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2016 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards now accepting nominations

August 24, 2016

The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards recognize extraordinary Albertans whose volunteer efforts have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members. Six awards, two in each category of youth, adult and senior are presented annually on or around International Volunteer Day, December 5. Albertans, who meet the following criteria, are eligible for a Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award:

  • Exemplifies the spirit of community service
  • Demonstrates exemplary initiative, leadership and creativity in his/her service to others
  • Serves as a role model for others in his/her community
  • Inspires others to engage in volunteer service
  • Improves the overall quality of life of fellow Albertans and community as a whole

The 2016 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards nomination form is now available and the submissions deadline is September 20, 2016.



The Co-operators donates $360,000 to 16 organizations providing employability services and training

August 24, 2016

Across Canada, there is a rich variety of community-based organizations providing life-changing employability and career training services for marginalized youth and people with mental health challenges. Recognizing the importance of the work they do, The Co-operators today announced funding of $360,000 to 16 organizations that provide training and employment opportunities to help people overcome barriers to employment and become more self-reliant. The following organizations are receiving funding from The Co-operators Foundation Community Economic Development (CED) Funds:

  • Stella Bury Community Services (Stella's Circle) – St. John's, N.L.
  • Open Sky Co-operative - Sackville N.B.
  • Centre résidentiel et communautaire Jacques-Cartier – Quebec City
  • Spectre de Rue – Montreal
  • Comité de revitalisation urbaine intégrée de Saint-Pierre – Lachine, Que.
  • Causeway Work Centre – Ottawa
  • Working for Change – Toronto
  • Eva's Initiatives for Homeless Youth – Toronto
  • Roots to Harvest – Thunder Bay, Ont.
  • FortWhyte Alive - Winnipeg
  • Ignite Adult Learning Corporation Foundation - Regina
  • Momentum Community Economic Development Society – Calgary
  • Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation – Vancouver
  • The Cleaning Solution – Vancouver
  • Eastside Movement for Business and Economic Renewal Society (EMBERS) - Vancouver
  • The Kettle Society – Vancouver
  • The CED Funds were developed in 1995 to commemorate The Co-operators 50th anniversary, and through it, The Co-operators has granted $5.6 million to 130 organizations.



    Moores Clothing For Men collects record number of clothing donations

    August 23, 2016

    Moores Clothing for Men's seventh annual Canadian Suit Drive concluded at the end of July and the brand announced today that this year's initiative collected a record-breaking number of items, all benefiting unemployed Canadians looking to re-enter the workforce. Throughout the month of July, 126 Moores stores across the nation collected over 77,000 articles of gently used men's and women's professional attire that will be given to job seekers in need. The items collected are distributed to over 60 recipient organizations across Canada – providing them to unemployed men and women looking to make positive life changes.



    Call for presenters for Ontario's After School Knowledge Exchange

    August 18, 2016

    Parks and Recreation Ontario is hosting the 2017 ONference, Ontario’s largest one-day knowledge exchange for managers and staff working in recreation-based after school programs, and have issued a call for presenters. The conference is designed to:

    • offer information on trends and issues relevant to working in after school recreation programs
    • share information on best practices - what works and why develop networks to strengthen the approach to working with children and youth

    The ONference audience is supervisors, coordinators and all staff of recreation-based after school programs within municipal, not-for-profit, health promotion and educational settings. Presentations will be 1 and 1/4 hours long and, for the benefit of the audience, selected sessions will have a mix of:

    • information, tools and/or strategies which can be used/applied by delegates when they return home (not just a show and tell presentation)
    • physical activity
    • small group work or table discussion.

    The conference takes place February 16, 2017 at the Toronto Botanical Gardens. The deadline for presenter submissions is August 31, 2016.



    Volunteer Alberta launches new Volunteer Screening Program

    August 17, 2016

    Over the past two years, Volunteer Alberta has been researching and in consultation with partners, including Volunteer Canada, the Government of Alberta, police services, our program participants, and other organizations in order to inform the best way forward in creating the Volunteer Screening Program. While there have been unanticipated delays, the new Volunteer Screening Program will focus on strengthening nonprofit organizations by providing education and resources to support effective screening practices. The program will also feature funding mechanisms to support the costs of Vulnerable Sector Checks for approved volunteer roles in eligible organizations working with vulnerable populations.



