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Application Deadline: BCM Community Grant
Application Deadline: BCM Community Grant @ Online
Nov 1 all-day
BCM Insurance is launching a Community Grants Program in 2019. With an annual investment in excess of $200,000 their goal is to strengthen local non-profit organizations’ capacity to continue to do their great work in serving Niagara’s communities. BCM Insurance has identified two types of initiatives to support: Capital or equipment that can be sustained on an ongoing basis beyond this funding (maximum $50,000) Special events taking place in the community (maximum $25,000) Only applicants who speak to the Grants Administrator at least one week prior to the deadline will have their applications reviewed by Grant Assessors. The Grants Administrator can be reached at Just send your name and a day time phone number along with a brief description of your project. You will be called back shortly after sending your email. BCM Insurance is asking all applicants to prepare a three-minute video on their project. This way you have an opportunity to share your passion for your organization and project and how BCM Insurance can help ignite that passion. Further details on the video are included in the grant application. This does not need to be a professionally produced video. It can be as simple as one produced on a cell phone. Further details and applications are available online.
Introduction to 3:00 pm
Introduction to @ Online
Nov 5 @ 3:00 pm
Learn more about, a tool for food businesses to safely donate good, surplus food to not-for-profit organizations within their community. Built and operated by Second Harvest, this free website helps increase food recovery in any region in Ontario and British Columbia. Food businesses, public health, not-for-profit organizations, food policy councils and others are welcome to join us to learn more about the program!
How to Create a Strategic Social Media Content Plan 1:00 pm
How to Create a Strategic Social Media Content Plan @ Online
Nov 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Opening up a social media account is easy. Coming up with consistent and engaging content that your supporters will love? Not so much. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. LinkedIn. Searching for new content, leveraging awareness days for your cause, creating your own content, liking, sharing, commenting…You are running as fast as you can on the overwhelming content hamster wheel but it feels like you can never catch up. This webinar, specifically presented for nonprofit staff and volunteers, will help you to create your content strategically using a 5 pillar framework that will strengthen your brand, build your authority online, and save you capacity during the day. Learning objectives for this session include: How to create an editorial content plan that can be used across multiple platforms How to map out a month’s worth of content in one afternoon using the 5 pillar framework How to define your target audience and connect on an emotional level through authentic story telling (no matter if its video, FB live, stories or posts) How to create engaging content that positions your organization as authority in your field How to clearly communicate your brand message and differentiate your cause from others This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.
Boost Your Nonprofit’s Impact with $10K Per Month in Free Google Ads 1:00 pm
Boost Your Nonprofit’s Impact with $10K Per Month in Free Google Ads @ Online
Nov 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
As a nonprofit, have you ever wanted a six-figure marketing budget without the six-figure price tag? Join our November webinar to learn how Google Grants gives eligible nonprofit organizations $10,000 per month in free online advertising to promote their organizations and causes on Google search results. In this webinar, presenters will cover: What is Google Ad Grants? How do Google Ads work? Case studies: How other nonprofits have benefited. Step-by-step details of the application process. What is required to succeed with Google Grants? This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.
Niagara Connects: Call for Applications for Board Members 5:00 pm
Niagara Connects: Call for Applications for Board Members @ Online
Nov 15 @ 5:00 pm
Niagara Research and Planning Council (operating as Niagara Connects) is seeking new Board Members. Niagara Connects is a Niagara-wide network for collaboration, planning, learning, innovation and community action toward a stronger future for Niagara. Mission: “Generating knowledge that drives community action”. Guiding Principles: Community strengths, research, and evidence are linked in order to plan for a stronger Niagara Different interests are engaged to work together mobilizing for change; and Research and activities are guided by communities. Strategic Focus Areas: Build community capacity to use Niagara-focused evidence (data, information, knowledge) to inform planning and decision-making Facilitate coordinated community action to create the conditions for a more vibrant Niagara Strengthen Niagara Connects as a value-add and sustainable enterprise in the Niagara-wide community Role of Board Members Applicants should be prepared to: Actively engage in supporting Niagara Connects’ mission and mandate within the community of Niagara Have some flexibility to attend Board and committee meetings during business hours Attend regularly-scheduled meetings of the Board (3rd Tuesday of every second month from 4 to 6 pm), with one meeting during the summer months Prepare appropriately for well-informed discussion at regular Board meetings•Work diligently to complete Board-related activities and projects Participate on subcommittees of the Board as appropriate Click here for more information Interested applicants may submit their application documents electronically, no later than: 5:00 pm, November 15, 2019.
