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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

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

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

Fast Fact: More than half of organizations have technology budget

July 9, 2012

According to a recent US survey about technology use in nonprofit organizations, 55% of respondents reported that their organization has some type of formal technology plan. Overall, respondents report having 3.5 technology staff. This varies by organizational size, with small organizations reporting an average of 1.26 tech staff, and very large organizations reporting 8.56. Nearly 44% of respondent organizations are considering return on investment (ROI) of technology projects or programs at least somewhat. However, only 7% are evaluating ROI rigorously or regularly. -- NTEN

Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer raises record $7 million

July 9, 2012

The Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer announced 1,956 riders and 350 crew members raised over $7 million for the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital Foundation, as the 4th annual Ride commenced at École Jean Baptiste Meilleur in Repentigny on Saturday morning. Funds raised by The Ride support a range of programs throughout Quebec, including at the Fondation du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec (CHUQ), the Fondation du Centre hospitalier régional de Trois-Rivières (CHRTR), and the Centre de santé et de service sociaux (CSSS) de Gatineau. For more information visit

Cenovus donation of $1.5 million helps create new Calgary park

July 5, 2012

Cenovus Energy Inc. announced a $1.5 million donation to the Calgary Stampede Foundation to create Western Heritage Trail in the Stampede’s new Riverfront Park. Western Heritage Trail will be part of a year-round public space on the east side of Stampede Park, winding along the eastern banks of the Elbow River and connecting to Calgary’s pathway system. The 310-metre trail is being designed as an open-air museum, highlighting Calgary’s history as part of Riverfront Park’s overall focus on western heritage and the environment. For more information visit

Fast Fact: Millennials use websites, social media to learn more about nonprofits

July 5, 2012

According to a US survey, 65% of Millennials go to a nonprofit's website to learn more about the organization, as opposed to 55% who turn to social media, 47% to email newsletters, 18% to printed communications, and 17% to face-to-face discussions. When asked what type of information they would share about a nonprofit on Facebook, "cool events" was most popular at 74%, followed by statistics (69%), news (65%), opportunities (61%), and video (47%). -- Millennial Impact Report

Nine days left to submit a nomination for the 2012 Rights and Freedoms Prize

July 4, 2012

The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse is issuing a reminder that July 13th is the deadline to submit a nomination for the 2012 Rights and Freedom Prize. Since 1988, the Commission has awarded the Rights and Freedoms Prize each year to an organization or an individual as a public recognition for exceptional achievement or commitment to the defence of human rights and freedoms. The award ceremony usually takes place in Montréal in December. Organizations or individuals who wish to submit a candidacy must send the completed nomination form along with a two-page letter of intent describing the project, its impacts and why that person or organization is worthy of recognition. For more information visit

New report studies Chinese connection in Calgary

July 3, 2012

The Institute for Nonprofit Studies at Mount Royal University is pleased to announce the publication of Chinese Connection: Nonprofit responses to changes in Calgary's Chinese community by Ezra Voth. In the report, Voth explores how nonprofit organizations (Chinese-focused, immigrant serving agencies, and faith-based organizations) are responding to three key changes in Calgary's Chinese community - changes in place of origin, a geographic shift in where Chinese people choose to reside, and aging. For more information, and to read the full report, visit

BC teen only Canadian to win 2012 Huggable Heroes award

July 3, 2012

A New Westminster teenager is the only Canadian winner of Build-A-Bear Workshop's Huggable Heroes award. Ceilidh Millar volunteers more than 40 hours a month as a teen reporter, spokesperson and peer advocate for bullying prevention. She shares information about the dangers and consequences of bullying through presentations, television appearances, and articles, and her work has been featured on the National Bullying Prevention Center and Teens Against Bullying websites. For more information visit

Anonymous donors give $30 million to help homeless in Vancouver

July 3, 2012

According to an article in the Vancouver Sun, an anonymous couple has donated $30 million to Taylor Manor, a home for homeless people with complex mental health issues. The elderly couple's donation will allow the home to run independent of government funding and will underwrite the annual cost of operating the manor. The City of Vancouver has also committed $10 million to a $14 million renovation and expansion plan for the building, with additional funds coming from various nonprofit and corporate partners. For more information visit

Fast Fact: Tweeting during the day results in higher engagement

July 3, 2012

According to a new US study, tweets during "busy hours" (8am - 7pm) receive 30% higher engagement than tweets published outside that time frame. Additionally, tweets containing less than 100 characters receive 17% higher engagement than longer tweets. Tweets with hashtags receive two times more engagement than those without hashtags, but going overboard has a negative impact. Tweets with one or two hashtags receive 21% higher engagement than those with three or more hashtags. Using more than two hashtags actually leads to a 17% drop in engagement. -- Buddy Media

