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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Liberation and Empowerment through Non-Violent Communication

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Wednesday, March 16
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
College Building, Room 106, 2155 College Avenue, Regina

This workshop will introduce participants to two interrelated concepts: non-violent communication, and accountable communication. The half-day training will provide a theoretical framework from which individuals can learn to communicate from a foundation of accountability and non-violence. Participants will be introduced to aspects of Marshall Rosenberg’s NVC framework as well as a framework developed by the facilitator – Accountable Communication. The workshop will engage participants in a fun and interactive manner. Participants will leave with new insights and some basic communication tools and strategies to enhance interpersonal, professional and organizational communications and relationships.

Facilitator: Raven Sinclair is a member of George Gordon First Nation (Nehiyaw-Cree) of the Treaty #4 area of southern Saskatchewan, Canada. She is an Associate Professor of Social Work with the University of Regina, Saskatoon Campus. Her areas of interest include Indigenous mental health and trauma recovery, research and ethics, Indigenous child welfare and youth suicide, transracial adoption and cultural identity, interpersonal and non-violent communication, lateral violence intervention, group process and facilitation, and critical race theory. Raven has an 11 year-old daughter who keeps her on her toes.

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Volunteer Recruitment and Retention

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Tuesday, February 9
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
College Building, Room 106, 2155 College Avenue, Regina

Volunteering should be a mutually beneficial — and fun — experience. This session will explore how to successfully recruit, manage and retain volunteers. Participants will get an overview on how to stay organized, how to set expectations, volunteer appreciation and how to build a successful team by highlighting individual strengths. There will be plenty of opportunities to explore specific organization volunteer successes and challenges so if you like, come prepared to share.

Melanie Metcalf has been the Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator with the Regina Folk Festival for 6 years. With a volunteer population of over 650 individuals she has had the pleasure to learn that there is a job for everyone and everyone can contribute. In the not-for-profit sector, turnover is common in volunteer management and so with her years of experience she has been fortunate enough to continually improve, develop and maintain a successful volunteer program in ways many haven’t been able to.

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Communicating Effectively across Cultures in the Contemporary Workplace

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

This workshop takes a reflective, interactive, and constructive approach towards developing and improving intercultural communication skills or intercultural competence. Participants will be introduced to concepts and models pertaining to culture, cultural differences, communication differences, and intercultural competence. They will have the opportunity to develop some awareness about their own cultural identities, differences, biases, and communication styles. They will briefly assess their intercultural competence – knowledge, skills, and attitudes – and consider how they may develop intercultural competence or improve their intercultural competence level in relation to their individual workplace roles, contexts, and goals.

Angeline Chia has facilitated English as a Second/Additional Language programs for international students at the University of Regina and coordinated career development programs for newcomers to Canada at the Regina Open Door Society. Angeline has studied diversity management within a Master’s degree in Education (Human Resource Development) and pursued intercultural communication training to provide quality service to her clients.  She continually learns from her interactions with people from diverse cultural backgrounds to become a more effective intercultural communicator.

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Board Governance: What are we supposed to be doing?

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Wednesday, December 9
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
College Building, Room 106, 2155 College Avenue, Regina

The main topics to be covered in this workshop include: understanding different board models, framework governance, self-governance, operational governance, and advocacy governance, as well as accountabilities, liabilities and protections, board member rights and group dynamics. It touches on charities regulations and offers resources for further exploration. This is an interactive workshop with exercises and small group discussions.

Gloria DeSantis, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice Studies at the University of Regina and the Facilitator of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network at Luther College at the University of Regina. Her areas of interest include social justice, health inequities, human rights and the social change role of the nonprofit sector given its public engagement and advocacy work. Her interests stem from her 25 years of working and volunteering in the sector.

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Employment and Equality Rights in the Workplace

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Tuesday, November 17
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
College Building, Room 106, 2155 College Avenue, Regina

During this session we will review the basic rights in employment standards including hours of work, scheduling, breaks and leaves as well as a number of equality rights including freedom from discrimination and harassment and the right to accommodations. Participants will get an overview of employment rights, information on resources for additional information, strategies to deal with common pitfalls and an opportunity to practice their newly found skills sets.

The Facilitator

Loretta Gerlach has been working with the Career and Professional Development Centre for Continuing Education for ten years. Loretta holds a Master of Arts and a Masters of Human Resource Management from the University of Regina where she also works as a sessional instructor in several areas. She has worked in human resources for several years, mostly in the healthcare sector, but has recently returned to a position she held previously with the Employee Service Centre of the Public Service Commission in the Government of Saskatchewan. Loretta has a passion for excellence in human resources and enjoys working with many groups on the pursuit of continuous improvement.

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Survey Design

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Wednesday, October 21
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
College Building, Room 106, 2155 College Avenue, Regina

This interactive workshop will provide participants with practical information for designing surveys. A well-designed questionnaire should collect information that is relevant to the survey’s purpose, and allow for easy analysis and interpretation of results. The question design and wording should encourage respondents to complete the survey as accurately as possible.  The emphasis of the workshop will be on what makes good questions and how to get the best response to your survey.  The workshop will cover various types of surveys, the different kinds of questions that can be asked, how to design the survey to flow smoothly and, how to avoid common pitfalls of many surveys.

The Facilitator

David Rosenbluth has more than 30 years of experience in conducting evaluations and research projects in the human services. He has worked as a policy analyst and Director of Research and Evaluation for the Ministry of Social Services and has led both national and provincial evaluations of social programs. He has a Ph.D. in sociology.

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