Workshops & Training

Workshops & Training

JobWorkshop-imgBelow is a list of the workshops and training being offered by the Community Services department. These workshops are focused for nonprofits, volunteer managers and volunteers. Click on the title of the workshop for a full description and to register.





Grant Writing Essentials - Fall 2018 Session

KCR Workshop: Grant Writing Essentials
Dates: Wednesdays, October 17, 24, 31 & November 14, 21, 28, 2018, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 - 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: Individual Modules $65 each; Package Price (6 modules) $299
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All participants should have an idea for a new or existing project or program that:
  • Their organization is seeking grant funding for; and
  • They have a reasonable understanding of the operation of the project or program.

October 17, 2018: Module 1 – Starting with the End in Mind
Understand the in’s and out’s of Project Logic Models – Inputs, Outputs and most importantly Outcomes! In addition, learn to develop a project timeline and program evaluation tools for outcome measurement.

October 24, 2018: Module 2 – Unlocking Your Funding Potential
Learn about the different types of funding available and how to find the appropriate funder for your agency’s needs.

October 31, 2018: Module 3- Crafting a Compelling Story
Review the components of most grant applications. Learn to describe the need for the program/project in the community.

November 14, 2018: Module 4 – Making Sense of the Dollars
Review program expenses and revenues, differentiate between indirect and direct costs, understand how to value-in-kind contributions, calculate matching funds and assess your program sustainability capacity.

November 21, 2018: Module 5 – Cultivating Lasting Relationships
Understand the importance of funders’ guidelines, explore effective project partners and how to obtain letters of support, improve participant impact stories and testimonials, and discover alternative opportunities to engage with your funder.

November 28, 2018: Module 6 – Packaging a Professional Submission
This workshop requires participants to bring a draft grant application that is close to completion for feedback and review. Explore common grant proposal pitfalls, ensure compliance with funder expectations, engage in peer review of your grant proposal for feedback and fine-tuning.


Overview of Volunteer Management

Dates: October 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: $250
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This 4-day workshop will help you attract and retain volunteers. Content is based on Canadian research, best practices and the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement. Read more about the 8 modules


Fund Development Overview

KCR Workshop: Fund Development Overview
Dates: November 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: $250
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This 4-day course is an overview essential for those working in, or interested in working in, the area of fund development for their non-profit organization. The course content will help you:
  • Explore strategies to attract First Time Donors and build relationships to develop Repeat and Consistent Donors
  • Learn how to foster Major Gifts, Planned Giving and Corporate Donations
  • Investigate opportunities for Earned Income and Government and/or Foundation Grants
  • Complete the funding cycle through Stewardship, Renewal and Assessment of your strategic plan
  • Content is based on Canadian research and best practices in the field


Board Boot Camp 101: Introduction

Fall Session
Date: TBA

You’re standing on the sidelines of your daughter’s soccer game, completely engaged in the game. A parent approaches you and says, “hey, you’ve come to every game and practice. You must really enjoy watching her play”. You nod in the affirmative, eyes still on your daughter. The parent then says, “we’re looking for a few parents to help us out organizing the soccer club. Can you stay after the game to chat for a bit?” Still absorbed in the game, you nod your head and say “sure!” – anything for your daughter. The game ends: your daughter’s team played a great game against a worthy opposing team and you’re both excitedly breaking down the plays. The same parent beckons you over to where they, the coach, and a few other parents are standing. Uh-oh. What did you agree to?!

Often, this is how many of us start our volunteer “careers”: someone asks us to “help”, and we agree to become involved, not necessarily knowing or understanding the scope of what we’re taking on. What we do know is that we want to help and are likely passionate about the cause, club, or issue that we’ve been invited to participate in.

Do you want to make an impact in our community by becoming a member of a board of directors for a charity or not-for-profit?