Fast Fact: More smartphone users are going mobile to access the internet

June 28, 2012

According to a new US survey, 17% of cell phone owners do most of their online browsing on their phone, rather than a computer or other device. Most do so for convenience, but for some their phone is their only option for online access. Some 88% of US adults own a cell phone of some kind as of April 2012, and more than half of these cell owners (55%) use their phone to go online. Moreover, 31% of these current cell internet users say that they mostly go online using their cell phone, and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer. That works out to 17% of all adult cell owners who are “cell-mostly internet users”— that is, who use their phone for most of their online browsing. -- Pew Internet & American Life Project

Volunteer Canada creates new video resource for volunteer managers

June 28, 2012

Volunteer Canada has created a new online learning activity designed for volunteer managers and recruitment professionals. The interactive video allows viewers to ask potential volunteers questions about their skills and interests, and place them in a volunteer role according to the responses. The resource provides insights into the motivations of potential volunteers. For more information visit

Corporate Knights releases 11th Annual Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada

June 28, 2012

Corporate Knights has released the 11th Annual Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada, a list of Canada’s top corporate citizens. This ranking of Canadian corporate citizenship ranks the relative impact of companies’ carbon, water, waste, and energy use. Other citizenship indicators include pension fund quality, board diversity, ratio of highest-paid executive to average worker pay, and tax dollar generation, as well as sector-specific indicators such as renewable energy investments (for financial companies) and respect for human rights (for mining companies). The Desjardins Group was named the Best Corporate Citizen for 2012. For more information visit

Majority of executives check in with office while on summer vacation

June 28, 2012

As executives plan their summer getaways, many of them will not leave the office completely behind, suggests a new Robert Half Management Resources survey. Sixty-one per cent of chief financial officers (CFOs) polled say they check in with the office at least once or twice a week while on vacation, up from 58 per cent in a similar survey in 2005. Thirty-six per cent remain completely disconnected during their vacation. For more information visit

Bridgespan Group releases free guide to leadership development

June 27, 2012

The Bridgespan Group has prepared a new guide to leadership development at nonprofits called Plan A: How Successful Nonprofits Develop Their Future Leaders. Plan A treats leadership development not as an ad hoc response to crisis but as a proactive and systematic investment in building a pipeline of leaders within an organization, so that when transitions are necessary, leaders at all levels are ready to answer the call. The processes laid out in the guide will help nonprofits define leadership needs, identify future leaders and detail activities to strengthen their leadership muscle. For more information and to download the guide visit

MoneySense Magazine releases the 2012 Charity 100

June 27, 2012

For the third straight year, MoneySense has ranked Canada’s biggest 100 charities based on charity efficiency, fundraising efficiency, governance and transparency and reserve fund size. The rankings are broken down by sector and provide organizations with an overall grade. The magazine does caution readers that the rankings aren't everything, stating on their website, "The rankings are in no way a judgment on the merit of a cause and therefore should not be considered in isolation. Instead, refer the 2012 Charity 100 list as a starting point for your own research." For more information visit

Metasoft launches 2012 World Proposal Writing Championships

June 27, 2012

Metasoft Systems Inc. is now accepting submissions for the 2012 World Proposal Championships, which aim to recognize and promote proposal writing excellence and help fundraisers learn, by example, what it takes to create a winning proposal. This year more than $20,000 worth of prizes including cash and subscriptions will be awarded. The top 100 proposals will also be showcased online. Any proposal that has secured a grant for a nonprofit or charitable organization from a foundation, corporation or government body within the last two years is eligible. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2012. For more information, visit:

Young Canadians want jobs with international opportunities

June 26, 2012

A recent study conducted by ICMA International and sponsored by Randstad Canada indicates that Canada's young workers want to work abroad and are in search of jobs that will offer them international career opportunities. When younger Canadians (under the age of 39) are searching for an employer, 68% factor international/global career opportunities into their decision of whom they'd like to work for. Career progression opportunities (36%), training (18%) and a good work-life balance (12%) are also important criteria to young Canadians. On the other side of the spectrum, Canada's older workforce (39 and above) say they are more concerned with quality of products/services (23%), competitive salary and benefits (16%), a pleasant work atmosphere (12%) and location convenience (9%) when choosing to work for a specific organization. For more information visit