Welcome to the Learning Centre. This is your first stop for all ECVO professional development opportunities and resources. We have collected a wealth of information here to support the work you do in your organization, as well as your personal professional development. If you are aware of additional resources that would benefit your colleagues in the sector please contact us.

Some of the events are focused on helping you to develop the specific knowledge or skills to effectively work in the sector today, while other opportunities are focused on helping your organization build the capacity to perform optimally into the future. Events are added regularly, so please check back often.

Upcoming Events

Sep
10
Mon
2018
ECVO Leadership Series: Executive Director Wine & Wisdom @ The Almanac on Whyte
Sep 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Edmonton area Executive Directors, join your peers in a casual atmosphere where leaders can connect, learn, and break down silos.

Wine & Wisdom is your chance to network with fellow Executive Directors & CEOs to exchange insight and stories about your experiences in the nonprofit sector. We believe that regular networking is essential to creating a strong non-profit sector and affecting change in our communities.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join your peers in a comfortable atmosphere and pick their brains on the issues non-profit leaders face in the nonprofit sector.

Speaker

At this edition of ED Networking, leaders will be gathering around the topic of collaboration. The speaker is TBD.

Tickets include light snacks and attendance at the event.

Wine & Wisdom is open to all Edmonton area non-profit Executive Directors and CEOs, and will be of particular interest to leaders of human services organizations. We encourage organizations to share this invitation with other Executive Directors/CEOs in your network.


“PEOPLE TALK ABOUT BIKE RIDING WHEN THEY WANT TO REMIND US THAT SOME THINGS, ONCE LEARNED, ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.
WHAT THEY DON’T MENTION IS HOW WE LEARNED. NO ONE LEARNS TO RIDE A BIKE FROM A BOOK, OR EVEN A VIDEO.
YOU LEARN BY DOING IT.
ACTUALLY, BY NOT DOING IT. YOU LEARN BY DOING IT WRONG, BY FALLING OFF, BY GETTING BACK ON, BY DOING IT AGAIN.”
– SETH GODIN

This event is sponsored by the ECVO Moving to Action program as a part of building leadership capacity.

Be sure to join us at the November 19 Wine & Wisdom networking night as well!

Sep
12
Wed
2018
Financial Management for Non-Profits and Charities @ Santa Maria Goretti Centre
Sep 12 @ 8:45 am – 4:15 pm

Organizations with strong financial management skills are better equipped to fulfill their mission and deliver high-quality services.

With financial experts from KPMG and Hilary Rose CPA, CA, we’ve created this valuable course to get organization “fiscally fit.”

This exceptional program was developed specifically for the non-profit sector and will strengthen the financial skills of non-profit professionals and board members, empowering the sector overall.

The course is 21 hours in length and will be delivered over 3 days and is elegible for the Canada- Alberta Job Grant which, if approved, will cover up to 2/3 of the training cost.Partially completed applications for this grant can be obtained by contacting Initiatives@ecvo.ca.

Lunch will be provided daily.

The Program

Day 1: September 12th, 8:45am – 4:15pm

  • Session 1: Financial Roles and Responsibilities
  • Session 2: Financial Policies and Procedures

Day 2: September 19th, 8:45am – 4:15pm

  • Session 3: Developing and Tracking Budgets
  • Session 4: Financial Statements

Day 3: September 26th 8:45am – 4:15pm

  • Session 5: Audit Preparation
  • Session 6: Compliance and Reporting

Registration is for ALL workshops.

This opportunity is especially beneficial to organizations that:

  • Have fewer than ten staff
  • Have multiple funding sources to deal with
  • Are a nonprofit or charitable organization
  • Have minimal financial training and experience, or are looking for a refresher
  • Would like to improve their knowledge of financial practices

Our team is comprised of professionals from KPMG, The Center for Public Legal Education Alberta and Chartered Accountant Hilary Rose.

Note: This is a limited capacity event. Sales are on first come first serve basis

Sep
19
Wed
2018
Financial Management for Non-Profits and Charities @ Santa Maria Goretti Centre
Sep 19 @ 8:45 am – 4:15 pm

Organizations with strong financial management skills are better equipped to fulfill their mission and deliver high-quality services.

