Here you will find information about the organizations in our network, the nonprofit industry, and important events happening in the world around us:

Crisis Action -how to respond:

Syrian Relief

June 1, 2018 Seven Steps to Reclaiming your Desktop
April 26, 2018 Six Reasons for a Content Audit of Your Nonprofit’s Website

February 27, 2018 Cloud Storage Policy Comparison

February 14, 2017 Four Steps To A Clutter-Free Inbox

January 19, 2018 All We Want For The New Year

November 27, 2017 All We Want For Christmas 2017

November 7, 2017 What We’re Up To November

September 25, 2017 Five Steps to Organized Information

September 12, 2017 Back to School for Nonprofit Professionals

July 25, 2017 Optimizing Search Engines with Information Management Principles

July 10, 2017 What We’re Up To: A new website for CARUWE

June 27, 2017 Great Software Solution for Creating Graphics

June 12, 2017 The Cost of Employee Transition

May 29, 2017 Be a Curator of Information

May 15, 2017 How Do You Evaluate?

November 28, 2016 GivingTuesday 2016

September 10, 2015 Coming Soon: The Service Search & Review

September 3, 2015 How to Respond to the Refugee Crisis

July 14, 2015 Newsletter: July
June 25, 2015 Dropbox’s Policies: 8 essential must-knows

Environment and Animal Welfare Based Organizations

In March there was Earth Hour, April 22nd will be Earth Day and May hosts Bike-to-Work Month. In fact, all year-round there are different initiatives raising awareness for various environmental concerns, all led by different groups. So, who are these groups and how are their causes differentiated?

When it comes to environmental organizations a few national, well established ones stand out. They are the David Suzuki Foundation, the Sierra Club of Canada, the Nature Conservatory of Canada, the World Wildlife Fund Canada and Greenpeace Canada. Although each achieve their mission in different ways and focus on different types of projects, they all share the common bond of protecting and conserving the planet’s natural environment. Beyond these five, there are hundreds of other environmental organizations within Canada that have more specific targets such as geographical region or element of nature, (for example air quality, climate change or fresh water). One of the largest organizations within this category is Ducks Unlimited Canada, which seeks to conserve, restore and manage wetlands for the habitation of waterfowl.

Similar to the majority of environmental groups, animal welfare organizations tend to narrow their focus. For example, they are either an association or sanctuary for a specific species of animal or they are a rescue shelter within a designated region. The two national organizations that are not limited by animal species and are nationwide are the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and the Humane Society of Canada Federation. The SPCA has shelters around the world and the Humane Society of Canada Federation has regional member agencies across Canada. Both advocate on behalf of animal welfare.

Whether your passion is in the air, under water or something in between, finding an organization that shares your passion about the environment, species of animal (or breed of dog for that matter) can be easily achieved through a quick online search. For more information about where to look, feel free to contact us at

Here are some upcoming events:
The CN Tower Climb for WWF Canada, April 21, 2012
Earth Day, April 22, 2012
For a complete list of dates for environmental campaigns click here

Making Sense of the Charitable Industry

Each spring it seems like there are more causes raising awareness, fundraising events to attend and appeals for your donation. The charitable industry in Canada is huge; there are 86,000 charities and counting. As a potential donor, volunteer, civil sector employee or sideline observer it can be confusing to know how to respond or get involved.

As part of our mandate, Services in Action seeks to clear up some of the industry’s murkiness. So, for the next few weeks we are going to discuss some of the different themes in the charitable sector and how you can learn more or participate in the area of your interest. The themes we’re going to look at are health and wellness, environmental and animal welfare, arts and culture, community and safety services and international development.

If you have specific questions or would like your favourite charity to be considered, please let us know at

Professional Development for Teachers

We know that increased education, particularly amongst girls, pays off substantially. It has a profound impact on poverty and its affects in the developing world. Increased education decreases infant, maternal and child mortality rates, and fosters further education for the next generation of children. Increased education also improves quality of life indicators, particularly health, household income and productivity and reduces violence and armed conflict around the world. In fact, for each additional year a child receives education their family, income and community are substantially impacted.

Services in Action is working with an organization that is currently building a school in the Mazabuka District of Zambia. It is a primary school and will specifically target orphans and vulnerable children. They have hired three teachers who have received formal education at the government training colleges in Zambia. They have also secured funding for the curriculum and administrative supplies. However, they need to ensure the teachers have access to suitable and ongoing professional development resources. They are specifically looking for material on teaching practices, leadership, management and early childhood development.

To help them find these resources Services in Action is looking for assistance in two areas:

1. We are asking for material regarding the aforementioned subjects or any additional information that may be valuable to a primary school teacher;

2. We are seeking advice or direction on providing useful information, (particularly from anyone who has experience providing or creating professional development for teachers).

If you are interested in sharing your resources, many people would greatly benefit. For more information about this project or to send material, please contact us at

Expensive donations

An article recently published in the Edmonton Sun draws attention to the uncomfortable question commonly faced by charities -when is it okay to say “no, thank you” to a donation? With constant scrutiny charities are held to a very high standard of graciousness. What many donors don’t realize is their donations are not always helpful. Edmonton’s Good Will spent $257,000 on garbage fees last year for donations that were unusable.

2011-12-21: Here’s a recent article with a similar story found here.

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