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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 www.theprovince.com.



Free the Children announces 2012/13 We Day events

May 28, 2012

Free the Children's We Day events bring thousands of youth together to learn about some of the greatest social issues of today, allowing young people to learn how they can contribute to a better world. The 2012/2013 We Day season has events happening coast-to-coast in eight cities across Canada, with approximately 100,000 youth in attendance and millions watching online. We Day will take place in the following locations:

  • Toronto: September 28, 2012, Air Canada Centre (20,000 expected attendees)
  • Vancouver: October 18, 2012, Rogers Arena (20,000 expected attendees)
  • Alberta: October 24, 2012, Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary (18,000 expected attendees)
  • Manitoba: October 30, 2012, MTS Centre in Winnipeg (18,000 expected attendees)
  • Waterloo Region: November 14, 2012, Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex (6,000 expected attendees)
  • Montreal: November 20, 2012, Theatre St Denis (2,000 expected attendees)
  • National (taking place in Ottawa): April 29, 2013, Robert Guertin Arena (4,000 expected attendees)
  • Halifax: Fall of 2013

For more information visit www.weday.com.



BC Cancer Foundation receives largest charitable gift in province history

May 24, 2012

The BC Cancer Foundation announced the largest charitable bequest to a single beneficiary in BC's history today. William P. J. McCarthy, businessman and grandson of the late John Jambor and creator and executor of Jambor's estate plan, gifted $21.4 million in the Jambor-McCarthy legacy to the BC Cancer Foundation. For more information visit www.newswire.ca.



BRAVE Awards recognizing voluntary caregivers now seeking nominations

May 24, 2012

Canadians across the country are invited to participate in the BRAVE Awards, an international program intended to recognize the courage and dedication of non-professional caregivers. The initiative will lead to the selection of up to ten exceptional individuals in different parts of the world - everyday heroes who provide regular, consistent care to another person - who will each be entitled to a $10,000 USD monetary award. Canadians who know a caregiver who deserves recognition can submit an online nomination until June 17, 2012. Award recipients will be announced in November 2012. For more information, and to submit a nomination, visit www.shirebraveawards.com.



Call for nominations for the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case

May 22, 2012

Status of Women Canada is pleased to launch the Call for Nominations for the 33rd Annual Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. In October, five awards will be presented to candidates from across Canada who have helped advance equality for women and girls. To be eligible for nomination, candidates must be Canadian citizens. This year, in recognition of the world's first International Day of the Girl, two of the five winners will be from the youth category. The Persons Case Youth Awards honour exemplary young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30 who contribute their talents and energies to improving the quality of life for Canadian women and girls. While nominations for the Persons Awards are accepted throughout the year, the deadline for 2012 awards is July 15, 2012. For more information visit www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.



On the move: Lori Nikkel joins Breakfast for Learning

May 18, 2012

Breakfast for Learning is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Lori Nikkel to the position of vice president – community & organizational development (programs & field operations). For more information visit www.breakfastforlearning.ca.



On the move: The Oshawa Hospital Foundation welcomes Robert Baker

May 17, 2012

The board of directors of The Oshawa Hospital Foundation announced that Robert Baker has been appointed to the position of chief executive officer of the foundation. For more information visit: www.theohf.com.



Fast Fact: Employer support of volunteering in Canada

May 17, 2012

In 2010, 57% of employees in Canada who did volunteer work reported that they had received one or more formal means of support to do so from their employer, a number that was unchanged from 2004. Employer support varied by region: in Ontario, 62% of volunteers with jobs had formal employer support, compared with 54% in British Columbia, 51% in Quebec, 50% in Manitoba and 49% in the Northwest Territories. Certain types of employer support were more common than others. About 34% of volunteers who worked said their employers helped by approving changes to their work hours or reducing their work activities, which was the most common type of support. - Statistics Canada



Hockey marathon raises $1.4 million for children's hospital

May 17, 2012

According to the Calgary Herald, a 10-day hockey marathon has not only set a new Guinness World Record for the longest hockey game but also raised more than $1.4 million for the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation. After 246 hours of continuous play, the game ended with a score of 4,178 - 3,845. The funds will go toward cancer research as well as purchasing equipment for the hospital's intensive care unit. For more information about the event visit www.childrenshospital.ab.ca.



Network for Good releases quarterly giving index

May 16, 2012

According to Network for Good's Q1 2012 Quarterly Giving Index, overall online giving in the US, excluding disaster relief donations for Japan in March 2011, increased by 16% over Q1 2011. Charity websites continued to comprise the bulk (over 60%) of digital donations. Following charity websites, social giving (19%) overtook portal giving (10%) for the second-most popular form of digital giving and the average gift size on social networks increased 90% in Q1 2012 vs. Q1 2011. Additionally, when comparing customized and generic donation pages, the average nonprofit customer with a branded donation page raised 6 times more in donation dollars. For more information visit www.onlinegivingstudy.org.



Participate in a Canadian community investment survey

May 16, 2012

The Conference Board of Canada is inviting participation in its inaugural Canadian Corporate Community Investment Survey that will benchmark community investment programs in Canada. The goal is to provide community investment professionals in Canada with data on the full range of community investment practices including contributions, sponsorship, in-kind contributions, matching donations, and volunteering by firms operating in Canada. The forthcoming report will provide Canadian data allowing you to benchmark your program against Canadian companies and Canadian initiatives. All survey participants will be given a complimentary copy of the report, expected to be published later this summer. For more information visit conferenceboard.checkboxonline.com.



