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On the move: Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation announces new president

June 8, 2012

Dougal Macdonald, chair of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation's board of directors today announced the appointment of Tracey Bailey as president and CEO. For more information visit:

Female executives believe parenting skills provide an edge in the workplace

June 7, 2012

According to the findings of an executive survey last month by the Korn/Ferry Institute, 95% of female professionals think raising children has provided them with unique skills portable to the workplace. The top transferrable skills, according to the respondents, are motivating and inspiring others, learning agility (applying past experience in new ways) and confidence. The study also highlighted the dramatic impact that technology is making on work-life balance in the context of parenting. Nearly 80% of working women believe that technology has made it much easier to balance work and family by connecting them to the workplace whenever and wherever they are. For more information visit

Workers cite flexible schedules as most prized summer benefit

June 7, 2012

As temperatures heat up, professionals are looking forward to fun in the sun, a new OfficeTeam survey suggests. Flexible schedules (44%) and leaving work early on Fridays (37%) are the most coveted summer benefits, according to employees polled. The study also shows that not all employers have warmed up to the most prized summer perks: Only 23% of HR managers interviewed said their company offers flexible schedules during the summer, and 20% noted that staff are allowed to leave early on Fridays. However, 37% of executives indicated their organisation has activities such as a company picnic or potluck, and 35% relax their dress code during the summer months. for more information visit

Gaz Métro donates $1 million to the MUHC / CHUM joint corporate campaign

June 6, 2012

The Fondation du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) and the McGill University Health Centre Foundation (MUHC) announced today that Gaz Métro is donating $1 million to their Joint Corporate Campaign. The funds will be used to support the redevelopment projects of the two academic healthcare institutions. For more information visit

IWK Telethon for Children raises $5.6 million

June 5, 2012

The generosity of Maritimers was incredible this weekend, as thousands rallied together to raise a record-breaking $5,625,148 on the IWK Telethon for Children on CTV. Last year, the IWK Telethon for Children on CTV raised $5.42 million. Funds raised through the 28th Telethon campaign will help purchase critical equipment, such as anesthesia machines and provide funding for essential programs that support IWK patients and families. For more information visit

Sprott Foundation donates $25 million to University Health Network

June 5, 2012

Dr. Robert Bell, president and CEO of University Health Network (UHN), and Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, surgeon-in-chief, UHN, today announced a $25-million gift from The Sprott Foundation in support of the Department of Surgery at UHN. This represents the largest private contribution to a Department of Surgery in Canada, and one of the largest in UHN's history. The Sprott Foundation's funding will support the recruitment and retention of the world's best surgeons and crucial investments in leading-edge surgical technology - including advanced robotics, image-guided therapeutics and the latest in organ repair and regeneration technology. For more information visit

On the move: Fringe Theatre Adventures hires new executive director

June 5, 2012

Fringe Theatre Adventures, based in Edmonton, AB, is pleased to welcome Jill Roszell as their new executive director. For more information visit

Vancouver Foundation offers mini grants to youth

June 4, 2012

Vancouver Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Council is excited to announce a new (and quicker) way for youth-led projects to get funding. Youth aged 12 to 24 who live, work, play, volunteer, or go to school in Metro Vancouver are invited to apply for grants of $500. Grant applications should address one of three funding priorities: health and well being, education and training or culture, identity and belonging. Youth applicants must partner with a nonprofit organization or school and attend a one-day workshop on July 7 where they have the opportunity to pitch their idea. For more information visit

BC Children's Hospital raises almost $18 million during Miracle Weekend

June 4, 2012

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation raised $17,939,688 for BC Children’s Hospital during the 25th annual Miracle Weekend, setting a new record. Miracle Weekend events have raised over $188 million for the hospital since the first Miracle Weekend was held in 1988. For more information visit

On the move: Pat Campbell joins the Ontario Hospital Association

June 4, 2012

Today, the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) welcomed its new president and CEO, Pat Campbell, to the organization. Having previously served as the CEO of Echo: Improving Women's Health In Ontario, and as president and CEO of both Grey Bruce Health Services and Women's College Hospital, Ms. Campbell brings a wealth of experience and perspective to the OHA. For more information visit

On the move: Building Owners and Managers Association welcomes Benjamin Shinewald

June 3, 2012

David Judge, chair of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Canada Inc., is pleased to announce the appointment of Benjamin L. Shinewald as president and CEO. Prior to joining BOMA Canada, Mr. Shinewald served as the CEO  of Canadian Jewish Congress. For more information

