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Endeavour Volunteer Consulting accepting applications for Fall/Winter 2016 projects

April 27, 2016

Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-Profits, an organization dedicated to providing no-cost management consulting services to nonprofits is currently accepting applications for the Fall/Winter 2016 round. If selected, their team of volunteer consultants will work with you over a six month engagement to provide detailed recommendations and solutions in any one of the following areas: Corporate Strategy, Marketing Strategy, Operations Strategy and Organizational Strategy. To learn more about their services and eligibility criteria, please click here. Applications are due Tuesday, June 21, 2016.



New Vital Signs report champions sport and belonging 100 days from Olympics

April 27, 2016

100 days out from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Community Foundations of Canada and the True Sport Foundation have released an in-depth report that explores the role of sport in building belonging in our communities. Vital Signs: Sport and Belonging looks closely at how sport – when grounded in fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun – can strengthen our sense of belonging to each other and our communities. The report tackles the declining participation and a growing gender gap in sport across Canada. Only 3 in 10 Canadians participate regularly in sport activities, and women – across all ethnicities and levels of education and income – are far less likely to participate in sport than men. The report’s research also uncovered some of the realities at play related to sport and belonging in our communities:

  • 85% of Canadians agree that participation in sport builds stronger communities.
  • 75% of children and youth are active in sport, but participation declines dramatically with age.
  • Men are twice as likely to participate regularly in sport than women.
  • Newcomers and those from marginalized groups are often left on the sidelines.

Community Foundations of Canada is making “belonging” a major focus of its work leading up to Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017 and beyond. On October 4th, community foundations across the country and around the world will release local Vital Signs reports, including publications in Banff, Grande Prairie, Nanaimo and Windsor-Essex that will dive deeper on the topic of sport and belonging.



Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace: A free webinar to celebrate Health and Safety Week

April 27, 2016

Workplaces across the continent will be planning their activities and programs for North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 1-7, 2016. In addition to the variety of resources and tools the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has to help workplaces create their own safety week program, CCOHS is hosting a free webinar, Emotional Intelligence at Work, on Tuesday, May 3, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT.

How well we can manage our own emotions and deal with the emotions of others are two important aspects of our emotional intelligence. From a definition by Dr. Reuven Bar-On, emotional intelligence is “an array of non-cognitive capabilities, competencies, and skills that influence our ability to succeed in coping with environmental demands and pressures.” Through practical examples, certified experiential psychotherapist and emotional intelligence coach Sue Freeman outlines what emotional intelligence means for personal and professional growth, developing successful teams, and satisfying clients.

A recorded session of the webinar will be made available after the live event, and can be watched on-demand. More information on how to register is available on the CCOHS website.



Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia now accepting Second Quarter Grant applications

April 26, 2016

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia administers a Community Grants Program to support individuals and organizations province-wide to undertake programs or services that will benefit the mental health of individuals throughout Nova Scotia. Second Quarter Grant applications are now open for submissions. The Foundation strives to fund programs that are developed by Nova Scotians who are passionate about changing the way people think about mental illness. Each submission must meet the following criteria to be forwarded to the Grants Committee for scoring:

  • clearly state the project's objective
  • clearly state the project's timeline
  • clearly state the project's budget
  • align with the Foundation's Vision and Mission
  • assist the Foundation in generating at least two of the following: awareness, recognition, relationships and growth
  • impact an appropriate number of people
  • align with the Foundation's Gift Acceptance Policy
  • have proper attention paid to the overall quality (spelling, grammar, completeness, readability, etc.)
  • be unique (no copy & paste) and compelling

All applications for consideration must be received in the office of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia by close of business day, 4:00 pm, Friday, May 27th, 2016.



Submit your nominations now for the 2016 Persons Case Awards

April 26, 2016

Status of Women Canada is calling for nominations for the 2016 Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. Each year, these awards recognize five individuals, including youth, who have made outstanding contributions in the pursuit of gender equality in Canada. The struggle for gender equality is far from over. Data show a persistent gender wage gap, high rates of violence towards women, and a very real glass ceiling faced by women seeking leadership positions. It is the efforts of all Canadians that are helping to move us closer to gender equality. Canada needs more women and men, boys and girls, to step up if we are to make more progress toward gender equality. It is important to recognize the achievements of individuals, so that their successes may inspire others. While nominations are accepted all year, the deadline for nominating someone for the 2016 awards is June 24. To get inspired, visit the Status of Women Canada website, which includes a list of past recipients, videos, and the nomination package.