    Ontario Heritage Trust seeks nominations for the heritage awards

    August 16, 2016

    The Ontario Heritage Trust is seeking nominations for the 2016 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards and Young Heritage Leaders program to recognize outstanding contributions to natural and cultural heritage conservation. Through the Trust's recognition programs, individuals, groups and communities are recognized for demonstrating leadership, commitment, creativity, positive impact on their community and good conservation practices. The Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards are awarded in four categories:

    • Excellence in Conservation: recognizes individuals, groups, organizations and communities for exceptional achievements through the completion of a specific heritage conservation project.
    • Community Leadership: recognizes exemplary leadership by a community in heritage conservation and promotion.
    • Lifetime Achievement: recognizes outstanding volunteer heritage contributions by an individual over a period of 25 years or more.
    • Youth Achievement: recognizes exceptional heritage contributions by young individuals and groups, age 24 and under. The individual award includes a $2,000 post-secondary scholarship, jointly funded by Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life.

    In addition, young volunteers may be nominated for recognition through the Trust's Young Heritage Leaders program. Since 2000, hundreds of youth have been recognized for their efforts to identify, preserve, protect and promote Ontario's heritage. Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life are proud sponsors of the Young Heritage Leaders program. The nomination deadline is September 30, 2016.



    McMaster Students Union looking for Hamilton charity partner for upcoming charity ball

    August 12, 2016

    Each year the McMaster Students Union (MSU) hosts a gala event known as the McMaster Charity Ball. In the last 14 years, the event has raised over $240,000 for local Hamilton and area charities. This year marks the 16th anniversary of the event, and an estimated 2000 students will be in attendance at the Hamilton Convention Centre to dance the night away on Jan. 30, 2015 and an anticipated $15,000 plus will be raised. MSU is currently seeking proposals from charities as to how they could utilize the money raised. Should you wish to submit a proposal for these funds, please outline the following:

    • Why your organization is in need of funds.
    • The number of people benefiting from the funds.
    • How the funds will be used. Note: the funds donated by the MSU must stay in the Hamilton community and have a local impact.
    • How your organization will help leading up to the event.
    • How your organization will be involved the day/night of the event.

    Please submit your proposal to events@msu.mcmaster.ca and charityball@msu.mcmaster.ca. The deadline for proposals is September 9, 2016. A decision will be made by the end of September as to the charity that will receive the funds. A presentation to the committee may be required if a decision is not reached based on the proposals submitted. MSU is only accepting proposals from locally-based charities.



    Canadian workers say most frustrating part of job search is long wait to hear status

    August 11, 2016

    Timing is everything, the saying goes, and for firms trying to hire it could make the difference between securing the candidate and losing out. For more than six in ten Canadian workers (64%) in a Robert Half survey, the most frustrating part of the job search is the long wait after an interview to hear if they got the job. Nearly one-quarter (24%) lose interest in the firm if they don't hear back within one week after the initial interview; another 47% lose interest if there's no status update between one-to-two weeks post-interview.

    Hiring managers who fail to make timely decisions face a number of consequences, most notably losing candidates. When faced with a lengthy hiring process, 46% of survey respondents lose interest and pursue other roles, while 16% decide to stay put in their current job. Nearly two-in-five (39%) said a protracted hiring process makes them question the organization's ability to make other decisions.

    How long a timeline is considered too long? The survey results may surprise some hiring managers. From the day of the initial interview to the day an offer is extended, the largest percentage of workers – 32% – said a process lasting 15-21 days is too long. Twenty-nine percent of respondents felt a timeframe of 7-14 days was too lengthy.



