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Welcome to CharityVillage Connects – a series that highlights topics vital to the nonprofit sector in Canada. CharityVillage is a resource to over 170,000 charitable and nonprofit organizations in Canada. This series, hosted by President Mary Barroll, will provide in-depth conversations with experts in the nonprofit sector. We’ll examine diversity, equity and inclusion, innovations in fundraising, the gap in female representation in leadership and many other subjects crucial to the growth and development of charities throughout Canada. read less
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The State of Canadian Generosity: Trends You Need to Know for 2024
22-04-2024
The State of Canadian Generosity: Trends You Need to Know for 2024
What's the most recent research revealing about the state of Canadian fundraising? Join us in this episode of CharityVillage Connects, where we dig into new reports that reveal the impact of inflation on giving, demographic changes that require new fundraising strategies, and larger sociological shifts that may account for the current downward trend in donations. Listen now, as experts and researchers from across the sector share their findings, concerns, and potential solutions.  Meet Our Guests in Order of Appearance  Dr. Paloma Raggo, Director and Principal Investigator, Charity Insights Project Canada (CICP) at Carleton University John Hallward, President, Sector3Insights Wen-Chih O’Connell, Executive Director and President, PayPal Giving Fund Canada Charlotte Field, Partner, Good Works About your Host Mary Barroll, president of CharityVillage, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former CBC journalist and independent TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at CharityVillage.com, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not for profits in Canada, and then President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company, TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads. CharityVillage Resources from this Episode CharityVillage eLearning: Digital Transformation Additional Resources from this Episode We've gathered the resources from this episode into one helpful list: Generosity in Canada: The 2023 Generosity Index (Fraser Institute) The Status of Canadian Fundraising Report 2023 (Blackbaud) State of the Canadian Charitable Sector: Mid-Year Report 2023 (Charity Insights Canada Project) Charity Insights Canada Project Survey on Donor Behaviour (June 2023) Generosity in Canada: Summary Report 2023 (Sector3Insights) The Future of Giving: Looking Beyond the Selfie (PayPal Giving Fund and AGENTSC)  Record high charitable giving in 2021 by the fewest donors ever (Statistics Canada)  State of the Legacy Nation 2023 (Good Works) Learn more and listen to the full interviews with the guests here.
Workplace Conflict: The Enemy of Mental Health and Productivity
18-03-2024
Workplace Conflict: The Enemy of Mental Health and Productivity
A recent TELUS Health Mental Health Index indicates that employees experiencing workplace conflict lose up to 55 days in productivity per year. The impacts of conflict at work are clear - lost productivity, but also stress and lower mental health scores for the staff who experience it. In this episode, we explore the factors that contribute to workplace conflict, including power dynamics, racism and microaggressions, and mounting workloads, outline an organization’s legal requirements to take action, and provide some practical tips for leaders and staff to address conflict when it happens in your workplace. Meet Our Guests in Order of Appearance ·         Paula Allen, Global Leader, Research and Client Insights, TELUS Health·         Eileen Chadnick, Principal, Big Cheese Coaching·         Sarah Albo, Founder, Novel HR·         Rensia Melles, Manager, Clinical Operations Canada, Lyra Health·         Donna Marshall, CEO, Workright Ltd.·         Jackie Laviolette, Partner, Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP About your HostMary Barroll, president of CharityVillage, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former CBC journalist and independent TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at CharityVillage.com, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not for profits in Canada, and then President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company, TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads.CharityVillage eLearning Courses Mentioned in this Episode·         Mental Health and Psychological Safety at Work Master Certificate Program·         OHSA and AODA Compliance Training Package for Employees·         OHSA and AODA Compliance Training Package for Leaders and SupervisorsRelated CharityVillage eLearning Courses·         Communicating Internally·         Working in Teams·         Developing Emotional Resiliency & Self Care·         IDEA Fundamentals·         Introduction to Unconscious BiasAdditional Resources from this EpisodeWe've gathered the resources from this episode into one helpful list:·         TELUS Mental Health Index reveals workers lose 55 working days per year due to workplace conflict·         Warring Egos, Toxic Individuals, Feeble Leadership: A study of conflict in the Canadian workplace (Psychometrics Canada Ltd)·         Nonviolent Communication: A Language Of Life: Life-changing Tools For Healthy Relationships by Marshall B. Rosenberg·         Workplace harassment and violence impacts over 70% of employees in Canada, study shows (CBC)·         Black Canadians feel their employers are making headway in eradicating anti-Black racism (KPMG)·         Remembering the fatal 1999 OC Transpo shootings: 'I only wish I got to know him better' (Ottawa Citizen) ·         Federal court certifies $1.1B class action against RCMP over alleged bullying, harassment (CBC)·         Canadian Human Rights Commission·         Twenty per cent of Canadians experienced increased workplace conflict or aggression (LifeWorks, now TELUS Health)Learn more and listen to the full interviews with the guests here.
Artificial Intelligence and Nonprofits: Panacea or Pandora's Box?
23-01-2024
Artificial Intelligence and Nonprofits: Panacea or Pandora's Box?
