Professional Development

2010 AGM 3Monthly Meetings

Regular monthly meetings are held at Five Counties Children’s Centre in Peterborough on the 4th Thursday of each month from September to May (with the exception of December). Five Counties is located at 872 Dutton Road, Peterborough ON.

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2017 – 2018 Professional Development Series

Thursday September 28, 2017 Annual General Meeting and Professional Development Session: Small Shops, Big Successes.

Over 80% of donations in Canada go to 2% of the now almost 87,000 charities in the country – what is a small shop to do? Our speaker has personally visited over 1000 small charities in every province of Canada over the past 3 years and observed their fundraising wins and losses. Come learn about what are the most important “do right now” things to get done before the giving season peaks in December, what you need to strategically “stop doing” and most importantly what a small shop can do to get transformational and long term donors. The big take away will be what super-powers most small shops don’t know they have to outmaneuver big charities. You will leave with concrete ideas to raise more money right away, in 2018 and beyond.

Presented by: Paul Nazareth, Vice President of Community Engagement,, CanadaHelps

Thursday October 26, 2017: Developing a Work Plan for Sustainability

Description: Nicole Beatty will be speaking to our group about how to develop a long-term strategy for growth and planning.  Through this 45-minute talk members will receive useful guidance in planning the business case for their nonprofits and/or charitable causes.  Learn how to effectively monitor and track your fundraising success, as well as forecast your cash flow and donor development for sustainability and impact.

Presented by: Nicole Beatty, BA Hons Comm, CFRE, President Nicbea & Company

Thursday November 23, 2017: Self Care in Fundraising

Description: In this compact presentation we will define terms like compassion fatigue and burnout. Participants will have the opportunity to identify “what’s on my plate”, assess their personal warning signs and develop a self-care map / stress reduction tool box to help balance life and work.

Presented by: Jane Wilders, MA, RP, (Cert)OACCPP, Community Counselling and Resource Centre / Family Services E.A.P.

Thursday January 26, 2018: Ethically Speaking (via video conference)

We often work with vulnerable people and it can be difficult to  know where to get advice. Bring your questions and quandaries, as well as your own experiences. Ann will offer resources, experts, and an ethical framework for decision making.

Presented by: Ann Rosenfield MBA, CFRE, Principal for Charitably Speaking and Editor of Hilborn Charity eNews


Thursday February 22, 2018: What is Prospect Management All About?

Description: Major gifts are the holy grail for your Executive Director. There’s a greater chance of success if you have a solid prospect management program. Shannon will lead you through the fundamentals of prospect research and management.

Presented by:

Shannon Byers, MLIS, BA History, Prospect Researcher & Analyst, Trent University


Thursday March 22, 2018: Inclusivity in Fundraising Panel

Kemi Akapo, Kim Dolan, Carol Lawless & Casey Ready all know a thing or two about fundraising. But they all share a few burning questions that impact the work of their organizations: Who does the idea of “Donor Love” leave out? How can we pull heartstrings without breaking ethical lines for our mission and our clients? How do we balance pressures in fundraising with changing political landscapes? How can we work with donors, clients and volunteers to build a better community for all?

Join these four for a coffee, as they share personal stories, reflections, and open up the floor to your questions and thoughts on ethics in fundraising and storytelling. They will introduce some interesting concepts like: philanthrocapitalism, neoliberalism and power relationships in fundraising that impact our daily work as fundraisers, Boards and Executive Directors.

Presented by: Kim Dolan: Executive Director, Peterborough Aids Research Network, Carol Lawless: Fund Development Coordinator, New Canadian Centre, Kemi Akapo, Settlement Services Coordinator, New Canadian Centre, Casey Ready: PhD, MSW, BSW, Executive Director Community Counselling and Resource Centre

Thursday April 26, 2018: Data for Good – Using Data to Improve Outcomes

This presentation will discuss the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s (OTF) outcomes-focused investment strategy as a case study in how to use data to improve outcomes and organizational efficacy. We will discuss OTF’s investment strategy, and how we use data to measure and aggregate the impact of our grantees. This presentation will also discuss how Open Data, evaluation, and Outcomes Measurement are being leverage by OTF to share our learnings with the sector to increase impact and enable our investment strategy.

Presented by: Ben McNamee, Director of Measurement, Evaluation, and Business Intelligence, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Joanne Richmond, Program Manager, Ontario Trillium Foundation

Thursday May 24, 2018: Corporate Partnerships – Road to Success or Ruin?

Some charities have success creating and maintaining fundraising partnerships with companies. But many struggle to achieve success. In this workshop we will examine best practices in corporate philanthropic and sponsorship relationships. To start, we will bust some of the myths. Then, we will take a step-by-step look at what you will need to create and manage a successful corporate program, including: staff and volunteer skills and abilities, policies, and organization-wide understanding and acceptance. At the conclusion of the workshop you will be able to assess your readiness, ability, and willingness to enter the field of corporate partnerships.

Presented by: Denny Young: MA, BA, CFRE, Professor/Program Coordinator – Fundraising Management Program Humber College


Time: 7:45 am – 8:00 am Networking
8:00 am – 9:00 am  Presentation

Location: Five Counties Children’s Centre, 872 Dutton Road, Peterborough . Please enter the building by the north (far) door.