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Fast Fact: Small US foundations increase funding in 2011

March 5, 2012

According to a recent US study, private foundations with less than $10 million in assets increased giving by 20.6% in 2011, while foundations with assets between $10 and $50 million actually reduced their giving by 7.8%. Over the same period of time, arts and culture funding increased by 40.6%, while educational funding dropped 3.1% and funding to science and technology programming fell by 52.4%. — Foundation Source



US nonprofit sector shows job growth over past 10 years

February 16, 2012

A new report shows the US nonprofit sector posted a remarkable 10-year record of job growth despite two recessions, achieving an average annual growth rate of 2.1% from 2000 to 2010, while for-profit jobs declined by an average of minus 0.6% per year. Even during the recession from 2007 to 2009, nonprofit jobs increased by an average of 1.9% per year. At the same time, businesses averaged jobs losses of 3.7% per year. For more information visit: ccss.jhu.edu.



New website connects professional immigrant networks

February 16, 2012

Professional immigrant networks are not new, but the dozens of associations of immigrants helping immigrants in the GTA have been operating mostly under the radar — until now. The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), the Government of Canada and Scotiabank introduced a new website as part of the Professional Immigrant Networks initiative (PINs) to forge connections between immigrants, employers and community agencies. For more information visit: www.networksforimmigrants.ca.



Work/life balance a key contributor to job satisfaction, new survey finds

February 16, 2012

Want to know the way to an employee's heart? Thirty-eight percent of professionals interviewed by OfficeTeam identified work/life balance as the top contributor to their job satisfaction. Opportunities to learn and grow came in second, with 20%. Camaraderie with coworkers (16%), a good working relationship with the boss (10%), and the ability to accomplish goals (9%) were also popular answers. For more information visit: officeteam.rhi.mediaroom.com.



Few Canadian employees willing to relocate for employment

February 16, 2012

Two in ten (19%) employees in 24 countries would be "very likely" to take a full-time job in another country for two to three years with a 10% pay increase, finds a new poll conducted on behalf of the Canadian Employee Relocation Council. Those most likely to say they would relocate internationally were from Mexico (34%), Brazil (32%), and Russia (31%). Just one in ten or (10%) of Canadian employees in the survey say they would take a full time job overseas. For more information visit: www.cerc.ca.



Working from home less popular in Canada than other countries

February 16, 2012

A new global Ipsos Reid poll found that nearly one in five employees frequently telecommute and nearly 10% work from home on a daily basis. Although a popular option in countries such as India, Indonesia, and Mexico, it is a less popular option for Canadians with less than 10% of employees working from home. However, with 34% of employees saying they would telecommute full-time, if possible, it is a trend likely to grow. For more information visit: www.ipsos-na.com.



Executives say humour is key part of cultural fit

February 16, 2012

Is it good to LOL at work? A new survey from Accountemps suggests it could be. Nearly eight in 10 (79%) chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said an employee's sense of humor is important for fitting into the company's corporate culture. For more information visit: accountemps.rhi.mediaroom.com.