    FundRazr offering a $300 contribution to your crowdfunding campaign in new contest

    August 11, 2016

    FundRazr, a crowdfunding and peer-to-peer online fundraising platform, has recently released a feature set recently that enables all nonprofit organizations to completely whitelabel and brand their crowdfunding campaigns. To celebrate, from now until September 9th 2016, you could win a $300 contribution to your FundRazr crowdfunding campaign. Here’s what you need to do:

    • Have an organizational crowdfunding campaign running live on FundRazr and accepting donations until at least Friday, September 9th 2016. Existing and new users are both welcome to participate.
    • (Re)design your crowdfunding campaign using the new whitelabel features.
    • Share a screenshot of your FundRazr crowdfunding campaign on Facebook or Twitter, being sure to tag our Facebook or Twitter accounts, and use the hashtag #FundRazrOurWay
    • Entries must be received by 11:59PM PDT on Friday, September 9th, 2016.
    • You will receive one entry each for one Twitter post and one Facebook post (two entries maximum).

    The winning organization campaign will be notified by Wednesday, September 14th, 2016.



    Funding available for conservation and community impact throughout North America

    August 8, 2016

    The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is pleased to announce its annual request for proposals (RFP) for the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. The SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program fosters partnerships between organizations interested in improving forest management in the United States and Canada, and responsible procurement globally. Projects address topics of current importance such as improving wildlife habitat management and conservation of biodiversity, avoiding controversial sources of fiber such as those resulting from illegal logging, and assisting local communities through forest education programs and green building projects for low-income families. The deadline to apply is October 10, 2016. Learn more about the application process by clicking here.



    Government of Canada seeking nominations for new World Heritage sites

    August 8, 2016

    Canada is home to 18 UNESCO World Heritage sites, that Canadians and international visitors can discover and learn more about Canada's rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage. Now, for the first time in over a decade, Canadians have the opportunity to suggest additions to that list. The Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, launched the call for nominations for Canada's next set of candidates for World Heritage Sites. The Government of Canada is inviting communities to nominate our country's most exceptional places to Canada's Tentative List for World Heritage Sites as a way to celebrate Canada's heritage. Canada's new nominees as UNESCO World Heritage Sites will be announced in 2017 in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The closing date for applications is January 27, 2017.

    As part of the nomination process Minister McKenna also announced the Government is seeking candidates for a Ministerial Advisory Committee that will review the nominations. The Committee will be made up of Canadian experts in the field of natural and cultural heritage, and will include Indigenous representation.



    CRA releases new infographic to help charities understand when to file the T3010

    August 8, 2016

    The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has released a new infographic to help charities better understand when to file their T3010 charity return. The infographic clearly shows the tax filing dates corresponding with possible fiscal period end dates. The new CRA page also outlines what needs to be included with your T3010 and has links to various guides and checklists to help charities accurately compile their return and documentation.



    Atkinson Decent Work Fund now accepting letters of inquiry

    August 5, 2016

    The Atkinson Decent Work Fund is a grants program that takes aim at growing income and wealth inequality. The Atkinson Decent Work Fund is open to Ontario-based organizations or networks that share their mission, values and vision. Atkinson is a charitable foundation registered with the Canada Revenue Agency and can, therefore, only provide grants to organizations with charitable status. Grant-funded services provided by organizations should help people cope with systemic and structural problems. This fund, however, is not a source of financial support for social service delivery – neither new or proven services. For more information on funding guidelines, please click here. Letters of inquiry are due September 1, 2016.



    Government provides opportunity for youth to share their vision for an accessible Canada

    August 4, 2016

    The Government of Canada is inviting youth to take part in a national conversation to discuss what accessibility means to them and to share their vision of an accessible Canada. Youth with disabilities and youth who have life experience, work experience or academic experience related to disability can apply to be part of a day-long National Youth Forum taking place this November in Ottawa. The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Canada's first Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, will host the Forum. The Youth Forum is an important part of the Government's national consultation process and will inform the development of planned accessibility legislation to promote equality of opportunity and increase the inclusion and participation of Canadians who have disabilities or functional limitations. Youth can submit their applications online. Applicants must:

    • be between 15 and 30 years old in November 2016;
    • be residents of Canada;
    • have a disability or have life experience, academic experience or work experience related to disability and accessibility; and
    • demonstrate their leadership or involvement in an area related to disability and accessibility in their community, their region, or nationally.

    The deadline to submit an application is September 15, 2016. The Office for Disability Issues will contact successful applicants in the fall.



