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Students optimistic about job prospects, chance to make a difference

July 26, 2012

In spite of the current economy and a bleak job market, US students are fairly optimistic about both their own personal job prospects and how they can use their careers to make a difference. According to Net Impact's Talent Report: What Workers Want in 2012, 58% of students expect to have multiple job offers to choose from. And a majority of students (65%) expect to make a positive social or environmental difference in the world at some point through their work. Furthermore, over half of the student population (58%) would take a 15% pay cut to “work for an organization whose values are like my own”. For more information visit netimpact.org.



Fast Fact: Direct mail response rates drop dramatically in last decade

July 26, 2012

According to a recent US report, direct mail response rates have dropped nearly 25% over the past nine years. Even so, mail campaigns draw a better overall response than digital channels. For instance, response rates for direct mail to an existing customer average 3.40%, compared with 0.12% for email, which is roughly a 30-fold difference. Costs are also higher, which translates to roughly equivalent costs-per-sale/lead for direct mail, email, and paid search. -- Direct Marketing Association



Post-secondary education needed to address labour shortage, survey finds

July 25, 2012

A recent survey commissioned by DeVry Institute of Technology in Calgary found that 93% of Calgarians consider access to post-secondary education an important factor in addressing Alberta's labour shortage. According to the survey, 88% of Calgarians agree that diploma programs are an effective way for students to enter the workforce faster. For more information visit www.newswire.ca.



Grants available in Ontario for Great Lake cleanup

July 25, 2012

Ontario is launching a new initiative to help communities protect their part of the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund provides grants to community groups for grassroots activities such as cleaning up a beach or shoreline, restoring a wetland, or creating a coastal or riverside trail. Nonprofit groups such as service clubs, environmental groups and scout troops are eligible. Applications for the first round of funding will be accepted until October 12, 2012. Grants will begin to be awarded soon after the application period starts. The program provides up to $25,000 per project for local actions to protect the Great Lakes and the streams that flow into them. For more information visit news.ontario.ca.



Playground grants available to communities across Canada

July 25, 2012

Canada Dry Mott’s and the nonprofit KaBOOM! are offering 30 of Let’s Play Maintenance Grants valued at $750 to communities and organizations throughout Canada in 2012. The Let’s Play Maintenance Grants are for communities who wish to keep their playground areas clean, safe and more inviting. To qualify, organizations must demonstrate they have maintained their playground area and have held a volunteer-led improvement project on its grounds. A wide variety projects satisfy the grant requirements, including playground enhancement projects such as painting murals, building benches and shade structures, refilling/replacing safety surfacing at a playground, landscaping projects or park clean-ups. To apply online, visit www.kaboom.org/grants.



Multiculturalism grants available to BC nonprofits

July 23, 2012

To honour, promote and celebrate the diverse cultures that shape British Columbia, the provincial government is launching a $750,000 Multiculturalism Grant program to support and help 150 or more communities and organizations raise awareness of multiculturalism. Projects that raise awareness about British Columbia’s rich multicultural identity, or strengthen the ability of cultural organizations to become more involved, could be awarded a maximum of $5,000. Nonprofit societies and community-based organizations that reflect Aboriginal or ethno-cultural communities are all eligible to apply. Through two intake periods, applications will be accepted until Aug. 31, 2012 and Feb. 15, 2013. For more information visit www.embracebc.ca.



Canadians believe employers are discriminating against older applicants

July 23, 2012

According to an article in the Regina Leader-Post, 74% of recently surveyed Canadians agree that employers discriminate against older workers applying for work. Although this percentage is highest among Canadians aged 35 and older, even the majority of young Canadians aged 18-34 agree that there is discrimination against older workers. Additionally, a full one-third of respondents claim to have been a victim of age discrimination: 41% of younger workers felt employers had discriminated against them based on their youth, while 38% of the over 55 age group felt they had been victims of prejudice. For more information visit www.leaderpost.com.



