September 13, 2018
Resources
FINANCIAL GOVERNANCE, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, AND FINANCIAL REPORTING: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

This podcast by Vantage Point clarifies how to distinguish between financial governance, financial management, and financial reporting and provides ideas on how to strengthen each area in your organization.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Professional Development
BEYOND OPENS AND CLICKS: MAINTAINING A HEALTHY EMAIL LIST AND RE-ENGAGING YOUR COMMUNITY
Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com
September 20, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
$99

Inbox providers like Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo are constantly tweaking the algorithms that decide if and when the emails your nonprofit sends will get delivered - or if they are labeled as spam. Understanding the new rules of email deliverability is essential to meeting your fundraising, advocacy, awareness and education goals. 

These new email rules are all about engagement. Inbox providers are tracking not just opens and clicks, but how often someone deletes email from your nonprofit without reading it and how often that person replies to or forwards your nonprofit's emails. They know when people are hitting the spam button on your emails and when they are rescuing them from the spam folder. This webinar will not only explain these changes, but more importantly, tell you exactly what you need to do to run an effective email marketing and/or fundraising program today.
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH FAMILY FOUNDATIONS
Grantspace
September 21, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Family foundations can be an outstanding resource for organizations, both as a funder and as a partner. However, it's not uncommon for nonprofits to run up against the phrase "contributes only to pre-selected organizations" in their research. How do charities successfully navigate around roadblocks like these and get on the radar of family foundations? 

In this webinar, discover philanthropy from the viewpoint of funders themselves. Gain a new understanding of what foundations are looking for in the nonprofits they work with, and what it truly means to build and steward a meaningful relationship with a funder. The guests will offer insights on the inner workings of the application process, and what happens after the grant is awarded, as a foundation and its nonprofit grantee work together over time to generate social change.
FUNDRAISING 101: FUNDRAISING METRICS - HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP?
CharityHowTo
September 25, 11 a.m. (Mountain)
Free

In the rush of the day-to-day at your nonprofit, it's hard to make time to reflect and assess your performance against your goals. Organizations that measure will thrive. Those that don't will not be as competitive, because they will lack vital data to make informed decisions.

The measurement of key performance indicators in fundraising has become a best practice, and you don't want your organization to fall behind. This webinar will cover:
  • The top eight areas of fundraising performance measurement
  • How the amount of money you raise is the not the most important metric you'll assess
  • How to measure fundraising performance over time
  • How to use fundraising metrics to improve the quality and result of your fundraising efforts
FINDING YOUR ORGANIZATIONAL VOICE WITH ADVOCACY AS A BOARD LEADERSHIP STRATEGY
BoardSource
October 11, 11 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. (Eastern)
$35

Nonprofits that engage in advocacy are more visible, achieve higher impact and generally over time become stronger organizations overall. Boards play a critical role ensuring the organization's advocacy work is successful and sustainable. In this webinar, participants will
  • Identify 3 steps to achieving stronger board engagement
  • Discover key qualities and roles to foster in an advocacy board
  • Recognize how to move beyond common barriers that prevent most boards from moving forward
HOARDING IN LATER LIFE
Institute for Life Course & Aging
Oct 1 - Oct 28 (online weekly at your discretion)
$240 (Students $120)

The objectives of this online course are:
  • To gain familiarity with current standardized assessment measures for Hoarding Disorder
  • To be able to assess hoarding comprehensively
  • To be able to discuss a comprehensive model of hoarding and treatment principles
  • To understand the ethical and legal implications of identifying and working with people with Hoarding Disorder
The registration deadline is September 24. The course will be offered only be if there is sufficient enrolment. Registration and payment is available online at www.aging.utoronto.ca.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
PROVIDE INPUT FOR THE CITY PLAN

What kind of city will Edmonton be in the future? How will Edmontonians move around the city? How will we stay connected to family, friends and community? How will we grow together, adapt and succeed? How will we build and maintain an Edmonton we love, and include new residents as full participants?

These and questions like them are important considerations as the City of Edmonton develops the City Plan - a document that guides the City's planning path. 

