Prioritizing a Strong & Sustainable Sector for 2021
If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that our sector has demonstrated incredible strength and resiliency in the wake of a tumultuous year: we remained agile and adapted in order to continue to provide the valuable programs and services that our community relies on.
Strengthening the WB Social Profit Sector
This year, more than ever, marks a renewed need for collaboration amongst our sector ensuring we continue to share our expertise and knowledge, leverage our resources, strengthen our advocacy voice and be change-makers. By doing so, we will increase our collective impact and be better positioned to effectively respond to the changing needs of Wood Buffalo's citizens.

We remain as dedicated as ever to strengthening the capacity of social profit agencies. We will continue to innovate and experiment with virtual networking and learning opportunities, steward knowledge generation and social innovation, develop leadership capacity in the community as we strive to keep pace with the challenges presented by our rapidly changing reality.

As always, we invite you to reach out for support or to share your resources, upcoming events and learning opportunities with us at hello@fusesocial.ca.

In Collaboration,
The FuseCrew
Upcoming Academic Calendar Sessions
We're committed to providing relevant, quality training and development opportunities to support the social profit sector, promote strategic thinking, planning and partnerships, and grow organizational capacity through our academic calendar offerings.

Have some suggestions for specific course offerings you would like to see featured in our upcoming Academic Calendar? Send your suggestions to hello@fusesocial.ca
Feb 17, 5:30pm – 7:30pm 
Our Scenario Planning for Boards webinar is designed to support board members in becoming scenario planning leaders; those who continually evaluate their priorities and ask tough questions about the long-term growth and development of the organizations they serve.
Cost: FREE with registration
Feb 18-19, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Starting your documents the correct way in Microsoft Word is essential. Using this powerful word processing program correctly at the beginning will pay dividends later on when you edit, add to, or customize the document.
Cost: $50
Feb 23-24, 9:00am – 12:00pm
For the more comprehensive user, Excel offers a whole raft of tools and functionality to help you: from advanced calculations, to data modelling tools and automation.
Cost: $50
Back by Popular Demand
March 10-11, 8:30am - 12pm

Our last Mindset Strategies, held back in November, received such great reviews that we are hosting another session this March.

Facilitated by "Dare to Lead" trained coach Alana Peters, this workshop will focus on harnessing the power and courage that lies in our vulnerability and how to turn it into strength.

The conversation brought together local leaders for a focused conversation on self-care and avoiding burnout specifically as it relates to the adversity our community has faced.

Cost: $30
March 22, 9:00am – 12:00pm
In this workshop we will start to discover the techniques and methods used to create effective training presentations. We will also incorporate skills to help connect with, and influence an audience and learn how to present like a pro!
Cost: $25 
April 8, 9:00am – 11:00am
This workshop is geared towards increasing cross-cultural awareness and communication, knowledge of local demographics, awareness of cultural differences, understanding differences in team styles, and improving knowledge of religions in our community. 
Cost: $10
April 27, 9:00am 12:00pm 
Learn about the different elements of Microsoft 365, from the traditional Excel, Word and Outlook, and the newer elements like Teams and Stream. You’ll discover how to get as much benefit from 365 as you can in this new virtual environment.
Cost: $25
Program Updates
Leadership Wood Buffalo 2020/2021 Program Update
As our 2020/2021 Leadership Wood Buffalo cohort continues to meet through virtual learning days, we are thrilled with the progress our community leaders are making. In the coming months, we will begin engaging agencies for participation in our Community Action Projects. If you are interested in finding out more about this, please contact our Leadership Coordinator, Sherry MacEachern.
Interested in learning more about our innovative Leadership Program? The application process for the 2021/2022 cohort will start this spring. Further information on our program can be found here.
Wood Buffalo Volunteers is Here for You!

Does your group actively engage with and support volunteers? Whether you are leading volunteers for your organization, agency, sports & recreation group, WBVolunteers.ca can support you in your goals! Find efficient and effective ways to measure, monitor, and bridge the gap between volunteers and opportunities.

Email Shelby Marshall for more information on how to get started today!
Shared Services in 2021
As we move into our second year of Shared Services, we are extremely grateful for the continued support from our clients. As such, we have introduced an additional, platinum level of service at the request of several clients.

In our pilot year, we experienced great wins and big learning curves: we discovered what worked well and where we could improve. As a team, we believe we have an increased understanding of the unique needs of our clients and we look forward to continuing to work with the sector to provide quality, customized service.
Contact our Operations Coordinator, Melanie Drever for further information or to book some time with our team to explore ways that Shared Services can benefit your organization.
You can also view some work samples from our Marketing & Communications Business Partner, Amy Arendt here.
Social Impact and Research Initiatives
New Agreement Aims to Bring Better Compensation and HR Data to Wood Buffalo Social Profits
We are pleased to be working with the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) to increase the reach of the Boland Survey in the Wood Buffalo region. The goal of this project is to deepen our collective understanding of human resource practices in our local social profit sector. Data collected will provide a framework for developing HR policies related to salary and compensation packages; hiring, recruitment and employee retention; professional development and employee recognition.

Under this new partnership, CCVO and FuseSocial will engage approximately 25 organizations in the Wood Buffalo region to submit their data to the 2020 Boland Survey.
Understanding our Social Profit Landscape
Over the past few months, we've been engaging our local social profit sector to identify all active non-profit organizations operating in Fort McMurray and greater Wood Buffalo communities in an effort to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the sector landscape.
Throughout December and January, our project team has explored the list of 300 plus registered non-profit organizations in our region. While this preliminary landscaping work will largely inform our next steps of the project, we will also ask questions regarding the challenges and needs of local non-profits specifically pertaining to the areas of training & development, strategic planning, capacity building, marketing and communications, volunteerism, and programming. Not only will the data collected support our mission to help strengthen the social profit sector, but the benefits of this project will be far reaching – providing the entire community an accurate picture of the social profit sector, and the local perspective of current challenges and needs of organizations. 

We look forward to continuing to provide updates and sharing the important data this initiative will produce.
Further details on either of these initiatives can be directed to Shannon Rex, Special Projects Manager, Research and Impact.

Upcoming Roundtable & Networking Opportunities
The ED Roundtable is a monthly gathering where EDs/CEOs come together to share and learn in a safe space. Our next meeting date is February 9th.

Contact Chantal Beaver, Executive Director, for further participation details.
The Volunteer Roundtables a monthly opportunity to convene with a community of local volunteer managers virtually for chat & connection over coffee
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