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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.



Participate in a short survey on timing of donation processing

April 10, 2012

As a fundraising professional, you probably know how long it takes to process a gift received by your organization. What you may not know is how that compares to your peers. Humber Fundraising graduate student Jane Leaver is conducting a survey to determine commmon standards in donation processing timing and all participants will receive a copy of the results to better understand how their organization's response time compares with others. The survey is being conducted under the supervision of professor Ken Wyman CFRE, in cooperation with Jeff Gignac CFRE of JMG Consultants. The deadline for participation is April 30. For more information visit: www.surveymonkey.com.



Nonprofit investment in social networks and membership continue to grow

April 10, 2012

Blackbaud, Inc., in collaboration with the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) and Common Knowledge, released the 2012 Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report. The 4th annual report, featuring survey results from more than 3,500 respondents, provides an extensive look at how nonprofits are using social media, highlights key trends, and provides insights for the year ahead. New to this year’s report is a benchmark for the average cost of acquisition for Facebook likes and Twitter followers, along with the average value of a Facebook like. The self reported average cost of a Facebook like is $3.50 and a $2.05 for a Twitter follower, with the average value of a Facebook like being reported as $214.81 over the 12 months following acquisition. For more information, and to view the full report, visit: us.vocuspr.com.



Canadian organizations saw growth in giving in 2011

April 10, 2012

More than half of surveyed Canadian charities saw growth in charitable giving in 2011, according to the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC), which conducted its first survey of Canadian charities. Of surveyed charities in Canada, 54% said contributions increased in 2011, compared with 2010. Just 20% saw charitable receipts remain flat in 2011, while 27% saw donations fall in 2011. Looking ahead for 2012, more than 70% of organizations in this latest study anticipate increases in charitable contributions. However, the economy remains a concern to many with 29% indicating that the economy, both nationally and globally, is the greatest challenge to fundraising this year. For more information visit www.nonprofitresearchcollaborative.org.



There’s still time! CharityVillage® extends deadline for 2012 Salary Survey

April 10, 2012

As response to the 2012 salary survey has been so positive, CharityVillage® is extending the deadline for any and all eligible Canadian charities and nonprofits to participate in this year’s survey. If you are an executive director or the person responsible for compensation in your organization; if you would like to receive a complimentary copy of the study’s executive summary; be able to purchase the full report at half-price, AND be eligible to win an iPad; then please click complete the survey today. The survey will now close April 13, 2012. A final study report will be made available on CharityVillage® in June.



Fast Fact: Bosses still reluctant to let employees work from home

April 2, 2012

A new survey found that while many employees are seeking flexible work arrangements, not all of their bosses believe they work as efficiently when they are working outside the office. In fact, only one-quarter of Canadian bosses polled feel employees are more productive when working remotely, compared to when in the office. However, the findings from employees countered the bosses' perceptions, with 55% reporting that they believed they were more productive when working remotely. The good news is: almost half of the polled bosses (42%) say that they do support remote working arrangements for their employees. — Microsoft Canada



Salvation Army receives $3 million grant for prairie family centres

April 2, 2012

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and members of the Weston Family, who have a relationship with The Salvation Army that spans over 40 years, provided a $3 million grant to the Army to strengthen and expand the operations of two existing Salvation Army Family Centres in Winnipeg and Calgary. The centres will provide a broad range of integrated services in response to the needs of the communities they serve. For more information visit www.salvationarmy.ca.



Survey finds US church giving increased in 2011

April 2, 2012

According to the 2012 State of the Plate survey, a majority of Christian congregations experienced giving increases in 2011. The year also saw higher church budgets, greater attention placed on fiscal transparency and board governance, and a rise in electronic giving using technology such as cell phone applications and automatic bank withdrawals. The survey revealed that 51% of churches saw giving increase in 2011, up from 43% in 2010 and 36% in 2009. For more information visit www.stateoftheplate.info.



Total proportion of international water grants grows but remains small

April 2, 2012

In recent years, the number of US charitable foundations awarding grants for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects around the world has more than tripled. A new research brief by the Foundation Center, Foundation Funding for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, finds that between 2003 and 2010 this growth in the number of active funders was accompanied by a nearly five-fold increase in the number of organizations receiving these grants, to the tune of $144 million in 2009-2010. And while WASH funding as a proportion of international grantmaking overall has grown from 0.2% in 2003, its total remains very small (1.7% in 2010). For more information visit foundationcenter.org.