Nonprofit Budgeting for Beginners 1:00 pm
Nonprofit Budgeting for Beginners @ Online
Nov 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Often, nonprofit staff and volunteers without financial training wind up in charge of organization or program budgets. This introductory webinar is for non-financial people who want to learn the basic building blocks of good budgeting. Presenters will look at the entire budgeting process from a high level, including the basic building blocks of who, when, why, and how. They also give you an idea of what other resources can help, including an inside look at the CharityVillage Budgeting for Nonprofits eLearning course, authored by the webinar presenter, Gordon Holley of Humanity Financial Management Inc. This event is hosted by CharityVillage.
Nonprofit Driven 2019
Nonprofit Driven 2019 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Nov 27 – Nov 28 all-day
Ontario’s nonprofit sector is a positive force on the frontlines of community challenges and opportunities, providing on-the-ground solutions to improve people’s lives. We can’t be modest about the profound impact nonprofits and charities have on communities, nor the roles we play in tackling important issues across Ontario. Let’s be bold and take this momentum to the next level. Join 600 nonprofit and community leaders and policy makers at the largest public policy forum for Ontario’s nonprofit sector. Nonprofit Driven 2019 is two full days of interactive and insightful plenary sessions, workshops and networking opportunities to help individuals, their organizations, and the nonprofit sector. What will you take away? Participants will come away better equipped to take the bold steps needed to drive the public policy agenda forward – together: Advancing skills for stronger organizations – Enhance skills and knowledge to improve organizational effectiveness and impact for both emerging and established leaders. Influencing public policy for stronger communities – Learn about, discuss, rethink, and reimagine the big issues in the sector today to arrive at strategies for how to shape public policy, set the agenda for change, and work together for our sector and our communities. This event is hosted by the Ontario Nonprofit Network.
Niagara Leaders Breakfast 2019 8:00 am
Niagara Leaders Breakfast 2019 @ Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre
Nov 27 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
In August 2021, more than 5,000 young athletes will gather in Niagara to compete for the podium in Canada’s largest multi-sport event in celebration of youth, sport, culture and community. Join Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games Chairman, Doug Hamilton and CEO, Dr. Barry Wright as they provide insight into the upcoming games and Niagara’s strong surge onto the national sporting stage. Presentation will include the strategic goals to inspire, transform, and unify our community. This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Foundation.
YWCA Niagara Region’s Annual General Meeting 5:30 pm
YWCA Niagara Region’s Annual General Meeting @ St. Catharines Golf and Country Club
Nov 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join the YWCA Niagara Region for an evening of gratitude and celebration at their Annual General Meeting. This event is free. Please RSVP to Carli Hoffmann by Friday, November 22nd at This event is hosted by the YWCA Niagara Region.
Storytelling for Fundraising Success 1:00 pm
Storytelling for Fundraising Success @ Online
Nov 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Storytelling is the key to bringing your cause and mission to life. Neurological science has proven beyond any doubt that storytelling is the single most powerful tool that fundraisers can use to engage, inspire and persuade donors and prospects to give. Join master storyteller Fraser Green as he describes what a story actually is, how it works and how to build it from the ground up to help you become a more powerful and persuasive storyteller for your organization’s fundraising program! Learning objectives for this session include: Understand the importance of storytelling to any fundraising program Analyze how stories include the instinctive, emotional and intellectual areas of the donor’s brain Identify essential elements of a persuasive story Determine who your organization’s most powerful storytellers are This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.

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