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Grassroots College: Spring Workshops that Build Capacity From the Ground Up, Sustainability Network

Toronto, Ontario
May and June 2017

12:30-5:00 p.m.
Centre for Social Innovation in downtown Toronto.

Designed with volunteer organizations in mind, this super-practical series of workshops introduces participants to key principles of nonprofit management and what it takes to achieve success.

You'll learn from the facilitator and from each other using participatory and experiential exercises that allow time for participants to reflect. This series is designed for a leadership cohort and needs to be taken start to finish by the same person to be effective. The curriculum would be a good refresher for a seasoned leader and a wonderful survey for someone still emerging. Most participants will likely be associated with the environmental community but not exclusively.

Saturday May 27, Laying a Strong Foundation: Vision, Values and Purpose

  • It's all about focus. Clarify the core problems the organization is addressing and consider what success means and the values underpin the work. Explore Jim Collins’ “Hedgehog” concept to help crystallize your core purpose.

Saturday June 3, Expanding Your Reach: Working with Others

  • Working allies, across sectors or with less traditional partners. Explore working the media and elected officials, recruiting and nurturing members and volunteers, and engaging the broader public.

Saturday June 10, Show Me the Money: Resources and Revenue

  • You need resources – from people to run programs and campaigns to funding operations. Explore revenue generation, fundraising ideas, proposal writing tips and more.

Saturday June 17, What Next? Succession and Moving Forward

  • We'll close by looking at bottlenecks and what comes next. Should you hire up? Is governance holding you back? We'll consider what moving forward means for you.

About the Facilitator: Charlotte Young, Ph.D., works with teams, groups and organizations in supporting them to craft environmental and other solutions. Using tools such as facilitation, mediation, consensus building and collaboration, she sets the space to garner everyone’s contribution.

The series is organized by Sustainability Network with generous support from LUSH Cosmetics.

Registration costs only $50 and spots will go quickly.

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