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CRA revokes charitable status of Power Zone Outreach Ministries

May 8, 2012

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has revoked the charitable registration of Power Zone Outreach Ministries, a Toronto charity, as of May 5, 2012. In a letter to the charity, the CRA alleges that the organization failed to maintain proper books and records, did not devote all its resources to charitable purposes and activities as it acted as a conduit for a non-qualified donee, issued donation receipts on behalf of a non-qualified donee, and did not demonstrate that it maintained adequate direction and control over resources purportedly used in foreign programs that were not approved by the Charities Directorate. For more information visit

Fast Fact: More than half of Canadians do not have a signed will

May 8, 2012

A majority of Canadian adults (56%) do not have a signed will, according to a survey of more than 2,000 Canadians. The survey also reveals that 71% of Canadian adults do not have a signed power of attorney. Canadians tend to have a will made when they experience one of life's major milestones: Having a child (30%) and experiencing a change in marital status (20%), were the most common events that prompted Canadian adults to get a will. Only 13% of Canadians signed a will when they purchased a home or condo. The study also found 88% of Canadians polled between the ages of 27 and 34 do not have a will and their most common reason for not having a will is because they believe they are too young (21%). - Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company (LawPRO)

Why people don’t give: You may be surprised

May 7, 2012

A recent US study conducted by Grey Matter Research shares some interesting insights into the reasons that non-donors don’t make charitable donations. The survey of 458 American adults who hadn’t made a charitable donation in the past 12 months found that:

  • 83% expressed a desire to become a donor, but believed that they didn’t have enough money.
  • 81% agreed with the statement that “People who had a lot of money need to step up and support nonprofit organizations, rather than people like me providing the support.”
  • Four out of ten agreed with the statement that “any gift I could afford to give isn’t really enough to make a difference.”
  • 58% believed that too much of their donation would go towards overhead and not make thir gift worthwhile.

For more information visit .

Fast Fact: Less than 2.5% of registered charities report receiving foreign funding

May 7, 2012

Of Canada’s 84,000 registered charities, just over 2,000 reported receiving funding from foreign sources in the fiscal year ending in 2010. This foreign funding represents approximately $800 million of the more than $197 billion in total reported funding. According to Imagine Canada, the majority of foreign funding went to international development charities, religious organizations and universities. – Global News

Monthly giving on the rise

May 7, 2012

M+R and NTEN have released the 2012 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study, which surveyed the data and online messaging of more than 40 US nonprofits. Some of the study's key highlights:

  • Overall fundraising revenue saw extensive gains with an average increase of 19% from 2010 to 2011. International sector organizations – which saw a spike in fundraising due to high profile aid needs in 2010 – represent the only sector that saw a decrease in online revenue from 2010 to 2011.
  • While one-time gifts remained the largest source of online revenue for participants, online revenue from monthly giving is growing at a much faster rate. On average, online monthly giving accounted for 8% of total online revenue in 2011, up from 5% in 2010.
  • The average nonprofit Facebook fan page had 31,473 users, defined as people who “Like” a fan page.
  • Nonprofit Facebook fan bases have seen phenomenal growth between 2010 and 2011, with the average nonprofit increasing its fan base by 70%.

For more information and to download the report (including some interesting insights on the future of mobile) click here.

Hallelujah! Artistry of Leonard Cohen celebrated in Toronto this week with free events

May 7, 2012

The Glenn Gould Foundation is putting on a series of free events in Toronto starting today in celebration of iconic singer, songwriter, poet, artist and novelist Leonard Cohen. These include an exhibit of 40 pieces of Cohen’s visual art at Allen Lambert Galeria, and a street tribute on May 11 and 12 featuring more than 25 solo artists and small musical ensembles who will occupy public spaces and perform some of his songs and poems. Locations for the street tribute include Nathan Philips Square, the CBC Broadcast Centre and the intersection at Bay and Bloor. For more information visit

Prince George Community Foundation receives donation of $15,000 from Scotiabank

May 7, 2012

The Prince George Community Foundation has received a gift of $15,000 from Scotiabank to support the Prince George community devastated by the Lakeland Mill sawmill fire on the April 23. Additional donations from other individuals and organizations has brought the total raised for the Lakeland Fire Assistance Fund to more than $50,000.