Artificial intelligence has taken the world by storm.  Its ability to churn out research, generate reports, and create stunning images – all at lightning speed – has generated both excitement and deep anxiety.  The impact of AI has already been enormous and the nonprofit world is no exception.  With the sector notoriously slow when it comes to investing in technology, the question remains: Will nonprofits embrace these revolutionary new tools or be left in the dust of this whirlwind of change?  Meet Our Guests in Order of Appearance  Brendan Howe, CEO and Founder, Techify Alexandra Samuel, Technology Journalist and Author Meena Das, Founder, Namaste Data Beth Kanter, International Nonprofit Thought Leader and Author Jason Shim, Chief Digital Officer, Canadian Centre for Nonprofit Digital Resilience Dan Kershaw, Executive Director, Furniture Bank Charles Buchanan, CEO and Founder, Technology Helps This episode of Charity Village Connects is brought to you by the RISE Program. Funded by Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada, this free, self-guided and fully virtual training program is available to all charities and nonprofits looking to leverage user-centric design to update, enhance or add to their services. Visit riseprogram.ca to learn more, register and begin your user-centric design journey today.  About your Host Mary Barroll, president of CharityVillage, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former CBC journalist and independent TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at CharityVillage.com, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not-for-profits in Canada, and then President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company, TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads. CharityVillage Resources from this Episode CharityVillage eLearning: Digital Transformation Additional Resources from this Episode We've gathered the resources from this episode into one helpful list: “We can’t refuse to look at artificial intelligence until it passes us by”: a new survey finds that most charities don’t understand how they could use artificial intelligence (Future of Good) Weekly Report: Artificial Intelligence (Charity Insights Canada Project) KPMG in Canada Generative AI Adoption Index ChatGPT The Smart Nonprofit: Staying Human-Centred in an Automated World by Beth Kanter How we created AI photos of poverty without harming those we seek to help (Furniture Bank)  The Picture Isn’t Real, The Reality Is (Furniture Bank) An eating disorders chatbot offered dieting advice, raising fears about AI in health (NPR) Microsoft pulls article recommending Ottawa Food Bank to tourists (CBC) KFC apologises after German Kristallnacht promotion (BBC) Journalist says he had a creepy encounter with new tech that left him unable to sleep (CNN) Canadian AI pioneer brings plea to U.S. Congress: Pass a law now (CBC) AI could lead to extinction, experts warn (BBC) We Got Social Media Wrong. Can We Get AI Right? By Alexandra Samuel (JSTOR) Why Furniture Bank Has a Responsible AI Manifesto (Furniture Bank) 8 Steps Nonprofits Can Take to Adopt AI Responsibly by Beth Kanter, Allison Fine & Philip Deng (Stanford Social Innovation Review) Learn more and listen to the full interviews with the guests here.
Celebrating the 2023 CharityVillage Award Winners
18-12-2023
Celebrating the 2023 CharityVillage Award Winners
On November 29, at the CharityVillage Conference & Awards, we announced this year’s winners in a variety of categories, including fundraising, workplace mental health, and diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as outstanding individual impact. Just in time for the holidays, we’re excited to introduce you to some of our 2023 award winners. Join us to celebrate exceptional achievements in the Canadian nonprofit sector in this episode of CharityVillage Connects!Meet Our GuestsShannon Caskey, Director of Development, The Darling Home for Kids - Best Fundraising ProfessionalLorenda Calvert, Programs Manager, BC Museums Association - Best Nonprofit Employer - Workplace Mental Health (Under 20 Staff)Ambreen Ahmad, Managing Director, Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy - Best Technological Innovation (Under 20 Staff)Jared Ross, Board President, Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy – Best Technological Innovation (Under 20 Staff)Lais Gomes, Volunteer Manager, Access Pro Bono Society of BC - Best Volunteer Management ProfessionalKat Vriesema-Magnuson, Director of Experiential Learning Programs, Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society – Best Nonprofit Employer - Youth Advancement (Under 20 Staff)Irene Duah-Kessie, Founder and Executive Director, Rise in STEM – Best Individual Contribution to Advancing Youth in the WorkplaceTaya Rtichsheva, Executive Director, U Multicultural Channel – Most Outstanding Impact - StaffCecilia Ching Yee Leung, Volunteer, Chinese Community Policing Centre – Most Outstanding Impact - VolunteerMisha Goforth, Manager of Social Research & Development, Pride at Work Canada / Fierté au travail Canada - Best Nonprofit Employer - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (Under 20 Staff)Tammy Webster, Director of Equity, Let’s Talk Science - Best Volunteer Program (20+ Staff)Isabel Deslauriers, Director of Youth & Volunteer Experience, Let’s Talk Science – Best Volunteer Program (20+ Staff)About your HostMary Barroll, president of CharityVillage, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former CBC journalist and TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at CharityVillage.com, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not for profits in Canada, and then President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company, TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads.Additional Resources from this EpisodeWe've gathered the resources from this episode into one helpful list:CharityVillage Conference & AwardsFull list of all CharityVillage 2023 Award Winners and FinalistsLearn more and listen to the full interviews with the guests here.
Canadian Philanthropy: Time for a Shake Up?
25-09-2023
Canadian Philanthropy: Time for a Shake Up?
