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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 www.healthnexus.ca.



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: www.cancer.ca.



Volunteer Toronto launches youth volunteering challenge

April 16, 2012

Volunteer Toronto celebrated National Volunteer Week by challenging high-school youth to volunteer 5,000 hours during the 4th Annual ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge, April 15 - May 6. ChangeTheWorld is a three-week campaign, supported by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, in partnership with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) and volunteer centres across Ontario. Nonprofit organizations throughout the city will be opening their doors to welcome high school students to volunteer in a variety of efforts. For more information visit www.volunteertoronto.ca.



Fast Fact: Canadians struggling to maintain work/life balance

April 16, 2012

A new report reveals that many Canadian workers feel the line between work and home is becoming increasingly blurred. The overlap between work and private time in Canada is substantial: 46% handle private matters during working hours, 51% handle work-related matters in private time, and 44% receive work-related calls or emails when on holiday. Additionally, 53% receive call/emails outside of office hours, 44% receiving calls/emails on holiday, 29% feel they are expected to be available at all times, and 43% feel they fall short if not responding immediately. — Randstad Canada



Newsbyte: Cancer Society launches new workplace wellness program

April 16, 2012

The Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon, in partnership with the Government of British Columbia's Healthy Families BC, is proud to announce the launch of WellnessFits, a comprehensive workplace wellness program. Research confirms that workplace wellness programs reduce sick leave by 28%, employer health care costs by 26% and compensation and disability costs by 30%. Together the Canadian Cancer Society and Healthy Families BC have developed complementary tools and resources designed to address the different needs of small, medium and large businesses that include free assessment services and advice. Based on your organization's needs, WellnessFits offers online, email, telephone support and onsite consultations. For more information visit: www.wellnessfits.ca.



Majority of Canadians see value in community programs

April 16, 2012

A recent survey conducted by Coca-Cola Canada asked 1,000 Canadians what they thought about community charitable programs. The majority, 83% of those surveyed, said they wished more people would get involved with community programs. These activities make a difference every day, with 8 in 10 Canadians revealing that they see the direct benefits of contributing time and money in communities that are safer, healthier and better overall. Additional findings of the survey:

  • 75% would likely contribute more if they knew they could personally make a difference.
  • 65% say making community-based programs easier to support would encourage their involvement.
  • 81% say they'd likely get more involved in community-based programs if they knew it would positively impact their own community.

For more information visit www.newswire.ca.



Fast Fact: Most Canadian nonprofits don't require board members to give

April 16, 2012

A recent Canadian study found that only 38% of responding charities require every board member to make a financial contribution. About 7 in 10 of responding charities said that their board members assist with fundraising by making links between the organization and a prospective donor, either through use of the board member's name in appeals (76%); making introductions (71%); or asking friends and associates (66%). Between 50 and 60% of organizations have board members who take a more active role in fundraising, which includes chairing events (59%); securing sponsorship funding (52%); or making personal visits to prospective donors (52%). — Nonprofit Research Collaborative



Call for nominations for 3M Health Leadership Award

April 16, 2012

After a successful inaugural year, Health Nexus and 3M Canada are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2012 3M Health Leadership Award. The national award honours the outstanding range of leaders who are making a significant impact on the health of their community. Nominees should be an employee or volunteer with a charity, nonprofit, or social enterprise that operates outside the formal health care field. They also must have demonstrated leadership to improve the health of their community by focusing on at least one of the underlying social and economic factors that influence health. No self-nominations are permitted and the deadline for nominations is June 22, 2012. For more information, including full eligibility requirements, visit www.healthnexus.ca.



Canada Post launches free online targeting tool for direct marketing

April 16, 2012

Small and medium-sized businesses across Canada can now find and better target prospective customers with an easy-to-use online tool offered by Canada Post. Precision Targeter allows businesses to zero in on their target customers at the neighbourhood level based on demographic information such as household income, education, age and marital status. The free tool combines Canada Post's complete address database with Canadian census data to provide detailed information so direct marketing becomes more targeted. Users can plan, price and place their unaddressed Admail orders in minutes, 24 hours a day. For more information visit www.canadapost.ca.



Scholarships available for Directors Education Program

April 16, 2012

The Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) believes that all qualified individuals should have access to director education and aims to foster diversity in its classrooms across the country. With the ICD Diversity Scholarships, up to 11 qualified candidates from under-represented groups (including Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, women and visible minorities) with a financial need will be able to participate in the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program (DEP). One scholarship will be awarded per city per session; each scholarship is valued at $16,000. Apply by May 15, 2012. For more information, including full eligibility requirements, visit: www.icd.ca.



Toronto charity book bin looks to work with seniors' organizations

April 10, 2012

A new charity book bin located on Dufferin Street near Yorkdale Mall in Toronto is looking for partner organizations. Transition Squad, the company responsible for the book bin, is inviting proposals from local seniors' organizations interested in working with them to collect books from their constituents as well as the general public. Books are sold at $2 each and the organization receives 100% of the proceeds. For more information, and to express your interest in the project, contact info@transitionsquad.com.