The Prince George Community Foundation was designated as a central agency to accept donations on behalf of the Lakeland Mill's employees and their families. Anyone wishing to donate can do so through their website at

Fast Fact: Less than 1% of charities report political activities

May 2, 2012

As the federal government clamps down on the political activities of registered charities, an analysis of charitable tax filings by the Canadian Press shows that only 450 of the 85,000 charities registered in Canada reported spending money on political activities. That’s less than 1% of all charities. The number may be higher as charities self-report this information to the Canada Revenue Agency. - The Canadian Press. 

CRA releases new guidance for fundraising by registered charities

April 30, 2012

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) published its updated guidance for fundraising by registered charities on April 20. The new guidance includes a substantially simplified suggested method of allocation, gives less prominence to the ratio of fundraising expenses to overall revenue, discusses the importance of reserve fund policies, and outlines how to work with non-arms length fundraising firms. For more information visit the CRA website.

Five nonprofits among the best places to work in Canada

April 30, 2012

Last week Great Place to Work® released their comprehensive list of great places to work in Canada. Among the top 50 organizations with less than 1,000 employees you’ll find the following five nonprofit organizations:

Credit Counselling Society (New Westminster, British Columbia)

Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Lutherwood (Waterloo, Ontario)

Ontario Hospital Association (Toronto, Ontario)

Wood’s Homes (Calgary, Alberta)


Congratulations! For more information visit


Autism Speaks Canada deadline for letters of intent is this Friday

April 30, 2012

Autism Speaks Canada is seeking applications for its Family Services Community Grants program. The grants are open to Canadian charitable organizations that provide services which enrich the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The grants will support four key areas of need: education, recreational and community activities, young adult and adult services and equipment/supportive technology. The deadline for letters of intent is Friday, May 4. For more information on the program and application forms visit

CAMH receives $10 million gift to improve child and youth mental health

April 26, 2012

Respected child advocate Margaret McCain has committed a $10 million gift to enhance and better coordinate mental health initiatives for children and youth at Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and across Ontario. 

This investment will establish the Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health at CAMH and act as a catalyst for system-wide improvements benefitting young people and their families. The Centre will support a search for an internationally recognized leader in child and youth mental health to guide the expansion of treatment services and new research initiatives at CAMH. In addition the Centre will strengthen partnerships to improve coordination of services across the province. For more information visit



Nearly one-third of organizations don't have formal orientation programs

April 19, 2012

New-job jitters are common, but some employers aren't helping ease their workers' anxiety, a recent survey from Accountemps suggests. Nearly one-third (32%) of HR managers interviewed said their companies do not offer a formal orientation program to help prepare new staff. Overlooking the orientation process could be a missed opportunity for employers to help new hires feel like part of the team and ensure they are set up for a productive future with the company down the road. When asked to name the greatest benefit of their orientation program, 30% of respondents said it helps employees better understand the company's values, guidelines and expectations, and another 30% indicated that it assists workers in preparation for long-term success with the organization. For more information visit:

Are Gen X employees being squeezed out of the workplace?

