“Volunteers are the heartbeat of the charitable and nonprofit sector.” Depending on who you speak to, the evolution of volunteering as a vital form of support for those in need (and marginalized communities) can be viewed as either a good or a bad thing. Or, if you’re more politically inclined, it can be viewed as a bit … Continue reading Happy National Volunteer Week!
For "most" people, Labour Day is a public holiday, which affords us some downtime to rest and to see our friends/loved ones. And, this is great. However, in addition to the former, it might also benefit us to think of Labour Day as a time to pause and to remember the reason for, and or history … Continue reading Happy Labour Day!
The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is an national awareness and fundraising event that takes place every year in communities all across Canada. Local events are hosted by AIDS Service Organizations in your community. And, all Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life proceeds remain in the community and provide necessary funds for support services and programs for … Continue reading AIDS Walk Toronto – Sunday, September 13 2015
Youth civic engagement matters! “In this landmark year, as leaders prepare to adopt a bold new vision for sustainable development, the engagement of youth is more valuable than ever. At this critical moment in history, I call on young people to demand and foster the dramatic progress so urgently needed in our world”. - Secretary-General … Continue reading 2015 International Youth Day: Youth Civic Engagement
“Living a long life, the conventional wisdom at the time said, depended to a great extent on who we were—that is, our genes. It depended on the decisions we made—on what we chose to eat, and how much we chose to exercise, and how effectively we were treated by the medical system. No one was … Continue reading Making Friends in Adulthood
June 23, 2015, is Public Service Day . The United Nations (2015) provides the following information about Public Service Day: "The annual observance of Public Service Day highlights the invaluable contributions of public servants and administrators in our efforts to build a better world for all " (Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon). The UN General Assembly, in its … Continue reading What Action Are You Taking On Public Service Day (June 23rd)?
Imagine Canada has released their new Guide to Giving manual. This resource will provide donors with practical information about charitable giving. According to Imagine Canada: Charities and non-profits have helped to build and shape our nation. These organizations engage and empower Canadians, provide communities with vital services, and contribute to quality of life by supporting … Continue reading Help for Donors: New Charity Giving Guide
Imagine Canada has a new T3010 Quick Prep tool, to assist charities in completing their T3010 registered charity information return. Imagine Canada notes the following about this new tool: To be in compliance with Canada Revenue Agency’s regulations, all charities must complete and submit their T3010 filings to the CRA within six months of their fiscal year … Continue reading Help for Charities Completing the Canada Revenue Agency’s T3010
On June 21, 2015 join Ride Don’t Hide, in support of family mental health in Ontario, BC, and Alberta. The event is organized by CMHA , and it increases awareness about mental illness, and also raises funds that make a significant impact in various communities across BC, Alberta and Ontario. There are many ways that you can support … Continue reading Ride Don’t Hide: Support Family Mental Health on June 21st
Today, March 17, is World Social Work Day! The Australian Association of Social Workers (2015) provides the following information about World Social Work Day: World Social Work Day 2015 (WSWD) is on March 17. The theme ‘Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples’ relates to the sorld Social Work Day 2015econd pillar of the Global Agenda for Social … Continue reading March 17th is World Social Work Day!
Today, March 6, is International Women’s Day. The Wold Health Organization (2015) provides the following information about International Women’s Day: 6 March 2015 -- International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate women and their achievements. It’s also a day to take stock of how women’s rights, especially the right to health, are fulfilled in the … Continue reading Today is International Women’s Day
August 19 is World Humanitarian Day. The United Nations (2014) provides the following information about World Humanitarian Day: World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters … Continue reading World Humanitarian Day: Become a Messenger for Humanity on August 19th!
Most organizations are unaware that Statistics Canada offers workshops, on survey methodology and analysis. The Statistics Canada workshops are offered through their regional offices around the country. The workshops provide a great way for agencies to learn how to effectively use statistics, to define their target audience and to better clarify and augment their agency … Continue reading Statistics Canada offers Workshops that can support your agency goals
Today is Mandela Day (Nelson Mandela International Day). Every year Mandela Day is observed internationally, on July 18th. The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory asks the public to note, and commit to, the following on Nelson Mandela Day: Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on July 18, 2009 via unanimous … Continue reading What Action Are You Taking On Nelson Mandela Day (July 18th)?
