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Microgrants available in Calgary to make communities more walkable

July 19, 2017

ActivateYYC is a new, one-time microgrant program that centers on local community projects in Calgary that bring people together to walk, play and be neighbourly. These projects employ tactical urbanism – quick, temporary, and low-cost initiatives. ActivateYYC will provide grants – averaging $750 – to organized groups and businesses to experiment with temporary local projects and events that motivate Calgarians to walk, play and be neighbourly. Projects are encouraged to take place in any season of the year. To support, organize and administer these grants, the Federation of Calgary Communities has partnered with the City of Calgary and Walk21 to introduce the ActivateYYC program to local communities! If you have a great idea to make your community more walkable, submit your application by August 15, 2017.



Honda Indy Toronto raises nearly $90,000 for Make-A-Wish Canada

July 19, 2017

Thanks to the incredible generosity of race fans, the Ontario Honda Dealers Association (OHDA) and the Honda Canada Foundation (HCF), nearly $90,000 was raised for Make-A-Wish® Canada during the Honda Indy Toronto race weekend. This marks the eighth consecutive year of Make-A-Wish® fundraising efforts at the race, which has generated a total of more than $600,000 for the organization dedicated to granting wishes for children with life threatening medical conditions. All contributions from race fans over the weekend were matched dollar-for-dollar by the Honda Canada Foundation, Honda Canada's national charitable arm.



Survey finds Canadian workers spend average of 1 day per work week on personal tasks

July 19, 2017

Canadian professionals surveyed by staffing firm OfficeTeam said they spend an average of 43 minutes per day, or the equivalent of more than three and a half hours a week, using their mobile device for non-work activities in the office. In contrast, senior managers estimate their staff members spend 32 minutes each day on their cell phones during business hours. Workers also admitted to clocking 40 minutes a day on personal tasks. All in all, the average employee could be wasting nearly 7 hours per work week on activities unrelated to the job. While 38% of managers think staff spend the most time on social networks when using their own mobile devices during business hours, workers said they're most occupied by personal email (35%).



Canadians invited to share their ideas on how to prevent and reduce homelessness

July 17, 2017

The Government of Canada has announced the creation of the Advisory Committee on Homelessness, chaired by Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary (Housing and Urban Affairs) to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. To assist the Advisory Committee with its work, an online engagement process has been launched to gather feedback and ideas from Canadians on how to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada. All Canadians are invited to share their views and ideas through the online survey and by sharing their stories before the end of August 2017. The Advisory Committee will consider the feedback and ideas from the engagement process and will provide the Minister with options for the redesign of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).



Ministry of the Status of Women Ontario seeking public feedback

July 17, 2017

Share your feedback about how to help women and girls achieve their full social and economic potential. Your feedback will be used by the Ministry of the Status of Women to develop Ontario’s first strategy for the economic empowerment of women. The Ministry will report back on the findings of this consultation in September 2017 before they release the final strategy in Fall 2017. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2017.



People on the Move: Marcie Flom named executive director of the Jewish Community Foundation

July 12, 2017

The Board of Directors of Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and the Board of Governors of the Jewish Community Foundation are pleased to announce the appointment of Marcie Flom to the position of executive director of the Jewish Community Foundation. Marcie brings more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience to the role. Marcie previously served as both director of the Jewish Community Foundation and vice-president, financial resource development of Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, where she was responsible for the revenue functions of the organization including the annual campaign, special projects, and corporate funding of nearly $15 million annually. Prior to that, she had a consulting practice and held leadership roles at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company and the National Ballet of Canada.



Air Canada Foundation raises more than $1,100,000 to help Canadian children's charities

July 12, 2017

The Air Canada Foundation sixth annual golf tournament netted over $1,100,000 in support of organizations focused on health and well-being of children in Canada. The tournament was held Monday, July 10 at the Saint Raphaël Golf Club, Québec, and featured close to 300 golfers from across North America. It included a full day of golf followed by a cocktail-style dinner, silent and live auctions of items donated by tournament partners and Air Canada Foundation supporters.



Companies come forward to support disaster relief efforts in British Columbia

July 12, 2017

As the devastating wildfires in British Columbia continue to burn, causing thousands to be displaced from their homes, companies across Canada are announcing donations to assist both the victims and the disaster relief efforts:

  • iA Financial Group - $25,000
  • Great-West Life - $25,000
  • Sun Life Financial - $25,000
  • CN - $25,000
  • RBC - $50,000
  • BMO - $50,000
  • Scotiabank - $50,000
  • TD Bank Group - $50,000
  • Honda Canada Foundation - $100,000
  • HSBC - $100,000
  • BCAA - $100,000
  • Unifor - $100,000

Additionally, Lowe's Canada announced the launch of a national campaign, in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross, to aid victims of the wildfires currently raging in British Columbia. White Spot has also announced a fundraising day for July 13, and Boston Pizza has also announced a fundraising initiative.