With financial experts from KPMG and Hilary Rose CPA, CA, we’ve created this valuable course to get organization “fiscally fit.”

This exceptional program was developed specifically for the non-profit sector and will strengthen the financial skills of non-profit professionals and board members, empowering the sector overall.

The course is 21 hours in length and will be delivered over 3 days and is elegible for the Canada- Alberta Job Grant which, if approved, will cover up to 2/3 of the training cost.Partially completed applications for this grant can be obtained by contacting Initiatives@ecvo.ca.

Lunch will be provided daily.

The Program

Day 1: September 12th, 8:45am – 4:15pm

  • Session 1: Financial Roles and Responsibilities
  • Session 2: Financial Policies and Procedures

Day 2: September 19th, 8:45am – 4:15pm

  • Session 3: Developing and Tracking Budgets
  • Session 4: Financial Statements

Day 3: September 26th 8:45am – 4:15pm

  • Session 5: Audit Preparation
  • Session 6: Compliance and Reporting

Registration is for ALL workshops.

This opportunity is especially beneficial to organizations that:

  • Have fewer than ten staff
  • Have multiple funding sources to deal with
  • Are a nonprofit or charitable organization
  • Have minimal financial training and experience, or are looking for a refresher
  • Would like to improve their knowledge of financial practices

Our team is comprised of professionals from KPMG, The Center for Public Legal Education Alberta and Chartered Accountant Hilary Rose.

Note: This is a limited capacity event. Sales are on first come first serve basis

Sep
20
Thu
2018
NGO Sustainability Champions Workshop Series @ ECVO Training Room
Sep 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
NGO Sustainability Champions Workshop Series @ ECVO Training Room | Edmonton | Alberta | Canada

Non-profit organizations create positive social, environmental and economic impacts for their communities. At the same time, they are expected to be role models whose own staff and operations “walk the talk” in terms of sustainability. This can be a challenge given limited time, support and funding.

Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations and The Natural Step Canada are excited to offer the 2018 NGO Sustainability Champions Workshop Series to help NGOs address these needs with two key outcomes:

  • Build the capacity of staff to develop and deliver a strategic plan by applying a world-class planning framework based on the award-winning approached pioneered by The Natural Step
  • Develop a sustainability-inspired strategic plan to improve sustainability performance.

The workshop is designed for staff from Edmonton-based NGOs who:

  • Are keen to build their own knowledge and skills on strategic and sustainability planning
  • Want to improve their organization’s sustainability performance
  • Enjoy connecting with peers to engage in dialogue and shared learning

Learn More

Sep
25
Tue
2018
Bylaws Refresher – A Society Bylaws Overview @ Mill Woods Senior & Multicultural Centre
Sep 25 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Is your organization looking to update its bylaws to stay current in an evolving non-profit sector?

The Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations is partnering with the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis to deliver a bylaws session for non-profits registered under the Societies Act. Representatives from non-profits will gather for one evening to explore bylaw requirements, recommendations, and proven practices.

What to expect:

This session will be an in-depth exploration of the areas that you need to cover, key questions your board and membership need to answer, and recommendations on how to structure your bylaws to support your organization in moving forward.

Attendees of the session will be able to ask the experts present questions directly related to their organization.

What You’ll Leave With:

You will walk out of the session with a deeper knowledge of bylaws, how they are structured, key clauses that you need to include and a series of questions that you will need to explore with your organization. This will provide you with the framework to update, change, or create your next set of bylaws. You will be provided with resources, templates, and a set of proven practices to help you modify, edit, or build your next set of bylaws.

If you have any questions feel free to email David Feldman at governance@ecvo.ca or Call 780.801.1054

Sep
26
Wed
2018
Financial Management for Non-Profits and Charities @ Santa Maria Goretti Centre
Sep 26 @ 8:45 am – 4:15 pm

Organizations with strong financial management skills are better equipped to fulfill their mission and deliver high-quality services.

