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Report shows data breaches often result of human error or carelessness

March 12, 2012

Employee carelessness or malevolence is often the root cause of many data breaches, according to a new report, The Human Factor in Data Protection, from the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Trend Micro Inc. More than 78% of respondents blame employee behaviors, both intentional and accidental, for at least one data breach within their organizations over the past two years. The top three root causes of these data breaches are loss of a laptop or other mobile data-bearing devices (35%); third-party mishaps or flubs (32%); and system glitches (29%). For more information, and to view the full report, visit www.trendmicro.com.



Fast Fact: Volunteer rate rises in US in 2011

March 12, 2012

The volunteer rate rose by 0.5 percentage point to 26.8% for the year ending in September 2011, according to a recent report. The volunteer rate for women increased to 29.9%, while the volunteer rate for men, at 23.5%, changed little. By age, 35- to 44-year-olds and 45- to 54-year-olds were the most likely to volunteer (31.8 and 30.6%, respectively). As in earlier years, married persons volunteered at a higher rate (32.3%) in 2011 than did those who had never married (20.9%) and those with other marital statuses (21.5%). The volunteer rate of parents with children under age 18 (33.7%) remained higher than the rate for persons without children (24.1%). — US Bureau of Labor Statistics



Imagine Canada releases new report from National Summit

March 5, 2012

Imagine Canada has released a new report from the National Summit held late last year that includes outcomes and next steps for each of the priority areas covered at the event. Some work is already underway and the report also highlights ways that you can continue to be involved. Participants created more than 250 pages of raw data in the priority area sessions and more than 40 pages of comments from the evaluations, which was condensed into this 19-page document. For more information, and to read the full report, visit www.imaginecanada.ca. (PDF)



Volunteer Canada releases suite of tools to promote youth engagement

March 5, 2012

Canadian youth feel discriminated against because of their age while seeking and being assigned volunteer responsibilities, according to a voluntary sector research study. These core findings about youth, 15-24, were identified in Bridging the Gap, a report produced by Volunteer Canada in collaboration with Manulife Financial. The two partners teamed up with the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener-Waterloo to produce a suite of tools designed to support organizations in their efforts to effectively engage today's youth volunteers, as well as young Canadians seeking meaningful community involvement. The Youth Involvement Model is one of the main products and is intended for use by community-based volunteer centres. The model outlines the key relationships needed to develop a robust youth engagement program. For more information visit www.getvolunteering.ca.



Complete a survey on social finance

March 5, 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 complete the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com.



Fast Fact: US environmental grantmaking ignores grassroots, study finds

March 5, 2012

A new US study found that in environmental grantmaking, only 15% of funds go to poor communities, while just 11% supports grassroots groups and advocacy. Although US foundations give half of their environmental grantmaking dollars to organizations with budgets of $5 million or more, these organizations only make up 2% of the country's environmental nonprofits. — National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy



New website offers free board evaluation surveys and reports

March 5, 2012

A new website has launched as part of a university research initiative exploring what nonprofit board members see as the biggest challenges to board effectiveness. The Board Checkup website provides a free board performance self assessment instrument that can be sent to all of an organization's board members. Once members have filled out the survey, the organization receives two automatically generated instant feedback reports on how the board collectively sees itself. One report shows the score on nine key dimensions of board effectiveness and the other shows their responses for each of the 66 issues covered. Boards can complete the assessment up to three times so they can track their progress over time. For more information visit www.boardcheckup.com.



Halifax Rotary clubs invite funding proposals

March 5, 2012

Five metro Halifax Rotary clubs are inviting proposals from established and registered nonprofit organizations seeking funding for programs or physical projects that have the potential to enhance life in metro Halifax. Rotary’s main objective is service in the community, in the workplace and around the world. No project is too big or too small, but they are looking for projects that will have a big impact on metro Halifax and its people. The deadline for applications is March 19. For more information, including full eligibility requirements, visit www.dartmouthrotary.ca.



Millennials appear less concerned about privacy issues and charity fraud

March 5, 2012

A new survey commissioned by CanadaHelps.org and Capital One Canada, as part of Fraud Awareness Month, found that 45% of millennials (aged 18-34 years) are taking no steps to ensure a charity is legitimate before making a donation, and more than half (52%) are spontaneous, "on the fly" donors. The survey found that compared to other generations, millennials are more than twice as likely to give personal information, nearly half as likely to ask if a charity is registered, and less than half as likely to ask for a solicitor's identification. This relaxed attitude might explain why only 19% of millennials are very concerned about falling victim to a fraudster compared to 27% for other age groups. For more information visit www.canadahelps.org.



Odette families gift $3 million to University of Windsor

March 5, 2012

The University of Windsor will once again benefit from the generosity of the LL Odette and the EG Odette families with a donation of $3 million towards the expansion of the Odette School of Business. When added to the family's previous support of more than $7 million for capital and academic projects, including donated artwork, they have become the University's top supporters, contributing a total of more than $10 million. For more information visit www.uwindsor.ca.



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.