New, enhanced version of the Mental Health at Work® Challenge now available

July 10, 2017

BestLifeRewarded® Innovations (formerly Cookson James Loyalty), Excellence Canada and Economic Club of Canada, among other partners, launched an exciting, organizational support program called the Mental Health at Work® Challenge 3 years ago. The aim of the program is to create a FREE, easy-to-follow, one-stop-shop tool providing organizations with the essentials to begin to implement the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the "National Standard"). The Mental Health at Work® Challenge is a fun and engaging program that provides a step-by-step approach for administrators to implement the essentials of creating a psychological healthy and safe environment along with resources for employees to become more aware and educated about mental health stigma in the workplace, as well action tools to be more psychologically healthy.

Based on member feedback, the partners made several enhancements to the program, such as new 30-day challenges that launch every three (3) months, the addition of a new Excellence Canada Guidebook, offered free of charge to program participants as an easier-to-navigate administrative portal, and more automated communications to employees. All Canadian companies and organizations (including nonprofit) are encouraged to join the FREE Mental Health at Work® Challenge and together we will de-stigmatize mental illness in the workplace. Get started here.



Apply now to host a Speaker's Bureau with Plan International Canada

July 7, 2017

Host a Speakers Bureau in your community to promote youth voice and help advance gender equality! Plan International Canada is looking to partner with community-based organizations in Canada to host local Speakers Bureau hubs. There will be 5 Speakers Bureau hub locations across Canada led by 2 local facilitators at each location, who will be trained, paid and supported by Plan International Canada staff.

A Speakers Bureau Hub builds a local network of young people, ages 14-24 who create positive change through the Because I am a Girl movement. Speakers Bureau members participate in monthly meetings co-led by the facilitators, which consist of interactive workshops designed to develop their knowledge of issues related to gender inequality and enhance their public speaking skills. Speakers Bureau members will create action plans to raise awareness for these issues in their community.

Apply today! Applications close on Sunday, July 23rd.



Employers concerned about the impact that legalization of marijuana will have on the workplace: HRPA

July 6, 2017

With less than one year until the legalization of marijuana in Canada, a new study reveals that employers feel unprepared for the impact the increased drug use may have on the workplace. In a survey answered by over 650 Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) members between June 1 and June 9, 2017, over 45% of respondents do not believe their current workplace policies adequately address the potential new issues that may arise with the legalization and expected increased use of marijuana.

In the new whitepaper entitled Clearing the Haze: The Impacts of Marijuana on the Workplace, HRPA makes 10 recommendations to governments and employers to ensure that they are prepared for the increased use of marijuana and the affects that will inevitably have on the workplace. These recommendations include that the government maintain two regulatory streams for medical and recreational cannabis, and ensuring employers are prepared to answer questions about coverage of medical marijuana in their extended health care plans.



Charities Directorate no longer reviewing draft governing documents

July 5, 2017

As of July 1, 2017, the Charities Directorate no longer reviews draft governing documents. Applications submitted with draft governing documents will be treated as incomplete and returned to the applicant. To submit a complete application, you must include certified governing documents. If an applicant believes that the purposes in its certified governing documents no longer accurately reflect its programs, it can provide proposed purposes with its application. However, the organization’s current certified governing documents must also be provided. To determine what documents are required in order to submit a complete application, we encourage you to try the application document checklist tool.



Aviva Community Fund announces new funding category for young social entrepreneurs

July 5, 2017

2017 marks the ninth year of the $1 million Aviva Community Fund – Canada's longest running online community funding competition. In honour of Canada's 150th, Aviva Canada is proud to introduce a new Aviva Community Fund category: Community Legacy. The $150,000 prize for the Community Legacy category is in addition to the usual $1 million from Aviva Community Fund. Community Legacy is open to current or aspiring social entrepreneurs, aged 18 to 25, to submit an original solution to tackle the consequences of climate change. The Aviva Community Fund opens for submissions on September 13th. For more information on the current and new funding categories, and how to submit an idea, visit avivacanada.com/acf2017.



