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25th Anniversary Canada Goat Open Golf Tournament
25th Anniversary Canada Goat Open Golf Tournament @ Cherry Hill Club
Jun 6 all-day
The Foundation will host the 25th Anniversary Canada Goat Open Golf Tournament June 6, 2017 at the Cherry Hill Club in Ridgeway. To date, the tournament has raised more than $1 million for charities across Niagara and for the Goat endowment fund at NCF. For more information about the tournament, including registering to golf, sponsor or donate, please contact the Niagara Community Foundation.
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OTF Webinar: Top Tips for a Successful Grow Application 1:00 pm
OTF Webinar: Top Tips for a Successful Grow Application @ Online
Jun 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is providing support to potential grant applicants through a series of webinars focused on the OTF Investment Strategy. The session will include: Top tips for a successful Grow application Time for Q & A’s. Interested in participating? Please reserve only 2 tickets per organization. It is recommended you book a boardroom if several on your team wish to participate. You are encouraged to prepare for this webinar by reviewing the What We Fund section of the OTF website. Webinar log-in details will be sent to registered participants a couple of days before the webinar to the email address used to register. Space is limited! Please sign up early, noting a wait list will be maintained if required. This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
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LDANR Golf Tournament Fundraiser
LDANR Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ Sparrow Lakes Golf Course
Jun 10 all-day
LDANR is holding their 2nd Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser on Saturday, June 10th at Sparrow Lakes Golf Course! Last year’s event was a huge success, with the event selling out – Register early to guarantee you don’t miss out! Early bird rates have been extended to April 30th. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. This event is hosted by the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region.
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Kids Ultimate Challenge
Kids Ultimate Challenge @ Burgoyne Woods Park
Jun 11 all-day
Join OneFoundation for Niagara Health for this 5th annual day of MUD, SWEAT, & CHEERS! The Kids Ultimate Challenge is a non-competitive 1K obstacle course for children ages 4-13 who are looking for a unique experience. Each challenger will negotiate their way through a course that requires them to leap hurdles, crawl on their bellies, and even swing over a pit of mud! Registration is $30 and includes the obstacle experience, a medal at the Finish Line presented by St. Catharines Firefighters, food, access to the Kid’s Fun Zone, and a t-shirt! Proceeds will be directed toward the Children’s Health Unit at Niagara Health for priority patient care equipment. To register, volunteer or for more information please visit: www.kidsultimatechallenge.com This event is hosted by OneFoundation for Niagara Health.
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Oak Centre’s 9th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser 12:00 pm
Oak Centre’s 9th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ Fort Erie Golf Club
Jun 17 @ 12:00 pm
Join the Oak Centre for their 9th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser! Early bird special: $65 – Register and pay for your team before May 5, 2017 for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate. Your $75 golf package includes: 18 holes of golf & cart Lunch Steak dinner Prizes Silent auction Team challenge To register, contact Cristina Grossi or Larry Jeffries by phone or email (see contact information above). This event is hosted by the Oak Centre.
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What Successful Partnerships Do: 6 Key Activities 1:30 pm
What Successful Partnerships Do: 6 Key Activities @ Online
Jun 19 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Do you find yourself working in partnership more and more? We can all benefit from simple ways to think through and navigate the complexities of partnership. The 6 activities for dynamic and effective partnerships provide a simple framework that you and your partners can use to work well together. Over a series of three online events, you’ll have the opportunity to reflect, learn and share on partnership work. Following each online event, you’ll have access to individual coaching from HC Link Consultants. Your partnership can also access tailored workshops and facilitated sessions in your community to help your partnership mobilize, set direction, and take action. By the end of this series, participants will: Discover new strategies and activities to overcome common partnership challenges Access practical tools and resources to strengthen your knowledge and your partnerships Learn from the stories of others working in local partnerships across Ontario Recognize how to apply equity and inclusion principles to your partnership work Identify an action plan to move forward with your partnership efforts This webinar is hosted by HC Link.
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Celebrating Age-Friendly Niagara 8:15 am
Celebrating Age-Friendly Niagara @ Amici's Banquet and Conference Centre
Jun 21 @ 8:15 am
Morning – Celebrating the Older Adult – First 150 Years 8:15 a.m. Registration 9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies 9:30 a.m. The Honourable Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs 10:00 a.m. Break 10:15 a.m. Sarah Webster – Age-Friendly Overview – Knowledge Broker, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Planning Outreach Initiative, and Niagara Connects 10:35 a.m. Panel Presentations – Age-Friendly Initiatives Dominic Ventresca – Niagara Age-Friendly Community Network Sonya Hardman – Policy and Research Advisor, Office of Regional Chair/CAO, Regional Municipality Durham Alexandra Graham – Community Development Coordinator, Strategic Planning, Public Health, Safety and Social Services, City of Brantford Heather Thompson – Manager Age-Friendly Initiatives Community Development, Halton 11:35 a.m. Question & Answer with Panelists 12:15 p.m. Lunch (45 minutes) included in ticket price Afternoon – Empowering the Older Adult – Next 150 Years 1:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker – Hazel McCallion, longest serving Mayor of Mississauga, Ontario, Chancellor, Sheridan College Get your ticket today. Limited seating. No refunds will be issued. Please bring a $20 cheque payable to City of Thorold or $20 cash payment to Thorold City Hall.
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How to Engage Employer-Supported Volunteers 1:00 pm