In this episode of CharityVillage Connects, we take a hard look at the evolving nature of philanthropy and the changing role of foundations in Canada, both public and private, and how they collectively manage over $120 billion in assets. Recent research shows that many Canadians – including those within the sector itself – do not really understand how charitable foundations work, how many billions in assets they are sitting on, and how decisions are made as to who does – and doesn’t – get funding. Is it time for a shakeup in how we approach philanthropy in Canada? Tune into CharityVillage Connects to find out.Meet Our Guests in Order of Appearance John Hallward, Founder, GIV3Andrew Chunilall, CEO, Community Foundations of CanadaJean-Marc Mangin, President & CEO, Philanthropic Foundations of CanadaMark Blumberg, Lawyer, Blumbergs Professional CorporationPaulette Senior, CEO and President, Canadian Women’s Foundation Liz Liske, Director, Arctic Funders CollaborativeDr. Bruce Lourie, President, Ivey FoundationAbout your HostMary Barroll, president of CharityVillage, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology, and IP law. A former CBC journalist and independent TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at CharityVillage.com, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not-for-profits in Canada, and then President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company, TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads.CharityVillage Resources from this EpisodeCharityVillage Connects: Nonprofit Leadership: It’s all about trustCharityVillage Connects: How Bill S-216 could transform the nonprofit sector foreverCharityVillage Connects: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Canada’s nonprofit sectorAdditional Resources from this EpisodeWe've gathered the resources from this episode into one helpful list:Decolonizing Wealth, Second Edition: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance by Edgar VillanuevaCanadian Foundation Facts (Philanthropic Foundations of Canada)Canadians’ Opinions about Government and the Charitable Sector (Sector3Insights)New disbursement quota is now law and in force – what you need to know (Philanthropic Foundations of Canada)New Qualifying Disbursement Rules and Directed Donations Anti-Avoidance Provisions Complicate Charity Regulation (Mark Blumberg)How much did the largest Canadian private foundations spend in 2021? (Mark Blumberg)More than 2%: A vision for feminist philanthropy (Paulette Senior for The Philanthropist)‘We don’t have a word for philanthropy’ (The Philanthropist)Ivey Foundation to wind up, granting $100 million endowment in 5 yearsMcConnell commits $30M in capital transfers to Indigenous-led foundationsIf charities want to see a vibrant future, they should spend more of their assets today (Globe & Mail)Learn more and listen to the full interviews with the guests here.
Disappearing Volunteers: The Looming Crisis for Nonprofits
28-08-2023
Disappearing Volunteers: The Looming Crisis for Nonprofits
A perfect storm is threatening the very foundation of Canada’s nonprofit sector. A severe shortage of volunteers has led to the cancellation and suspension of critical programming and services across Canada and, in some cases, the closure of entire organizations. In this episode of CharityVillage Connects, we explore why so many volunteers simply didn’t return post-pandemic, how current trends are impacting volunteerism in Canada, and what organizations can do to recruit new volunteers and retain those they already have. Can this looming crisis be averted? Hear sector experts weigh in on this critical issue in our latest episode.Meet Our Guests in Order of Appearance ·         Megan Conway, President and CEO, Volunteer Canada·         Heather Johnson, President, Professional Association of Volunteer Leaders – Ontario (PAVRO)·         Lisa Mort-Putland, Executive Director, Volunteer Victoria·         Raaj Chatterjee, Co-Founder and CEO, Meaningful Work·         Lori Gotlieb, Volunteer Management Consultant, Lori Gotlieb ConsultingAbout your HostMary Barroll, president of CharityVillage, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former CBC journalist and independent TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at CharityVillage.com, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not for profits in Canada, and then President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company, TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads.CharityVillage Resources from this Episode·         CharityVillage eLearning: Virtual Volunteering·         CharityVillage eLearning: Volunteer Engagement·         Checklist for Writing Effective Volunteer Postings·         Post a free volunteer listing on CharityVillage·         Search for volunteer opportunities on CharityVillageAdditional Resources from this EpisodeWe've gathered the resources from this episode into one helpful list:·         Critical lack of volunteers putting Canadian non-profit services at risk: Volunteer Canada (CBC)·         B.C. outreach organizations are struggling to meet demand (CBC)·         2022 State of the Sector During Uncertain Times (ONN) [Volunteers Are Not Returning, page 9] ·         National Action Strategy for Volunteerism (Volunteer Canada)·         Canadian Survey of Business Conditions, Fourth Quarter 2022 (Statistics Canada)·         Senior Volunteering Project: The Impact of COVID and Pandemic Precautions on Senior Volunteers (Volunteer Victoria)·         What Trends Will Impact Nonprofits and Charities in the First Quarter of 2023? (Imagine Canada)·         Let’s talk about the problems with volunteering (The Philanthropist)·         Virtual Volunteering (Volunteer Canada)·         Survey on Volunteer Recruitment (Carleton University) (June 2023)Learn more and listen to the full interviews with the guests here.
Nonprofit Leadership: It's All about Trust
25-04-2023
Nonprofit Leadership: It's All about Trust
Buffeted on all sides from seemingly endless waves of controversies and challenges, nonprofit leadership in Canada finds itself increasingly under the microscope. Public trust in the sector has reached new lows in recent years, and, with donations in decline and as the sector grapples with issues around transparency, accountability, and the lack of diversity at the highest levels, we’re asking: Is it time for a leadership refresh in the nonprofit sector? Tune into CharityVillage Connects to find out. Meet Our Guests in Order of Appearance Bruce MacLellan, CEO, Proof StrategiesSteven Ayer, CEO, Common Good StrategiesMatt Fullbrook, Founder, Fullbrook Board EffectivenessJessie Williams, Director of Business Development and Communications, New Relationship TrustTrish Mandewo, President and CEO, Synergy Executive & BoardsPaulette Senior, CEO and President, Canadian Women’s FoundationDr. Wendy Cukier, Founder, Diversity InstituteMark Blumberg, Lawyer, Blumbergs Professional Corporation John Hallward, Founder, GIV3About your HostMary Barroll, president of CharityVillage, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former CBC journalist and independent TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at CharityVillage.com, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not for profits in Canada, and then President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company, TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads.CharityVillage Resources from this EpisodeConfidence in charity leaders has fallen sharply over the last two decades: What does this mean for the sector? (June 2021)CharityVillage Connects: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Canada’s Nonprofit Sector (January 2023)CharityVillage Connects: A Home in Government for the Nonprofit Sector (October 2023)Additional Resources from this EpisodeWe've gathered the resources from this episode into one helpful list:CanTrust Index by Proof StrategiesA Better Canada Report by Environics InstituteEdelman Trust Barometer Special Report: Business and Racial Justice in Canada (2021)Ontario Nonprofit Network’s Decent Work for Women InitiativeThe 50-30 Challenge Era of uncertainty: How leaders in Canada’s non-profit sector are preparing for 2023 (The Philanthropist)The Foundation for Black Communities Awarded Stewardship of $200-Million Black-Led Philanthropic Endowment Fund by Federal Government (Feb 2023)Learn more and listen to the full interviews with the guests here.