With financial experts from KPMG and Hilary Rose CPA, CA, we’ve created this valuable course to get organization “fiscally fit.”

This exceptional program was developed specifically for the non-profit sector and will strengthen the financial skills of non-profit professionals and board members, empowering the sector overall.

The course is 21 hours in length and will be delivered over 3 days and is elegible for the Canada- Alberta Job Grant which, if approved, will cover up to 2/3 of the training cost.Partially completed applications for this grant can be obtained by contacting Initiatives@ecvo.ca.

Lunch will be provided daily.

The Program

Day 1: September 12th, 8:45am – 4:15pm

  • Session 1: Financial Roles and Responsibilities
  • Session 2: Financial Policies and Procedures

Day 2: September 19th, 8:45am – 4:15pm

  • Session 3: Developing and Tracking Budgets
  • Session 4: Financial Statements

Day 3: September 26th 8:45am – 4:15pm

  • Session 5: Audit Preparation
  • Session 6: Compliance and Reporting

Registration is for ALL workshops.

This opportunity is especially beneficial to organizations that:

  • Have fewer than ten staff
  • Have multiple funding sources to deal with
  • Are a nonprofit or charitable organization
  • Have minimal financial training and experience, or are looking for a refresher
  • Would like to improve their knowledge of financial practices

Our team is comprised of professionals from KPMG, The Center for Public Legal Education Alberta and Chartered Accountant Hilary Rose.

Note: This is a limited capacity event. Sales are on first come first serve basis

Oct
18
Thu
2018
Fail Safe 2018 @ Hyatt Place Edmonton
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 19 @ 4:00 pm

At Fail Safe 2018, leaders from Edmonton and abroad are gathering for conversations about failure, how it manifests, and how to wield it for good.

Failure is positive. It’s essential for building capacity and spurring experimentation and iterative growth in non-profits, governments, and private organizations alike. Too often failure is viewed as taboo, something to run away from both in our work and in conversation. Fail Safe is a conference that creates safe and supportive spaces to discuss various aspects of failure—how it happens, how to learn from it, and how to use it to create success for your organization.

Fail Safe is will be framed around two main discussions: exploring the psychology of failure and how it manifests in organizations and how failure is linked to innovation, growth, and capacity building.

Nov
19
Mon
2018
ECVO Leadership Series: Executive Director Wine & Wisdom @ The Almanac on Whyte
Nov 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Edmonton area Executive Directors, join your peers in a casual atmosphere where leaders can connect, learn, and break down silos.

Wine & Wisdom is your chance to network with fellow Executive Directors & CEOs to exchange insight and stories about your experiences in the nonprofit sector. We believe that regular networking is essential to creating a strong non-profit sector and affecting change in our communities.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join your peers in a comfortable atmosphere and pick their brains on the issues non-profit leaders face in the nonprofit sector.

Speaker

At this edition of ED Networking, leaders will be gathering around the topic of self care for non-profit leaders. The speaker is TBD.

Tickets include light snacks and attendance at the event.

Wine & Wisdom is open to all Edmonton area non-profit Executive Directors and CEOs, and will be of particular interest to leaders of human services organizations. We encourage organizations to share this invitation with other Executive Directors/CEOs in your network.


“PEOPLE TALK ABOUT BIKE RIDING WHEN THEY WANT TO REMIND US THAT SOME THINGS, ONCE LEARNED, ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.
WHAT THEY DON’T MENTION IS HOW WE LEARNED. NO ONE LEARNS TO RIDE A BIKE FROM A BOOK, OR EVEN A VIDEO.
YOU LEARN BY DOING IT.
ACTUALLY, BY NOT DOING IT. YOU LEARN BY DOING IT WRONG, BY FALLING OFF, BY GETTING BACK ON, BY DOING IT AGAIN.”
– SETH GODIN

This event is sponsored by the ECVO Moving to Action program as a part of building leadership capacity.

SpareSmarts

This is a calendar of monthly training events available to nonprofits in the Alberta Capital Region. The calendar includes workshops and webinars offered by different training providers. Prices vary and some are offered at no cost. Offerings change on a monthly basis.

