Improve your Fundraising in 2021

Apr 29, 2021
At the OMA
How was 2020?
Call for Nominations: OMA Awards of Excellence

Difficult... Challenging... Dynamic... Innovative... Award Winning?

Chances are, you tried something new in 2020. Why not tell us about it?

The OMA Awards of Excellence Call for Nominations is open until June 18, 2021.

Find out more HERE:

May is Museum Month 2021

Since 2000, the OMA has led a campaign for May is Museum Month / Mai, Mois des Musées. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has declared the theme for International Museum Day 2021 (May 18th) to be "The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine." 

As we encourage Ontarians to learn more about their local museums next month, be sure to update your museum's listing on the website, and add any upcoming events to our What's On listings!

In 2021, public awareness of the safe, quality experiences that museums can offer is especially important. For MMM 2021, the OMA encourages museums to use social media and digital tools to share the offers they have for their communities and hyperlocal tourists. 

May is Museum Month is an opportunity to showcase the excellent work of museums and engage your supporters! You can download a MMM logo, and plan your upcoming communications: 

Job opportunities at the OMA
Join our team!

CMS Course Director: Organization & Management of Museums – Deadline: May 5
The Ontario Museum Association is seeking a Course Director for its Certificate in Museum Studies course Organization & Management of Museums for delivery in the April  2021 to March 2022 fiscal year. The course is scheduled to be delivered online October 4 – December 10, 2021.
A Course Director’s duties include:

  • Planning, organization and delivery of the ten-week online course according to the curriculum provided.
  • Recruitment and supervision of guest speakers if desired.
  • Marking of student assignments.

Read more and apply HERE.

Conference and Communications Assistant (YCW) – Deadline: May 2
Read more and apply HERE.

Membership Assistant (YCW) – Deadline: May 2
Read more and apply HERE.

Members can browse all upcoming opportunities at the OMA Job Board HERE

Sector News
Federal Budget 2021
Highlights for Museums

Last week, the OMA provided information of interest for museums in two eNewsletters. 

Read more HERE & HERE.

Budget 2021 Summary
for Charities & Nonprofits

Imagine Canada

Imagine Canada has published a document that provides a summary of the main Budget 2021 announcements of interest to the charitable and nonprofit sector. The list includes both measures that will apply to the whole sector and those of interest to particular sub-sectors, but it is not exhaustive and limited details are available about most of the programs and initiatives.

Read more HERE

Federal Budget 2021 Summary
Ontario Nonprofit Network

ONN monitors federal policy and financing in relation to the nonprofit sector. Where relevant, ONN tracks key issues and advocates for supports for Ontario nonprofits through the federal budget. Read the ONN's most recent updates, links to previous budgets, and perspectives from across the network.

Read more HERE

PD Opportunities
Webinar: Drive Summer Donations
with the Great Canadian Giving Challenge


Thursday, April 29
1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is back! This June, every $1 donated to your charity via or CanadaHelps online fundraising tools enters you for a chance to WIN $20,000.

More than a contest, the Challenge is a way to rally your supporters around your charity and boost your donations during the slowest fundraising month of the year.

CanadaHelps is here to help you prepare. On April 29th, join CanadaHelps’ Nicole Danesi and Tamara Rahmani to learn:

  • What the Great Canadian Giving Challenge is, and how participating can boost your summer revenue;
  • How the Challenge is your chance to re-engage your existing donors, acquire new ones, and drive donations;
  • What makes a successful campaign, featuring past examples from charities that participated before;
  • Best practices for raising more with the CanadaHelps tools eligible for the Challenge; and
  • How to turn clicks into donations with an optimized campaign landing page.

Read more and register HERE.

Webinar: The Giving Report 2021: Online Giving Crucial During Crisis

Wednesday, May 5
1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

In 2020, at least one-fifth of charities saw cancelled or reduced programs. There’s been a downturn in overall giving, and increased demand for your programs. It has not been an easy year.

