Posts in Nonprofits
A Charity’s Guide to the Canada Revenue Agency

In order to become a registered charity, you must apply for such status with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), which can be a time consuming process.  This may be an important step to securing funding as only registered charities can issue receipts that make the donations eligible for a tax credit on an individual donor’s personal income tax return.  This blog post serves as a nonprofit guide to navigating the CRA, covering tax reporting, rules to follow, and audits.

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Head in the Cloud: How Cloud Accounting Can Benefit Your Not-for-Profit

Technology moves and grows fast, and as a Not-for-Profit, it may not be a priority to explore the new advances. However, familiarizing yourself with new technologies to modernize your practices can be impactful to the crucial work you do every day for the community. It can help you save more of your funds, and free up time to focus on your mission. You’ve probably heard about “The Cloud” which is the catalyst for one of the newest beneficial waves of technology: Cloud Accounting.

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Reflections on the 2019 Connections Conference

When CCVO asked if the Suncor Energy Foundation would like to share reflections from attending this year’s Connections Conference, I offered to try and squeeze a day’s worth of learning into just a few paragraphs. It’s a tough task, because the CCVO conference tends to be full of “sparkling moments” that take participants and their thinking far beyond the conference perks I half-jokingly mentioned above. I think we’ve probably all been to conferences where the calibre of presentations, table discussions, and networking did not meet our needs or expectations – but this is not one of those conferences.

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Finally the Conversation Has Begun

Studies show that sexual harassment is a major issue in fundraising – both from donors and from those in a superior position. This is not just a women’s issue, but an issue that is fundamental to the principles of the charitable sector—a sector based on equality, justice and equity. Finally, the conversation has begun. But there is more, so much more, to say before all of the brilliant, kind, well-meaning bosses say, “enough.” 

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Reflections on 2018

This first few weeks of 2019 have been an exciting and busy time at CCVO! We began the year finalizing details for the first of our Policy Lunch & Learn series, continuing plans for the 8th annual Connections Conference, creating an Alberta Nonprofit Election Toolkit, and celebrating the approval of our 2019-2021 Strategic Plan. These activities, just some of the great work our team is focused on, reflect the adaptive thinking happening at CCVO, as we explore what it means to be an adaptive organization, and how we can support other organizations to be adaptive in the ever-changing environment we work in.

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Top Ten Nonprofit Policy Stories of 2018

Happy New Year! With 2019 upon us, we are happy to share CCVO’s top ten list of policy stories for the nonprofit sector. 2018 was a year that saw many policy developments at the federal level with wide-ranging implications for the nonprofit sector. This list, in no particular order, briefly highlights those developments as well as stories from the provincial and municipal levels.

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Premier's Roundtable for Nonprofits

Last week, Alexa Briggs, CCVO Manager, Policy & Research, was among 25 leaders in the nonprofit sector in Calgary who had the opportunity to meet with Premier Rachel Notley, the Clerk of the Executive Council, Marcia Nelsom, and senior staff from the Government of Alberta. Attendees were asked to reflect on trends in the sector, as well as the relationship with the government.

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The Common Good Retirement Plan

Last month, CCVO co-hosted a roundtable for nonprofits to learn about the proposed Common Good Retirement Plan for Canada’s nonprofit and charitable sector. The roundtable brought together an engaged group of nonprofit representatives who provided feedback and posed pertinent questions regarding the proposed retirement plan. The plan is meant to address the retirement saving needs of nonprofits of any size and sub-sector interested in enhancing retirement security for their employees.

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The Newtonian Shift: Takeaways and Reflections

The Newtonian Shift from Energy Futures Lab is a simulation that lets players experience decades of energy transition in one day; from fossil fuel-dependent to renewable energy-driven. Participants from various organizations and sectors gathered together for an intensive day of roleplaying to challenge the public narrative about energy. Through this simulation, they developed a broader understanding of emerging energy sources and the need to transition to a low-carbon energy system.

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Alberta Minimum Wage Increase Coming October 1

Alberta's minimum wage will increase to $15.00 an hour, up from $13.60 an hour. This increase will mark the final stage in a series of minimum wage increases enacted by the Alberta Government. In 2015, Alberta was the first province to commit to a $15.00 minimum wage phase-in, and as of October 1st, will be the first province or state in North America to accomplish it. 

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Engaging Young Professionals in the Nonprofit Sector

Last week, CCVO held a lunch for summer students working in The Kahanoff Centre to learn about their experiences in the nonprofit sector, and to encourage them to connect with one another. Thirteen students from nine organizations in the building joined us for an insightful discussion. The students shared stories of what brought them to their summer jobs in the sector, and what they’re learning from their experiences.

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Lessons in engaging Millennials from the German ‘welcome culture’

Over the last few weeks working with CCVO, I have often been asked what Canada can learn from the German nonprofit sector. Simultaneously, I have learned that many nonprofits in Calgary find it challenging to attract millennials as volunteers. This is why I decided to share some of my learnings from the German ‘welcome culture’ in this blogpost.

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Why a German social entrepreneur wants to learn from CCVO

Canada has a well-developed social system, similar to Germany, but US influence on cross-sectoral cooperation is strong. Volunteering is woven into many peoples´ and business´ DNA in Canada, who see themselves as part of an active community. Calgary had to handle a severe economic downturn and the sector is aware that one has to find ways to adapt to political, economic, social, and technological challenges that will face us in the future.

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