Training for the Non-profit Sector offers the following workshops

You can view the list of currently available workshops on our Facebook events page. 

  • Communications

    • Media Relations 101

      In this half-day session, you’ll learn what is important to the media when trying to get their attention and how to give/participate in interviews.

      You will also learn how to:

      • Handle media interviews
      • Develop key messages, bridging
      • When and why to do live interviews versus taped
      • What to expect before, during and after the interview.
      1/2 day

    Fundraising, Marketing and Communications

    • Fundraising Essentials: Go from Good to Great Fundraising

      Whether you are new to fundraising or a seasoned veteran, participate in this workshop to gain new tips and tools to better plan and execute successful and actionable fundraising activities.

      Through engaging exercises and sharing of best practices with fellow participants you will:

      • Understand the different fundraising revenue streams, principles & trends
      • Learn how to develop and strengthen your fundraising “story”
      • Build your Fundraising Toolkit
      1 day
    • Hone Your Facilitation Skills

      Develop the skills and confidence you need to teach, lead meetings, and make presentations. Together we will explore the role of the facilitator in different situations, recognize challenges, and use simple strategies to bring everyone into the conversation.

      In this workshop, you will:

      • Identify public speaking principles
      • Develop a talk or presentation
      • Learn how to prepare to facilitate or speak
      • Engage participants by using group discussion techniques Full day option will cover the following additional topics:
      • Co-facilitate using best practices
      • Manage challenging participants
      • Apply best practices for handouts, slides, and other visuals
      • Develop a personal plan to improve your skills
      1/2 day or 1 day
    • Media Relations 101

      In this half-day session, you’ll learn what is important to the media when trying to get their attention and how to give/participate in interviews.

      You will also learn how to:

      • Handle media interviews
      • Develop key messages, bridging
      • When and why to do live interviews versus taped
      • What to expect before, during and after the interview.
      1/2 day
    • Social Media for Non-Profits

      Social media marketing is about creating engagement or interaction between an organization and its desired audience. But how should you incorporate social media into your overall communication plan?

      This workshop will help you map out a social media strategy for your organization and: 

      • Understand social media terminology. 
      • Evaluate the benefits of different platforms. 
      • Define your specific goals and select tactics. 
      • Get started on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
      1 day

    Governance and Board Development

    • Board Effectiveness for Women (Part 1)

      A strong and dedicated Board of Directors is essential to the success of an organization. More importantly, study after study shows that organizations benefit from having women on their boards. As a board member, board chair, executive director or manager, your non-profit and professional career will benefit from this workshop designed to enhance your effectiveness and sharpen your skills as a board member, or as an employee acting in support of a board. Topics include:- Roles, Duties and Responsibilities -Assessing Performance -Benefits of Gender Diversity -Effective Decision-Making
      1/2 day
    • Board Effectiveness for Women (Part 2)

      A strong and dedicated Board of Directors is essential to the success of an organization. More importantly, study after study shows that organizations benefit from having women on their boards. As a board member, board chair, executive director or manager, your non-profit and professional career will benefit from this workshop designed to enhance your effectiveness and sharpen your skills as a board member, or as an employee acting in support of a board. Topics include: -Secrets of highly functioning Boards -Increase your participation’s effectiveness -Adding value to the Board Effective -Communication and managing conflicts
      1/2 day
    • Board of Directors 101

      Topics include: • Concepts and principles of Board governance; • Roles and responsibilities of a Board of Directors and Board members; • Recruitment, succession planning and engagement of Board members; • Processes and Management of Board meetings • Evaluation of the Board and its members.
      1/2 day or 1 day
    • Good Governance: What Every Director Should Know

      Topics include:

      • The Role and Legal Responsibilities of a Board and Directors
      • Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest
      • Efficient Board and Committee meetings
      • Priority Results Agendas and Minutes
      • Decision-Making Processes
      • Monitoring and Measuring Performance
      1/2 day or 1 day
    • Governance in the Context of Self-Regulation

      The workshop covers: •

      • “Governance” and its basic components
      • What constitutes good governance
      • Obligations imposed on the Board/Association by its private Act
      • Ensuring compliance with the Act
      • Responsibilities of the Board/Association as a result of self-regulation
      1/2 day or 1 day
    • Introduction to Boards for Women

      Are you interested in joining a board, but feel you need to know more?

      This session is fundamental for women who are interested in serving on boards but have not yet had the opportunity. It provides everything you should know about joining a board, what is to be expected once you become a board member, and how it can help your career.

      Topics include:

      • Importance of Gender Diversity on Boards
      • Board Fundamentals
      • What is expected of you as a director
      • Choosing the right board to match interests and skills
      1/2 day
    • Planning for Strategic Planning

      Planning to plan?