Workplace Mental Health in Canada’s Nonprofit Sector: It’s Time for a Check Up
27-02-2023
Workplace Mental Health in Canada’s Nonprofit Sector: It’s Time for a Check Up
One year after we first covered the issue of workplace mental health on CharityVillage Connects, we are back with a wellness checkup on the sector. How are nonprofits faring today, what’s changed since last year, and, perhaps most importantly, what practical steps can sector leaders implement right now to better support the mental health and well-being of their staff and volunteers? Tune in to this special episode to find out.Meet Our Guests in Order of Appearance Paula Allen, Global Leader, Research and Total Wellbeing and a Senior Vice-President, TELUS Health (formerly LifeWorks)Caroline Kealey, Founder, Results Map®Steve Lurie, Executive Director (Retired), Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Toronto BranchRensia Melles, Founder, Integral Workplace HealthDr. Luke Schneider, Clinical Research Associate, PSPNETAbout your HostMary Barroll, president of CharityVillage, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former CBC journalist and independent TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP of Media Affairs at CharityVillage.com, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not-for-profits in Canada, and then President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company, TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads.About CharityVillageCharityVillage is a career resource to over 170,000 charitable and nonprofit organizations across Canada.CharityVillage Resources from this EpisodeCharityVillage Connects: Workplace Mental Health in the Age of COVID (January 2022)Mental Health and Psychological Safety at Work Master Certificate Program (online course)Effectively Onboarding New Staff and Volunteers (online course)Additional Resources from this EpisodeWe've gathered the resources from this episode into one helpful list:TELUS Health's (formerly LifeWorks) Mental Health IndexCanadians with disabilities more likely to report their organization does not value diversity and inclusion [TELUS Health’s (formerly Lifeworks) Mental Health Index] (December 2022)WTF is going on? (Caroline Kealey)Tolerance for Uncertainty: A COVID-19 WorkbookManagers Have Major Impact On Mental Health: How To Lead For Wellbeing (Forbes) Combatting the Great Resignation with Workplace Well-being (YMCA WorkWell)Not Myself Today (Canadian Mental Health Association)Mental Health Works (CMHA Ontario)National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (Mental Health Commission of Canada)Guarding Minds at Work (CanadaLife)PSPNET (for frontline public safety personnel)Wellness Together Canada (Mental health tips and free telephone-based counseling, funded by the Government of Canada)Online Therapy Unit (Internet-delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy program providing free services to all Saskatchewan residents)Uncomfortable (but Necessary) Conversations About Burnout (Gallup)Learn more and listen to the full interviews with the guests here.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Canada’s Nonprofit Sector
23-01-2023
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Canada’s Nonprofit Sector
Due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic and global movements such as Black Lives Matter, recent years have seen a heightened awareness of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion – within society generally, and especially within the workplace. But are Canadian nonprofit organizations ready to take the next step in their diversity, equity, and inclusion journey? And what tools and resources are available to help them make meaningful change? In this episode, we’ll explore best practices and new strategies for making a positive and lasting impact in the sector, along with practical steps that nonprofits of any size will find useful.  Meet Our Guests in Order of Appearance Dr. Wendy Cukier, Founder, The Diversity Institute at Toronto Metropolitan UniversityTrish Mandewo, President & CEO, Synergy Executive & BoardsChanel Grenaway, CEO & Founder, Chanel Grenaway & AssociatesJosh Basile, Community Relations Manager, accesiBEJade Pichette, Director of Programs, Pride at Work CanadaTim Fox, Vice President of Indigenous Relations & Equity Strategy, Calgary FoundationKris Archie, Chief Executive Officer, The Circle on PhilanthropyJessie Williams, Director of Business Development and Communications, New Relationship TrustAbout your HostMary Barroll, president of CharityVillage, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former CBC journalist and independent TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at CharityVillage.com, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not-for-profits in Canada, and then President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company, TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads.CharityVillage Resources from this EpisodeDiversity in Canada’s Not-For-Profit Sector (CharityVillage)CharityVillage Web Accessibility Solution, in partnership with accessiBeOnline courses available via CharityVillage:Creating Diversity, Equity, Sensitivity, and Inclusion in your Workplace: A Roadmap for Real ChangeDiversity, Sensitivity, and Inclusion Training: Promoting Anti-Discrimination and Equity in the WorkplaceIDEA FundamentalsIntroduction to Unconscious BiasAdditional Resources from this EpisodeWe've gathered the resources from this episode into one helpful list:Diversity of Charity and Non-Profit Boards (Statistics Canada)Unfunded: Black Communities Overlooked by Canadian Philanthropy (Network for the Advancement of Black Communities and Carleton University’s Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program)Disability, Work and Inclusion (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Canadians with disabilities more likely to report their organization does not value diversity and inclusion (LifeWorks)Fatal Violence Against the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community in 2022 (Human Rights Campaign)Canadian charities giving to Indigenous Charities and Qualified Donees (Blumbergs Charity Law)Learn more and listen to the full interviews with the guests here.
