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.





Networking Non-Profits

Date: TBA
Location: TBA
Cost: $7 in Advance / $10 at the Door
Registration Opening Soon

Join your peers to network and find out what is happening in the broader Non-profit Community! Whether you work for a local area non-profit, or are a volunteer, this event gives you a chance to connect with others and share ideas.


Grant Writing Essentials

KCR Workshop: Grant Writing Essentials
Spring Sessions: TBA
Location: TBA
Cost: Individual Modules $65 each; Package Price $299
Registration Opening Soon

Fall Sessions: TBA
Location: TBA
Cost: Individual Modules $65 each; Package Price $299
Registration Opening Soon

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Fund Development Overview

KCR Workshop: Fund Development Overview
Spring Sessions: Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 & May 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 - 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: Individual Modules $65 each; Package Price $299
Registration Opening Soon

Fall Sessions: TBD
Location: TBD
Cost: Individual Modules $65 each; Package Price (8 modules) $299
Registration Opening Soon

This 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

Spring Session: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 - 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $10 pp
Registration Opening Soon

Fall Session Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 - 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $10 pp
Registration Opening Soon

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

Spring Session: Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 - 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $25 pp
Registration Opening Soon

Fall Session Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 - 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $25 pp
Registration Opening Soon

It’s 6:30 pm. You’ve been up since 6:00 am 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 5:45 pm. 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.


Overview of Volunteer Management

Spring Session: April 29, 30 & May 6, 7, 2019, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Includes a break for lunch (bring your own or try out one of the nearby cafes)
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 - 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $250
Registration Opening Soon

Spring Session October 21, 22, 28, 29, 2019, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Includes a break for lunch (bring your own or try out one of the nearby cafes)
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 - 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $250
Registration Opening Soon

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


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.


January 17, 2019 – Volunteer Resolutions
How do you assess the volunteer needs of your organization? How do you determine the best fit for new and existing volunteers? When and how do you make changes to your volunteer program?
Facilitator: Stephanie Moore
Register Now


February 21, 2019 – Volunteer Recognition – National Volunteer Week and Beyond!
Get Ready for National Volunteer Week, April 7 – 13, 2019 (Theme: “The Volunteer Factor – Lifting Communities”) and volunteer recognition and appreciation throughout the year.


March 21, 2019 – We Want to Volunteer! How to Utilize Group and Single Day of Service Volunteers.


April 18, 2019 - Engaging Youth Volunteers


May 16, 2019 – What’s in Your Volunteer Handbook?


June 20, 2019 – Mastering the Message to Recruit the Right Volunteers
We know that volunteering, in general, contributes to our overall health and well-being. Learn to use strategic messaging to promote the intrinsic benefits of volunteering with your organization, and attract the ‘right’ volunteers.


September 12, 2019 – TBA – Preparation for the Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair


October 17, 2019 – Gearing Up for Giving Tuesday and More!
November is all about giving. Get ready for International Volunteer Managers Day, National Philanthropy Day, Giving Tuesday and more! Find out how your organization can utilize these initiatives to raise awareness, raise funds and recruit volunteers.


November 21, 2019 – Time To Nourish You!
Most of our workshop topics provide tools and resources to help Volunteer Managers with their day to day tasks. November will be all about taking care of you! More details to come!


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

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.



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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