      Sounds ridiculous, but as the saying goes failure to plan is like planning to fail.

      The workshop covers: 

      • The role and fit of strategic planning; 
      • Vision, Mission, and Value statements 
      • Setting Key Performance Indicators (strategic pillars) 
      • Strategic goals to support KPI's & GANTT Charting 
      • The Strategic Roadmap
      1/2 day
    • Roles, Responsibilities and Cooperative Governance

      Participants will learn to recognize the distinctive features of cooperative enterprises, as well as the general conditions needed for their effective operation.

      The training will address the following topics:

      • Roles and responsibilities of board members
      • Tools to promote a board’s efficiency
      • Responsible administrative practices
      1/2 day or 1 day

    HR and Leadership

    • Barriers & Solutions

      Each of us has certain (or even several) barriers; both professionally and personally.

      This workshop will enable you to better recognize these barriers and find the solution to eliminate them from your life.

      Many participants leave this workshop with a newfound way of looking at their barriers and their life in general.

      1/2 day
    • Conflict Prevention and Resolution for Non-Profit Organizations

      Conflict in any workplace can have staggering consequences. Through interactive presentations, group discussions, and case studies the workshop will help you: • Identify why and how conflicts arise and what you can do to prevent them; • Understand and use interest-based processes and skills that can turn a conflict from a negative experience into an opportunity for personal and organizational growth; • Discover practical resources to help you develop preventative policies and practices.
      1 day
    • Daring Leadership™

      Every day as leaders we experience the uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable. Based on the pioneering research of Dr. Brené Brown, this work dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

      Vulnerability is indeed at the core of difficult emotions, but it is also the birthplace of creativity and innovation, authenticity, adaptability to change and accountability – the key elements that every coach needs to survive and thrive.

      In The Daring Way™ cultivating courage, you will learn how to:

      • Model authenticity and transparency and expect it of others, creating a climate of risk tolerance and unfiltered trust.
      • Normalize the discomfort of courageous conversations and master the art of giving, receiving and soliciting engaged feedback that moves people and processes forward.
      • Re-humanize the workplace and eliminate shame and blame as management styles.
      • Cultivate an environment where empathy is a valued asset, accountability is an expectation rather than an exception, and the human need for belonging is honoured.
      2 days
    • Effective Meetings – Effective Decisions

      Non-profit organizations are constantly being challenged to do more with fewer resources. To help them meet this challenge, leaders today must find ways to make meetings as effective as possible.

      This workshop will explain adult facilitation principles and their role in meeting effectiveness. It will deliver specific strategies for:

      • Incorporating social inclusion practices.
      • Managing group dynamics and resolving conflict.
      • Generating effective decisions.
      • Assigning accountability and following up on actions.
      1/2 day
    • Engaging and Motivating Volunteers

      All non-profit organizations need committed volunteers in order to succeed. However, as volunteer participation rates decline, it’s more important than ever that non-profits know how to attract and retain volunteers.

      This workshop explores what motivates people to volunteer and explains how to recruit volunteers to match an organization’s needs.

      To boost both recruitment and retention of volunteers, participants will learn to:

      • Develop a volunteer orientation program.
      • Understand and meet volunteer expectations.
      • Utilize recognition and rewards.
      • Foster an environment that is welcoming to both youth and retirees.
      1 day
    • Evaluating Impact: What Difference Are You Making?

      In today’s not-for-profit and social enterprise world, everyone from government to foundations, angel investors, consumers, and volunteers want to know what kind of a difference is being made by our organizations.

      It is important to be able to demonstrate the value and impact of the work we are doing, and this goes beyond anecdotal stories, to the measurement of impact and social return on investment.

      Included are topics such as:

      • What do You Want to Know and Show?
      • Mapping Your Information Needs
      • Measuring Impact and Demonstrating Value
      • Social Return on Investment (SROI)
      • How to use Indicators
      • Collecting and Analysing Data
      • Using and Sharing Results
      • Designing your Performance Snapshot
      1 day
    • Improved Interpersonal Communication: Personality Dimensions

      Personality Dimensions is a human relations tool based on leading-edge research, which helps to explain what motivates behavior in people with different personalities or temperaments.

      Participants will learn:

      • The 4 different personality types
      • Discover which personality type represents them the best

      Where effective training and development is essential for meeting strategic objectives - an understanding of personality theory is a very effective tool in facilitating team creation and building;

      • improving corporate communications;
      • enhancing customer service and satisfaction;
      • and in providing innovative solutions to problems by tapping into the creative energy of every temperament preference.
      1/2 day or 1 day
    • Leaders Rising™

      The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall.

