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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 Google.org Impact Challenge for a chance to receive a $750,000 grant

October 31, 2016

The Google.org 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 Google.org 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 doc@calgaryfoundation.org 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.



New social change app turns Facebook likes into corporate donations for good causes

October 26, 2016

The new PixHug platform unites people with causes and the companies that support them. Every photo posted on Pixhug or Facebook with the Pixhug App supports a humanitarian campaign and every like turns into a 10-cent donation from a corporate sponsor. Pixhug turns "slacktivism" into activism by giving photos and likes meaning, and turns social media users into philanthropists. Pixhug is a Vancouver-based company with an office in Los Angeles.



New funding aims to help more women get elected to public office

October 26, 2016

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, today announced that Equal Voice is receiving $1-million in funding for a three-year national project to address systemic barriers that contribute to the under-representation of women in politics. Through this project, Equal Voice and its partners will examine how legislatures and councils function, with the aim of making them more inclusive.This project is being funded through Status of Women Canada's last call for proposals, entitled Support for Women's Empowerment, which closed on May 3, 2016. Through this call for proposals, approximately 45 community organizations have been selected to receive over $8 million in Government of Canada funding for a dozen projects to create inclusive contexts to foster women's participation and leadership in the democratic and public life of the country.



Call for nominations for federal government social innovation and finance steering group

October 26, 2016

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced a call for nominations to seek membership on a Steering Group that will embark on a collaborative initiative to co-develop a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy with Government. Through consultations and engagement activities, the Steering Group will seek perspectives of industry, sector and community leaders to co-create a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy. Previous findings from government consultations and engagement activities related to social innovation and social finance will help the Steering Group identify policy solutions for the Strategy.

The Government of Canada, recognizing that new approaches are required to tackle social issues, invites leaders, practitioners and experts from multiple fields, including the community, philanthropic, financial and research sectors to apply to become a member of the new Steering Group. The application period will be open from October 25 to November 21, 2016 (23:59 PT). The members of the Steering Group will be announced in winter 2017.



Habitat for Humanity Canada one of Canada's Safest Employers

October 26, 2016

In recognition of Habitat for Humanity Canada's commitment to safety, Canadian Occupational Safety awarded Habitat Canada with Silver in its sixth annual Canada's Safest Employers awards. Habitat for Humanity Canada supports 56 Affiliates across the country, who collectively built 228 homes across the country last year with the help of over 70,000 volunteers. Habitat Affiliates in every province and territory ensured that decent and affordable housing for low income families is built safely. From construction sites to offices to Habitat ReStores and distribution warehouses, managing the safety of staff and volunteers in a variety of workplaces is a priority. Launched in 2011, Canada's Safest Employers awards recognize companies from all across Canada with outstanding accomplishments in promoting the health and safety of their workers.



Still time to participate in the 2017 Nonprofit Sector Salary Survey

October 20, 2016

There is still time to participate in CharityVillage's 2017 Nonprofit Sector Salary and Benefits Survey. 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. Knowledge regarding sector compensation packages is vital to workforce planning in organizations across the country. All Canadian nonprofit organizations are encouraged to participate in the survey. There is no cost to participate and all participants will be eligible to win a new iPad Mini. The survey closes on October 26th, 2016.



Survey: More than eight in 10 Canadian employees have gone to the office when ill

October 20, 2016

Being under the weather isn't keeping workers out of the office, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam shows. While 74% of human resources (HR) managers interviewed said their company encourages staff to stay home when they're sick, 87% of employees have gone to the office anyway. Thirty-two percent of those who showed up to work while ill did so because they felt well enough to do their jobs; another 32% said they didn't want to fall behind on assignments. Workers also identified their biggest pet peeves during cold and flu season, with 42% irked by those around them who don't cover their mouth when sneezing or coughing, followed closely by 40% who are most annoyed when someone comes in sick.



Organizations encouraged to apply to be part of upcoming social good hackathon

October 20, 2016

Red Academy and Launch Zone are partnering together to help bring some small to medium size nonprofits and charities who need a digital uplift through a two-day event. The idea is to bring together designers, coders and marketers to help provide digital marketing strategies or create a better user experience for social good. Everything will be created on an open-source platform and the nonprofits and charities will get to keep all the creation that was made for them. To apply to be a part of this event, nonprofits and charities should clearly identify challenges that they are currently facing from an online or digital marketing perspectives. Please provide a clear outline of the challenge in 250 words or less to david.kwok@ryerson.ca to be considered or ask any questions that you may have.