Fast Fact: Organizations in London, England continue to cut programs

July 23, 2012

According to a recent UK survey, 41% of London voluntary and community sector organizations closed services in the last year, and a further 29% expect to make closures in the year to come. Survey respondents made it clear that government policies, including public sector cuts and welfare reforms, have had direct negative effects on Londoners who face rising poverty and growing inequalities. Additionally, 60% are working proactively to improve their fundraising and seek more diverse sources of income and 90% have changed their working practices to respond to increased needs, while 95% are collaborating with other partners to continue making a difference. -- London Voluntary Service Council



Survey finds US companies expect giving to remain flat this year

July 23, 2012

Charitable giving by America’s biggest businesses rose slowly last year and shows little sign of gaining in 2012, according to a Chronicle of Philanthropy study of 166 large companies. Donations grew by 4% in 2011, according to the 115 companies that provided two years’ worth of data. That’s far less than the 13% rise from 2009 to 2010, when companies saw a sharp rebound in profits after the recession. More than 7 in 10 corporate leaders anticipate their philanthropy budgets will be roughly the same this year amid continued worries about the economy. About 27% say they will give more and 2% will donate less. For more information visit philanthropy.com.



Canadian Medical Association announces call for entries for Media Awards

July 20, 2012

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is pleased to invite entries for the 2012 Media Awards for Health Reporting, which honour outstanding Canadian journalism that enhances understanding of health, the health system and the role of health professionals. In an effort to reflect new trends in health reporting and to accurately reflect the current realities of the industry, four new categories have been added: digital media, multicultural and international health reporting, and emerging health issues. Changes have also been made in the print categories to allow for a distinction between large and mid-size outlets. To be considered, stories must have been printed or broadcast between Aug. 4, 2011, and Aug. 10, 2012, inclusive. Entries must be received by Aug. 17, 2012. For more information visit www.mediaawards.ca.



CanadaHelps.org shelves MyCharityConnects

July 20, 2012

After four years of workshops and annual conferences on technology for nonprofits, CanadaHelps.org has decided to end the MyCharityConnects program and won't be planning a conference for 2013 or additional MyCharityConnects workshops and webinars. They will however continue to offer webinars focused on helping charities make the most of their CanadaHelps accounts. You can still access MyCharityConnects content (including recordings and presentation slides from past conferences) at www.mycharityconnects.org.



Men and women both want long-term job security

July 17, 2012

When it comes to what they're looking for in a potential employer, are men and women really all that different? According to a recent survey of over 7,000 Canadians, conducted by ICMA International and sponsored by Randstad Canada, women say they prefer flexible working arrangements (49% more important vs. men), accessibility (28% more important), pleasant working atmosphere (23% more important), competitive salary (19% more important) and good work-life balance (17% more important). While men say they prefer financially sound companies (42% more important vs. women) with strong management (37% more important) that offer global career prospects (86% more important) and good training (17% more important) when seeking an employer. For more information visit blog.randstad.ca.



Fast Fact: Measuring ROI of social media top challenge for marketers

July 17, 2012

What's the value of a tweet or Facebook "like"? That's a key question for many marketing executives, according to a new survey. More than one in four (27%) advertising and marketing executives interviewed said their greatest stumbling block when it comes to social media is measuring the success of their efforts. Finding knowledgeable staff to execute social media programs is problematic for 19% of respondents. Gaining executive support for social media initiatives (17%) and finding a budget for social media initiatives (14%) were also common complaints. -- The Creative Group



SocialFinance.ca announces Canada's first social finance awards

July 16, 2012

SocialFinance.ca is proud to announce the launch of the Social Finance Awards (SFA). A people’s choice award, the SFA is an instrument that SocialFinance.ca will use to surface, showcase and celebrate the SFAs will highlight leaders from a different sector. This year, the award will be presented to the country’s Most Promising New Financial Player. Nominations are now open and will close on July 25, 2012. To nominate a leader, simply send your name, the name of the nominee, and the contact information of the nominee, to awards@socialfinance.ca. Consideration will be given to the nominee’s:

  • Financial commitment to impact investing
  • Financial/investment model (innovation, scalability)
  • Social, environmental and financial impact as a direct result of investment
  • Involvement in advancing the social finance industry in Canada

More information on the awards process can be found at http://www.socialfinance.ca/awards.