Work email is a waste, 9% of the time, execs say

April 21, 2016

Workers wondering where their time goes should look at how they manage emails, new research suggests. In a Robert Half survey, chief financial officers (CFOs) said 9% of the time they spend on work email is wasted. While spam is the primary culprit, according to 46% of respondents, the research identified other distractors, including wading through rambling messages (27%), being copied on irrelevant emails (19%) and receiving those that could be better delivered another way (8%).



TD becomes Founding Partner of LIFT's Education Impact Fund with gift of $500,000

April 21, 2016

LIFT Philanthropy Partners is pleased to announce TD Bank Group has made a $500,000-gift and becomes the Founding Partner of LIFT's Education Impact Fund. TD was one of LIFT's first corporate donors in 2012, and this renewal of support demonstrates how TD and LIFT are helping to strengthen and increase the impact of social purpose organizations across Canada. Both organizations are supporters of educational initiatives in Canada, including financial literacy. TD and LIFT both support JUMP Math, a Toronto-based organization with proven success teaching students in grades 1-8 to love and succeed at math.



St. Joseph's Health Centre announces $1 million gift from CIBC to expand care for kids

April 21, 2016

Patients, families, physicians and staff celebrated the official re-opening of the newly-renovated children's floor including an expanded Just for Kids Clinic at St. Joseph's Health Centre with some big news. A $1 million gift from CIBC will re-name the space, CIBC Just for Kids Clinic, the only paediatrician-run walk-in clinic inside a hospital in Toronto. The gift from CIBC to support the Promise Campaign will name the CIBC Just for Kids Clinic, which now has four private examination rooms instead of two so paediatricians can see more children in a timely way.



Discover the story behind every door with Doors Open Ontario 2016

April 21, 2016

From April to October, the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to explore Ontario’s heritage treasures during Doors Open Ontario 2016. The season kicks off April 23 in Guelph and runs on weekends throughout the summer and fall with events in 43 communities across the province. Satisfy your curiosity and get behind normally closed doors to experience intriguing interiors, where you will be inspired by rare and exceptional materials, craftsmanship and design. From historical houses to modern marvels of construction, Doors Open Ontario has something for everyone! Doors Open Ontario 2016 focuses on the province’s rich legacy of medical science and innovation. The number of innovations in medical science, procedures and technology conceived in Ontario is extensive and their stories fascinating. Featured sites include hospitals, medical schools and laboratories that showcase Ontario’s and Canada’s achievements in medicine. Learn more about ingenious innovators and their remarkable discoveries while you uncover the places that made medical history. Many of the participating sites offer special activities, such as tours, exhibitions and demonstrations – all free of charge. For detailed event information and interactive tools to help you plan your Doors Open Ontario experience, visit www.doorsopenontario.on.ca.



New survey finds more than two thirds of Canadian agree their work causes them stress

April 19, 2016

Constantly being busy may be the new normal, but being stressed shouldn’t be. A survey released today revealed that more than two thirds (67%) of Canadians agree that their work causes them stress. A staggering six in ten (59%) say their health is negatively impacted by stress experienced at work, and two thirds (63%) feel the stress they experience at work negatively impacts other areas of their life. Whether you work in an office, from home, or on the road, workplace stress in Canada is a real problem with serious consequences. The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) and Leger conducted the survey. Highlights from the survey include:

  • Ontarians reported the highest levels of workplace stress in the country with 72% in agreement that work causes them stress. British Columbia residents reported the lowest levels of workplace stress, with 56% of those surveyed in agreement.
  • Respondents from Manitoba and Saskatchewan were 10% more likely than the rest of Canadians to agree that their health is sometimes negatively impacted by the stress they experience at work. Residents of Atlantic Canada were the least likely to agree with this, coming in at 49%.
  • Sixty-nine percent of younger employed Canadians are more likely to say work stress negatively impacts other areas of their life. This trend is felt most among 18-35 year olds.
  • Employed Canadians under the age of 55 experience significantly more negative health effects from work stress compared to older Canadians over 65 years of age (61% versus 34%).



Canada announces final tally of Syria Emergency Relief Fund

April 18, 2016

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced funding of $100 million to help the most vulnerable communities affected by the Syrian crisis. Canadians generously donated a total of $31.8 million to charitable organizations in response to the conflict in Syria, which the Government of Canada will match through the Syria Emergency Relief Fund. The Minister also announced that the government is going beyond the matching fund with an additional $68.2 million in humanitarian assistance to address the needs of people across the region affected by the Syrian conflict. The government’s $31.8-million contribution to the matching fund will be entirely allocated to the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). This contribution will increase education opportunities, provide child-protection services in Syria and Jordan and support immunization efforts for children in Syria, responding to critical needs and building the resilience of conflict-affected communities. The balance of today’s $100-million funding announcement will be allocated to trusted Canadian and international partners, whose work includes a multi-purpose emergency assistance program in Iraq and providing life-saving assistance, such as shelter, food, health care and water, to conflict-affected families in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon.



