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Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research 2017 Conference
Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research 2017 Conference @ Ryerson University
May 31 – Jun 2 all-day
The Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER) is a dynamic growing association that is organizing its tenth annual conference as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. ANSER brings together leading academic researchers, practitioners, consultants, policymakers and community organizations from Canada and internationally to discuss current and emergent issues, debates and challenges in the fields of civil society, social economy, and nonprofit research and practice. The theme for the tenth conference at Ryerson University is: Nonprofits and the Social Economy: From Far and Wide. The conference is an opportunity to welcome and explore the power of ideas to connect people and communities, encourage discussions and debates and to create knowledge and change. Within this context, nonprofits and other social economy organizations are well poised to lead these discussions. This conference is hosted by the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research.
Fort Erie: Shared Learning Local Hub Session 9:00 am
Fort Erie: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Royal Canadian Legion #230
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am
Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to: Connect for shared learning; Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits. To be part of this session, contact Mary Anne Feagan at maryanne.feagan@bridgeschc.ca.
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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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Port Colborne-Welland-Pelham: Shared Learning Local Hub Sessions 9:30 am
Port Colborne-Welland-Pelham: Shared Learning Local Hub Sessions @ The Hope Centre
Jun 8 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to: Connect for shared learning; Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits. To be part of this session, contact Gus Cruz at gcruz@powerhouseproject.ca.
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.
Heart Niagara’s Picnic on the Q 5:30 pm
Heart Niagara’s Picnic on the Q @ Heart Niagara
Jun 8 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Support Heart Niagara, a community that eats together is stronger. Heart Niagara would like to celebrate living in the heart of the community by hosting Picnic on the Q. The event will feature an intimately casual and jovial atmosphere, eating together, with mouth-watering food you can bring yourself or order from Queen Street business, first-rate entertainment, and a 50/50 draw. Your contribution of $120 will provide you with 6-8 chairs, a table, table covering and entertainment. A Community That Eats Together; sharing a meal is a simple, yet sacred occasion. It is a universal act that is important to building relationships within people groups. Intentionally eating together creates time and space to engage in the spiritual and intellectual levels that are unique to human beings. Sharing food cultivates community because the implications of the meal extend beyond the time of eating together. While there are other places people meet, gathering around a meal is the most accessible because if nothing else, everyone must eat. By eating together you will help raise funds for Heart Niagara and support an application to the 2018 Festival and Events grants to apply for a Guinness Book of Records for the longest picnic in 2018. This event is hosted by Heart Niagara.
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Nonprofit Professional Webinar Series: Difficult Clients – Understanding Responsive Behaviours 1:00 pm
Nonprofit Professional Webinar Series: Difficult Clients – Understanding Responsive Behaviours @ Online
Jun 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The nonprofit sector is not immune to workplace violence. In fact, research shows that workplace violence is three times more likely to occur among healthcare workers than any other occupation, including police officers and prison guards. Legislative changes have broadened our awareness of the issue, and have strengthened our understanding that it cannot ever be considered “just part of the job”. This session will provide you with a better understanding of client aggression and responsive behaviours and will show you how to develop a sustainable violence prevention program. This webinar will cover the following learning objectives: Highlight the prevalence of workplace violence Review the Individual Client Risk Assessment Tool Understand the 5 steps in developing a prevention program This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.
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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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Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region: Annual General Meeting 6:30 pm
Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region: Annual General Meeting @ Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village - Building B, Village Centre Auditorium (Downstairs)
Jun 20 @ 6:30 pm
Join the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region for their Annual General Meeting and a special presentation by Dr. Suzanne Johnston: “A Healthier Niagara”. The Annual General Meeting will start at 6:30 pm sharp. The Special Feature Presentation “A Healthier Niagara” by Dr. Suzanne Johnston, President of Niagara Health, will begin at 8:00 pm. All are welcome, free of charge. Light refreshments will be served. This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
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Huddling for Employee Engagement 1:00 pm
Huddling for Employee Engagement @ Online
Jun 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Huddle boards are a hot item these days across organizations both in the public and private sector and so they should be! A sure fire way to improved employee engagement and productivity. If you’re thinking about implementing a huddle board, PACE invites you to join them before you do. In this webinar, Neha Singh, CEO of PACE will guide you through the different types of huddle boards and what you need to implement them. Neha will focus on the Improvement Huddle Board during this webinar. This webinar is hosted by PACE.
Family and Children’s Services Niagara 119th Annual General Meeting 5:00 pm
Family and Children’s Services Niagara 119th Annual General Meeting @ St. John The Theologian Ukrainian Catholic Church
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Family and Children’s Services Niagara for their 119th Annual General Meeting! President’s Reception & Refreshments Presentations & Remarks Youth Bursary Presentations RSVP to Jennifer MacNeil (see contact information above) by June 19, 2017. This event is hosted by Family and Children’s Services Niagara.
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Niagara Falls: Shared Learning Local Hub Session 10:00 am
Niagara Falls: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Niagara Falls Community Health Centre
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to: Connect for shared learning; Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits. At this session, participants are invited to bring information about the programs and services available at their organization. Erica Siebert will be speaking about the services that Powerhouse Project offers. Niagara Falls SLLH leaders will also be seeking your feedback and suggestions for future sessions. To be part of this session, contact Erica Siebert at esiebert@powerhouseproject.ca.
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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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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West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session 9:30 am
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Mountainview Christian Reformed Church
Jun 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to: Connect for shared learning; Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits. This session will be hosted by Sherry Cain, Executive Director of Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers. Host presentation: Community Hospice, upcoming training courses and community partnerships. There will be roundtable updates, networking, and sharing of materials and resources. To be part of this session, contact Faith Lowe at flowe@employmenthelp.org.
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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.
A New Economy: Movie Screening & Discussion 8:00 pm
A New Economy: Movie Screening & Discussion @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Thanks to the ongoing support of FirstOntario Credit Union and FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, the Niagara Co-op Network, in conjunction with Social Enterprise Niagara, are thrilled to co-present Niagara’s first screening of A New Economy. Following the movie, participants are encouraged to join an open forum discussion led by Pam Isaak, Niagara Regional Manager (On Co-op) and Tom Jakop, Committee Organizer (Social Enterprise Niagara). If you desire a more sustainable Niagara, want to know more about social enterprise and the co-op movement, this is one screening you don’t want to miss! A New Economy is a feature documentary about people making a fresh start towards building a new economy. Watch as several organizations move towards a more cooperative future by experimenting with open and non-traditional business models. By rewarding human effort fairly and proportionately instead of obsessing about the bottom line, these revolutionary businesses are creating a more people-friendly future, creating new ways to make money and make it sustainably. This event is hosted by the Niagara Co-op Network & Social Enterprise Niagara.
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Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