BC competition offering $100,000 for solutions to community challenges

May 16, 2012

A network of BC nonprofits has launched BC Ideas: Solutions for Stronger Communities, a competition that seeks innovative solutions to health, social and environmental challenges facing BC communities today, and in the future. Up to $100,000 in investments will be awarded to top entries and entrants will also have the opportunity to access additional investments following the competition. Visit their website to enter your idea or solution or to nominate an individual, organization or partnership before the competition deadline on September 12, 2012. For more information visit www.changemakers.com/BCideas.



Winners of 2012 Eva's Initiative Awards for ending youth homelessness

May 15, 2012

Eva's Initiatives, the Sprott Foundation and Virgin Unite & Virgin Mobile's RE*Generation are pleased to announce the four winners of The Eva's Initiatives Award for Ending Youth Homelessness. Valued at $25,000 each, the awards recognize Canadian organizations that demonstrate leadership in working with homeless and at-risk youth. The 2012 winners are:

  • Calgary, Alberta - The Back Door for The Doorway: Cultural Integration for Street Dependent Young People
  • London, Ontario - Youth Opportunities Unlimited for Cornerstone
  • Québec City, Québec - Centre résidentiel et communautaire Jacques-Cartier for Volet résidentiel: approche et soutien à la vie associative des locataires
  • St. John's, Newfoundland - Choices for Youth for Train for Trades

For more information visit awards.evasinitiatives.com.



Email vacations decrease stress, increase concentration

May 14, 2012

Being cut off from work email significantly reduces stress and allows employees to focus far better, according to a new study by the University of California, Irvine and US Army researchers. Heart rate monitors were attached to computer users in a suburban office setting, while software sensors detected how often they switched windows. People who read email changed screens twice as often and were in a steady “high alert” state, with more constant heart rates. Those removed from email for five days experienced more natural, variable heart rates. People with email switched windows an average of 37 times per hour, while those without changed screens half as often – about 18 times in an hour. Researchers said the findings could be useful for boosting productivity and suggested that controlling email login times, batching messages or other strategies might be helpful. For more information visit today.uci.edu.



Sea Shepherd's Paul Watson arrested on outstanding warrant in Germany

May 14, 2012

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has issued a news release stating that their organization's leader, Captain Paul Watson, was arrested on an outstanding warrant in Germany and is facing extradition to Costa Rica. According to the society, the arrest is in response to an alleged violation of ships traffic in Costa Rica, which occurred during the filming of the film Sharkwater in 2002. The incident took place in Guatemalan waters, when a Sea Shepherd vessel captained by Watson encountered an illegal Costa Rican shark finning operation. Sea Shephered alleges that, while escorting the ship back to port, a Guatemalan gunboat was dispatched to intercept the Sea Shepherd crew. However, the crew of the shark finning vessel have accused the Sea Shepherds of trying to kill them. For more information visit www.seashepherd.org.



Canada Revenue Agency puts tax shelter promoters under criminal investigation

May 14, 2012

According to an article in the Toronto Star, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is pursuing a criminal investigation of seven tax shelter promoters whose activities have caused dozens of charities to lose their charitable status and thousands of taxpayers to face large income tax penalties. Tax shelter promoters are businesses that make arrangements for charities to provide tax receipts that are higher than the donation received and have been an problem for the charitable sector over the past several years. While the CRA is still unable to actually shut down these businesses, they have now opened criminal investigations in conjunction with the RCMP. For more information visit www.thestar.com.



Former CEO of Art Gallery of Calgary charged with fraud

May 11, 2012

According to an article in the Calgary Herald, the former CEO of the Art Gallery of Calgary is facing several fraud charges. Calgary police claim that Valerie Anne Cooper defrauded the organization of almost $500,000. Cooper allegedly invoiced the art gallery numerous times for services that were never rendered and artwork that wound up in her personal collection. She also allegedly charged more than $19,000 in personal expenses, including massages, credit card fees, clothing purchases, and home maintenance. For more information visit www.calgaryherald.com.



Canadian workers increasingly dissatisfied with career progression

May 11, 2012

Ceridian Canada today released its Pulse of Talent survey, revealing the changing attitudes and perceptions of Canadian workers. Findings included:

  • Nearly 1 in 3 respondents (31%) expressed dissatisfaction with their career progression, an 8% increase over 2011.
  • 70% of respondents who did not receive a promotion were not told about the underlying reasons related to the decision.
  • 44% of respondents are either not satisfied (22%) or indifferent (22%) with the level of recognition they currently receive at work.
  • 75% of Canadians feel secure in their jobs.

For more information visit http://www.ceridian.ca.



Streettohome Foundation receives $1.5 million donation

May 9, 2012

Streetohome Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a significant contribution of $1.5 million from Silver Wheaton, in support of Streetohome’s $26.5 million capital campaign to break the cycle of homelessness in Vancouver. The donation is earmarked for a brand new development located at 606 Powell Street that will provide 147 units for women and their children, as well as single women who are currently homeless or living in sub-standard housing. This gift will assist with the challenges many women face in raising their children, and highlight the importance of keeping families together by providing services that help promote stability and well-being for the whole family. For more information visit www.streetohome.org.



Salvation Army report reveals public perceptions toward mental illness, addiction

May 9, 2012

The Salvation Army’s latest report, Canada Speaks 2012: Mental Health, Addiction and the Roots of Poverty, reveals perceptions and attitudes among the Canadian public about individuals dealing with addiction or suffering from mental illness. Most Canadians recognize the linkage between mental health and addiction with 71% agreeing that a lot of people with addictions have mental health problems. Additionally, 80% of survey respondents reported their belief that mental illness causes many Canadians to experience poverty. Eighty-seven percent of respondents believe that mental illness should be a higher priority for the government, while 84% of those surveyed think that there should be more services to help people with addictions. For more information visit www.salvationarmy.ca.