Welcome to the Learning Centre. This is your first stop for all ECVO professional development opportunities and resources. We have collected a wealth of information here to support the work you do in your organization, as well as your personal professional development. If you are aware of additional resources that would benefit your colleagues in the sector please contact us.

Some of the events are focused on helping you to develop the specific knowledge or skills to effectively work in the sector today, while other opportunities are focused on helping your organization build the capacity to perform optimally into the future. Events are added regularly, so please check back often.

Upcoming Events

Sep
10
Mon
2018
ECVO Leadership Series: Executive Director Wine & Wisdom @ The Almanac on Whyte
Sep 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Edmonton area Executive Directors, join your peers in a casual atmosphere where leaders can connect, learn, and break down silos.

Wine & Wisdom is your chance to network with fellow Executive Directors & CEOs to exchange insight and stories about your experiences in the nonprofit sector. We believe that regular networking is essential to creating a strong non-profit sector and affecting change in our communities.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join your peers in a comfortable atmosphere and pick their brains on the issues non-profit leaders face in the nonprofit sector.

Speaker

At this edition of ED Networking, leaders will be gathering around the topic of collaboration. The speaker is TBD.

Tickets include light snacks and attendance at the event.

Wine & Wisdom is open to all Edmonton area non-profit Executive Directors and CEOs, and will be of particular interest to leaders of human services organizations. We encourage organizations to share this invitation with other Executive Directors/CEOs in your network.


“PEOPLE TALK ABOUT BIKE RIDING WHEN THEY WANT TO REMIND US THAT SOME THINGS, ONCE LEARNED, ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.
WHAT THEY DON’T MENTION IS HOW WE LEARNED. NO ONE LEARNS TO RIDE A BIKE FROM A BOOK, OR EVEN A VIDEO.
YOU LEARN BY DOING IT.
ACTUALLY, BY NOT DOING IT. YOU LEARN BY DOING IT WRONG, BY FALLING OFF, BY GETTING BACK ON, BY DOING IT AGAIN.”
– SETH GODIN

This event is sponsored by the ECVO Moving to Action program as a part of building leadership capacity.

Be sure to join us at the November 19 Wine & Wisdom networking night as well!

Sep
12
Wed
2018
Financial Management for Non-Profits and Charities @ Santa Maria Goretti Centre
Sep 12 @ 8:45 am – 4:15 pm

Organizations with strong financial management skills are better equipped to fulfill their mission and deliver high-quality services.

With financial experts from KPMG and Hilary Rose CPA, CA, we’ve created this valuable course to get organization “fiscally fit.”

This exceptional program was developed specifically for the non-profit sector and will strengthen the financial skills of non-profit professionals and board members, empowering the sector overall.

The course is 21 hours in length and will be delivered over 3 days and is elegible for the Canada- Alberta Job Grant which, if approved, will cover up to 2/3 of the training cost.Partially completed applications for this grant can be obtained by contacting Initiatives@ecvo.ca.

Lunch will be provided daily.

The Program

Day 1: September 12th, 8:45am – 4:15pm

  • Session 1: Financial Roles and Responsibilities
  • Session 2: Financial Policies and Procedures

Day 2: September 19th, 8:45am – 4:15pm

  • Session 3: Developing and Tracking Budgets
  • Session 4: Financial Statements

Day 3: September 26th 8:45am – 4:15pm

  • Session 5: Audit Preparation
  • Session 6: Compliance and Reporting

Registration is for ALL workshops.

This opportunity is especially beneficial to organizations that:

  • Have fewer than ten staff
  • Have multiple funding sources to deal with
  • Are a nonprofit or charitable organization
  • Have minimal financial training and experience, or are looking for a refresher
  • Would like to improve their knowledge of financial practices

Our team is comprised of professionals from KPMG, The Center for Public Legal Education Alberta and Chartered Accountant Hilary Rose.

Note: This is a limited capacity event. Sales are on first come first serve basis

Sep
19
Wed
2018
Financial Management for Non-Profits and Charities @ Santa Maria Goretti Centre
Sep 19 @ 8:45 am – 4:15 pm

Organizations with strong financial management skills are better equipped to fulfill their mission and deliver high-quality services.