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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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Insurance and Risk Management for Nonprofits @ Online
Aug 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Nonprofit organizations are not immune from potential claims from employees, board members, and volunteers relating to:

  • Employment Practices (i.e. wrongful dismissal, employee discrimination);
  • Fiduciary Liability (i.e. administration of employee benefits plan);
  • Financial Mismanagement (i.e. board decisions that have adverse financial consequences).

What you’ll learn:

  • What are the risks facing nonprofits, particularly those that engage volunteers?
  • What insurance solutions and tools are available to mitigate those risks?
  • What are some common types of claims against non-profit organizations?

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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Fort Erie: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Lighthouse
Sep 7 @ 9:00 am

Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to:

  • Connect for shared learning;
  • Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and
  • Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits.

To be part of this session, contact Mary Anne Feagan at maryanne.feagan@bridgeschc.ca.

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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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Fundraising & Communications: How Can We Achieve Program Sustainability? @ Online
Sep 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

New research into the area of program sustainability has shown that there are concrete steps you can take to increase the longevity of your programs. Although many organizations diligently develop a strategic plan, few seem to draft a formal sustainability plan.

In this engaging webinar you will learn what factors can increase the sustainability odds of your program and the benefits of developing a formal sustainability plan.

At the end of this webinar you will be able to:

  • define four types of program sustainability
  • state the factors that promote program sustainability
  • list reasons for developing a formal program sustainability plan

This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.

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Fundraising & Communications: Creating a Content Strategy for your Nonprofit Website @ Online
Oct 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A website content strategy will serve as a guide for many of the decisions you’ll make. You’ll know what content you need to develop, what you can reuse or repurpose, and what content is most important. Because it creates clarity about your sites purpose, audience and the outcomes you’re seeking, a content strategy will also guide specific decisions about website design and development.

During this webinar, presenters will explore the benefits (which go far beyond content planning) of creating a clearly defined and documented website content strategy. Presenters will look at:

  • Why you need to develop your content strategy before you start any website design or development work.
  • The elements to include in a website content strategy along with the steps involved in building one.
  • Examples of nonprofits who have benefitted from this content-first approach.

This webinar is for you if you are new to content strategy and are wondering where – and how – to start your nonprofit’s upcoming website build or redesign.

This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.

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