      Leaders Rising™ is a workshop designed to help learners understand exactly what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of struggle gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and the clearest path to a wholehearted life.

      • Explore the critical role emotion plays in a behavioral change and the connections between emotion, thought and behaviour
      • Define integrity and explore how offloading emotion moves us away from our values and corrodes culture
      • Examine the power of storytelling and the dangers of confabulations and conspiracies
      • Explore the three elements of the Rising Strong process (The Reckoning, The Rumble and The Revolution)
      • Develop actionable strategies for getting back after a fall or setback so that we can live, love, and lead with greater courage
      2 days
    • Leadership Fundamentals: From Vision to Results

      Anyone in a management position, from executive director or board chair to volunteer, can benefit from honing their leadership skills.

      This workshop focuses on three key leadership qualities: communication, vision, and collaboration.

      Participants will have the chance to evaluate their own leadership style, and learn to improve by: 

      • Leading and promoting effective communication.
      • Narrowing down priorities and setting goals.
      • Securing team buy-in and keeping the team informed.
      • Fostering an inclusive culture and resolving conflicts.
      • Making changes that will last.
      1/2 day
    • Managing your most valuable resource, your time

      As stakeholder and project expectations increase, human and capital resources seldom do. Managing time more effectively is one way to succeed in doing more with less.

      This workshop will show participants how to make better use of their time with simple practices that can be applied to both high-tech and low-tech tools. Topics include: 

      • Managing time by prioritizing.
      • Organizing one’s workspace.
      • Assessing technologies that can help.
      • Knowing what saves or wastes time.
      • Recognizing and coping with staff and volunteer stress. 
      • Learning when to bow out before burning out.
      1/2 day
    • Recruiting and Retaining Motivated Staff

      Successfully hiring and keeping good staff can seem out of reach to non-profit organizations, which may offer lower wages and fewer benefits than for-profit companies can.

      This workshop explores ways that non-profits can creatively and economically recruit and retain employees. Participants will assess their organization’s Human Resource (HR) needs, then learn to:

      • Write job descriptions, prepare interview questions and conduct reference checks.
      • Find new sources of potential employees.
      • Use the most important HR forms and policies. 
      • Implement non-monetary rewards and benefits. 
      • Foster an environment to retain staff.
      1 day

    Management & Leadership

    • Daring Leadership™

      Every day as leaders we experience the uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable. Based on the pioneering research of Dr. Brené Brown, this work dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

      Vulnerability is indeed at the core of difficult emotions, but it is also the birthplace of creativity and innovation, authenticity, adaptability to change and accountability – the key elements that every coach needs to survive and thrive.

      In The Daring Way™ cultivating courage, you will learn how to:

      • Model authenticity and transparency and expect it of others, creating a climate of risk tolerance and unfiltered trust.
      • Normalize the discomfort of courageous conversations and master the art of giving, receiving and soliciting engaged feedback that moves people and processes forward.
      • Re-humanize the workplace and eliminate shame and blame as management styles.
      • Cultivate an environment where empathy is a valued asset, accountability is an expectation rather than an exception, and the human need for belonging is honoured.
      2 days
    • Leaders Rising™

      The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall.

      Leaders Rising™ is a workshop designed to help learners understand exactly what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of struggle gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and the clearest path to a wholehearted life.

      • Explore the critical role emotion plays in a behavioral change and the connections between emotion, thought and behaviour
      • Define integrity and explore how offloading emotion moves us away from our values and corrodes culture
      • Examine the power of storytelling and the dangers of confabulations and conspiracies
      • Explore the three elements of the Rising Strong process (The Reckoning, The Rumble and The Revolution)
      • Develop actionable strategies for getting back after a fall or setback so that we can live, love, and lead with greater courage
      2 days
    • Self Esteem

      The participants will learn about the basics of self-esteem and how to differentiate between self-esteem and self-confidence. They will learn how to develop their self-esteem and move forward in life.
      1/2 day
    • System of our beliefs

      The System of our Beliefs Workshop follows the Barriers and Solutions Workshop.

      This workshop will enable you to deepen your understanding of and put into practice the system of our beliefs.

      You will learn how to replace your limiting beliefs with positive and constructive beliefs.

      This session will require a great deal of self-reflection and introspection.

      1/2 day

    Marketing and Sales

    • Grant and Proposal Writing

      After identifying a need in a particular community or an opportunity for a new program, it’s essential to find the funds to make those aspirations a reality.

      A grant-winning proposal is similar to a sales pitch, from capturing the reviewer’s attention and demonstrating an understanding of the need, to persuasively presenting a solution.