Get ready for the Great Canadian Giving Challenge coming up in June

April 15, 2016

Are you ready for the Great Canadian Giving Challenge launching this June? An initiative of GIV3 and CanadaHelps, the Challenge includes a contest where every dollar donated to your charity from June 1 - June 30 via givingchallenge.ca or canadhelps.org earns your organization a chance to win a $10,000 donation.The Challenge begins June 1, 2016 at midnight Newfoundland Daylight Time (NDT) and ends on June 30, 2016 at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), with the grand prize draw taking place on Canada Day, July 1, 2016, where $10,000 will be donated to the winning charity. Only donations made on givingchallenge.ca or through the canadahelps.org website will be entered for the prize draw Donations made on GivingChallenge.ca are processed by CanadaHelps and are subject to the standard CanadaHelps fees. There are no other Giving Challenge fees.



ABC Media Sale offers discounted advertising to raise funds for literacy programs

April 15, 2016

The ABC Media Sale is an online sale of advertising space that is donated by leading magazines, newspapers, websites and outdoor media from across the country. Since 2000, more than $2.1 million has been raised for literacy programming. The donated media is sold at up to 65% off the rate card value with all funds raised going towards ABC Life Literacy Canada's work to inspire Canadians to increase their literacy skills. The ABC Media Sale launches on April 25, 2016 at 9:00 am EDT. You can register now if are interested in purchasing media once the sale begins.



Grants in Gear funding program now accepting applications

April 15, 2016

The Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) has partnered with Scout Environmental (formerly Summerhill Impact) to offer the Grants in Gear funding program for a third year. The national program will award up to $100,000 in funds to Canadian environmental not-for-profit and entrepreneurial groups and municipal/regional governmental bodies. ARC will disburse four grants worth a maximum of $25,000 each to organizations across Canada whose project ideas seek to achieve tangible results in emissions reductions or pollution prevention in the transportation sector or excellence in automotive recycling or reuse techniques. This year, one of the four grants will be offered as an optional legacy grant to allow previous winners to apply for additional funding to increase the capacity of their existing program. Applications will be accepted until May 6, 2016. You can find more information on this program by visiting the Grants in Gear website.



Study finds employees exhibit risky cloud behavior, despite new level of cloud sophistication

April 13, 2016

Enterprise cloud adoption has matured in recent years, but employees using cloud apps continue to display reckless technology habits that put their employers at risk, according to a new study by Softchoice, a leading North American IT solutions and managed services provider. The study, (Still) Careless Users in the Cloud, found 1-in-5 employees keep passwords in plain sight, such as on Post-It notes, and 1-in-3 cloud app users have downloaded an app without letting their IT department know. Based on a similar study Softchoice conducted in 2014, (Still) Careless Users in the Cloud finds employees' bad cloud app habits have gone unchanged over the past two years. This kind of behavior can be attributed to the lack of cybersecurity training provided to employees on corporate policy and the safe and effective use of cloud applications. The study found 58% of full-time employees cite having not been told the right way to download and use cloud apps, and 39% having not been told the risks of downloading apps without IT's knowledge.



Deadline fast approaching for Public Outreach Recruitment Challenge

April 12, 2016

If you had the chance to create a national recruitment marketing campaign for Public Outreach, what would your approach be, and how would you execute it? Public Outreach, in partnership with TalentEgg, is looking for talented young professionals to share their fresh perspectives by submitting a professional-level case study that answers this question. Public Outreach is an international face-to-face fundraising agency dedicated to building a sustainable charitable sector. The first place prize for this Challenge is full-time position as Recruitment Marketing Manager at Public Outreach, plus a trip and tour of Public Outreach’s Los Angeles Office and second place receives a cash prize of $500. The Challenge deadline (April 22, 2016) is quickly approaching - submit your proposal now!

Proposals will be judged on the following:

  • Is it well-researched? Your submission should show that you understand the nonprofit sector, recruitment tactics and approaches, and the organization (Public Outreach) itself.
  • Is it innovative? Think outside the box – Public Outreach is looking for fresh, new, and exciting perspectives.
  • Is it feasible? It’s not enough to put together a unique proposal. Be sure that your strategy is well-thought out and realistic for the organization to implement.
  • Is it well-presented? Challenge participants should conduct themselves like professional consultants — your submission should be polished and free of spelling and grammatical errors. The information should also flow in a logical fashion, so there’s no confusion for the recipient. It also doesn’t hurt to add some visual components as well!