Celebrating the 2022 CharityVillage Award Winners
19-12-2022
Celebrating the 2022 CharityVillage Award Winners
On November 30, at the CharityVillage Conference & Awards, we announced this year’s winners in a variety of categories, including fundraising, workplace mental health, and diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as outstanding individual impact. As 2022 comes to a close, let's come together to celebrate the commitment, passion and drive that will keep Canada’s nonprofit sector moving forward into the New Year, and beyond.In this episode, we feature our award winners and their stories, which are truly amazing and will no doubt provide plenty of ideas and inspiration for organizations of any size or mission. Join us in a big round of applause for these deserving winners and tune in to hear their secrets for success.Meet Our GuestsKyla Tymchen, Manager of Marketing and Communications, Scarborough Health Network Foundation - Best Fundraising Campaign (20+ Staff)Freya Struthers, Head of Personal Philanthropy, WaterAid Canada - Best Nonprofit Employer – Workplace Mental Health (Under 20 Staff)Elyse Schipper, Executive Director, Pleo – Best Nonprofit Employoer – Workplace Mental Health (20+ Staff)Hassel Aviles, Founder, Not 9 to 5 – Best Individual Contribution to Workplace Mental Health Josh Drozda, Deputy Executive Director, Neighbours United - Best Nonprofit Employer – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (20+ Staff)Becky Andrade, Associate Executive Director, Milton Community Resource Centre – Best Nonprofit Employer – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Under 20 Staff) Trent Daley, Operations Manager, Islamic Family and Social Services Association - Best Individual Contribution to Diversity, Equity and InclusionDancia Susilo, Executive Director, The Missing Link Project - Most Outstanding Individual Impact (Staff) Marco Ottoni, Board Member, La Maison St-Raphaël – Best Fundraising Campaign (20+ Staff)About your HostMary Barroll, president of CharityVillage, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former CBC journalist and TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at CharityVillage.com, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not for profits in Canada, and then President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company, TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads. Additional Resources from this EpisodeWe've gathered the resources from this episode into one helpful list:CharityVillage Conference & AwardsFull list of all CharityVillage 2022 Award Winners and FinalistsLearn more and listen to the full interviews with the guests here.
A Home in Government for the Nonprofit Sector
31-10-2022
A Home in Government for the Nonprofit Sector
For years, many nonprofit leaders have been calling for better representation within the federal government. The hope is for a sector that has as great an impact on government policies as it does on the people and causes it serves. In this episode, we delve into the campaign for a federal “Home in Government” for the charitable sector and how, if successful, this could improve nonprofits' influence on policy that affects them directly and indirectly. We’ll also hear from the first Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development and Non-Profits in British Columbia to find out more about her work, and how a Home in Government actually looks in practice.Meet Our Guests in Order of Appearance Annika Voltan, Executive Director, Impact Organizations of Nova Scotia (IONS)Niki Sharma, Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development and Non-Profits, Legislative Assembly of British ColumbiaThe Honourable Ratna Omidvar, Independent Senator for Ontario, Senate of CanadaMark Blumberg, Partner, Blumberg Segal LLPCathy Taylor, Executive Director, Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN)About your HostMary Barroll, president of CharityVillage, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former CBC journalist and independent TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at CharityVillage.com, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not for profits in Canada, and then President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company, TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads.Resources from this EpisodeWe've gathered the resources from this episode into one helpful list:A short history of voluntary sector–government relations in Canada (revisited) (The Philanthropist)Impact Organizations of Nova Scotia 2022 State of the Sector Report (PDF)Media conference announcing funding for BC nonprofits and featuring Niki SharmaWhy charities need a home in government (Imagine Canada)Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector (Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector, Senate of Canada)Black Out Speak Out: Environmental charities protest in the dark (CharityVillage)The Politics of Advocacy: Are charities apathetic or afraid? (CharityVillage)Ontario Nonprofit Network resources on advocacy and the regulatory environmentNon-profit sector needs seat at policymaking table, home in federal government (The Hill Times)Newly formed coalition of nonprofits launches collective movement seeking a ‘home in government’ (Imagine Canada)Learn more and listen to the full interviews with the guests here.About Charity VillageCharityVillage is a resource to over 170,000 charitable and nonprofit organizations in Canada. Since 1995, CharityVillage has been the HR partner for recruitment in the Canadian nonprofit sector. Our specialized job and volunteer board for Canadian nonprofit professionals has helped thousands of organizations find exceptional talent. Through our online learning courses, volunteer and event listings, webinars, newsletters, articles, tools and resources, we help nonprofit staff and volunteers do their best work every day.