UK government changes course on charity tax relief cap

May 31, 2012

According to an article by Civil Society, the British government has bowed to pressure from the charitable sector and removed a proposed plan to put a cap on charitable tax deductions. The government will proceed with capping tax deductions for the wealthy but charitable giving will now be exempt. Chancellor George Osborne stated, "It is clear from our conversations with charities that any kind of cap could damage donations, and as I said at the Budget that's not what we want at all. So we've listened.” For more information visit

Voluntary Sector Reporting Awards now accepting nominations

May 31, 2012

The Voluntary Sector Reporting Awards (VSRAs), which recognizes Ontario's best charity annual reports, is accepting nominations until July 9. Created by the CA-Queen's Centre for Governance at Queen's University in partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and sponsored by PwC, the VSRAs are open to registered charities that produce annual reports in Ontario. Organizations compete in three categories based on revenue size - up to $1 million, from $1 million to $10 million, and more than $10 million - as well as a separate category for national and international nonprofits with head offices in Ontario. The winners in each category will receive $5,000. Charities that are organizations whose principal activities are run by or for municipalities, universities, hospitals or school boards are not eligible. For more information visit

Share your feedback on the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement

May 30, 2012

The Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement is designed to initiate thought and discussion within organizations about the value of volunteers and the impact of effective volunteer engagement. Volunteer Canada is currently designing a new version of the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement that provides examples of how organizations across Canada have adopted it to meet their own mission - and they would like to hear from you. Sharing your organization’s examples of how it has adopted the Code provides an opportunity for other nonprofits to benefit from your experiences. For more information visit

Dilawri Group gives $7 million to SickKids Foundation

May 30, 2012

The Dilawri Group of Companies announced a $7 million donation to the SickKids Centre for Research and Learning and the Patient Amenities Fund through The Dilawri Foundation. A $5 million donation will be recognized with the naming of the Patients, Populations & Policy neighbourhood at the Centre to be opened in summer 2013, where researchers will seek to improve the health and quality of life for children and their families. In addition, the Dilawri Foundation has pledged a $2 million commitment to the newly established Dilawri Foundation Patient Amenities Fund. The Fund is a source of financial assistance for families with limited resources whose children are being cared for at SickKids. For more information visit

Canadian Cancer Society member receives Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal

May 30, 2012

A fundraiser at the Canadian Cancer Society's Ontario division has been honoured by the prestigious Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her role in stimulating philanthropy and engaging donors in Canada. Susan Horvath, vice-president, leadership philanthropy, has been instrumental in creating meaningful opportunities for major donors that will have a significant impact in the fight against cancer. Horvath has 22 years of fundraising experience working with foundations and nonprofits and came to the Society from her role as president of the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation. The Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal is a new commemorative medal created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada and as a way to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. For more information visit

Fast Fact: Three-quarters of smartphone owners use location-based services

May 30, 2012

A new US report finds that 74% of smartphone owners use their phone to get real-time, location-based information, and 18% use a geosocial service to “check in” to certain locations or share their location with friends. Over the past year, smartphone ownership among American adults has risen from 35% of adults in 2011 to 46% in 2012. This means that the overall proportion of US adults who get location-based information has almost doubled over that time period, from 23% in May 2011 to 41% in February 2012. The percentage of adults who use geosocial services like Foursquare has likewise risen from 4% in 2011 to 10% in 2012. -- Pew Internet & American Life Project

Canada can do more to protect its children from poverty, says new UNICEF report

May 29, 2012

A new report released today by UNICEF comparing child poverty in 35 industrialized countries reveals Canada could be doing more to protect its children. Report Card 10 reveals Canada's child poverty rate is higher than Canada's overall national poverty rate. When comparing this gap between child poverty and overall poverty, Canada ranks 18th of the 35 countries measured.  When examining the percentage of children living in poverty, Canada is in the bottom third, with 13% of children living in poverty, ranking Canada 24th of 35 countries. According to today's Report Card, approximately 30 million children in 35 industrialized countries are growing up poor. It emphasizes child poverty is not inevitable in these countries but significantly affected by government policy. For more information visit

On the move: Cathy Taylor to Join Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) as interim director

May 28, 2012

The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) is delighted to announce that Cathy Taylor will be joining the ONN team as interim director, taking over from Sue Wilkinson who has been working as director since Spring 2011. For more information visit

Aga Khan Foundation raises $2 million in Vancouver World Partnership Walk

May 28, 2012

According to an article in the Vancouver Province, the Aga Khan Foundation's World Partnership Walk in Vancouver raised $2 million to fight global poverty. The annual event began in Vancouver in 1985 and has since spread to 10 Canadian cities, raising $70 million per year for international aid. This year's Vancouver total included a one-time donation of $25,000 from the BC provincial government. For more information visit