In the wake of radical change in Canadian philanthropy, CanadaHelps' 2021 Giving Report is an in-depth, data-driven examination of the insights, trends and challenges facing you today. On May 5th, join CanadaHelps’ President & CEO, Marina Glogovac, with VP of Data & Analytics, Shawn Bunsee, as they walk you through the report’s findings and share critical learnings on the state of giving in Canada.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How Canadians gave last year;
  • What impact we've projected the pandemic will have on total giving;
  • Why engaging younger donors is an opportunity you shouldn't miss;
  • How online giving saw massive growth in 2020, and why digital transformation is crucial for your organization's future;
  • And more!

Want to get a headstart? Download your copy of the Giving Report to get a first look.    

Read more and register HERE.

Upcoming Webinars
Charity Village

CharityVillage offers free, monthly webinars on a variety of topics of interest to professionals working within the Canadian nonprofit sector. Access free professional development opportunities, all from the comfort of your home or office! 

Read more and register HERE.

Webinar Series: Navigate Power and Politics
in Charitable Giving

Ryerson University

What does the future look like for charitable giving?

To help answer this complex question, you’re invited to join Ryerson University’s panel series, Generous Futures. These free webinars feature conversations with philanthropists and community leaders affecting meaningful change. They’ll discuss the politics and possibilities involved in creating a more inclusive and positive space in the charitable sector, learning from the people who are doing that work today.

Read more and register HERE.

Conservator Hacks
Association of Manitoba Museums

Jane Dalley, the professional conservator who runs the Association of Manitoba Museums' Cultural Stewardship Program (CSP), writes an article called "Conservator Hacks" for their e-newsletter, the AMM Messenger.

Read all of the AMM's "Conservator Hacks" series HERE.

Survey: Future of Arts Work - Board Governance Innovation Ideas
Mass Culture and LeSage Arts Management

Are you interested in looking at ideas about how to innovate and look at systemic change in nonprofit arts and culture board governance?  Do you have ideas for how we can start making meaningful changes in how our boards operate?

Mass Culture and LeSage Arts Management are carrying out a research project under The Future of Arts Work, and lead researcher Jeanne LeSage wants to hear from you!  What are your ideas for solutions, changes and innovations in how boards operate in the arts and culture sector in Canada?  If you are an artist, board member, arts leader, cultural worker, arts supporter, advocate, and more - share your ideas in a short survey.

Take the survey HERE.

Webinar Recordings
Culture Days

The Culture Days Webinar Series provides insight, skill development, and knowledge aimed to help strengthen your public engagement practices. Join guest experts in the field from across the country (and beyond!) addressing current best practice and new ideas. Each webinar includes short engaging presentations, a Q&A period, and provides downloadable resources—all free of charge.

Watch the webinars HERE.

Online Learning Program: ResilientME
Public Services Health & Safety Association

How Resilient Are You?

From everyday challenges to traumatic personal events, we have to adapt to change. There is no clear roadmap as we are all affected differently, but it is our resilience that guides us to a more balanced life, enabling us to cope, overcome and thrive. ResilientME is a free, 30-minute self-guided microlearning program that focuses on 6 areas: mental fitness, physical fitness, nutrition, financial fitness, sleep and social connections. It incorporates highly effective strategies and tools designed to increase your capacity for resilience.

Read more and register HERE.

In the Media
National Gallery of Canada welcomes Andrea Kunard, Senior Curator of Photographs
The Chippewas of Rama First Nation looks to Protect 5,000-Year-Old Fish Weirs
Art Gallery of Hamilton's exhibit of Esmaa Mohhamoud's work hopes to inspire conversations about race
Community Waterfront Heritage Centre will host Owen Sound's TD Harbour Nights concerts
What's On
Canada’s New Golden Age of Dinosaur Discoveries with Palaeontologist David C. Evans
May 5 | Online Event
Live History: A Timeless Gathering
May 8 | Online Event
King Heritage & Cultural Centre
Famous Mothers Tea & Talk
May 12 | Online Event
Haldimand County Museum & Archives 
Public Virtual Tour Screening
May 19 | Online Event
Woodland Cultural Centre
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