July 6, 2017 - In This Issue:
It is with great sadness we share the passing of board member, Wanda Wetterberg. 

Since joining in May 2016, Wanda was a very active and engaged member of ECVO's Board of Directors.  Her leadership was instrumental in launching the Alberta Community Support Network - a group of highly skilled volunteers providing pro bono assistance to local community organizations. Wanda's involvement in the Network demonstrated her keen passion for building organizational capacity and stability in the nonprofit sector.
Wanda was a major influence in our community in her professional career and as a volunteer. Resourceful, energetic and a forward thinker, Wanda held numerous senior positions in government, the private sector and in the nonprofit sector.  We applaud her contribution as a community leader and a change agent in our community - she will be missed.

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Lunch & Learn: Brokering Better Partnerships 
August 4, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 
ECVO Training Room 

ECVO along with JS Daw & Associates and The Partnership Brokers Association are hosting an introductory session on successful partnerships. Partnering and collaboration is critical if we are to create a more inclusive and sustainable world, but oftentimes, bridging traditional boundaries is difficult and falls short of expectations. This session will shine a spotlight on what it takes to create a successful multi-stakeholder partnership, the challenges that accompany the process and the principles that support partnering. This session will also introduce Partnership Brokers Training - a 4-day training course for those managing partnerships. 

Sector Happenings
Partnership Brokers Training
October 3 - 6, 2017
Edmonton, Alberta 

Cross-sectional partnerships are crucial when addressing complex social issues, but it takes highly skilled individuals to facilitate these collaborations. 

This four-day training course will provide you with in-depth knowledge on how to partner effectively. You'll leave with
  • Tools, techniques and skills development for brokering partnerships that get results
  • Enhanced confidence and competence as partnership practitioners 
  • An understanding of common principles, barriers and enablers of multi-stakeholder collaborations
  • Membership of a global professional association 
  • A Partnership Brokers Association Certificate 
Financial Management for Nonprofits and Charities
September 20, September 27 & October 4
8:45 AM - 4:15 PM 
St. John's Institute
11024 82 Avenue NW, Edmonton 

This three-day course is brought to you by financial experts from KPMG and Hilary Rose, CPA, CA and is specifically designed for the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit professionals who take this course will strengthen their financial management skills, better equipping nonprofits to deliver high-quality services and fulfill their mission. Participants can apply for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant for this course. 

Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards
Submissions Deadline September 15, 2017

Do you know an outstanding volunteer that deserves recognition? Nominate that person for a Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award! The awards are given to exemplary volunteers that have made a lasting impact on their communities. There are two awards presented in each category of: youth, adult and senior.  The ceremony takes place on Dec. 5, 2017, marking International Volunteer Day

Relaunch: CCYC Network Mentorship Program 2017
Applications Due July 15, 2017

The Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts Network is offering free mentorship to community based organizations that work with vulnerable or at-risk children and youth. Your organization will receive one year of mentorship from CYCC Knowledge Mobilization and Evaluation Facilitators. 
Jerry Forbes Centre Warehouse & Office Space for Nonprofits
Doors Open to Nonprofits July 1, 2018
12122 68 Street 
Edmonton, Alberta 

The Jerry Forbes Centre is a 93,000 square foot building currently being renovated to provide affordable warehouse/office space to nonprofit organizations. 

The Centre is centered around volunteerism and aims to become a working village of charitable organizations sharing resources. The Centre is primarily designed for the administration of charities, staff training and volunteer outreach.  It will include a state-of-the-art boardroom/classroom, meeting rooms and event spaces.
Charities will not pay base rent and only pay for their share of the operating costs. 

For more information or to complete an application for tenancy please visit www.jerryforbescentre.ca or contact Max Scharfenberger at maxs@jerryforbescentre.ca 780-686-1449
2017 Alberta Climate Summit 
Deadline July 31, 2017

This year, youth will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas during the Youth Energy Changemakers Pitch at the 2017 Alberta Climate Summit. This event will provide youth with a platform to share their ideas, collect feedback, grow their network and gain leadership experience. Five individuals will be chosen to present at the summit. 

Serving Communities Internship Program 
Starts August 1, 2017

SCiP unites Alberta's nonprofit organizations and post-secondary students to make a difference in their communities. By participating in SCiP, students receive a meaningful and rewarding internship experience while nonprofits gain additional support in reaching their goals. 

Register Now and Learn More
Sector News
Canada's Youth have Desire to Make Social Impact shows RBC Make 150 Count 
RBC Make 150 Count was an initiative aimed at empowering young Canadians to make a difference in their communities. RBC gave thousands of young Canadians $150 with no strings attached, and challenged them to make a difference. 

The results of this initiative show that young Canadians are driven to make a difference in their community. 
  • 90 per cent of stories from the initiative focus on the less fortunate and supporting causes from homelessness, food banks, and helping those with special needs
  • More than half used the money to raise money for their local projects 
  • Nutrition matters - more than 25 per cent of the projects involved food banks, breakfast clubs, groceries, vegetables or meals for those in need. 
Employee Volunteer Programs Help Attract and Retain Talent 
According to a study conducted by Volunteer Canada and Investors Group, 68 per cent of Canadians polled by IPSOS Public Affairs said that, given a choice, they would choose a job with a company that has a strong volunteering culture over one that does not. And, 60 per cent of Canadians would volunteer more if it was organized by their employeer. 

Government of Alberta Expands and Streamlines Community Grants Programs
The Enhanced Capacity Advancement Program has been expanded to provide $225,000 per year for three years to strengthen volunteerism in the nonprofit sector. Furthermore, steps have been taken to streamline the grant application system to ensure clarity and transparency in the decision-making process. 

Grants and Awards
Enhanced Capacity Advancement Program 
August 15, 2017 Application Deadline

ECAP provides multi-year funding to Alberta-based capacity building nonprofit organizations to improve and strengthen internal operations and the broader voluntary sector. Applicants must build the capacity of other nonprofit organizations in Alberta, strengthen and advance the capacity of Alberta's nonprofit sector and build capacity for effective volunteerism in the broader community.

Application and Eligibility Information
The Edmonton Artists' Trust Fund
September 1, 2017 Application Deadline

This grant is a joint project of the Edmonton Arts Council and the Edmonton Community Foundation and aims to encourage artists to stay in our community by offsetting living and working expenses. EATF allows artists to dedicate their time to their craft, career enhancement or career development. 

Resource Highlight
Resources for Volunteer Managers

Throughout the year, ECVO hosts a number of Think Tanks for volunteer managers. Past topics include: Tough Situations Volunteer Managers Face, Volunteer Recognition, Festive Volunteering and more. Head to our website and review each Think Tank session!

Think Tank Conversations
Learning Centre
Every day we find new learning opportunities. Check them out in the  SpareSmarts  calendar. New offerings are added continuously so check the calendar often.

Note: ECVO does not endorse or vet the learning opportunities presented in the SpareSmarts Calendar. The listings are provided as a service to our readers.
Board Development 
Professional Minute Taking
Fundraising/Financial Management 
Top Strategies and Tech Solutions for Grant Management
Helping Participants Raise Money through Storytelling
Just for Charities
Leadership Development