Volunteer Alberta's Serving Communities Internship Program now accepting applications

July 4, 2017

The Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP) brings Alberta’s nonprofit organizations and post-secondary students together to make a difference in their communities. SCiP internships are meaningful, skill-based opportunities providing mutual benefit to both nonprofit organizations and post-secondary students:

  • Nonprofit organizations gain added talent and human capacity so that they can better achieve their missions.
  • Post-secondary students gain skills, experience, and networks, along with a $1000 bursary, so that they can better achieve their missions.

The next program year of the Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP) begins August 1, and Volunteer Alberta will once again be accepting nonprofit internship opportunities, starting in the second week of July. Students will be able to apply for these positions at the beginning of August.



Nominations open for Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards

July 4, 2017

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 deadline for submissions is September 15, 2017.



Vancouver entrepreneur to donate $500,000 in matching funds for Variety - the Children's Charity

June 28, 2017

Victory Square Technologies founder and CEO Shafin Diamond Tejani has committed a $500,000 matching donation to Variety - the Children's Charity's Variety Kids Can campaign. The Variety Kids Can campaign, launched on March 28th of this year was kicked off by an initial $1M donation by the Milan and Maureen Ilich Foundation, with the goal of $2.5M raised. Introduced to Variety BC by Victory Square Technologies board member and Variety BC past president, Howard Blank, Tejani has long supported children's charities. Just this past week he won the 2017 Technology Impact Award for Person of the Year. The $500,000 he has committed to Variety represents half of $1M he has pledged to BC charities.



Young Canadians get creative to Make 150 Count

June 28, 2017

RBC today shared the results of RBC Make 150 Count, a Canada 150 initiative designed to empower young Canadians to make a difference in their communities, in their own unique way. Three thousand young people from every province and territory were selected to participate in the program. Participants, between the ages of 14 and 25, were chosen either by their local RBC branch or by submitting ideas using #Make150Count on social media.

Their stories show Canada's youth have a desire to make a deep social impact. Over 90% focus on those less fortunate in the community, supporting causes ranging from homelessness, to women's shelters, food banks and helping community members with special needs. Of this 90%, more than half used their $150 to raise even more money for their local projects (more than $35,000 to date). Nutrition is a topic that matters to the Make 150 Count participants. More than 25% of the projects involve food banks, breakfast clubs, groceries, vegetable gardens and meals for those in need. Other leading areas of focus include:

  • random acts of kindness with participants sharing more than 500 gift cards and more than 1,000 flowers.
  • animal welfare (16% of projects, involving than 112 animal shelter donations)
  • books and literacy (11% of projects and 1,200 books donated to schools, hospitals and libraries)
  • relief from the cold Canadian winter (10% of projects and 431 toques, 446 pairs of mittens and 221 blankets donated).

A large majority of participants (70%) combined their personal passion and talent for a good cause.



HSBC donates $1 million to Breakfast Club of Canada in celebration of Canada's 150th

June 28, 2017

In celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary this year, HSBC Bank Canada is donating $1 million to Breakfast Club of Canada for breakfast programs in Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Toronto and Montreal to benefit 4,500 youth each year for the next three years (2017-20). In addition, 50 school kitchens will be equipped to prepare healthy breakfasts, and HSBC employees across the country will continue to participate in Breakfast Club of Canada's 'Adopt a School' volunteer program.



Newly released Canadian data confirms employee volunteer programs help attract and retain talent

June 27, 2017

According to a study by Volunteer Canada and Investors Group, 68% of Canadians polled by IPSOS Public Affairs said that, given the choice, they would choose a job with a company that has a strong volunteering culture over one that does not. Further, Canadians are looking to their employer to help them volunteer: 60% of Canadians would volunteer more if it was organized by an employer.

However, simply offering employees time off to volunteer for a nonprofit organization may not be enough. The poll also showed Canadians are involved in a wide range of activities that improve their community such as donating used clothing or raising awareness of an issue through social media. Volunteer Canada believes this points to a need for companies to reconsider traditional employee community engagement program parameters and expand their definition of what constitutes volunteering.



iA Financial Group launches philanthropic contest across Canada

June 27, 2017

As part of its 125th anniversary, iA Financial Group has launched a contest aimed at helping a Canadian charitable organization realize a project. The top ten projects will be presented to the public, who will then be invited to vote for the project that inspires them the most. The organization that receives the most votes will receive a donation of $125,000 to realize its project. The other nine organizations will each receive a donation of $12,500. To be eligible to enter, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be registered with the Canada Revenue Agency
  • Aim to improve the quality of life of Canadians
  • Operate in the health, education or social services sectors
  • Provide assistance to individuals – funding is not available for organizations that help other organizations
  • Propose a project to be launched in 2018

Project submissions will be accepted until September 30.



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