How to Engage Employer-Supported Volunteers @ Online
Jun 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Of the 12.7 million Canadians who volunteer, over 1/3 are supported to do so through their employer. For companies, employer-supported volunteering (ESV) is an increasingly important part of their community investment mix and helps with engaging and motivating employees, attracting talent, increasing visibility in the community and improving relationships with clients, customers and other stakeholders. For community organizations, it can be an opportunity for growing labour and skilled resources while engaging new audiences in their mission. Is your organization ready to manage requests for corporate volunteering opportunities? What you’ll learn: Trends, best-practices and considerations in employer-supported volunteering. Guidelines for building your volunteering program to incorporate employee volunteers. This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.
Youth Opportunities Fund Ideas Lab 3:00 pm
Youth Opportunities Fund Ideas Lab @ MacBain Community Centre
Jun 22 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Are you under 30? Do you have an idea you want to bring to life or take to the next level? Need funding? The province is reaching out to young Niagara change-makers, to invest in their projects and help them have a bigger impact on the lives of youth! The Youth Opportunities Fund has an exciting Grassroots Innovation Stream designed to support youth-led projects that tackle issues related to: supportive friends and family, civic engagement/youth leadership, and youth-friendly communities. This meaningful program provides youth with the capacity to lead and implement innovative solutions addressing problems they have lived experiences with. Join OTF for a design session to: Explore issues that matter to you Discover solutions that make a difference Design ideas that your group will put into action Learn about the Youth Opportunities Fund This session is hosted by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
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Leadership Niagara: Community Project Info Session 2:00 pm
Leadership Niagara: Community Project Info Session @ Brock University
Jun 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
On June 23rd, Leadership Niagara is hosting two information sessions on how they can help you as a not-for-profit! If you have a project, task or outcome you would like help meeting then this info session is where you want to be! Through their flagship Community Leadership Program, Leadership Niagara matches groups of emerging leaders with local non-profit organizations, like yourself, looking to receive positive assistance in a variety of different areas. On June 23rd join LN’s Executive Director, to discuss how the program can help you achieve your organizational goals and further your impact. Learn about: How to apply Past projects Project criteria Expected outcomes Sessions will be held at Brock University on June 23rd: 2-3pm 3:30-4:30pm These information sessions are hosted by Leadership Niagara.
Funding Application Deadline: New Horizons for Seniors Program 11:59 pm
Funding Application Deadline: New Horizons for Seniors Program @ Online
Jun 23 @ 11:59 pm
Organizations that want to help seniors make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities are eligible to receive federal grants and contributions funding. Projects must be led or inspired by seniors and address one or more of the following five program objectives: promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations; engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others; expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse; supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors. Click here for more information about eligibility and application processes. This funding is administered by Employment and Social Development Canada.
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Ride Don’t Hide
Ride Don’t Hide @ Brock University
Jun 25 all-day
Ride Don’t Hide is a family-friendly community bike ride hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), with the goal to raise awareness and help break the stigma surrounding mental health, all while raising essential funds to support mental health programs. The community event is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for riders of all ages and abilities—from novice rider to advanced cyclist. Kids under 12 ride free! This event is hosted by CMHA Niagara.
Family Croquet Day Tournament in Support of Red Roof Retreat 12:00 pm
Family Croquet Day Tournament in Support of Red Roof Retreat @ The Village Green at the Garrison House Restaurant
Jun 25 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join the Red Roof Retreat for the 8th Annual Family Croquet Day Tournament. There will be prizes, live entertainment, and family fun! Registration fee includes drink ticket and picnic lunch. Register online or RSVP to Karen (see contact information above) to pay at the gate. This event is hosted by Red Roof Retreat.
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Application Deadline: Local Poverty Reduction Fund
Application Deadline: Local Poverty Reduction Fund @ Online
Jun 28 all-day
The third and final round of the Local Poverty Reduction Fund is open. The Local Poverty Reduction Fund (the Fund) was announced in April 2015 and is now in its final year of awarding grants. The Fund is providing $50 million over six years to support innovative, local, community-driven solutions that measurably improve the lives of those most affected by poverty. The fund’s focus on measuring success – and the evidence that will be shared as a result – will help support local efforts to prevent and reduce poverty and to build a body of evidence of what works. This grant is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
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2nd Annual Centre de santé communautaire Golf Tournament 1:00 pm
2nd Annual Centre de santé communautaire Golf Tournament @ Thundering Waters Golf Club
Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm
Registration Includes: 18 holes with cart Full lunch and steak / chicken dinner Wine tasting $5,000 Hole in one & many other course contests Cigar bar & scotch Free swag bag with gifts and coupons Silent auction – items include four tickets for Ottawa Senator’s game, Toronto Maple Leafs’ players Meet & Greet at Thundering Waters, Air Canada prizes & sweepstakes entry (2 flights to any destination), Mont Tremblant Condo; sleep 6 for 7 nights, and more! Charitable donation tax receipts will be issued. To inquire and sign up, contact Daniel Pisani (contact information above). This event is hosted by the Centre de santé communautaire.