Indigenous Leaders Discuss Truth and Reconciliation in the Nonprofit Sector
22-09-2022
Indigenous Leaders Discuss Truth and Reconciliation in the Nonprofit Sector
In this episode, upon the first anniversary of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we’ll hear unique perspectives from Indigenous leaders from across Canada on what September 30 means to them, the painful legacy it symbolizes, and how, together, we can hopefully move forward. Underlying these discussions is the role that Canadian nonprofits can play in supporting Indigenous-led charitable activities. Considering that The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was established over 14 years ago, why has the sector failed to take a more meaningful role in an area where its support could make a real difference? Tune in to this special episode of CharityVillage Connects to hear from Indigenous leaders about how the nonprofit sector can better support, and ally with, Indigenous-led organizations and communities.Meet Our Guests in Order of Appearance Peter Dinsdale, President & CEO of YMCA CanadaTim Fox, Vice-President, Indigenous Relations & Equity Strategy at the Calgary FoundationKris Archie, Chief Executive Officer of The Circle on Philanthropy (The Circle)Bill Mintram, Director Indigenous and Northern Relations at the Rideau Hall FoundationAbout your HostMary Barroll, president of CharityVillage, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former CBC journalist and independent TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at CharityVillage.com, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not-for-profits in Canada, and then President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company, TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads. Resources from this EpisodeWe've gathered the resources from this episode into one helpful list:The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation)Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: 94 Calls to Action (PDF) Truth and Reconciliation Commission Reports (including history of residential schools in Canada and testimony from survivors)Calgary Foundation’s Journey to Strengthen Relationships with Indigenous Communities (PDF)Calgary Foundation’s Work on Reconciliation and Racial Equity (Carleton University)Finding My Way Home: Bringing Education about Indigenous Protocols to the Nonprofit Sector (Rowena Veylan)CharityVillage Connects: How Bill S-216 Could Transform the Canadian Nonprofit Sector ForeverCanadian Charities Giving to Indigenous Charities and Qualified Donees – 2019 (Canadian Charity Law)National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30)Orange Shirt Day (September 30)Learn more and listen to the full interviews with the guests here.Please note:This podcast discusses topics that may be distressing and awaken memories of past traumatic experiences and abuse. Support is available for anyone affected by their experience at residential schools or by related reports. The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line provides 24-hour crisis support to former Indian Residential School students and their families toll-free at 1-866-925-4419. Immediate emotional support is available by contacting the Hope for Wellness Help Line toll-free at 1-855-242-3310, or by online chat at hopeforwellness.ca.
The Time is Now: Why Canadian Nonprofits Must Digitize to Survive
03-08-2022
The Time is Now: Why Canadian Nonprofits Must Digitize to Survive
In this episode, host Mary Barroll explores a bit of a mystery: Why, with incredibly sophisticated technology within easy reach, are some nonprofits still struggling to adapt and take advantage of digital tools? Is it simply a question of cost? Or is something more fundamental at work here, such as a lack of skills and understanding of how digital technology can help charitable organizations better connect with donors and volunteers? Listen to the full episode to hear our guests discuss these questions and more, and to learn how your organization can work towards digital transformation.Meet Our Guests in Order of Appearance ·        Marina Glogovac, former CEO of CanadaHelps·        Aine McGlynn, Nonprofit Technology Expert, Aine McGlynn Consulting·        Katie Gibson, Vice President, Strategy and Partnerships at CIO Strategy Council and the Centre for Nonprofit Digital Resilience ·        Daniel Oh, Country Manager (Interim) at Sage Canada·        Joy Robson, Co-Founder of Data for Good·        Matt Ambrose, Partner at BDO Canada·        Wen-Chih O’Connell, Executive Director of PayPal Giving Fund Canada About your HostMary Barroll, President of CharityVillage, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former CBC journalist and independent TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at CharityVillage.com, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not for profits in Canada, and then President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company, TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads.Resources from this EpisodeWe've gathered the resources from this episode into one helpful list:·        Future of Giving: Online Across Generations (PayPal Giving Fund)·        Digital Transformation for Nonprofits (CharityVillage eLearning Course)·        Are Canada’s Charities Ready for Digital Transformation? (CanadaHelps Digital Skills Survey 2021)·        Grow Together: How digital transformation empowers Canadian nonprofit organizations to embrace change (Sage Canada)·        A Guide for Not-for-Profit's Digital Transformation (BDO Canada)·        Google Workspace for Nonprofits·        Microsoft 365 Nonprofit SolutionsLearn more and listen to the full interviews with the guests here.
How Bill S-216 Could Transform the Canadian Nonprofit Sector Forever
14-06-2022
How Bill S-216 Could Transform the Canadian Nonprofit Sector Forever
In our last episode of CharityVillage Connects, which explored alternative revenue streams for nonprofits, we touched on a piece of legislation that, if enacted, could have a dramatic impact on how charities do their work. Bill S-216, otherwise known as the Effective and Accountable Charities Act, seeks to amend the Income Tax Act to empower charities by allowing them to more effectively collaborate with a wider range of organizations, including those without charitable status, which the Act refers to as “non-qualified donees”. Proponents of the Bill say the amendments are necessary to get rid of burdensome and expensive redtape and outdated legal bureaucracy.  But the key shift proposed by Bill S-216 is much more aspirational: to eliminate the deeply-rooted and historic paternalism that many see embedded in the current rules about how charities can operate. In this episode, we speak with Senator Ratna Omidvar, sponsor of Bill S-216, and with other nonprofit sector experts to explore the pros and cons of this legislation, as well as the deeper implications of what it means for Canadian charitable organizations if it becomes law.Meet Our Guests in Order of Appearance ·        The Honourable Ratna Omidvar, Senator for Ontario, The Senate of Canada·        Susan Manwaring, Partner at Miller Thomson LLP·        Cathy Taylor, Executive Director of the Ontario Nonprofit Network·        Mark Blumberg, Partner at Blumberg Segal LLP·        Bill Mintram, Director Indigenous and Northern Relations at Rideau Hall Foundation·        Kris Archie, Chief Executive Officer of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (The Circle)  About your HostMary Barroll, president of CharityVillage, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former CBC journalist and independent TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at CharityVillage.com, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not for profits in Canada, and then President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company, TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads.Resources from this EpisodeWe've gathered the resources from this episode into one helpful list:·        Bill S-216: The Effective and Accountable Charities Act·        Speech on Bill S-216 (The Honourable Ratna Omidvar)·        Open Letter by Charity Lawyers in Support of Bill S-216·        Unfunded: Black Communities Overlooked by Canadian Philanthropy (Foundation for Black Communities)·        Canadian charities giving to Indigenous Charities and Qualified Donees – 2018 (Canadian Charity Law)·        Concerns about Bill S-216 (Mark Blumberg)·        Orange Shirt Day·        Budget 2022 (Government of Canada News Release)·        Nonprofits brief MPs on impact of key legislation (Imagine Canada)·        Bill introduced in House of Commons to remove ‘direction and control’ (The Philanthropist)·        The new qualifying disbursements rules: An improvement? (Miller Thomson LLP)Learn more and listen to the full interviews with the guests here.
