Brampton Non-Profit & Charitable Sector Development Learning series

The Advance Brampton Fund in partnership with The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Toronto Metropolitan University is presenting a limited online seminar series to support the development and growth of the non-profit and charitable sectors in Brampton.

All of these sessions will be delivered virtually. Links to sessions will be emailed to participants the morning of the session. Attendance is limited to 30 participants and spaces will fill up fast.

See below to learn more and register for these workshops.

Seminar Details:

Grant Writing Strategies and Best Practices

Instructor: Caryl Arundel

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Course Description This session will cover strategies and best practices to follow when writing grants and grant applications. It will cover the grants process and include examples taken from various funding applications (i.e. Trillium and United Way).

Attendees will learn about:

  • Types of grant funding (project, ongoing, contract-based, etc)
  • How to put together the main parts of a grant proposal:
  • Narrative/description
  • Budget
  • Determining success indicators
  • ​Staying on mission and aligning grant proposals with goals
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Partnerships in the Non-Profit Sector

Instructor: Russ Ford

Date: Wednesday March 8, 2023

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Course Description Partnerships and collaborations are an important part of the non-profit environment. This seminar will explore the pros and cons of collaboration, and strategies for connecting or working with other non-profits, businesses, and government agencies.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Types of partnerships with different partners (private sector, non-profits, government)
  • Ingredients for successful partnerships
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Board Governance and Leadership

Instructor: Caryl Arundel

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Course Description Board of directors are critical to the success of a non-profit. This seminar will explore effective non-profit leadership and management practices and the role of the board of directors. It will explain the difference between a working board of directors and an oversight board of directors and explore the board's relationship with the executive director. Additionally, this seminar will provide participants with information on how to effectively support board recruitment and plan for board succession and transitions.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Non-profit governance and the role of the board of directors
  • Governance models
  • Key governance relationships—with the Executive Director, within the Board, and with the community and other stakeholders
  • Supporting good governance through recruitment, retention, review, and transition planning
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Strategic Planning for Non-Profits

Instructor: Junie Facey

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Course Description This seminar explores the process of determining the strategic direction and priorities for a non-profit, and how to integrate them into the budget, funding applications, and the structure and culture of the organization. It also looks at challenges of planning in dynamic, changing environments and key ingredients of successful planning processes.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Setting and communicating the mission, vision and values
  • Key ingredients of successful strategic planning
  • Using strategic plans and goals to guide budgets, organizational structure and development, and funding applications
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Volunteer Engagement: Best Practices and Strategies

Instructor: Michelle Coombs

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Guest Panelists: Lori Gotlieb, Consultant - Association and Non-Profit Volunteer Management & Deb Gardner, Consultant - Non-Profit Sector

Course Description Volunteer resources are key to success in the non-profit sector. This seminar will cover best practices and experiences of expert panelists, who will provide strategies for recruiting, managing, and retaining volunteers and explore how changes in our communities are affecting volunteerism.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Changing context for volunteerism
  • Who, what, when and why of volunteers
  • Volunteer recruitment strategies
  • Volunteer management and retention practices
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Effective Fundraising

Instructor: Teresa Marques​

Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Course Description This seminar provides an overview of fundraising including individual giving, major gifts, planned giving, direct mail, membership, and online giving. The seminar explains what each of these are, how to determine which to use within the context of your organization, and how to execute each effectively.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Understanding the various sources of fundraising and how they differ from each other
  • How to select a fundraising source based on your organization’s goals and the community you serve
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Program Evaluation and Impact Measurement

Instructor: Anthony Lombardo

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Course Description This seminar will provide insights into understanding the need for a program within a community, and researching how programs impact a community in both the short and long term. For example, a food bank may measure short-term impact through the number of pounds of food it provides to users, and may measure longer-term outcomes by considering the ways that food provision impacts those they serve through better nutrition, and/or the easing of financial burden. The seminar will also introduce quantitative and qualitative methods and tools for investigating impact, and discuss how organizations can improve, or start, evaluations of their projects and programs.

Attendees will:

  • ​Understand key concepts and steps of the program evaluation process
  • Develop skills to shape evaluation questions
  • Learn to identify quantitative and qualitative methods to best match evaluation objectives
  • Learn to identify appropriate means of using evaluation findings
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​Guiding Policies for Non-Profits

Instructor: Caryl Arundel

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Course Description All organizations need policies and processes to guide how they function and operate. This seminar introduces different types of non-profit policies: HR, IT, finance, program, ethics, governance and more. The seminar will also explore the policy development and review process.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Why organizations need policies?
  • Different types of policies
  • How to successfully develop and review policies
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