Training funds for Non-Profits!

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Good morning, Funds Fans!

A friend of mine asked if I get paid every time someone follows my blog or clicks LIKE on my FB page.  I felt a bit sheepish to have to answer “no”.  It was as if my inner business woman were sneering at my inner blogger and I suddenly felt the need to justify why I spend hours on research, writing and promoting this blog for no apparent cash value.  The thing is; money is not the only source of profit.  According to Roget (1977), profit is, among other things, to “…serve, contribute, help, improve, reward, promote, aid.”  I find it personally rewarding to promote obscure or hitherto unknown funding sources as it serves, aids and helps those of you who desire to improve your individual or organizational ability to contribute to this social fabric known as civilization.  Perhaps a more pithy and brevitious statement would be, “I do it because I like it.”

I know I’m not the only one who does things out of pure interest and joy.  Imagine Canada provides a brief but astounding set of statistics (2011) on the non-profit phenomenon:

  • Canada’s nonprofit and voluntary sector is the 2nd largest in the world; the Netherlands is the largest; the United States is the 5th
  • there are an estimated 161,000 nonprofits and charities in Canada
  • half of these (54%) are run entirely by volunteers
  • 2 million people are employed by these organizations representing 11.1% of the economically active population
  • the sector represents $79.1 billion or 7.8% of the GDP (larger than the automotive or manufacturing industries)
  • smaller provinces have a higher number of organizations relative to their populations
  • the top 1% of organizations command 60% of all revenues

So, considering that approximately “2 million people are employed by these organizations” and that the non-profit sector “represents $79.1 billion or 7.8% of the GDP (larger than the automotive or manufacturing industries)”, I feel absolutely validated in providing the following funding sources specifically for training & education initiatives for the non-profit sector.

The TD Training Grant program aims to enhance the organizational capacity of local Canadian charities by providing funding for valuable education and training opportunities for core staff.  Maximum Grant $1,000 Deadline: April 27, 2012 (Applicants will be notified by May 15th, 2012)

Eligibility Criteria:  Applicant must be a registered Canadian Charity with an environmental focus, grants can be used for participation fees/tuition for courses from recognized training institutions, workshops, conferences etc., course must be clearly relevant to the job the employee performs, course must not have been already completed at the time of the application.

Note: Costs such as travel and course materials are not eligible for funding and all applications must be made online.

The PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada Foundation Leadership Grants Program provides funding for professional development opportunities for staff and volunteers who work at small- to medium-registered charitable organizations in Canada. Grants from $2,500 to $5,000.  Deadline: September 2012

Grants are available in two categories through a request for proposal period in the fall of each year:

Individual Leadership Grants: $2,500 for individual staff members or volunteers for professional development opportunities of their own design.

Team Leadership Grants: $5,000 for teams of two or more staff members and/or volunteers (including the applicant) for professional development opportunities of their own design.

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That’s it for today but stay tuned, folks!  Coming up are funds for School Greening Projects, funds for Indigenous-led projects that create greater Indigenous control of Indigenous assets and also more funding support for small business.

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