Alternative revenue options for Canadian nonprofits
18-04-2022
Alternative revenue options for Canadian nonprofits
In this episodeIn our first CharityVillage Connects episode we explored how COVID-19 forced organizations to quickly rethink their traditional fundraising initiatives, such as in-person events and galas. In this episode, we carry the conversation further by considering the dramatic shifts currently taking place in Canadian nonprofit funding models and revenue sources, including social enterprise, so-called “patient” loans, and impact investing. In addition to discussing how these initiatives can help support administration costs and capacity building, we look at the chilling effect of the WeCharity scandal on nonprofit organizations' willingness to embrace these new models.Join our host, CharityVillage President Mary Barroll, as she speaks to sector experts about the risks and rewards that Canadian charities and nonprofits must think about as they look to diversify their revenue and engage in alternative funding models. Meet our guests in order of appearance Kristy Rivait, Co-Founder of Scale CollaborativeElisa Birnbaum, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of SEE Change MagazineDan Kershaw, Executive Director of Furniture BankMark Blumberg, Partner at Blumberg Segal LLPThe Honourable Ratna Omidvar, Senator for Ontario, The Senate of Canada About your hostMary Barroll, president of CharityVillage, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former CBC journalist and independent TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at CharityVillage.com, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not for profits in Canada, and then President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company, TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads.Resources from this EpisodeWe've gathered the resources from this episode into one helpful list:CharityVillage Connects: Post-Pandemic Fundraising and BeyondCatalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector (Senate Canada)Thrive Impact FundBill S-216: An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (use of resources of a registered charity)August 2021 Sector Monitor (Imagine Canada)Learn more and listen to the full interviews with the guests here.
Is "The Great Resignation” real?
08-03-2022
Is "The Great Resignation” real?
In this episodeIs "The Great Resignation” real?  And is it impacting the Canadian nonprofit sector? In this episode, our host, CharityVillage President Mary Barroll, asks these questions and explores other important workplace trends, including whether nonprofits are seen as a desirable career path and if inequitable workplaces and burnout have caused high turnover. Join Mary and a group of experts from across the nonprofit sector to delve into these issues, as well as identify solutions your nonprofit or charity can put into place to keep your valuable staff from moving on to greener pastures.Meet our guests in order of appearance ·        Jim Moss, Executive Director of YMCA WorkWell ·        Lisa Taylor, President of Challenge Factory ·        Deborah Legrove, President of crawfordconnect ·        Maryann Kerr, CEO of The Medalist Group·        Veronica Utton, Managing Director of V. Utton & Associates·        Dr. Wendy Cukier, Founder of the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University About your hostMary Barroll, president of CharityVillage, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former CBC journalist and independent TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at CharityVillage.com, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not for profits in Canada, and then President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company, TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads. Resources from this EpisodeWe've gathered the resources from this episode into one helpful list:·        Human Resources Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadian Charities & Nonprofits (CharityVillage and The Portage Group) (April 2021)·        Overwhelm and Burnout: What’s the Difference? (CharityVillage)·        Insights to Impact: The Depleted, the Overworked and the Underappreciated (YMCA WorkWell) ·        The 50-30 Challenge (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)·        How to get involved in the 50-30 Challenge (recorded webinar presented by the Diversity Institute)·        Tarnished: Let’s Rethink, Reimagine, and Co-Create a New Social Impact Sector·        Ontario’s “Right to Disconnect” Legislation·        Diversity of Charity and Non-profit Boards of Directors (Statistics Canada)·        Demystifying Veterans as a Hidden Talent Pool (Challenge Factory)·        Ontario Nonprofit Network State of the Sector 2021·        Working from Home: Productivity and Preference (Statistics Canada)·        Rising to the Challenges (crawfordconnect)·        Preparing the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders (crawfordconnect)·        Retain and Gain: Career Management for Non-Profits and Charities·        The most important question for returning to the office is not who, how, or when. Here’s why. (Challenge Factory)Learn more and listen to the full interviews with the guests here.