Here are some ways to get involved and give input to the City Plan:
  • Read and consider the blog posts: Transforming Edmonton City Plan Blog series
  • Join the City Plan Facebook Live event from 12 to 12:45 p.m. on September 17
  • Drop into an engagement session between September 12 and November 15
Learn more about The City Plan and get details on the engagement sessions at edmonton.ca/TheCityPlan.
THE WESTEND SINGERS
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)

WSAC's choir starts up on September 14 from 1-2:30 p.m. and this social group of dedicated singers welcomes you this season. No experience is required; just a love of singing and having fun. The group's mission is to entertain at various seniors' residences as well as adding the joy of music to events at WSAC throughout the year. If you are interested in joining, drop by for a visit or call 780-483-1209.
FILMS & LUNCH
Bonnie Doon Community League (9240 93 Street)
10:30 a.m. film and 11:45 a.m. lunch
$2

Watch free National Film Board documentaries at Bonnie Doon Hall followed by a light lunch. All seniors are welcome.

The Grasslands Project will be screened on September 20. Through this series of short films viewers will see contemporary life in rural Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Bonnie Doon Hall is wheel-chair accessible. For more information, contact Margaret at 780-982-8735.
NESA FALL BOOK SALE
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
Sept. 24 - 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily
Additional hours on Sept. 26, 3-7 p.m.
Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Browse through a large variety of books at amazing prices. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA BOTANIC GARDENS TRIP
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
September 26, bus departs the centre at 11 a.m.
$20 which includes lunch (sandwiches, fruit, veggies and water)

Enjoy the fall colours on a trip to the University of Alberta Botanic Gardens. Register by September 24. Call 780-342-8625 for more information.
MONTHLY DINNER & BINGO
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
September 27

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and three full-card games of bingo will follow. Winners will receive a $50 grocery gift card. There will be a cash bar and 50/50 draw. Tickets in advance $15 at the SEESA Front Desk or by calling 780-468-1985. Please note there is an additional non-refundable $2 service charge applied to over the phone credit card transactions.
LUNCH AND A SHOW
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
September 28, doors open at 11:30 a.m.
$10

The fee includes a hotdog, nachos and cheese, treats, popcorn, drinks and a show. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
BONES, BIRDS AND THE BEES
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
September 28, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2

As we age, key hormone systems within our bodies change and may increase our risk for osteoporosis, erectile dysfunction or vaginal atrophy among other things. A registered nurse will explain normal hormonal changes we can expect, their impact on disease risk, and lifestyle changes that can improve your quality of life. The presenter will talk about some of the controversies in the field (e.g., hormone replacement) and answer any questions. Registration is required. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM GRAND OPENING
Wednesday, October 3: Noon to 5 p.m.
Thursday, October 4: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, October 5 to Monday, October 8: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free

The Royal Alberta Museum is offering free admission October 3-8 to celebrate the grand opening. You must have a time-specific ticket to visit, and tickets are available online only while quantities last. Regular admission prices and hours begin Tuesday, October 9. 

With 2.4 million uniquely Albertan stories just waiting to be told, you'll find a-ha moments around every corner. Space rocks, live bugs, enormous dinosaurs, wildlife, and personal accounts from people who have shaped our province come together in bold, new exhibits.
SMOKY LAKE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
October 6, depart at 9 a.m.
$20 for coach bus (plus your own lunch and $10 admission if you want see pumpkins)

The Town of Smoky Lake hosts the Great White North Pumpkin Festival. In addition to the gigantic pumpkins and gourds, there is also a farmers' market, fair grounds, car show and more.  A former Pumpkin Champ won with a 900 pounder! Pre-register at Sage or by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
CUPPA CORNER
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Enjoy a fresh brewed coffee, relax and visit with friends old and new. October 9 will be a special Leif Erikson Day Cuppa Corner. Celebrate Canada's Viking connection with entertainment and cultural displays hosted by Valdemald Thorkleson of All Saints Medieval Fellowship. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
FALL VINTAGE FASHION SHOW & TEA
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
October 13, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
$20 (includes light refreshments)

This event features authentic clothing from the fashionable 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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