Tuesday, February 27, 2018
#YEGvolunteer organizations, reserve your spot that the city's largest volunteer fair.
Saturday, April 14

The ECVO is  thrilled to host this tribute to volunteerism for the eighth consecutive year. The  Edmonton Volunteer Fair  is an opportunity to not only raise awareness of your organization but to recruit new volunteers as well. 

This year, we're amping up our Volunteer Week initiative with a week-long campaign that educates Edmonton volunteers on the variety of roles and organizations as well as how they can get involved in their community. Your volunteer fair booth purchase includes feature in our NVW campaign. We'll promote your organization and opportunities the entire week and give Edmonton volunteers the information to connect with you after the fair!
Sector Events & Opportunities
Last Call! Put Strategic Learning into Practice with the inaugural Eval Lab
Interactive Lab Series

At Eval Lab, our goal is to explore how nonprofits can integrate evaluative thinking into their practices for improved learning and decision-making. Participants will work alongside other team managers from Edmonton area non-profits in a co-learning space designed to explore, test, and adapt evaluation-based concepts to real-life settings and scenarios.

Space is limited and the deadline to apply for the remaining spots is tomorrow!

Join fellow non-profit leaders for an evening of great food, tasty drinks and casual conversation around a topic too rarely discussed - failure 

Edmonton area Executive Directors are encouraged to join us for the next  Wine & Wisdom night, your chance to meet and network with fellow Executive Directors and exchange insight and stories about your experiences in the nonprofit sector. Don't miss this opportunity to network with your peers and pick their brains on the issues they face in the nonprofit community.  Registration deadline is tonight!

Join board representatives from around Edmonton to collectively plot a course for Board to Board Networking
Tuesday, March 13

Board to Board has been an essential networking event for Edmonton area board members since 2014. This edition will be dedicated towards networking with fellow board members while setting the direction for future events. Your input will guide the future of Board to Board as we work to provide you with the opportunities and insights your board needs to make large-scale impact in our community. Registration closes Sunday.

Fail Safe 2018 has been postponed

Due to low registration, we have made the decision to postpone Fail Safe 2018 until later this year. Replacement dates will be announced soon.

We want Fail Safe to be an exciting, inspiring event for delegates, collaborators, and speakers, so we are going to go back to the drawing board to plan an event that truly surpasses everybody's expectations. We are currently considering replacement dates in September of 2018, giving us the entire summer to further develop the program and produce a more fulsome engagement campaign in Edmonton.
Clarify and amplify your impact at Innoweave's Impact Accelerator

Since its launch in 2012, Innoweave has leveraged social innovation tools to help hundreds of organizations advance their mission and generate greater impact. The Innoweave Impact Accelerator is a mini-workshop that helps organizations and collaboratives to clarify the impact they are working to achieve. A clear impact focus helps to more easily identify which social innovation approaches you can leverage to achieve and accelerate your impact. Workshop is free, though space is limited.

Tackle social and environmental sustainability and emerge with a self-made strategy to tackle your organizational's biggest needs
April 4-5 | June 20

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. The  ECVO and The Natural Step Canada are excited to offer the 2018 NGO Sustainability Champions Workshop Series to help NGOs address this need. Registration requires a 100% refundable deposit returned upon completion of the final workshop!

Thursday, April 12

With legal marijuana just around the corner, employers need to be aware of their rights and responsibilities. Organizations and HR professionals need to answer questions regarding acceptable level of use, required policies and procedures, and violation of rules. ECVO and Talent Pool are please to present The Cannabis Quagmire: Accommodations for 2018 & Beyond, as part of the HR in a Box series.

Dust off your organization's bylaws and give them an update to stay current in an evolving non-profit sector
Thursday, April 12

The Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations is partnering with the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission 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.

An opportunity for leaders to foster a culture of accountability in the workplace: Accountability by Design
Workshop series beginning Wednesday, May 30

Successful leaders model personal accountability and hold others accountable for their actions and results. Accountability by Design supports experienced leaders seeking to foster a culture of accountability in their organizations. Explore heightened awareness of the importance of personal accountability, develop increased confidence in holding others accountable, and practice with an accountability tool. Please note that the first workshop has been pushed back to begin on May 30. 

And note that this opportunity is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant. Once you register, we'll follow up with a partially filled CAJG form to fast-track the process!

Sector News
Senate Special Committee charged with carrying out in-depth study of charitable and voluntary sector

Last spring, Senator Terry Mercer put forward a motion to have a Special Committee formed in the Senate to carry out a wide-ranging study on the future of the charitable and nonprofit sector in Canada. Those Committee members have now been named.
The Committee is scheduled to report by December 31 and has a broad mandate to consider the impact of laws, regulations, and government policies on charities and nonprofits.

Imagine Canada is gearing up to work with organizations to develop common messages and recommendations on a range of issues. Have any thoughts you want to share? Get in touch by emailing publicpolicy@imaginecanada.ca.
What Canada's Minister of Families, Children and Social Development heard from you about poverty reduction

Last week, Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development announced the release of the What We Heard report which summarizes the diverse viewpoints of Canadians and ideas on what it will take to reduce poverty in Canada.

It's stated in the report's conclusion (Chapter 7) that "This report will help the Government set the path for immediate and long-term courses of action on poverty reduction and contribute to informing a whole-of-government approach to the Strategy". Read the report here

Resource Highlights
Volunteer Connector passes a milestone of 100 listed opportunities and the number is quickly rising!

Only a few weeks after being announced publicly, Edmonton non-profits have added dozens of volunteer opportunities on volunteerconnector.org and it's well on its way to being a one-stop shop for volunteer opportunities in Edmonton.

Interested in posting your volunteer opportunities?  Fill out this short form , and we'll be in touch with the rest!

Grants and Awards
Know a community literacy organization that demonstrates outstanding work, innovative practice and excellence in literacy?

The  Council of the Federation Literacy Award  was created in 2004 by Canada's Premiers to recognize literacy achievements in every province and territory.  The award recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice, and excellence in literacy. Let's honour the hard work and commitment of community organizations that help adults acquire and build on the foundational learning skills they need to improve their lives. Nominations close May 18, 2018.

Click here for more info
Nominate non-profits doing innovative, creative and inspiring work for the Duncan Craig Laurel Awards!

The Laurel Awards annually recognizes the achievements of non-profit groups in Edmonton and area including Drayton Valley. From February to May of each year, non-profit groups are invited to submit nominations. A selection committee then evaluates the programs and projects on the basis of their successful innovation and creativity, regardless of size and overall budget and select the winners. The nomination deadline is Thursday, May 31.

Click here for more info
Learning Centre
Every day we find new learning opportunities and share them on 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.
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