Workplace Mental Health in the Age of COVID
17-01-2022
Workplace Mental Health in the Age of COVID
On this episode:Join our host, CharityVillage President Mary Barroll, to learn how nonprofits can better support their staff and volunteers when it comes to mental health. We speak to experts about burnout, isolation and depression, as well as potential solutions designed to help employers create lasting change.  We’ll explore how the ongoing pandemic has exacerbated the chronic mental health challenges faced by nonprofit professionals and how employers can better support their staff by creating psychologically and emotionally healthier workplaces.Meet Our Guests in Order of Appearance Steve Lurie, former Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto Branch Rensia Melles, Founder of Integral Workplace Health Raksha Bhayana, CEO of the Bhayana Family Foundation Pamela Uppal, Director of Policy (formerly Policy Advisor) at the Ontario Nonprofit Network About your HostMary Barroll, president of CharityVillage, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former CBC journalist and independent TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at CharityVillage.com, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not for profits in Canada, and then President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company, TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads. Resources from this EpisodeWe've gathered the resources from this episode into one helpful list:Not Myself Today (Canadian Mental Health Association)Bhayana Family Foundation AwardsTake Action for a National Day of RecognitionOntario’s Nonprofit Sector Appreciation Week (February 14-20, 2022)Nova Scotia’s Day of Recognition for the Nonprofit Sector (October 14)Decent Work Initiative (Ontario Nonprofit Network) Decent Work for Women (Ontario Nonprofit Network) Additional ResourcesWhile not mentioned in the episode, these resources may also be helpful:
Celebrating the 2021 CharityVillage Award Winners
18-12-2021
Celebrating the 2021 CharityVillage Award Winners
On this episodeAt the end of a challenging year that disproportionately impacted the nonprofit sector, we're bringing you an episode of celebration featuring those whose efforts went above and beyond during this historically difficult time.  In November 2021, Charity Village launched our inaugural CharityVillage Conference and Awards, honouring the commitment, passion and drive shown by those who made meaningful and outstanding contributions to their organizations and communities this year. Since the award winners were announced, our communication channels have been buzzing with questions about what the winners did that really made them stand out and helped them win the votes of our expert judges. In this episode, join our host, CharityVillage President Mary Barroll, as she sits down with our award winners to learn their secrets to success and how you can put their learning into action at your organization.Meet Our GuestsRebecca Tunnacliffe, CEO of BC Recreation & Parks Association (BCRPA) - Most Outstanding Impact – StaffJade Pichette (They/Them/Elle), Manager of Programs / Gestionnaire des programmes, Pride at Work Canada/Fierté au Travail Canada - Best Nonprofit Employer – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Under 20 Staff)Surranna Sandy, CEO, Skills for Change – Best Nonprofit Employer – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (20+ Staff)Rachel Mansell, Vice President, Operations, Mosaic Institute – Best Nonprofit Employer – Workplace Mental Health (Under 20 Staff) Jodi Lastman, Director, Marketing and Sponsorship, Park People - Best Nonprofit Employer – Workplace Mental Health (20+ Staff)Swabir Shariff, Director, The Good Guides - Inner City Youth Mentoring – Best Contribution to Youth Engagement (Individual) Veronika Bylicki, Executive Director and Co-Founder, CityHive Vancouver - Best Nonprofit Employer – Best Youth Engagement (Under 20 Staff)Christopher Penrose, Director of Programs and Operations and Brittania Brown, Head Coach, Lay-Up Youth Basketball - Best Nonprofit Employer – Best Youth Engagement (20+ Staff), Tori Gass, Director, Communications, Etobicoke Humane Society – Best Fundraising Campaign (20+ Staff)Michelle Begin, Community Development Director and Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR, Pathstone Foundation - CharityVillage Hosted Crowdfunding Campaign (Under 20 Staff)Learn more and listen to the full interviews with the guests here. About CharityVillageCharityVillage® is a career resource to over 170,000 charitable and nonprofit organizations across Canada.About Your HostMary Barroll is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former CBC journalist and TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at CharityVillage.com, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not for profits in Canada, and President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company, TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads.
Post-Pandemic Fundraising and Beyond
30-11-2021
Post-Pandemic Fundraising and Beyond
In this episode, we focus on the devastating impact COVID shutdowns and restrictions had on fundraising, how nonprofits pivoted and embraced new digital tools to transform their fundraising models in record speed. Join our host, CharityVillage President Mary Barroll, to hear crucial advice from some of Canada’s top experts to rebuild, diversify and strengthen your fundraising strategies and do some crystal ball gazing to see what key innovations are like to remain as the sector emerges from the pandemic and into a new normal.Meet Our Guests·         Marina Glogovac, President & CEO of CanadaHelps ·         Ruth MacKenzie, President & CEO of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) ·         Wen-Chih O’Connell, Executive Director of PayPal Giving Fund Canada·         Daryl Hatton, Founder & CEO of FundRazrAbout Your HostMary Barroll is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former CBC journalist and TV producer, in 2013 she was appointed General Counsel & VP Media Affairs at CharityVillage.com, Canada’s largest job portal for charities and not for profits in Canada, and President in 2021. Mary is also President of sister company, TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s No.1, award-winning job board and online career resource that connects top employers with top students and grads.Additional Resources from this EpisodeWe've gathered the resources from this episode into one helpful list:·         CharityVillage Crowdfunding·         PayPal Giving Fund and the Give at Checkout Toolkit·         CanadaHelps and the 2021 Giving Report·         Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) and the Will Power CampaignLearn more and listen to the full interviews with the guests here.About CharityVillageCharityVillage® is a career resource to over 170,000 charitable and nonprofit organizations across Canada.