With financial experts from KPMG and Hilary Rose CPA, CA, we’ve created this valuable course to get organization “fiscally fit.”

This exceptional program was developed specifically for the non-profit sector and will strengthen the financial skills of non-profit professionals and board members, empowering the sector overall.

The course is 21 hours in length and will be delivered over 3 days and is elegible for the Canada- Alberta Job Grant which, if approved, will cover up to 2/3 of the training cost.Partially completed applications for this grant can be obtained by contacting Initiatives@ecvo.ca.

Lunch will be provided daily.

The Program

Day 1: September 12th, 8:45am – 4:15pm

  • Session 1: Financial Roles and Responsibilities
  • Session 2: Financial Policies and Procedures

Day 2: September 19th, 8:45am – 4:15pm

  • Session 3: Developing and Tracking Budgets
  • Session 4: Financial Statements

Day 3: September 26th 8:45am – 4:15pm

  • Session 5: Audit Preparation
  • Session 6: Compliance and Reporting

Registration is for ALL workshops.

This opportunity is especially beneficial to organizations that:

  • Have fewer than ten staff
  • Have multiple funding sources to deal with
  • Are a nonprofit or charitable organization
  • Have minimal financial training and experience, or are looking for a refresher
  • Would like to improve their knowledge of financial practices

Our team is comprised of professionals from KPMG, The Center for Public Legal Education Alberta and Chartered Accountant Hilary Rose.

Note: This is a limited capacity event. Sales are on first come first serve basis

Sep
20
Thu
2018
NGO Sustainability Champions Workshop Series @ ECVO Training Room
Sep 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
NGO Sustainability Champions Workshop Series @ ECVO Training Room | Edmonton | Alberta | Canada

Non-profit organizations create positive social, environmental and economic impacts for their communities. At the same time, they are expected to be role models whose own staff and operations “walk the talk” in terms of sustainability. This can be a challenge given limited time, support and funding.

Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations and The Natural Step Canada are excited to offer the 2018 NGO Sustainability Champions Workshop Series to help NGOs address these needs with two key outcomes:

  • Build the capacity of staff to develop and deliver a strategic plan by applying a world-class planning framework based on the award-winning approached pioneered by The Natural Step
  • Develop a sustainability-inspired strategic plan to improve sustainability performance.

The workshop is designed for staff from Edmonton-based NGOs who:

  • Are keen to build their own knowledge and skills on strategic and sustainability planning
  • Want to improve their organization’s sustainability performance
  • Enjoy connecting with peers to engage in dialogue and shared learning

Learn More

Sep
25
Tue
2018
Bylaws Refresher – A Society Bylaws Overview @ Mill Woods Senior & Multicultural Centre
Sep 25 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Is your organization looking to update its bylaws to stay current in an evolving non-profit sector?

The Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations is partnering with the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis to deliver a bylaws session for non-profits registered under the Societies Act. Representatives from non-profits will gather for one evening to explore bylaw requirements, recommendations, and proven practices.

What to expect:

This session will be an in-depth exploration of the areas that you need to cover, key questions your board and membership need to answer, and recommendations on how to structure your bylaws to support your organization in moving forward.

Attendees of the session will be able to ask the experts present questions directly related to their organization.

What You’ll Leave With:

You will walk out of the session with a deeper knowledge of bylaws, how they are structured, key clauses that you need to include and a series of questions that you will need to explore with your organization. This will provide you with the framework to update, change, or create your next set of bylaws. You will be provided with resources, templates, and a set of proven practices to help you modify, edit, or build your next set of bylaws.

If you have any questions feel free to email David Feldman at governance@ecvo.ca or Call 780.801.1054

Sep
26
Wed
2018
Financial Management for Non-Profits and Charities @ Santa Maria Goretti Centre
Sep 26 @ 8:45 am – 4:15 pm

Organizations with strong financial management skills are better equipped to fulfill their mission and deliver high-quality services.