Canadians leaving an average of three vacation days unused, says survey

October 19, 2016

Most Canadians would like an additional 11.5 more vacation days per year, according to the latest annual "Vacation Deprivation" survey from Expedia.ca. But would they take them? On average this year, Canadians received 17.3 vacation days from employers, but will take only 14 of them – leaving three days of unused vacation time on the table. That represents nearly 31 million unused vacation days this year alone, and more than $5.5 billion in wages handed back to employers. More than a quarter of Canadians (27%) go a year or more without taking a vacation, with an additional 36% going six months to a year without a break. In this year's survey, 55% of respondents consider themselves "vacation deprived," meaning they feel they either don't get enough time off or are not taking some or all of their vacation days, while a strong majority (62%) feel they deserve more vacation days than they get.



TechSoup Canada and Adobe partner on new contest celebrating nonprofit creativity

October 18, 2016

Does your nonprofit have a knack for creating beautiful posters? Or maybe you designed a stellar pamphlet or educational resource that you’re really proud of? If so, then this contest is for you - Adobe and TechSoup Canada have teamed up to bring you a Facebook contest where your creative material (e.g., posters, brochures, any marketing collateral), designed in any Adobe program, can win your organization up to $2,000 CAD.

  1. Upload your creative piece to the Celebrate Creativity with Adobe contest - deadline is November 25, 2016
  2. Submissions must be created using an Adobe product
  3. Only one image submission will be accepted per organization/branch

After voting ends, the team will tally up the votes, determine the top three submissions and verify that the winning submissions were created using an Adobe product. Verified submissions with:

  • The highest amount of votes wins the Grand Prize of $2,000 CAD
  • The 2nd highest amount of votes wins the Silver Prize of $1,000 CAD
  • The 3rd highest amount of votes wins the Bronze Prize of $500 CAD



Enter to win an office makeover from Staples

October 18, 2016

Staples Business Advantage is giving away $10,000 in workplace products to one charitable organization. If you’re a Canadian charity, submit a photo of your out-of-date office and tell Staples why you need a spruced-up space. Please ensure there is no sensitive information or people visible in the photo that you don’t want to appear in the public gallery. Makeover contest ends November 18, 2016. The Grand Prize winner will be chosen by a contest committee at Staples Business Advantage from the top 10 contest finalists. The 10 top finalists will consist of the 5 entries with the highest number of votes, and 5 wild card entries. Only registered Canadian charities are eligible to enter.



Canadians recognized by Governor General for advancing gender equality

October 18, 2016

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, announced the six outstanding Canadian women who are receiving the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case for 2016. They are:

  • Cecilia Benoit (Victoria, BC) - Academic, mentor, advocate
  • Anna-Louise Crago (Toronto, ON) - Academic, women’s rights advocate
  • Lucia Lorenzi (youth recipient) (Port Coquitlam, BC) - Activist, volunteer, educator and advocate
  • Pascale Navarro (Montréal, QC) – Journalist and author
  • Norma Jean Profitt (Yarmouth, NS) – Academic, community leader, international activist
  • Diane Redsky (Winnipeg, MB) – Community leader, advocate for Indigenous women’s rights

This year’s Persons Case Awards will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on November 15, 2016, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of women first achieving the right to vote in Manitoba in 1916. Saskatchewan and Alberta followed Manitoba granting women the right to vote in 1916. Ontario extended voting rights to women in 1917. By 1918, federal legislation was passed granting all women 21 years of age and over the right to vote in general elections. The first federal election in which women voted under the universal franchise was in 1921.



RBC celebrates 150 years of Canada by inspiring young Canadians to #Make150Count

October 18, 2016

To celebrate Canada's remarkable past and looking to its bright future, RBC will launch its Canada 150 initiative by giving thousands of young Canadians $150 with one simple request: use the money to help communities prosper. Through #Make150Count, RBC will celebrate these extraordinary acts of kindness that are generated across Canada. RBC employees will select young people within their communities to participate in the program. In addition, young Canadians between the ages of 16-25 can be part of RBC's national movement by sharing how they would make $150 count through Twitter or Instagram using #Make150Count for a chance to be selected.



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