      This hands-on workshop will focus on:

      • Conducting a needs analysis.
      • Crafting a compelling opening and presenting a solution.
      • Developing goals and measurements suited to the funder’s interests.
      1/2 day

    Personal Effectiveness

    • Barriers & Solutions

      Each of us has certain (or even several) barriers; both professionally and personally.

      This workshop will enable you to better recognize these barriers and find the solution to eliminate them from your life.

      Many participants leave this workshop with a newfound way of looking at their barriers and their life in general.

      1/2 day
    • Self Esteem

      The participants will learn about the basics of self-esteem and how to differentiate between self-esteem and self-confidence. They will learn how to develop their self-esteem and move forward in life.
      1/2 day
    • System of our beliefs

      The System of our Beliefs Workshop follows the Barriers and Solutions Workshop.

      This workshop will enable you to deepen your understanding of and put into practice the system of our beliefs.

      You will learn how to replace your limiting beliefs with positive and constructive beliefs.

      This session will require a great deal of self-reflection and introspection.

      1/2 day

    Project Management

    • Budgeting and Financial Tracking

      Receiving funding or winning a bid to deliver a project is an achievement in any non-profit organization. Successfully managing and remaining accountable for the funds can present a new challenge. This workshop will help non-profit organizations set up a system to manage finances for all types of projects. Participants will practice hands-on budget creation and learn to: • Understand financial statements. • Build a budget and create projections. • Present a budget and get it approved. • Implement, monitor and revise a budget. Record and report expenses properly.
      1/2 day
    • Essentials of Project Management

      Small fundraising events, large construction projects and ongoing service delivery programs have something in common: applying project management best practices can make them more successful.

      Using hands-on exercises, participants in this workshop will learn essential project management tools for planning, running and delivering projects of any scale.

      The session will address: 

      • Understanding when project management principles apply.
      • Estimating and scheduling tasks.
      • Managing and mitigating risk.
      • Building and monitoring metrics to report on outcomes.
      1 day
    • Grant and Proposal Writing

      After identifying a need in a particular community or an opportunity for a new program, it’s essential to find the funds to make those aspirations a reality.

      A grant-winning proposal is similar to a sales pitch, from capturing the reviewer’s attention and demonstrating an understanding of the need, to persuasively presenting a solution.

      This hands-on workshop will focus on:

      • Conducting a needs analysis.
      • Crafting a compelling opening and presenting a solution.
      • Developing goals and measurements suited to the funder’s interests.
      1/2 day

    Social Enterprise

    • Financing your Social Enterprise

      This workshop focuses on the various models being used by non-profits and social enterprises to capitalize their start up and expansion projects.

      Participants will explore traditional means (i.e. donations, grants, fundraising) and be introduced to the newer, innovative capital-raising tools being used by social enterprises today like:

      • Owner/member equity
      • Community and private investment (CEDIF, SBITC, equity-based crowd funding, angels, VCs)
      • Social Impact Bonds Social enterprise loans and loan guarantees
      1/2 day
    • Making the Shift from a Traditional Non-Profit to an Enterprising Non-Profit

      As a follow-up to the Social Enterprise 101 workshop, this course focuses on the cultural, organizational, and governance changes that need to take place for a traditional non-profit to successfully move into the social enterprise arena.

      Through presentations, group exercises, and case studies participants will learn:

      • How to determine if social enterprise is right for their organization
      • How to assess their non-profit’s readiness and capacity
      • How to assess the feasibility of their business ideas
      • The keys to launching a successful social enterprise 
      • What resources are available to help in NB
      1 day
    • Social Enterprise 101: Offering Innovative Solutions to Community Issues

      A social enterprise is a business with social goals that sells products/services in the marketplace and reinvests its profits into social goals. It can be an interesting model for a non-profit to use, one which comes with its own unique challenges and benefits.

      Participants in this workshop will come away with a deeper understanding of what a social enterprise is. They will also:

      • Learn about the opportunities for social enterprise.
      • Understand the risks and challenges. 
      • Gain tools to help assess if it would work for their non-profit.
      • Find out about resources to support social enterprises.
      1/2 day
    • Social Enterprise, Non-Profit and Charity Law

      Get answers from Richard Bridge, the Maritime’s top expert in non-profit and charity law, to questions like: 

      • What does the Canada Revenue Agency say about social enterprise? 
      • What are the legal and regulatory requirements for non-profits and charities? 
      • How might operating a social enterprise impact on your organization?
      • And basically, anything else you want to know about your non-profit and the laws and regulations that govern it!
      1/2 day