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How to Read and Understand Financial Statements 1:00 pm
How to Read and Understand Financial Statements @ Online
Apr 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Are you a board member or nonprofit leader who is mystified when presented with your organization’s financial statements? This upcoming free webinar can help! For board members, executives and directors of small to mid-size nonprofit organizations and charities, a solid understanding of the organization’s financial statements is vital to successfully planning for the future, building capacity and preventing fraud. But many nonprofit leaders without a background in nonprofit finance may feel at a loss when it comes to reviewing their organization’s financial reports. This free webinar, presented by Gordon Holley of Humanity Financial Management, will help you gain an introductory understanding of how to better understand your organization’s financial statements. This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.
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Spring to the Market 1:00 pm
Spring to the Market @ Club Italia
Apr 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Want to see what’s in store for spring fashion? Or shop in a unique and exclusive Vendor Alley? The Niagara College Event Management Program presents Spring to the Market. Get ready to shop, sample, and socialize your way through a hands-on marketplace, featuring: Vendor Alley featuring food, fashion & fresh cosmetics DIY Workshops & interactive demonstrations Flower Lounge Cafe Spa services Mystery prizes All proceeds from this event will go to the Niagara College Nourishing Minds Program in support of students who struggle with food insecurity. Admission is $5 and includes entrance and access to demonstrations. This event is hosted by Niagara College Event Management.
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Major Gifts Fundraising 1:00 pm
Major Gifts Fundraising @ Online
Apr 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
How can you connect with those fabulous people who give charities big donations with lots of nice round zeros in all the right places? They may be closer than you think! These individuals contribute far more than corporations or foundations, yet many non-profit groups don’t know how to reach them properly. This can be productive fundraising, particularly in the short term. Individuals can respond quickly, with no bureaucratic grant-approval process. Ken Wyman will show you how to: Learn who gives and who should ask Discover connections to donors Prepare yourself and the donors before the big ask Collect material to bring even if you never show it to the donors Decide what to say first — and what you should never say Make an appointment Plan where to sit down for the big moment Handle the donors’ toughest challenges This webinar is hosted by the Sustainability Network.
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West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session 9:30 am
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Employment Help Centre
Apr 17 @ 9:30 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. Presentation:Julie Topp-Bourner, Mainstream Options Niagara Please RSVP your attendance to flowe@employmenthelp.org.
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Engaging the Community to Shape Your Organization’s Priorities and Decisions 12:00 pm
Engaging the Community to Shape Your Organization’s Priorities and Decisions @ Online
Apr 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
For stronger public policy creation and community building, the nonprofit sector needs to connect differently with residents and groups already active in our communities. How can your nonprofit engage local residents more effectively and connect to their lived experience to shape organizational priorities and decisions? Find out in this webinar! This session will focus on: Understanding the importance of engaging local residents authentically Developing an organizational culture that includes local residents within the organization Addressing the challenges and establishing strategies for meaningful engagement This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Nonprofit Network.
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Top Compliance Issues for Canadian Registered Charities and Recent Developments 1:00 pm
Top Compliance Issues for Canadian Registered Charities and Recent Developments @ Online
Apr 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Are you a board member, senior executive or executive director of a Canadian registered charity? Feeling confused about Canada Revenue Agency regulations? Wondering what are some new developments with registered charities? If so, you won’t want to miss this free webinar! This webinar, presented by charity lawyer Mark Blumberg, provides plain language information and resources about the compliance obligations of Canadian registered charities. It also covers the top Canada Revenue Agency concerns for Canadian registered charities. Mark will also provide participants with a checklist of the top 20 compliance concerns with links to resources that provide further information. This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.
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Sip & Share in Support of Project SHARE 11:30 am
Sip & Share in Support of Project SHARE @ Lundy Manor Wine Cellars
Apr 22 @ 11:30 am
Join Project SHARE for their newest event! Sip & Share is a spin-off of Traveling Tapas. Purchase a ticket to travel to 5 Niagara wineries to enjoy food & wine pairings at each location. Ticket price is $100. Tickets can be purchased by phone (see contact information above) or by visiting Project SHARE between 8:30am-4:30pm. Registration is at 11:30am, and buses depart at 12:00pm sharp. This event is hosted by Project SHARE.
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YWCA Niagara Region’s 90th Incorporation Event 12:00 pm
YWCA Niagara Region’s 90th Incorporation Event @ St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
This is an exciting year at the YWCA Niagara Region as they are commemorating their 90th anniversary. Celebrate all that the YWCA has accomplished in 90 years of being a voice for women and equality here in Niagara. This anniversary is not only a milestone for the YWCA as an organization, but for the entire Niagara region. Come out and mark this important day in Niagara history! Past. Present. Always. A celebration of the YWCA Niagara Region’s 90th Anniversary. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Arienne Good, Community and Public Relations Coordinator at YWCA Niagara Region (see contact information above). This event is hosted by the YWCA Niagara Region.
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Playhouse Build & Auction Event 11:00 am
Playhouse Build & Auction Event @ Pen Centre Parking Lot
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Playhouse Build & Auction in support of the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara Event is held each spring. Local Niagara Builders volunteer their time to compete & build backyard playhouses that are auctioned off to the community to raise funds for the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara. During the building competition, the event is expanded to include a BBQ, Food Vendors, Games & Activities for the children and families attending to stay & play and be in attendance at the end of the afternoon to participate in the Live Auction. All proceeds from the event go directly to the Centre to support much needed programs & services for children & youth victims of abuse. Expanded event to include some great food vendors, inflatables, face painting, and other fair like activities for the whole family to enjoy! This event is hosted by Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara.
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Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

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Sip & Share in Support of Project SHARE @ Lundy Manor Wine Cellars
Apr 22 @ 11:30 am

Join Project SHARE for their newest event!

Sip & Share is a spin-off of Traveling Tapas. Purchase a ticket to travel to 5 Niagara wineries to enjoy food & wine pairings at each location.

Ticket price is $100. Tickets can be purchased by phone (see contact information above) or by visiting Project SHARE between 8:30am-4:30pm.

Registration is at 11:30am, and buses depart at 12:00pm sharp.

This event is hosted by Project SHARE.

Apr
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YWCA Niagara Region’s 90th Incorporation Event @ St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This is an exciting year at the YWCA Niagara Region as they are commemorating their 90th anniversary. Celebrate all that the YWCA has accomplished in 90 years of being a voice for women and equality here in Niagara. This anniversary is not only a milestone for the YWCA as an organization, but for the entire Niagara region. Come out and mark this important day in Niagara history!

Past. Present. Always.
A celebration of the YWCA Niagara Region’s 90th Anniversary.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to Arienne Good, Community and Public Relations Coordinator at YWCA Niagara Region (see contact information above).

This event is hosted by the YWCA Niagara Region.

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Playhouse Build & Auction Event @ Pen Centre Parking Lot
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Playhouse Build & Auction in support of the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara Event is held each spring.

Local Niagara Builders volunteer their time to compete & build backyard playhouses that are auctioned off to the community to raise funds for the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara.

During the building competition, the event is expanded to include a BBQ, Food Vendors, Games & Activities for the children and families attending to stay & play and be in attendance at the end of the afternoon to participate in the Live Auction.

All proceeds from the event go directly to the Centre to support much needed programs & services for children & youth victims of abuse. Expanded event to include some great food vendors, inflatables, face painting, and other fair like activities for the whole family to enjoy!

This event is hosted by Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara.

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1980’s Dance Party Fundraiser for the Willow Community @ Armenian Community Centre
May 5 @ 8:00 pm

Saturday, May 5th, 2018 will be another epic night of live 80s music, costumes, hairspray, amazing prizes, dancing, and so much more.

Come together to raise money for The Willow Community: a non-profit arts organization that provides free art classes to individuals with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions. 100% of the proceeds will go directly into funding their programming.

Tickets go on sale in March 2018 at Out of the Past and will also be available at the door. Check out the event page on Facebook for prizes and announcements. You won’t want to miss this awesome night!

This event is hosted by The Willow Community.

May
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Non-Profit Leadership Certificate Program @ Brock University
May 9 @ 12:00 pm

The Non-Profit Leadership Certificate Program gives you the expertise to become a leader in your organization and your community.

The content for this specialized program is the result of a poll of over 600 non-profit professionals on their development needs. 100% of past participants have report career advancement (raise and/or promotion).

All seminars take place on the Brock University campus.

Program Schedule:

  • May 9 (12-7pm)
  • May 16 (4-7pm)
  • May 23 (4-7pm)
  • May 30 (4-7pm)
  • June 6 (4-7pm)
  • June 13 (4-7pm)
  • June 20 (4-7pm)
  • June 27 (12-7pm)

Seminar topics:

  • Converting strategic thinking to actionable outcomes
  • Finance for non-financial managers
  • How to develop and use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to manage your organization’s success
  • Change management
  • Coaching for performance
  • Succession planning for organizational leaders
  • The role of influence as a core leadership skill in achieving consensus
  • Human resources management for non-HR managers

The program cost is $2,994 + HST. The cost to your organization could be as low as $499 + HST per participant with Canada-Ontario Jobs Grant funding. Grant application instructions can be provided.

Register before April 8th, 2018.

This program is hosted by the Centre for Innovation, Management and Enterprise Education (CIMEE) at Brock University.

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South Niagara Executive Director’s Forum @ A Child's World
May 16 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

EDUCATION TOPIC: Key Steps to Successful Collaboration
PRESENTER: Vivian Kinnaird, Dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment at Niagara College

This session will explore the nature and scope of collaboration within the not-for-profit sector. The discussion will focus on different types of collaboration and the requirement for the ‘win-win’ in any partnership using examples and models that work. With the right focus, collaborative partnerships can be easy to achieve as long as the partners are willing to be open minded, take a little bit of risk and work in a new way.

Vivian has over 25 years of experience in post-secondary education in Ontario and the UK as a teacher, program developer and administrator. She has an undergraduate and a Master’s Degree from the University of Waterloo and has participated in management training and development throughout her career. Vivian believes that collaboration is an important component of successful organizations and, in her work, looks for collaborative opportunities within education and with community partners to bring greater value to her students, colleagues and projects.

This event is hosted by the United Way of South Niagara.

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The Importance of Self-Care: Webinar Series for Nonprofit Professionals @ Online
May 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

It’s easy to burn out in the nonprofit sector. To accomplish our missions, we need to care a lot about people and the world itself. We need to be passionate about our causes in order to get up every morning and do a job that we may not be paid well for but gives us meaning. That caring and passion requires energy.

But sometimes we run out of energy because we fail to look after ourselves first. We work long hours, don’t take our holidays or develop habits that give us comfort but may not be healthy. And, this is not just happening for individuals. We have created a culture of personal and employee neglect in the sector that is now the new ‘normal’. We are expected to give more than we have, do more than we are paid for and care more for others than we do for ourselves.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. And in fact, we can’t sustain it. As a sector, we cannot continually run on empty and still have the energy to create social change.

This session will focus on individual and organizational self care in the nonprofit sector. It will include tips and tricks for building a healthier organization and investing time and effort in a healthier YOU.

This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.

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