    Call for applications from Canadian artists for the 2017 Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence program

    August 4, 2016

    The Ontario Heritage Trust is calling for applications to the 2017 Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence program. The application deadline is September 30, 2016. This residency program is open to professional artists from across Canada practising a wide array of disciplines. Located at Fool's Paradise, McCarthy's former home on the Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto, the site provides accommodation and studio space in a serene and picturesque setting where artists can concentrate on their creative work. Residencies are available throughout 2017, with terms ranging from one to six months.



    Majority of Canadian workers want more insight on how their efforts affect the bottom line

    August 4, 2016

    When it comes to their jobs, new research reveals many professionals would like more information about how their efforts contribute to the company's bottom line. While half of Canadian workers in the Robert Half Management Resources survey reported they are always able to see the connection between their duties and their firm's performance, the majority, 58%, also said they want greater insights. Eleven percent of those polled noted they rarely or never see how their work affects the organization. The findings uncovered different sentiments among age groups. Fifty-eight percent of professionals 55 years of age and older consistently see how their work contributes to the company's bottom line, and 52% of those 35 to 54 years old agreed. Forty-nine percent of respondents ages 18 to 34 said they are able to make the association between their efforts and organizational performance; this group also is the most likely to seek a greater understanding.



    Law Foundation of Ontario now accepting applications for Responsive Grants Program

    August 3, 2016

    The Responsive Grants Program enables The Law Foundation of Ontario to fund ideas generated by nonprofit community groups to improve access to justice. These grants have provided seed funding for hundreds of innovative projects across Ontario. The Law Foundation of Ontario is now accepting applications for Small Grants of up to $15,000. Among many other considerations, the Foundation will be looking for applications to demonstrate that the:

    • Proposed work clearly fits within the Foundation’s objects, vision and mission;
    • Proposed work is not for a commercial venture or government-run project or program;
    • Proposed work will be carried out by an organization as the Foundation does not accept requests from individuals for scholarship or bursary assistance;
    • Grant will not be used to support litigation or costs directly related to lobbying, advocating or promoting a particular position on a legal or public policy issue;
    • Requesting organization has the skills and experience to plan and carry out the project; and
    • Applicant is ready to be fully accountable to the Foundation for monies granted.

    The deadline to apply is September 15, 2016.



    The Aviva Community Fund partners with CanadaHelps to increase impact on charitable funding

    August 3, 2016

    Today, the Aviva Community Fund (ACF) is pleased to announce a new partnership with CanadaHelps. Now in its eighth year, ACF is Canada's longest running online funding competition. CanadaHelps provides effective and affordable online technology to both donors and charities to promote charitable giving across Canada. Through CanadaHelps' extensive network, ACF will increase its ability to reach Canadian charities of all sizes that are in need of funding. For the first time ever, in addition to receiving funding from ACF, this year's ACF Grand Prize Winners will receive free services from CanadaHelps. The 2016 ACF competition is currently open for registration, giving people plenty of time to prepare their ideas for submission beginning September 19. Voting begins October 11. Finalists are announced November 7, with winners announced December 6.



    Volunteer BC & BC Association for Charitable Gaming partnering on September conference

    August 3, 2016

    Volunteer BC & BC Association for Charitable Gaming are pleased to present Back to the Future, an annual training event for volunteers, nonprofits and charities. New this year, Volunteer BC & BC Association for Charitable Gaming (BCACG) are excited to announce their joint event - Back to the Future - Looking Forward by Looking Back at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel in Richmond, BC. The event will combine two annual conferences - Volunteer Futures (Volunteer BC) and the BCACG Symposium. Both organizations share common goals and are strong voices in British Columbia. They will host three days of workshops, panel discussions and networking sessions around the theme: Back to the Future - Looking Forward by Looking Back. The conference takes place September 28 - 30 in Richmond, BC.



    Researchers at University of Lethbridge looking for nonprofit staff for study

    August 2, 2016

    Professors Mahfooz Ansari, Daya Gaur, and Sameer Deshpande at the University of Lethbridge need your help. They are conducting a study on workplace behaviors and opinions among Canadian nonprofit organizations. Specifically, the project focuses on supervisor-subordinate relationships and important work outcomes (e.g., satisfaction, commitment, performance). If your organization can participate, please contact them at sameer.deshpande@uleth.ca for more information.



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