February 21, 2012 - As an orthopedic and spinal surgeon at The Ottawa Hospital and a doctor for the Ottawa Senators, Dr. Donald Chow has seen his share of serious accidents. When he was critically injured in a motorcycle collision on his way to work at the Hospital in August 2010, he found himself on the receiving end of the care that he and his colleagues provided. In the space of a few seconds, Dr. Chow had gone from being an orthopedic surgeon to being a trauma patient at the Civic Campus. (read more from OHF. Fr)
February 3 2012 – World Literacy Canada announced last week that after 40-plus years of support, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has decided not to renew the organization’s funding. The Toronto-based NGO, which has fought to increase literacy and empower women and children in Canada, India, and Nepal for the past 56 years, traditionally relied on CIDA to match individual donations and is now struggling to make do without a substantial portion of their usual resources. (Read more from OpenSource)
January 31 2012 – Andrew Frank had the wrong facts but the right idea. Last week, Frank incorrectly charged that the Prime Minister’s Office had demanded I cut support for his former employer — ForestEthics Canada — a project of my organization, Tides Canada. As I stated in a subsequent media release, Frank’s comments were inaccurate. But like Frank, I am profoundly disturbed by the current political atmosphere in which it is apparently acceptable for our elected officials to discredit and dismiss the very real concerns of the people they serve. (Read more from Ross McMillan in The Tyee).
January 24, 2012 – RBC today announced a $20 million commitment to a new social and environmental initiative aimed at facilitating solutions to social and environmental problems. “Impact finance” describes a range of financial vehicles and services that use private capital to finance solutions to social and environmental challenges while generating financial return, and is expected to help drive the next wave of innovation and productivity growth in the global economy. (Read more from RBC)
January 25 2012 – The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has created The MHCC’s 5th Anniversary National Mental Health Awards to recognize programs, projects and initiatives across the country that are having a profound influence on our mental health system and to share these good ideas with other organizations. We are now accepting applications to the National Mental Health Awards until February 15, 2012. (Read more from MHCC)
January 23, 2012 – PwC Canada Donates $200,000 Encouraging Employee and Volunteer Development. The New Year is bringing a combined $200,000 boost to nearly 50 small Canadian charities from the PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada Foundation Leadership Grants Program. With a focus on providing much needed funding for professional development activities for staff and volunteers, the program is helping to fill a critical gap in operational funding made available to the charitable sector. (read more from PwC)
December 14 2011 – At a time of year when the joy of giving is top of mind, Catholics in the GTA now have more ways to make a charitable gift than ever before. The Archdiocese of Toronto has launched a centralized online donation portal for Catholics in its region, the first service of its kind in North America. Through the donation portal (www.archtoronto.org), donors at 225 parishes can make a gift to their parish weekly collection, to building funds or to their church capital campaign. Gifts can also be made through the website to a number of other Catholic charities. (Read more from the Archdiocese of Toronto).
December 8 2011 – Imagine Canada has found a way for all charities to present the full story behind the numbers that reporters and self-appointed watchdogs so often emphasize. The organization’s National Summit in Ottawa offered the right moment to announce its new opus, Charity Focus. (read more from Hilborn)
November 16 2011 – This special issue is collaboration between The Philanthropist and Imagine Canada. As part of its National Engagement Strategy, over 500 established and emerging leaders will come together from across the country and across the sector to be part of the National Summit for the Charitable and Nonprofit Sector in Ottawa, November 28-30, 2011. The issue includes a series of articles that are meant to stimulate and inform discussion and debate about the priority issues to be addressed at the Summit. (Read more from The Philanthropist).
October 27, 2011 – One of Ontario’s big hospital charities has fired its chief executive officer and called in the police after forensic accountants turned up serious money and charity management problems. A Toronto Star investigation of the Oshawa Hospital Foundation and its boss, Jim Szeman, prompted the probe by accounting firm KPMG. Szeman was making side deals that benefited him without telling the board, KPMG found. (Read more from the Toronto Star).