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Not-For-Profit Governance 

Board 101: A First View

This short workshop offers a first look at becoming a board member for a charity or non-profit organization. The workshop invites you to a conversation about what is asked of you as a board member. Participants will develop confidence and understand how they can make an effective contribution to the board of an organization.

Instructor: see individual workshops
Cost: Members – $85.00 Non-Members - $135.00

Click here to register Wednesday, February 27, 2019. 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Click here to register Tuesday, May 7, 2019. 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Click here to register Wednesday, October 16, 2019. 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Board 201 – A complete look at being on a Board of Directors

Whether you are currently on a Board of Directors with a not for profit or charitable organization or you’re seeking a position on a Board, this is the one “must-take workshop” for ensuring effective leadership and accountability. Effective governance is a crucial element of an organization's success. During this full-day workshop, you will learn about governance and board structures, and practical ways to contribute effectively to your board.

Instructor: see individual workshops
Cost: Members – $180.00 Non-Members - $280.00

Click here to register Saturday, March 16, 2019. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Click here to register Saturday, June 22, 2019. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Click here to register Thursday, November 21, 2019. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Legal Check-up: Duties and Liabilities of Directors and Officers of Charities and Not-For-Profits

Being a member of a board or officer of a charity or not-for-profit (NFP) is a big responsibility. Along with the volunteer commitment comes a number of duties, responsibilities and liabilities to the organization and to yourself as a director or officer. As part of fulfilling your duties as a director or officer of a charity or NFP, it is important to be able to identify the areas of risk that your organization may face and take steps to manage those risks. This session will help you to understand your duties and liabilities are so that you can comply with those obligations and reduce exposure to liability. We will also provide an overview of the top ten tips in achieving effective legal risk management for your organization and how to put those tips into practice. 

Instructor: Terrance Carter, B.A., LL.B.
Cost: Members – $85.00 Non-Members - $135.00

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Is Social Enterprise your Solution? A Board Orientation

With mounting pressure to do more with less, nonprofit leaders are increasingly being challenged to diversify their revenue streams through the creation of social enterprise ventures. Earned-income opportunities have the potential to support complex social, economic and environmental objectives while also generating profit to support operational sustainability. Are you an Executive Director or part of a Board of Directors who is considering what it would take to develop and/or operate a social enterprise for your nonprofit or charitable organization? If yes, then this workshop is suited for you.

Instructor: CSED
Cost: Members - $85.00 Non-Members - $135.00

Click here to register Friday, May 17, 2019. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Diversifying revenue in not-for-profits - a primer for senior executives and board members

Ottawa’s non-profit organizations are facing significant challenges in the current climate of scarce resources. They are dealing with considerable cuts in traditional funding sources and their ability to generate funds through conventional means is also rapidly diminishing.  This workshop has been developed to overcome these challenges. It will help senior executives and board members to develop strategies to pursue innovative ways of doing business and generating revenue. Using case studies, participants will examine key issues to consider in identifying new program and financing opportunities including organizational culture change, risk management, business strategies, forming creative partnerships and social entrepreneurship.

Instructor: Marie Eveline
Cost: Members - $85.00 Non-Members - $135.00

Click here to register Wednesday, June 5, 2019. 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


How to Read Financial Statements

Working in the not-for-profit sector, we are constantly being challenged to do more with less, to reach more stakeholders and vulnerable people while funding sources are drying up. This means we have to get really good at monitoring our finances. This workshop will teach you how to read your organization's balance statement and apply some basic health metrics, how to read your income statement and complete variance analysis, how to interpret your statement of cash flows, what your auditors will be looking for, and more. You will leave with the skills to monitor the financial health of your organization. This seminar is suitable for executive directors, program managers, and board members.

Instructor: John Gilhooly, MBA, CPA-CA, CIA, CRMA
Cost: Members – $80.00 Non-Members - $130.00

Click here to register Tuesday, December 4, 2018. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.