New international award recognizes youth volunteers

April 10, 2012

Scotiabank has announced a new international youth award program, the Scotiabank Bright Future Young Leaders, to recognize youth who make outstanding contributions to their communities. The award program is open to youth, ages 16-24. To be eligible, applicants must complete 100 hours of volunteerism in a minimum of three of the Scotiabank's six philanthropic pillars: education, arts, health, social services, sports and environment. Applicants log their hours at the award program website and submit an essay describing the impact of their volunteerism on charitable organizations, their community and themselves. Essays will be reviewed by an international panel of jurors, and 12 youths will be recognized with a $2,500 donation to the charity of their choice and a tablet computer for their personal use. For more information visit www.scotiayoungleaders.com

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Peterborough foundation seeks applications for two funding programs

April 10, 2012

The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough (CFGP) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for two granting programs: the Cavan Monaghan and Millbrook Legacy Fund and the Organizational Leadership and Innovation Grants. The Cavan Monaghan and Millbrook Legacy Fund is accepting applications from registered charities seeking funding for initiatives that benefit and promote environmental stewardship and/or the preservation of cultural heritage within Cavan Monaghan Township. Funding of up to $1,000 is available for organizations that meet the granting priorities. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 4.

Organizational Leadership and Innovation Grants are investments that strengthen organizational infrastructure and leadership. Eligible applicants are registered Canadian charities operating with offices and programs within the City and/or County of Peterborough. Funding of up to $3,000 is available for projects that meet the granting priorities. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, May 9. For more information, including full eligibility requirements, visit: www.cfgp.ca.



Fast Fact: Canadian employees want more face-to-face time, less technology

April 10, 2012

Findings from a new survey show that nearly three-quarters of Canada's employees (73%) report that they are bothered by people who answer their phone or respond to email during business meetings. Still, 14% of respondents indicate they are guilty of these acts themselves. Even outside of meetings, 68% of Canadian employees indicated they prefer face-to-face contact over other means of communications, such as telephone or email. In fact, 42% say they create moments during their day when they ignore contact like phone and email all together. — Randstad Canada



Arts and heritage organizations encouraged to apply for CCIF funding

April 10, 2012

The Canada Cultural Investment Fund (CCIF) has launched a new call for proposals for its Strategic Initiatives component. Arts and heritage organizations now have until April 16, 2012 to submit proposals for projects with activities starting after April 1, 2013. Strategic Initiatives provides financial assistance for projects involving multiple partners that will help arts and heritage organizations strengthen their management abilities, make strategic use of new technologies and diversify their revenues. For more information, including full eligibility requirements, visit www.pch.gc.ca.



Online advocacy grows 17% in 2011 according to new study

April 10, 2012

Online advocacy actions in the US grew at a solid 17% clip from 2010 to 2011, according to The Convio Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark Index™ Study. The fastest growing sectors, each at more than 29%, are: animal welfare, environment and wildlife and Jewish causes. Advocacy actions are instances of sending some form of written communication to political leaders. In addition to an increase in online advocacy, advocates are also quickly becoming financial supporters of the organizations they support, growing at a 24.6% rate, nearly four times the increase from 2010. For more information and to view the full study, visit www.convio.com.



Complete a survey on social finance for a chance to win

April 10, 2012

If you are keen to scale up your programs, increase impact, and access new forms of capital, you’ll want to know about the emerging world of social finance, an approach to capital markets investing that will expand the world of traditional support for nonprofits. Give Green Canada and SEE Change Magazine have created a survey that takes only minutes to complete and will help to gauge the level of awareness about these market-based solutions. Everyone who completes the survey will have a chance to win a copy of Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money by Making a Difference by Jed Emerson and Antony Bugg-Levine. For more information, and to participate in the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com.



Funding available for affordable housing and community improvement projects

April 10, 2012

The Home Depot Canada Foundation provides support to Canadian registered charities completing affordable housing initiatives and neighbourhood improvement projects that serve Canadians in need and encourage hands-on service through volunteer engagement. The maximum grant awarded through their Community Grants program is $5,000 and applications are accepted year-round for this program. The Affordable Housing Grant program offers grants of up to $25,000 and this program is now accepting grant applications until June 15, 2012. For more information, and to submit an application to either program, visit: www.homedepot.ca/foundation.



Fast Fact: More Canadians visited museums in 2010

April 10, 2012

A recent study on cultural participation reveals that the number of Canadians who visit museums is at an all-time high. In fact, 48% of Canadians reported visiting at least one museum or public art gallery in 2010, which represents a dramatic increase from 2005, when the rate stood at 35%. Roughly, 1 in 3 Canadians visited a public art gallery or art museum in 2010 (36%), while 33% of Canadians visited a museum other than an art gallery. Since there is overlap between the two groups, the percentage of Canadians that visited either a museum or a public gallery stands at 48%. — Hill Strategies Research Inc.