Seniors grappling with late life depression can often suffer in silence. This is a concern, because if left untreated depression can greatly diminish their quality of life. Research shows that depression symptoms among seniors are similar to people of any age. However, those symptoms can manifest differently. According to author Mark Hager, some of the … Continue reading A Website for Seniors with Depression
The Canadian Anti-spam Legislation (CASL) will be effective on July 1, 2014. The intent of this new law is to “deter the most damaging and deceptive forms of spam from occurring in Canada”. The new law will change the way the for-profit and non-profit sectors can fundraise, and market to existing and prospective clients, via commercial … Continue reading The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)
June 20, 2014 is World Refugee Day . Every year World Refugee Day is observed on June 20th, to raise awareness about the plight of refugees throughout the world. The United Nations (2014) provides the following information about World Refugee Day: For years, many countries and regions have been holding their own Refugee Days and … Continue reading World Refugee Day
On April 26, 2014 the Canada Revenue Agency launched their new video series, Charities and their participation in political activities. The series includes the following three videos: Overview of political activities for charities: This video provides an overview of political activities for registered charities. What is a political activity?: This video provides a definition of political activities … Continue reading CRA: Charities and their participation in political activities video series
This month I want to highlight the YouTube Charities Programme. It's a wonderful YouTube service offering, that provides all the information that a charitable organization might require, to effectively promote their cause online, and to launch an impactful campaign via YouTube. To qualify for the YouTube Charities Programme your organisation “must be a registered nonprofit … Continue reading Tell your organizations story through the YouTube Charities Programme!
Volunteer Canada Sets Up a Volunteer Hotline to Thank Volunteers Volunteer Canada is asking Canadians to call the Volunt-Hear Hotline (1-855-372-5077) to leave a message of thanks for a volunteer. Volunteer Canada had the following to say about the hotline: “Canadians from coast to coast are encouraged to call the Volunt-Hear Hotline and participate in a national … Continue reading April 6 to 12, 2014 is National Volunteer Week
April 7, 2014 is World Health Day. Every year World Health Day is observed on April 7th. It is a day set aside to mark " the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948”. Each year for World Health Day “a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health”. Also, the day “provides an … Continue reading World Health Day
One non-profit companys look at the financial and environmental impact of our clothes: WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) is a UK "not for profit company limited by guarantee, set up with an independent board to promote resource efficiency". In 2011 WRAP released their eye opening report ‘Valuing our clothes’. This report provided a “look at the financial … Continue reading Respecting the earth, your style and your wallet
CLARA'S BIG RIDE: “Clara’s Big Ride is reaching into communities large and small in every province and territory, to encourage all Canadians to be part of the conversation about mental health and help end the stigma around mental illness…Community events will create meaningful opportunities for community building or fundraising in support of local mental health … Continue reading Riding To Support Canadian Communities!
Ride Don’t Hide is an annual charity event organized by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) . On June 22, 2014, through this event, the public will have the opportunity to raise awareness for, and to help eliminate the stigma surrounding, mental illness. Ride Don’t Hide provides participants with the opportunity to improve their fitness, while … Continue reading Support Family Mental Health on June 22nd!
The current - and global - discontent with governments and financial institutions begs a question. What is the goal of economics? According to José Ángel Gurría Treviño, Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) , it is “to improve the lives of people”! And, I am hard pressed to disagree with … Continue reading The OECD and Global Wellness
According to Imagine Canada, "the charitable and non-profit sector in Canada has a remarkable story to tell". Imagine Canada has started to tell this story with the release of their NEW Narrative Toolkit (which will be a part of a series). The goal of this initiative is to assist the Canadian charitable sector to do … Continue reading Imagine Canada with a NEW charitable narrative
Research shows that parents and other family members play a significant role in instilling social responsibility. According to Marion Menard (2010): “Obviously, the family is a very strong locus of socialization. Parents and other family members exercise the primary role in shaping children’s personalities. The discussions that young children have within the family are their … Continue reading Voting and volunteering runs in the family!