With financial experts from KPMG and Hilary Rose CPA, CA, we’ve created this valuable course to get organization “fiscally fit.”

This exceptional program was developed specifically for the non-profit sector and will strengthen the financial skills of non-profit professionals and board members, empowering the sector overall.

The course is 21 hours in length and will be delivered over 3 days and is elegible for the Canada- Alberta Job Grant which, if approved, will cover up to 2/3 of the training cost.Partially completed applications for this grant can be obtained by contacting Initiatives@ecvo.ca.

Lunch will be provided daily.

The Program

Day 1: September 12th, 8:45am – 4:15pm

  • Session 1: Financial Roles and Responsibilities
  • Session 2: Financial Policies and Procedures

Day 2: September 19th, 8:45am – 4:15pm

  • Session 3: Developing and Tracking Budgets
  • Session 4: Financial Statements

Day 3: September 26th 8:45am – 4:15pm

  • Session 5: Audit Preparation
  • Session 6: Compliance and Reporting

Registration is for ALL workshops.

This opportunity is especially beneficial to organizations that:

  • Have fewer than ten staff
  • Have multiple funding sources to deal with
  • Are a nonprofit or charitable organization
  • Have minimal financial training and experience, or are looking for a refresher
  • Would like to improve their knowledge of financial practices

Our team is comprised of professionals from KPMG, The Center for Public Legal Education Alberta and Chartered Accountant Hilary Rose.

Note: This is a limited capacity event. Sales are on first come first serve basis

Oct
18
Thu
2018
Fail Safe 2018 @ Hyatt Place Edmonton
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 19 @ 4:00 pm

At Fail Safe 2018, leaders from Edmonton and abroad are gathering for conversations about failure, how it manifests, and how to wield it for good.

Failure is positive. It’s essential for building capacity and spurring experimentation and iterative growth in non-profits, governments, and private organizations alike. Too often failure is viewed as taboo, something to run away from both in our work and in conversation. Fail Safe is a conference that creates safe and supportive spaces to discuss various aspects of failure—how it happens, how to learn from it, and how to use it to create success for your organization.

Fail Safe is will be framed around two main discussions: exploring the psychology of failure and how it manifests in organizations and how failure is linked to innovation, growth, and capacity building.

Nov
19
Mon
2018
ECVO Leadership Series: Executive Director Wine & Wisdom @ The Almanac on Whyte
Nov 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Edmonton area Executive Directors, join your peers in a casual atmosphere where leaders can connect, learn, and break down silos.

Wine & Wisdom is your chance to network with fellow Executive Directors & CEOs to exchange insight and stories about your experiences in the nonprofit sector. We believe that regular networking is essential to creating a strong non-profit sector and affecting change in our communities.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join your peers in a comfortable atmosphere and pick their brains on the issues non-profit leaders face in the nonprofit sector.

Speaker

At this edition of ED Networking, leaders will be gathering around the topic of self care for non-profit leaders. The speaker is TBD.

Tickets include light snacks and attendance at the event.

Wine & Wisdom is open to all Edmonton area non-profit Executive Directors and CEOs, and will be of particular interest to leaders of human services organizations. We encourage organizations to share this invitation with other Executive Directors/CEOs in your network.


“PEOPLE TALK ABOUT BIKE RIDING WHEN THEY WANT TO REMIND US THAT SOME THINGS, ONCE LEARNED, ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.
WHAT THEY DON’T MENTION IS HOW WE LEARNED. NO ONE LEARNS TO RIDE A BIKE FROM A BOOK, OR EVEN A VIDEO.
YOU LEARN BY DOING IT.
ACTUALLY, BY NOT DOING IT. YOU LEARN BY DOING IT WRONG, BY FALLING OFF, BY GETTING BACK ON, BY DOING IT AGAIN.”
– SETH GODIN

This event is sponsored by the ECVO Moving to Action program as a part of building leadership capacity.

SpareSmarts

This is a calendar of monthly training events available to nonprofits in the Alberta Capital Region. The calendar includes workshops and webinars offered by different training providers. Prices vary and some are offered at no cost. Offerings change on a monthly basis.