Each area will be weighted equally in value (25% each) during the evaluation process. Your submission can include written proposals, visual diagrams, videos – anything that conveys your strategy best! Please upload your project as a PDF doc (Powerpoint presentations work well!) on the TalentEgg website. Any additional features (i.e. videos) should be hosted externally and linked through the submission document. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 22, 2016.



Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation Wellness Research Innovation Grant: Call for pre-applications

April 11, 2016

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation are pleased to launch the Wellness Research Innovation Grant, a funding opportunity that aims to translate research findings into innovative wellness solutions that will improve health and quality of life for people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). The Wellness Research Innovation Grant encourages the formation of partnerships between academia and community innovators, and is open to applicants in Canada including, but not limited to, academic researchers, clinical practitioners, technology companies, community-based organizations, policy makers, and educators. Community innovators must partner with an academic investigator at a Canadian research institution to apply. Applicants will be required to engage people affected by MS in a collaborative way, to ensure that their perspective is represented and integrated throughout the study. The Wellness Research Innovation Grant application process is staged and consists of two parts: a short pre-application and a full application. The pre-application deadline is Monday May 9, 2016 at 16:00 EDT.



2016 Canadian HR Awards now accepting nominations

April 7, 2016

HRMonline is pleased to present the Canadian HR Awards! The Canadian HR Awards brings together industry leaders to celebrate excellence in the HR profession, recognizing individuals, teams and companies for their outstanding achievements in people management. There are 18 organizational and individual categories that have been designed to ensure national recognition of both large and small organizations on their individual merits. The available categories include the Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award; the Best Workplace Culture Award; the Venngo Award of Excellence for Financial, Physical & Mental Wellness; and the Next Generation Employment Initiative of the Year. Nominations close June 17, 2016.



Children’s Prize Foundation announces quarter-million dollar 2016 competition

April 5, 2016

The Children’s Prize invites individuals, teams and organizations from around the globe to submit their proposals to reduce child mortality for a chance to win $250,000 USD to save lives. Each day, 16,000 of the world’s smallest citizens die before they reach five years of age, and many of these losses are a result of conditions that could be prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions. The leading causes of under five deaths include preterm birth complications, pneumonia, birth asphyxia, diarrhea, and malaria. Malnutrition is linked to nearly 45% of child deaths. Proposal submissions addressing these and all other causes of child mortality are encouraged.

The Children’s Prize is a three-round contest that begins with an online entry form. For the next six weeks, from April 5 to May 14, the Foundation will be accepting entries globally. Applicants are expected to include a science-based approach that will measure and evaluate the impact of lives saved as proposed in their projects. The Round 1 entry form and all relevant competition information can be found at www.childrensprize.org. In order to be considered for the prize, all materials submitted must be in English. A panel of expert judges will evaluate the strongest proposals, and the winner, who will be announced on December 10, 2016, will be awarded $250,000 USD to execute their proposed project.



First community foundations participate in Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

April 5, 2016

The first community foundations have opened grant applications to the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a new initiative designed to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial across the country. The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, announced last month by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, in collaboration with Canada’s community foundation network, will provide thousands of small grants to local projects that build community and encourage engagement in the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The first community foundations to participate in the Fund have opened their call for grant applications, including:

  • Community Foundation of the North Okanagan (BC)
  • Revelstoke Community Foundation (BC)
  • Edmonton Community Foundation (AB)
  • South Saskatchewan Community Foundation (SK)
  • Beautiful Plains Community Foundation (MB)
  • North Norfolk - MacGregor Foundation (MB)
  • Elkhorn and Area Community Foundation (MB)
  • Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough (ON)
  • Grand Bend Community Foundation (ON)
  • Huronia Community Foundation (ON)
  • Fondation communautaire de la peninsule acadienne (NB)

Many more communities across Canada will participate throughout 2016 and 2017. Registered Canadian charities, municipalities and other qualified donees are eligible to apply to the Fund through the community foundation that serves their area. Grants will be determined at the local level with contributions coming from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, seeded by the Government of Canada, private philanthropists and matched locally by individual community foundations. To widen the impact of the Fund, successful applicants are required to contribute cash or in-kind contributions equal to or greater than the grant amount requested. For more information about the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th and which communities are currently accepting grant applications, visit communityfoundations.ca/cfc150 or contact your local community foundation.



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