April 19, 2012

Boomers are making up less of the Canadian workforce than they used to and to some surprise, it is the Gen Ys who are benefiting more than the so called "quiet majority" of Gen X workers. That's the finding of a new PwC report called Value Through Your People, prepared for the banking industry but with circumstances parallel to what is happening in other industries, say the authors. The findings show that promotion rates for Gen Ys have held steady at close to 20% over a three-year period, while Boomers' promotion rates fell from 5% to 3%. What was not expected, however, is that Gen X promotions rates would fall from over 11% to less than 10% over the same three years studied (2008-2010) during what should be peak years of upward mobility. For more information visit:

Employees look for recognition in variety of ways

April 19, 2012

Want to keep employees satisfied in their jobs without one foot out the door? Give them a little credit, a new OfficeTeam survey suggests. More than half (54%) of workers interviewed said they would be somewhat or very likely to leave their current position if they didn't feel appreciated by their manager. When asked what type of recognition they value most, 30% favour opportunities to learn and grow, 28% would prefer to receive verbal or written praise, while 24% said they prefer tangible rewards such as financial compensation or gift cards. Interestingly, 10% of workers claim they don't need acknowledgment for doing a good job. For more information visit:

CARE integrated marketing study reveals composite donor profile

April 18, 2012

Dual channel donors (those who give both offline and online) are the most valuable to nonprofit organizations, according to a new integrated marketing study conducted by CARE and Convio. The study, Insights into Integrated Marketing Constituent Behavior, reveals a composite donor profile that shows dual channel donors give more, are married and earn almost 50% more than the US median household income. Other key findings about dual channel donors include:

  • On average, dual channel donors give $123.29 annually, 46% of greater value to a nonprofit than direct mail only donors.
  • 72% of dual channel donors are married.
  • At a household level, 43% earn $100,000 or more.
  • 55% of offline only donors are men; 56% of online only donors are women.
  • Boomers are one of the fastest growing segments on social sites, up 60% from 2010.

For more information visit

Fast Fact: Use of Facebook and Twitter by nonprofits continues to grow

April 18, 2012

According to a recent nonprofit social network benchmarking report:

  • Facebook and Twitter communities grew by 30% and 81% respectively, compared with the 2011 survey.
  • Respondents own an average of 2.1 Facebook pages and 1.2 Twitter accounts.
  • Google+ is struggling to gain momentum and Pinterest popped up as the top newcomer.
  • Respondent budgets and staffing for commercial social networks continue to cautiously climb.

2012 Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report

Alberta multiculturalism fund now accepting letters of intent

April 17, 2012

The Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund (HREM Fund) supports the Alberta Government’s efforts to foster equality, promote fairness, and encourage the creation of inclusive workplaces and communities. The HREM Fund complements and supports the human rights and diversity work of community organizations, the Alberta Human Rights Commission and educational initiatives undertaken by the Human Rights and Citizenship Branch of the Department of Culture and Community Spirit. The HREM Fund is now accepting letters of intent from nonprofit organizations. Letters of intent should include a project description, budget, and information about the organization, and are due by May 1. For more information, including full eligibility requirements, visit

Fast Fact: Small number of volunteers contribute the most

April 17, 2012

In 2010, more than 13.3 million people did volunteer work. Overall, volunteers devoted almost 2.1 billion hours to their volunteer activities, a volume of work that is equivalent to just under 1.1 million full-time jobs. A small proportion of these volunteers (10%) accounted for 53% of all hours given to nonprofit and charitable organizations. They dedicated a minimum of 390 hours to their volunteering activities on an annual basis, the equivalent of almost 10 weeks in a full-time job. Another 15% of volunteers logged between 161 and 390 hours, corresponding to between 4 and almost 10 full-time weeks of unpaid work. They contributed 24% of the total hours devoted to volunteer work in 2010. — Statistics Canada

Cancer Society offers new student scholarships

April 16, 2012

Thanks to the generosity of a woman who lost her husband to cancer, the Canadian Cancer Society is awarding two new annual youth volunteer scholarships. After losing her husband LeRoy to cancer, Gertrude Rellinger made a gift to the Society to support the education of young volunteers who are committed to the fight against cancer. The Gertrude and LeRoy Rellinger Youth Volunteer Scholarships program will offer up to two annual scholarships, valued at $5,000 each, over the next ten years. The deadline for applications is Monday, May 14. For more information, including full eligibility requirements, visit: