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Advocacy & NGOs

Advocacy & NGOs

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Wednesday, April 12
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
First Nations University of Canada, FNUC 3304

As an employee of a NGO you hold the great value of being able to provide the groundwork for authentic and meaningful change. Your efforts can transform the status quo. This workshop will set the stage for change by learning the key elements of a process that can lead to success. Educate, communicate, advocate. The objectives of the class will help participants learn how to;

* develop a strategic framework for advocacy,

* invoke creativity and innovation into change and understand which tactics might work best

* mobilize grass roots communities and decision-makers.

Facilitator Donna Ziegler has been a leader in advocacy for more than 20 years. For the last 10 years she worked as the Director overseeing advocacy for a local charity, she has been an elected member of a school division for 17 years and currently sits as Board Chair. Donna has been a sessional lecturer at the University of Regina in the Continuing Education Public Relations department for the last 3 years, she has a Masters of Professional Communication with a special interest in International and Intercultural Communication from Royal Roads University and a Public Relations Certificate from the University of Regina.

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Working and Learning Together Across Generations

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Tuesday, March 14
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
First Nations University of Canada, FNUC 3304

Working and Learning Together Across Generations

If we look at who is active in many non-profit Boards/Committees, we tend to see groups that are pretty narrow in their age range. An organization that works productively across a variety of age demographics is hard to find. Often differing experiences, expectations, and perceptions  can make this sort of work challenging for individuals who feel that their insights and skills are not honoured and/or appreciated. This workshop will offer the chance to think about how organizations can constructively work to increase intergenerational understanding and be better representations of our communities. Participants will gain insight into how to work more effectively with youth and older adults to enhance the services provided by those in the non-profit sector.

Facilitors

Cam Fraser is the Minister of Knox-Metropolitan United Church in downtown Regina – having worked for the past decade with a number of United Church Congregations, Provincial and Regional Committees and with United Church Camping he has worked with a number of Boards and Committees trying to work respectfully and constructively across broad age ranges.

Kerrie Strathy, an adult educator by profession, is Division Head at the University of Regina Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC) where she works with older adults, including Aboriginal Grandmothers caring for grandchildren and the Seniors’ University Group. Kerrie spent almost seven years at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji working on environment awareness programs with traditional healers and others. She has served on many boards and is currently on the Regina Open Door Society Board. Kerrie’s interests include strategic planning, program evaluation, board development, volunteerism, and retirement planning, as well as cross-cultural, gender, and environment awareness.

Marj Thiessen, a lifelong volunteer and volunteer coordinator, has been active in board and volunteer development for many years. She has worked with the YWCA, Canadian Red Cross and Canadian Blood Services in positions where she was responsible for recruiting, training and recognizing volunteers. She has served on many boards and committees and is a long time Dallas Valley Ranch Camp Board Member. Marj’s current volunteer activities include working with young kids in school and with older adults at the Lifelong Learning Centre who are working to reduce social isolation and older adult abuse.

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Should I Start a Non-Profit?

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Wednesday, February 8
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
First Nations University of Canada, FNUC 3304

Is Starting a Non-Profit Right for Me?

Should you or your group take the leap to incorporation? Does an informal or formal organization best suit your goals? What are the ins and outs of formalizing organizational status?

This workshop will teach you:

  •        What a non-profit is
  •        How it is different from other forms of organization
  •        What its legal rights and responsibilities are
  •        What non-profit Board of Directors does
  •        Steps to incorporation
  •        Considerations about pursuing charitable status

Facilitator Nikko Snyder is Operations Manager of the Regina Farmers Market Cooperative and President of Food Regina, a local non-profit organization. Her eclectic career has seen her publish magazines, perform in symphonies, produce independent films, and farm organically. She has a rich history of involvement with community organizations, formal and informal, and has played key roles in many groups’ genesis.

Co-Facilitator Amanda Kuckartz is a masters prepared social worker and owner of Kuckartz Counselling and Consulting in Regina. Amanda has over 6 years of experience in the human service field working in domestic violence, health care, mental health, and the non-profit sector. She is passionate about working with others and providing holistic services in the private and public sector. Prior to obtaining her masters and beginning in private practice, Amanda was the Executive Director of SEARCH, a non-profit in North Central Regina that obtained charitable status under her guidance. She currently continues to mentor with SEARCH in her free time.

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Finding Your Organization’s WHY

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Wednesday, January 11
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
First Nations University of Canada, FNUC 3304

All organizations can articulate what they do, and most can even describe how they do it. But many organizations cannot define WHY they do what they do.

Join us as we explore the power of understanding organizational purpose through the Finding Organizational Why Workshop and learn how organizational purpose

can drive strategic clarity and deliver higher levels of overall organizational success.

Through a greater understanding of organizational WHY, leaders will be able to:

  • Develop greater connection between organizational purpose and strategic planning
  • Identify stronger alignment with other organizational partners
  • Create more meaningful fund development programs
  • Optomize marketing strategies through clarity of service to customers

Facilitators Kevan McBeth and Scott McBeth are partners in the leadership consulting firm Affective Consulting, an organization that is focused on helping influence the organizational practice of people-centred principles.