Board Boot Camp 101 will help you:
  • Understand the not-for-profit sector
  • Prepare questions to ask before saying "Yes"
  • Increase your understanding of a Board member’s role and responsibilities

Board Boot Camp 201: Executive Committee

Fall Session
Date: TBA

It’s 6:30pm. You’ve been up since 6:00am and have just put in a full day at work. Your head and stomach are telling you it’s time for dinner. And you’re still sitting in a not-for-profit board meeting that started at 4:30 … which was supposed to wrap up at 5:45pm. Suddenly, you hear, “I nominate [your name] for Board Chair”. What?!

Maybe your appointment as Chair of your favourite not-for-profit wasn’t quite so dramatic. Maybe you were one of the lucky ones that served as Vice-Chair for a term before becoming Chair. Even so, most future Chairs of not-for-profit Boards are not prepared (read: groomed) to take over the leadership position.

Board Boot Camp 201 will give you a quick primer and overview to become the best leader you can be for your not-for-profit organization. Learn effective qualities of leaders and your personal leadership style. Understand the separation between the Board and staff, and between the senior staff and the Chair. Find how to run your meetings timely and effectively - one of the best ways to retain current directors and attract new ones! And, when you think you or your organization might need outside help, explore the circumstances when going outside for expertise is of benefit to your organization.


Workshop Series: Nourishing Managers of Volunteers

Free Workshop Series: Nourishing Managers of Volunteers - Encourage one another & Expand our knowledge during these lunch hour gatherings held the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Block one hour in your calendar every month and then register for one workshop at a time.

Workshops provided by:
United Way of the Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen - logo

Upcoming Workshops

Topic TBA
Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 - 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna


Past Nourishing Managers of Volunteers Workshops

Be Pitch Perfect: How to Engage Interest in Your Organization in 30 Seconds or Less
Date: September 6, 2018

Your Best Volunteers – How to Keep them Happy & Coming Back
Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Working with Volunteers to Manage your Social Media Strategy
Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Being a Volunteer Tattle Tale
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Volunteers Impact at Community, Family and Individual Levels
Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Value of Volunteers in Dollars & Cents
Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Shining a Light on the Past Year
Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Remember Your Calling as a Manager of Volunteers
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Volunteer Ownership Model: Oh No, They’re Taking Over!
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

How to Hook New Volunteers: Recruitment as Selling
Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017

Time Management Tools
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Event Planning Made Easier
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Volunteer Training: What? How? Why?
Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

The Love Languages of Volunteers: How to Speak Them Fluently
Date: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Volunteers as Agency Ambassadors
Date: Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Not Just for Kids
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

What’s in Your Wallet?
Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Attracting the Volunteers You Need
Date: THURSDAY, September 8, 2016

Thank-a-thon
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Having THAT Talk
Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Tis the Season
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Hour Challenge
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Marketing and Recruitment - Hand in Glove
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Focus Attention on Your Volunteers: National Volunteer Week Ideas
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017


KCR Volunteer Orientation Sessions

Are you interested in volunteering for KCR, but not sure where to start? Sign up for one of our Volunteer Orientation Sessions to find out more about our organization and the various volunteer opportunities available.


  • NEW Workshop: Grant Writing Essentials Dates: Wednesdays, October 17, 24, 31 & November 14, 21, 28, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna Cost: Individual Modules $65 each; Package Price (6 modules) $299 Register Now All participants should have an idea for a new or existing project or program that: Their organization ...

  • Workshop Series: Nourishing Managers of Volunteers Free Workshop Series: Nourishing Managers of Volunteers – Encourage one another & Expand our knowledge during these lunch hour gatherings held the 2nd Thursday of each month. Block one hour in your calendar every month and then register for one workshop at a time. Workshops provided by: Upcoming Workshops Recognizing Flexibility in Volunteers Date: ...


KCR Refund Policy
Up to 4 days prior to the workshop: non-refundable amount = $50.00 (Effective July 31, 2012)
3 days or less: non-refundable amount = $100.00 (Effective July 31, 2012)
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