggering mental health disorders and provided employers with recommendations on management practices that could help reduce mental health claim rates.



Greater transparency would spur charitable donations: Survey

November 15, 2016

Transparency and sound management are the top considerations when deciding whether to support a charity for 86% of Canadians, according to a new survey. The study, which was commissioned by Imagine Canada to explore familiarity, trust and confidence in Canadian charities, shows a clear need for greater transparency to enable donors to become more knowledgeable about their operations and the societal value they create. Nearly three quarters (72%), for example, said they were more likely to trust and have confidence in charities that have achieved third-party accreditation. Half indicated that they would be more likely to give to a charity that had achieved rigorous accreditation standards and that percentage rises to 85% among the strongest advocates of accreditation. Disturbingly, the survey found that knowledge of how charities operate is low. Only 25% of Canadians said they were highly or very familiar with charities and their activities. Those who expressed a high degree of familiarity were also significantly more trusting and likely to donate.



Toronto organizations can now apply for Project Winter Survival kits

November 15, 2016

Over the past 17 years, Project Winter Survival has been a partnership of corporate volunteers, donors, and social service agencies that together successfully pack and distribute Winter Survival Kits to those in need in our communities. These kits contain over 30 desperately needed items such as a sleeping bag, winter accessories, food, and personal care products. If your organization or program services the homeless that live on our streets and these kits would help them survive the harsh winter months, please apply. The goal this year to pack and distribute 3,000 Winter Survival Kits; unfortunately, the demand for these kits greatly exceeds the supply, so please be considerate and conservative. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 25, 2016. Please note if you have multiple programs within your agency each program may apply. Please share this information with any fellow agencies you know that may need these Winter Survival Kits. The kits will be distributed by volunteers on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 890 Caledonia Road, Toronto. Your organization must be available to pick up your donations on this day, so please mark your calendars now. Unfortunately, no donations can be held. Click here to apply.



New national report shows increasing use of food banks

November 15, 2016

The number of people accessing Canadian food banks increased for the third consecutive year in 2016, and is now 28% higher than before the 2008-2009 recession, according to a national study released today by Food Banks Canada. In total, 863,492 people received food from a food bank in March 2016; 307,535 were children – more than one-third of all people accessing the service. Food banks in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia led the national increase. These provinces each experienced jumps of 20% in the number of people accessing food banks in March 2016 as compared to 2015. For a full copy of the HungerCount 2016 report, click here.



Canada's Volunteer Awards now accepting nominations

November 15, 2016

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced today on National Philanthropy Day, that the call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open and will run until February 3, 2017. This is the chance for all Canadians to nominate an exceptional volunteer, a not-for-profit organization that helps to find innovative solutions to social challenges, or a business that demonstrates social responsibility in their community. This year, 21 awards will be presented, and award recipients will have the chance to identify a not-for-profit organization of their choice to receive a $5,000 or $10,000 grant. Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • One (1) national award – Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award.
  • Five (5) regional awards – Emerging Leader, for young volunteers aged 18 to 30.
  • Five (5) regional awards – Community Leader, for individuals or groups of volunteers.
  • Five (5) regional awards – Business Leader, to recognize businesses that demonstrate social responsibility.
  • Five (5) regional awards – Social Innovator, to recognize the contributions of not-for-profit organizations.

In honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Emerging Leader category will be expanded from one national to five regional awards in order to recognize young volunteers’ contributions to their communities. Nominate a volunteer, a not-for-profit organization or a business today! For more information and to submit a nomination, visit Canada.ca/volunteer-awards.



Imagine Canada issues call to action on CRA’s political activities consultation

November 10, 2016

Imagine Canada convened a working group of 33 organizations of all types, from across Canada, to identify recommendations on political activity regulation. They are sharing the results, and inviting you to join them in making this submission to CRA. Among the recommendations, they are advocating for the following:

  • Consider changing the Income Tax Act to focus on charitable purposes
  • Clarification of the existing guidance especially as it pertains to the concept of indirect partisan activity
  • Extensive outreach to charities to ensure clarity in what they can and can not to do.

This consultation gives the charitable sector an opportunity to contribute towards positive policy change in the area of political activities regulation. To help you get involved, Imagine Canada has detailed information, including a sample template letter, on how to submit your ideas and help spread the word about the consultation. The deadline to be involved is November 25, 2016.



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.



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