Upcoming Training and Education Opportunities
Foundations for Civility: A Third Sector Integration

Date:  Tuesday, December 6
Duration:  2 hours, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Price:  Members $50, Non-Members $75

" The measure of a society's wealth is not only economical. A country's wealth is also measured in
education and culture and social services ".
- Lisa Howie, Director, Bermuda National Gallery,  Royal Gazette, October 28, 2016

Come and hear from former Premier, Dame Jennifer Smith to gain a better understanding of Bermuda's Government, the rights and responsibilities of non-profits and how to leverage your message, advocacy efforts and methods to better achieve goals and missions.

The foundation of a Democratic Parliamentary System rests on the fact that the people are directly represented in every decision made by those they chose to represent them.  The recourse, when displeased, is to withdraw that support.

Gain an understanding of the Westminster system of democracy, which starts with our history; as well as an understanding of which ministries, Departments and Programmes relate to your specific area of service. 

Facilitated by Dame Jennifer Smith

Crafting a Competitive Grant Proposal Part II - Social Impact

Date:  Wednesday, December 7
Duration: 2.5  h ours, 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Price:  Members $50, Non-Members $75

The ability to write a first-class grant proposal is a skill that all proposal writers need in order to remain competitive in today's funding environment.

This workshop builds upon topics covered in the Intro workshop, which was focused on ensuring clarity of mission and purpose.  This follow-on session explores the non-profit's ability to describe their social impact.

With increasingly limited philanthropic and charitable budgets, and a shift in how those budgets are allocated, a foundation or charitable giving committee will use your grant proposal to decide whether your project or program is a good funding fit for them. 

This workshop reviews the essential knowledge and skills grantseekers need to become effective proposal writers. Attendees will become familiar with the key components of a competitive grant proposal. The first part of the workshop will be devoted to the theoretical approach to grant writing and a discussion that will help participants understand the proposal process from a grantmaker's perspective.  The second part will focus on reviewing elements of participants' existing grant proposals.

Workshop preparation: Participants are asked to bring:
  • Documentation on your organisational or programme activities, goals and intended outcomes
  • Programme strategy
Facilitated by Myra Virgil PhD, Bermuda Community Foundation

On Track for Employee Success

Date:  Wednesday, January 11
Duration:  2 hours, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Price:  Members $50, Non-members $75

Often there is confusion as to why performance doesn't skyrocket after training. There is a misconception that simple instructions will remedy any performance gaps. But training is so much more than simply providing instructions.  A good training plan aligns with both the organisation objectives and individual goals to create a desired performance standard.  

Creating a training plan requires an open-mind, creativity and flexibility as a Trainer or Manager needs to be able to adapt to individuals and changing needs. The Trainer or Manager must model the behaviours and skills that they promote and be a source of support for the individual and their manager.
In this session, you will learn ways to assess learning needs, gain stakeholder buy-in, create a training plan, execute a training plan, assess performance, track and report training and assessments and how communication plays a key part in each step of the process. 

The facilitator will provide templates, tools and creative tips for participants.

Facilitated by Jennifer Outerbridge Smith

The PATI Act: New Tools for Non-Profit Advocacy

Dates: Wednesdays January 18, 25 and February 1, 2017
Duration:  1.5 hours, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Price:  Free

This 3-part series offered by the Information Commissioner's Office will explain what information is accessible through the PATI Act, how advocates can obtain that information, and ways you might use that information to strengthen your work.

Part 1 will provide a basic overview of the PATI Act and the new rights it created to access information and records.

Part 2 will discuss the details of making an effective PATI request.  We will also discuss the right to seek an independent review by the Information Commissioner of a public authority's decision (and how the Information Commissioner's decision is legally binding).
Part 3 will discuss ideas and examples of how you can use the information effectively when you get it.
Learning objectives:
  • Understand the nature and scope of the right to access public records
  • Learn the steps to making an effective  PATI request
  • Learn how to enforce your rights under the PATI Act
  • Understand ways that information can be used for advocacy once it is obtained through PATI requests
Facilitated by  Gitanjali S. Gutierrez, Information Commissioner.  Gita was appointed as Bermuda's first Information Commissioner in March 2015.  She is an experienced lawyer and educator on issues involving access to information, human rights and community advocacy.

Do you see a training you like but you're concerned about cost?  Registered charities may apply for a partial bursary (up to 80% per person) through The Cummings V. Zuill Leadership Award. Apply now!