Gaming Funds for Nonprofits – Free Webinar Series | February 11 & March 3

webinarThe Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) is offering a free, two-part webinar series about the use of gaming funds for nonprofits in Alberta. Both webinars feature a live question and answer period. This series was designed to create awareness and provide information about the process and requirements of charitable gaming in Alberta. The webinar series will be facilitated by Volunteer Alberta and feature a speaker from the Gaming Information for Charitable Groups (GAIN) Program. The presentations will cover topics of interest to the non-profit sector as identified in the survey conducted by Volunteer Alberta in May of 2015. Gain a better understanding of how AGLC and gaming proceeds can benefit your organization in the upcoming sessions: the first on February 11 and the second on March 3. Registration is free. 

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Nominees Announced for 45th Annual JUNO Awards to be Hosted in Calgary on April 3, 2016

Juno-AwardsDrake, Justin Bieber and the Weeknd dominated this year’s Juno Award nominations. The Weeknd received six nominations including JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. Drake and Justin Bieber garnered five nods each and both are nominated for JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, and Artist of the Year. Drake also received a nomination for Rap Recording of the Year and Bieber was nominated for Pop Album of the Year. Alessia Cara was nominated for JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year and Shawn Mendes was nominated for JUNO Fan Choice, Album of the Year, Artist for the Year and Pop Album of the Year. JUNO Week runs from March 28 – April 3 and The 2016 JUNO Awards show will be broadcast live on CTV.

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Pride Tape Kickstarter Campaign in Support of LGBTQ Athletes Surpasses Goal And Heads For Production

Pride TapeThe Pride Tape Kickstarter campaign has surpassed its original goal of $54,000 (CAD)! Organizers  can now produce the rainbow coloured hockey tape designed to show support for young  LGBTQ athletes. Fittingly, the contribution that ultimately reached the goal came from the Burke  family who, in honour of their late son Brendan, founded the You Can Play Project – an organization aimed at promoting the inclusion of LGBTQ athletes in sports. Pride Tape is available free of charge for minor hockey teams and as a retail product, with proceeds going to You Can Play and the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services. The campaign generated nearly 1000 contributors from all over the globe and featured in: Upworthy, USA Today, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports, CBC National, the Huffington Post, and Hockey Night in Canada, as well as nearly every major daily newspaper across Canada.

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CCVO Invites Feedback to Potential Changes to Alberta’s Privacy Legislation to Impact NonProfits

Privacy AlbertaThe Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future is currently reviewing the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). The Act is intended to protect the personal information of customers, clients, and employees held by private sector organizations. It came into force on January 1, 2004. Nonprofits are largely exempt, except where they engage in certain forms of commercial activity. Some believe that the legislation sets out good business practices that should fully apply to nonprofits. Others are concerned that this would contribute to both administrative burden and a climate whereby organizations are afraid to exchange information for fear of running afoul of the law. CCVO is hosting a discussion on the PIPA legislative review as it relates to the work of nonprofits on Tuesday, February 9th, from 10:00am to 12:30pm. They would like to hear your perspectives as they develop a submission to the Standing Committee.

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