Fast Fact: Increased number of US nonprofits planning to hire in 2012

April 2, 2012

According to a new US report, 43% of nonprofits surveyed indicated their staff'size increased in 2011, compared with 34% of nonprofits surveyed in 2010. Additionally, 43% of nonprofit organizations plan to create new positions in 2012. Organizations from the health and human services sectors were most likely to report plans for job creation over the next year. — Nonprofit HR Solutions



Retired BC educators contribute large number of volunteer hours

April 2, 2012

According to a new report issued by the BC Retired Teachers' Association (BCRTA), retired educators in the province are going the extra mile to give back to their communities. The Volunteer Work of Retired Educators: Social and economic contributions to communities in British Columbia revealed that each BC retired educator donates an average of 31 hours of volunteer time each month, with the hours distributed amongst multiple endeavours in a broad range of community and people-centred activities. This amount is more than double that given by “top volunteers”, as described in a 2009 survey on volunteering by all Canadians. For more information about the BCRTA visit: www.bcrta.ca.



New report explores best practices for Nova Scotia nonprofits

April 2, 2012

Phoenix Youth Programs (Phoenix), in partnership with the Federation of Community Organizations (FOCO), has released a new report on best practices for the development of the nonprofit sector in Nova Scotia. At the Same Table: Developing the non-profit sector in Nova Scotia details the results of focus groups with more than 150 participants across the province and more than 20 interviews with leading experts across the country. Key issues addressed in the report include how the local nonprofit sector can organize itself to represent its collective interests, strategies for developing employee skill gaps and recommendations for sharing services to reduce costs and build agency capacity. For more information, and to view the full report, visit www.foco.ca.



CharityVillage® launches 2012 Canadian Charitable and Nonprofit Sector Salary Survey

March 26, 2012

Building on the success of its first sector salary study in 2011, CharityVillage® is inviting any and all eligible Canadian charities and nonprofits to participate in the 2012 survey. Last year, more than 1,100 organizations participated. If you are an executive director or the person responsible for compensation in your organization; if you would like to receive a complimentary copy of the study’s executive summary; be able to purchase the full report at half-price, AND be eligible to win an iPad; then please click here. The survey closes April 5, 2012. A final study report will be made available on CharityVillage® in June.



London Community Foundation accepting applications for Vitality Grants

March 26, 2012

Through its Community Vitality Grant Program, London Community Foundation seeks to support "game-changing" endeavors in issue areas identified in London's on-going Vital Signs Report®. Grants up to $400,000 are available. On Monday, April 2, an orientation session is being held for all London and Middlesex County charitable organizations interested in this year's grant cycle. Attendees will receive a comprehensive overview of program eligibility, requirements, and application terms and conditions. Grant application forms will also be distributed. For more information, and to register for the orientation session, visit www.lcf.on.ca.



YouTube offers live streaming service to nonprofits

March 26, 2012

YouTube is now offering a live streaming service to nonprofits who want to provide live broadcasts of events. Although not a new technology, this new service will allow nonprofits to tie in live broadcasts with their existing YouTube channels. YouTube has released both step-by-step instructions as well as a best practice guide to assist nonprofits interested in using the new service. For more information visit support.google.com.



Fast Fact: 2010 volunteer rate remains virtually unchanged from 2007

March 26, 2012

In 2010, nearly 24 million Canadians, or 84% of the population aged 15 and over, made a financial donation to a charitable or nonprofit organization for a total of $10.6 billion. Both the percentage of the population donating and the total amount of donations were relatively unchanged from 2007. At the same time, more than 13.3 million people, or 47% of the population, volunteered their time with a group or organization. Canadians volunteered nearly 2.1 billion hours in 2010, the equivalent of nearly 1.1 million full-time jobs (assuming 40 hours per week for 48 weeks). The hours volunteered for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics represent approximately 0.7% of this total. Overall, the total number of hours remained relatively unchanged from 2007. — Statistics Canada



New data available on salaries at US foundations

March 26, 2012

The Council on Foundations announced the release of the 2011 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report, which explores data on staff composition and compensation for US foundations. Key findings and trends include:

  • In 2011, independent foundations reported the highest median salary ($86,000), while the medians were notably lower for public foundations ($66,000), community foundations ($59,100), and other grantmakers ($55,105).
  • Respondents in the Northeast and West had higher median salaries ($79,150 and $75,000, respectively) than the South ($65,000) and Midwest ($64,000).
  • Among the 34 positions the survey tracked, CEOs/chief giving officers (CGOs) and program officers accounted for the largest share of reported salaries (11% each).
  • The median salary for CEOs/ CGOs was $142,000, and for program officers the median was $80,000.

For more information visit www.cof.org.