Research reveals importance of intuition in the workplace

July 16, 2012

Does intuition play a role in today's workplace? According to a new OfficeTeam study, it can. In fact, 88% of administrative professionals surveyed said they often make decisions based on gut instinct. Nearly all (97%) of support staff believe anticipating their manager's needs is important to their career growth, and 94% of executives agree. When asked about the most effective way to anticipate the needs of someone at work without directly asking him or her, 32% of administrative professionals said they use deductive reasoning (e.g., moving conflicting appointments when a supervisor's meeting is rescheduled). One in four (25%) of those polled look for behavioral patterns when making decisions (e.g., printing out a flight boarding pass in advance for the boss because he is typically running late). For more information visit officeteam.rhi.mediaroom.com.



McMaster Students Union seeks charity partner

July 12, 2012

Each year the McMaster Students Union (MSU) hosts a gala event known as the McMaster Charity Ball, which, over the past years, has raised more than $217,000 for local Hamilton and area charities. This year an estimated 1400 students will be in attendance and an anticipated $15,000 will be raised. Event organizers are currently seeking proposals from locally-based charities as to how they could use the money raised. Should you wish to submit a proposal for these funds, please outline the following:

  • Why your organization is in need of funds.
  • The number of people benefiting from the funds.
  • How the funds will be used. Note: the funds donated by the MSU must stay in the Hamilton community and have a local impact.
  • How your organization will help leading up to the event.
  • How your organization will be involved the day/night of the event.

Please submit your proposal to events@msu.mcmaster.ca and charityball@msu.mcmaster.ca. The deadline for proposals is August 27th. A decision will be made by the end of September as to the charity that will receive the funds.



Fast Fact: Majority of UK donors have confidence in charities

July 12, 2012

According to a recent UK survey, 84% of donors are confident that the charities they support make a difference and 82% trust the charities they give to. A further 80% say that charities value their donations. The large majority of people give at least once a year (80%), with 44% giving monthly or more often. The youngest age group is least likely to give with 14% of this group saying they have never given to charity and just 38% giving monthly or more often, compared to 48% of those aged 55-64. -- FundRaising Standards Board



New survey finds global economic conditions impact positive social change

July 10, 2012

Results from Walden University's 2012 Social Change Impact Report show that two-thirds of adults across the globe (65%, on average) agree that when economic conditions are bad, it is more important to be involved in social change than when economic conditions are good. However, many say their actions do not change in a bad economy, and in fact, only 20% of adults, on average, say they're more likely to donate money to a cause or an organization when economic conditions are bad. According to the 2012 Social Change Impact Report, adults in the US, Canada and Germany indicated that they are least likely to change their actions as a result of bad economic conditions.

While donating money, goods or services is the top way adults have gotten involved in social change in the past six months (50%, on average), donating money is where adults are most likely to cut back when economic conditions are bad (37%, on average). Instead, adults are more likely to increase their participation in volunteer work or service (29%, on average) and in using social networking sites (28%, on average) to engage in social change. For more information visit www.waldenu.edu.



Office romance heats up in Canada, survey finds

July 10, 2012

According to a recent survey of Canadians, 59% of employees indicate a romantic relationship between colleagues occurs from time to time within their organization. Two thirds (66%) believe this need not be problematic. Only 37% believe a romantic relationship with a colleague interferes with work performance and 21% believe that one of the two should resign in the event of a romantic relationship. For more information visit blog.randstad.ca.



Community Capital Fund accepting applications in Ontario

July 9, 2012

The Ontario Trillium Foundation has announced the final round of capital funding for groups interested in applying for the Community Capital Fund (CCF), a grant program for infrastructure projects that serve diverse cultural communities. The application deadline is August 15, 2012. Through the CCF, organizations will construct or renovate buildings, or purchase capital equipment in order to offer more skills development, cultural activities and recreational programs. The CCF helps Ontario's non-profit organizations deliver important public services to diverse cultural communities. Traditionally these community groups have been challenged to secure funds for capital projects, all the while struggling to meet the cultural, social, training and learning needs of Ontario’s growing diverse populations. For more information visit otf.ca.