Workshops & Training

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Check out our upcoming workshops and events below! Click on the title of the workshop/event for a full description and to register. Please note, your registration is not complete until payment has been received.

Networking for Non-profits

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Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis Street, Kelowna
Cost: Advance Ticket $7 / At the Door $10
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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.

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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 3rd Thursday of each month. Block one hour in your calendar every month and then register for one workshop at a time.

What’s in Your Volunteer Handbook?
CHANGE OF Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
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Do you have a Volunteer Handbook? What should be included? How can we make it current and relevant to our volunteers?

Mastering the Message to Recruit the Right Volunteers
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
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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.

What’s Your Number?
Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna
Cost: Free to organizations registered to participate in the fair - thanks to the generous support of our sponsors!

Learn more about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and how your organization contributes to achieving them. Also, learn about what to expect at the fair!

Gearing Up for Giving Tuesday and More!
Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
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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.

Time To Nourish You!
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
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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!

Nourishing Managers Workshops and Community Volunteer Orientations supported by:

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Community Volunteer Orientations

Want to help your community? Not sure where to start? Join us to learn how to start volunteering in your community!


  • Thursday, March 14, 2019, 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Cost: Free
Register Now: Stephanie, 250.763.8008 ext 141 or ac.rcknull@einahpets

Grant Writing Essentials

KCR Workshop: Grant Writing Essentials

Spring Session 2: Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 1 - June 5, 2019 (6 consecutive Wednesday mornings)
Location: BDO Boardroom, Landmark 6, #400 - 1631 Dickson Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: Individual Modules $65 each; Package Price $299
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Fall Sessions: TBA
Location: TBA
Cost: Individual Modules $65 each; Package Price $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.

May 1, 2019 - 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.

May 8, 2019 - 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.

May 15, 2019 - 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.

May 22, 2019 - 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.

May 29, 2019 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.

June 5, 2019 - 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

Fall 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
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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

You will:

  • Master the volunteer retention cycle
  • Understand current and emerging issues
  • Harness the complexities of leadership
  • Market successful volunteer programs

Special Features:

  • Learn in a variety of ways including hands-on practice
  • Learn from talented specialists who have worked, or are working, in the field
  • Learn with a network of peers faced with the same challenges
  • Learn from valuable reference materials and sample forms that you can use back on the job the very next day

Fund Development Overview

KCR Workshop: Fund Development Overview

Fall Sessions: TBD
Location: TBD
Cost: Individual Modules $65 each; Package Price (8 modules) $299
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This course is an overview essential for those responsible for fund development/revenue generation for their non-profit organization.

Module 1 - Terms and Trends
An introduction to Fundraising and Fund Development, including current trends.

Module 2 - Defining the Message
Delve into the Mission of your organization and create a case statement for creating lasting relationships with donors.

Module 3 - First Time Giving and Annual Repeat Giving
A deeper look at the Donor Pyramid, Donor Lifestyle, motivations for giving, and effective donor management strategies.

Module 4 - Consistent Donors, Major Gifts and Planned Giving
Continuing to move up the Donor Pyramid, how to attract, retain and build relationships with these donors.

Module 5 - Earned Income
A look at other revenue generation, fee-for-service activities, programs and services that fit with your organization’s mission and mandate.

Module 6 - Corporate Sponsorships & Donations, Foundation & Government Grants
Understand the difference between sponsorships and donations; learn what corporations, foundations and governments are looking for in your project/program proposals.

Module 7 - Stewardship & Renewal
Understand Donor Stewardship and the relationship to moving donors up the Donor Pyramid.

Module 8 - Strategic Review
Taking the information and learnings from the 7 previous modules to create a plan with priorities and goals for your organization’s fund development.

Board Boot Camp 101: Introduction

KCR Workshop: Board Boot Camp 101: Introduction

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

KCR Workshop: Board Boot Camp 201: Executive Committee

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

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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