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2nd Annual Centre de santé communautaire Golf Tournament @ Thundering Waters Golf Club
Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm

Registration Includes:

  • 18 holes with cart
  • Full lunch and steak / chicken dinner
  • Wine tasting
  • $5,000 Hole in one & many other course contests
  • Cigar bar & scotch
  • Free swag bag with gifts and coupons
  • Silent auction – items include four tickets for Ottawa Senator’s game, Toronto Maple Leafs’ players Meet & Greet at Thundering Waters, Air Canada prizes & sweepstakes entry (2 flights to any destination), Mont Tremblant Condo; sleep 6 for 7 nights, and more!

Charitable donation tax receipts will be issued. To inquire and sign up, contact Daniel Pisani (contact information above).

This event is hosted by the Centre de santé communautaire.

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Volunteer Recognition: Individual Social Responsibility @ Online
Jul 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Volunteer Canada and Investors Group engaged Ipsos Public Affairs to conduct an opinion poll to examine Canadians’ perceptions and attitudes on volunteering. The results revealed that community involvement is increasingly varied and diverse, and may not always fall into the traditional definition of volunteering.

There is a momentum building globally to expand the definition of volunteering to include informal volunteering, organic movements and the many ways that people put their values into action. Volunteer Canada refers to this as Individual Social Responsibility (ISR).

Listen and learn from experts in the field discussing the ground-breaking volunteer recognition study from Volunteer Canada and Investors Group, Recognizing Volunteering in 2017.

What you’ll learn:

  • Explore the concept of Individual Social Responsibility (ISR).
  • Frame new outreach efforts and renewed ways to recognize volunteering across the spectrum.
  • Examples of the diverse ways in which Canadians are involved informally include ethical purchasing decisions, crowd funding for social causes, signing petitions, etc.

This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.

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Deadline: NCF Mini-Grant Application @ Online
Aug 14 @ 12:00 pm

The Mini-Grants Program provides $500 grants to eligible organizations for projects that address the Foundation’s granting priorities.

This program provides a time-sensitive, streamlined and responsive process for smaller projects. This grant is not suitable for projects that have a budget exceeding $2000.

Grant-Making Priorities:

  • Addressing the issues/indicators in the Living in Niagara Report 2014, or,
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of tools and resources that would contribute to an organization’s success; including professional and organizational development and training.

More information can be found here.

This grant is provided by the Niagara Community Foundation.

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Golf Marathon for Hope @ Thundering Waters Golf Club
Aug 18 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

The Golf Marathon for Hope is 12 hours of golf or 100 holes – whatever comes first! This event will be a true test of endurance, but a whole lot of fun! Grab 3 friends and enter your foursome for a full day of golf, for a great cause.

To participate, each foursome must raise a minimum of $2,000. For more information, registration package, and pledge sheet, please visit The Hope Centre’s website.

Participation includes:

  • Welcome gifts at registration
  • Kickstart breakfast
  • 100 holes of golf with cart (or 12 hours)
  • Refills of golf balls and tees, as needed
  • Lunch on the go, and snacks/drinks provided throughout the day
  • Post-round buffet dinner and awards reception

100% of net proceeds support the Hope Centre.

This fundraiser is hosted by the Hope Centre.

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Big Move Cancer Ride @ Club Roma
Sep 10 all-day

Push yourself to the limit at the 9th Annual Big Move Cancer Ride.

Cycle the 100K with other hardcore riders, try the 50K route for a bit of a challenge or cruise the 25K at your own pace.

Whether individually or part of a team, register today and join the ride to raise money for the Walker Family Cancer Centre!

This event is hosted by OneFoundation for Niagara Health.

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Deadline: NCF Community Grant Application @ Online
Sep 11 @ 12:00 pm

Niagara Community Foundation’s Community Grants Program focuses on finding ways to help individuals, families, organizations and communities prosper.

While Niagara is facing many challenges, we also have an opportunity to seek new and sustainable ways of addressing community issues and creating a more collaborative approach to meeting the challenges facing organizations and our community.

Grant Making Priorities:

  • Addressing the issues/indicators in the Living in Niagara Report 2014, or,
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of tools and resources that would contribute to an organization’s success; including professional and organizational development and training

Click here for more information on eligibility and the application process.

This grant is provided by Niagara Community Foundation.

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Amazing Race Niagara @ Polonia Park
Sep 17 all-day

Amazing Race Niagara is a fun event for families, friends or work colleagues consisting of teams of four who travel by car throughout the Niagara Region competing against each other by completing various activities in order to receive clues for the next location.

The theme revolves around being a Hero just for one day with fun activities where teams receive points to achieve the highest score!

You can be a hero just for one day & let children, youth & their families impacted by abuse in Niagara, know you care!

Pledges for this event support Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre and Niagara Chapter, Native Women Inc.

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