August 17, 2017 - In This Issue:
HR in a Box Series 2
September 26, October 24, November 28, 2017
8:30am - 12:30pm  
Santa Maria Goretti Centre 
11050 90 Street NW, Edmonton

ECVO and Talent Pool are bringing back HR in a Box!  Case studies will be at the core of these sessions to help you implement practical solutions in your everyday HR practices. 

This series will include three dynamic sessions. Register for one or the entire series for a special price. 

1. Aligning Business and People
2. Retention Strategies: One Size Never Fits All 
3. Strategic Performance Management: Always an Integrated Process 

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Sector Happenings
Financial Management for Nonprofits & Charities 
September 20, 27 and October 4, 2017
8:45am - 4:15pm 
St. John's Institute 
11024 82 Avenue NW, Edmonton


An organization that employs an arsenal of workers with high financial literacy are better equipped to fulfill their mission and deliver high-quality services. That's why ECVO along with  financial experts from KPMG and Hilary Rose, CPA, CA , are offering this 3-day Financial Management course. 

This exceptional program was designed specifically for the nonprofit sector and will strengthen the financial skills of nonprofit professionals and board members, empowering the sector overall. 

Partnership Brokers Training

Limited Spots Available

Partnerships and collective impact initiatives are growing as cross-sector collaborators come together to address complex social issues. These partnerships are valuable, but can be difficult to manage. 

This program will provide you with the insights and tools you need to deliver positive partnering results. You'll leave with techniques and skills, enhanced confidence, an understanding of common principles and a Partnership Brokers Association certificate. This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta job grant. Contact us for a pre-filled out application. 

Think Tank Conversations

During this Think Tank conversation, we will rethink the role of volunteer managers: titles, roles, terminology and identity.  Join us for this Think Tank to discuss ideas, concepts and perceptions that influence the work of those who manage volunteers and how the role is perceived and understood- (or not?). This will be an opportunity to talk with your peers about how we influence the collective work you do as professionals.

If you're a volunteer manager, community engagement liason, volunteer coordinator or human resources administrator, join the conversation.

ECVO Leadership Series Presents: Beer and Bullshit! 
September 28, 2017
6:00pm - 9:00pm 
CRAFT Beer Market
10013 101a Ave, Edmonton

Executive Directors, this is your chance to connect with fellow EDs, take part in insightful conversation all while drinking a pint and enjoying delicious appetizers. The theme of this event is Networked Fueled Insights! Network with peers and discuss the challenges and opportunities EDs face while working in the nonprofit sector.

Bill 17 Employment Standards Code Changes
September 6, 2017
10:30am - 12:00pm 
ECVO Training Room 

Employment standards are changing to fit our present-day workplaces. Attend this session, presented by Assistant Deputy Minister Leann Wagner from the Ministry of Strategic Policy, and learn how these changes will impact you and your workplace. Limited spots available. 

Talking Climate: How to communicate climate change effectively and engage new audiences
September 25, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
River View Room, Shaw Conference Centre
9797 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton

How do we effectively discuss climate change with someone different than ourselves? During this three-hour training, you will learn key insights and practical advice on how to engage audiences in climate conversation and how to weave climate change into current programming. Communicators, environmental educators and activists are invited to join George Marshall, founder of Climate Outreach in this interactive training session. 

Upside Down Thinking for Collaboration 
October 12, 2017
9:00am - 4:30pm
Santa Maria Goretti Centre
110560-90 Street NW, Edmonton


The Tamarack Institute and ECVO presents Upside Down Thinking - a workshop that explores how to think differently, challenge basic assumptions and foster collaborative visions. Participants will learn practical tools for Upside Down thought, the impact of organization and group dynamics, how to approach problems and solutions and addressing resistance. Mark Holmgren, director of Vibrant Communities Canada, will be leading this workshop. 

Sector News
Due date for filing completed information return is approaching
Charities must fill out an information return each year, no later than six months after the end of its fiscal period. The Canada Revenue Agency has started its automated courtesy calls notifying charities that the due date is approaching.

T3010 Charity Return
Grantmakers and Governments: The possibilities of partnership 
In this newly released report, Philanthropic Foundations Canada discusses opportunity for partnerships with government. Both governments and nonprofit organizations work to improve the quality of life for Canadians, but oftentimes, these two sectors do not work together for the public good. What are the opportunities and challenges of working with government?

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Grants and Awards
Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund 
Application Deadline October 2, 2017

The Alberta Human Rights Commission provides grants to community organizations for projects that promote equality and reduce discrimination. 
Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards
Application Deadline September 15, 2017

Nominate an outstanding volunteer for a Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award! Nominees must exemplify the spirit of community service, demonstrate leadership, serve as a role model, inspire others and improve the quality of life for fellow Albertans. 

Heritage Council Project Grant
Application Deadline September 29, 2017

Project Funding grants will provide up to 75 per cent of an applicants eligible expenses, to a maximum of $25,000. This grant is for museums, archives and other heritage organizations that creates a project to help preserve, research, document, interpret, celebrate and raise awareness of the history and heritage of Edmonton.  Projects focused on internal capacity building are also eligible. 

Resource Highlight
Employee Supported Volunteering
This guide discusses the benefits of employee supported volunteering, types of employer-supported volunteering, and what volunteers should consider before approaching an organization or volunteer centre. 

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 
P2P Strategy Masterclass: Using "Connection to Cause" to your Advantage
Conflict Resolution 
Dealing with Difficult People
Fundraising/Financial Management 
Financial Management Series
Understanding Financial Statements
Walks aren't Dead: Five Tips to Fighting off Declining Revenue
Human Resources
Leadership Development
Organization Effectiveness
Risk Management
Strategic Planning
Ingredients for Successful Innovation Free Webinar Screening for ECVO Members
Perpetual Innovation: the Strategic Tradition of Successful Associations