November 26th, 2020, is the National Day of Conversation (NDOC) about the issue of sexual harassment of fundraisers in the charitable and nonprofit sectors. This is a serious and prevalent issue in the charitable sector — one in four women in fundraising report experiencing sexual harassment while on the job. Fundraisers are in a uniquely vulnerable position as they often meet with donors, board members, and community members alone and in informal settings.
NIFC has recently taken steps to bolster its own workplace safety procedures. The Board of Directors recently passed a new sexual harassment policy.
This policy applies to all employees, volunteers, consultants, contractors, Board members, and donors. It makes explicit NIFC’s zero tolerance policy when it comes to workplace discrimination, harassment, violence, or any behaviour that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
Thank you to the Human Resources Committee: Michael Kanter, Shari Novick, and Linda Sage Alexander, for your instrumental role in crafting our Human Resources policies.
To learn more about the National Day of Conversation, visit www.dayofconversation.org
NIFC is pleased to announce the addition of two new leaders to our leadership: Maytal Kowalski and Scott Stirett. Both Maytal and Scott are impressive leaders in their fields who will bring their considerable expertise to our work. Maytal has joined the Communications and Development committees and Scott has joined the Audit and Human Resources committees. Welcome, Maytal and Scott! Continue reading
NIFC welcomes the news that Canada will maintain its support for the United Nations resolution on the Right of Palestinian Peoples to Self-determination. By voting in favour of this resolution while voting against the rest of the resolutions that disproportionately target Israel, Canada has reaffirmed its commitment to self-determination for both Israelis and Palestinians — a commitment which NIFC shares.
Though imperfect, we appreciate the importance of reaffirming Canada’s commitment to Palestinian self-determination, particularly at a time when Israeli settlement expansion continues to threaten the viability of Palestinian statehood.
NIFC stands firmly in support of a just resolution that brings peace and equality for all Israelis and Palestinians, and we are pleased that the Canadian government is taking steps towards this vision.
As all eyes were focused on the American election, last Tuesday, Israel took the step of demolishing the West Bank community of Khirbet Humsa, in the Jordan Valley, in what the U.N. officials described an act of “forced displacement” – and the largest in a decade. More than 70 people, including 41 minors, were made homeless as a result of the demolition by Israel’s Civil Administration, the body which governs the occupied West Bank.
Tzlil Rubinstein, Shatil’s human rights and democracy organizer, learned of what was happening from activists on the ground. Continue reading