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Creating a brighter future: How immigration, environmentalism and the social economy transformed Canada

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
December 14, 2016

Part three in a three-part series outlining the history of social change in Canada.

In pursuit of human rights: Defining the legacy of Canada’s labour, co-op and healthcare movements

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
October 26, 2016

Part two in a three-part series outlining the history of social change in Canada.

Vital Signs 2016: Exploring connection to community and belonging in Canada

Written By: Lee Rose
October 20, 2016

A new national Vital Signs report explores how a feeling of belonging to a community fosters a desire to give back.

Toward Equality: How Canada’s social movements moved the needle on social change

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
September 21, 2016

Part one in a three-part series outlining the history of social change in Canada.

The future of volunteering? It’s a campus thing

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
July 27, 2016

Are new partnerships between community volunteer centres and on-campus student centres the new face of volunteer recruitment?

How to recruit and engage introverted volunteers

Written By: Lesley Taylor
June 15, 2016

Are you doing the right things to recruit and engage introverted volunteers?

Criminal record checks: A valuable screening tool or a barrier to volunteering?

Written By: Susan Fish
May 18, 2016

Background checks are an important part of volunteer screening - but are nonprofit organizations relying on them too heavily?

Good for the sector, good for the students: Mandatory volunteering for high school graduation

Written By: Susan Fish
April 20, 2016

Many provinces across Canada require high school students to complete a set number of volunteer hours in order to graduate. Is this a good idea, for students and for the nonprofit sector?

Coding for good: The rise of charity hackathons

Written By: Susan Fish
April 13, 2016

Hackers might have a dubious reputation but increasingly, hackers are using their skills for public benefit.

It's not just fun and Games: The volunteer legacy of large-scale sporting events

Written By: Susan Fish
July 8, 2015

When big sporting events come to town, what volunteer legacy do they create?

Giving, Volunteering and Participating: Latest survey results from Statistics Canada

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
April 8, 2015

The new Giving, Volunteering and Participating Survey has just been released by Statistics Canada. We break down all the important information in this article.

How to recruit paid volunteers

Written By: Joshua Schukman
November 12, 2014

Corporations are increasingly giving staff paid time off to volunteer in their communities. Are you taking advantage of this emerging trend?

Focusing on shared value: The changing nature of nonprofit and business partnerships

Written By: Susan Fish
August 13, 2014

Partnerships between nonprofits and businesses no longer revolve around funding applications and donation cheques. Instead, nonprofits and businesses are focusing on shared value.

The changing face of volunteering in Canada

Written By: Susan Fish
July 2, 2014

The traditional approach to volunteering in Canada is changing - but what does this mean for Canadian nonprofits? And how can your organization ensure you aren't left behind?

How talent (not money) will transform your organization

Written By: Lynda Gerty
February 18, 2013

It's time to redefine volunteerism.

Volunteer Engagement Week Live Chats with Volunteer Canada

Written By: CharityVillage
January 24, 2013

Missed the CharityVillage live chats with Volunteer Canada in celebration of Volunteer Engagement Week? Check out these replays for valuable information on screening, recognition, and Volunteer Canada's Bridging the Gap study.

The abundant not-for-profit (recorded webinar)

Written By: CharityVillage
December 5, 2012

Watch as Lynda Gerty, Director of Engagement at Vantage Point, explores how a People Lens culture allows you to attract and engage talent.

Engaging young volunteers: What motivates youth to give their time?

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
November 22, 2012

What lies within the heart of a young volunteer? What is it that inspires them to move, to act, to help?

NDP MP proposes tax credit for volunteers

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
October 30, 2012

How much would you compensate a volunteer for his or her work and/or time?

Are we truly engaging our volunteers?

Written By: Allison Griffith Seniuk
June 20, 2012

Is expanding the traditional view of volunteerism key to creating meaningful and engaging volunteer opportunities?