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Fundraising for Board Members

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Wednesday, December 14
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
First Nations University of Canada, FNUC 3304

“Fundraising” – some board members working with charities love the challenge, others dread this task! Join us for a workshop that will explore the role board members play in fundraising, different fundraising models used by charities, the question of charity overhead, and the art of making “the ask.”

Christina Attard is the Executive Director for the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation. The SSCF is a public charitable foundation that was established in 1969 and grants to over 165 charities a year with a focus on Southern Saskatchewan.

Previously, she served as the Development Director for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina and as a Gift Planning Officer with two large Canadian universities.

Christina has over 15 years of professional experience in fund-development leadership and a strong focus on how to integrate faith-based stewardship approaches into a comprehensive fundraising program.

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Beginner to Intermediate Social Media Marketing

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Wednesday, November 16
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
First Nations University of Canada, FNUC 3304

Social media is constantly evolving. This workshop will demonstrate ways in which social media can be used as a tool for marketing, building connections, and engaging with the public. This half-day session is for people who want to use social media to reach a larger audience. It’s designed for people who are ready to start using social media but aren’t sure where to begin, and for those who have established a social media presence but aren’t sure how to most effectively use various social media channels. The session includes an overview of the most powerful and popular social media tools, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Other topics covered include:

  • Basic graphic design for social media, and introduction to free online design tools
  • The basics of paid Facebook & Instagram advertising
  • Scheduling social media posts using built in tools as well as third party tools
  • E-newsletters
  • The basics of reporting, analytics and measuring success on social media

Michelle Brownridge has worked in communications for Sask Culture and OSAC. She owns and operates EMBEE Inc., specializing in graphic design, photography, communications, and social media management.

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Grant and Proposal Writing

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Thursday, October 13
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
First Nations University of Canada, FNUC 3304

This course is designed for individuals tasked with developing funding proposals to granting agencies, in order to support projects or ongoing programming. What will you come away with? We will train you to think strategically in the development of your project proposal. As well, you will gain key insights into what funding agencies are looking for in their project submission calls. Finally you will be able to share your current project ideas with the instructor and fellow classmates to gain feedback on your project proposal, in a group learning environment. The bottom line of this course is to get you the resources you need to make things happen in your community, organization, or neighborhood.

Robert Friedrich is a local consultant who specializes in helping organizations prepare grant proposals, develop strategic plans and create fundraising campaigns. Bob’s history includes a successful career as a federal public servant working for five departments and agencies. He has three Deputy Minister Awards of Distinction from the Government of Canada for projects he worked on with three separate teams. While in government, some of Bob’s projects included project funding to the Regina Canada Games 2005, and managing Saskatchewan’s Centennial programming from the Government of Canada. In his private practice Bob has worked with government, private industry and community-based organizations.

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Planning and Evaluating Programs: A Beginner’s Guide

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Tues, Sept 13
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
College Building, Room 106, 2155 College Avenue, Regina

These days, community groups and nonprofits often have to show how their programs will make an impact, and to measure that impact. Program development and evaluation can sound intimidating, but with some simple tools, planning and evaluating programs doesn’t have to be scary. This workshop will show you how you can create effective programs and measure their impact using a program logic model. You’ll learn what a program logic model is, how to create one, and how to use it to design and evaluate programs for your organization.

Dan Holbrow is Program Director at the Museums Association of Saskatchewan. He is responsible for developing a range of programs to support museums, galleries, and heritage organizations around the province, and for evaluating and reporting on their outcomes.

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Save the (Fall) Dates!

We are working on our fall Toolkit lineup, but wanted to give you the chance to save the dates of the workshops! As always, the workshops will run from 8:30-12:00.

  • Tues, Sept 13
  • Thurs, Oct 13
  • Wed, Nov 16
  • Wed, Dec 14

Hope to see you then!

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Creating a Communications Plan for Your Organization

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Wednesday, April 13
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
College Building, Room 106, 2155 College Avenue, Regina

A communications plan is the map that directs all of the communications work of an organization over a period of time, either short term, long term or both. Communications plans can be developed for organizations as a whole, or for individual projects or events. Communications plans are essential for effectively communicating an organization’s news, events, programs and services effectively to diverse target audiences and stakeholders.

In this workshop, we will cover the essential components of crafting a successful communications plan for your organization or project including:

  • Research and analysis
  • Defining goals and objectives
  • Defining target audiences
  • Defining key messages
  • Creating an implementation plan
  • Creating a budget
  • Evaluation and monitoring

Communications planning is not a mystery, it is a straightforward, step-by-step process that will help you clearly and logically summarize what you want to say to your intended audience and map out how you will deliver that message.

Michelle Brownridge has worked in communications for Sask Culture and OSAC. She owns and operates EMBEE Inc., specializing in graphic design, photography, communications, social media management.

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