Upcoming Events

Wednesday nov 3rd – webinar




Topic and Speaker TBA


Past Events

Wednesday Oct 6 (webinar)



Strategic Planning in Interesting Times

A strategic plan has traditionally been seen as the cornerstone for any non-profit, providing both direction and a framework for assessing performance. The pandemic, in addition to causing many existing strategic plans to be thrown out the window, has called into question the whole purpose of planning itself: if we can’t foresee or understand what’s going to happen next month, let alone three years from now, what’s the point? In this session, Brian will explore how planning can still be a useful activity in the midst of uncertainty, with a focus on frameworks and resources that can help your organization plan for and adapt to a rapidly-changing world.

Brian Hoessler

Strong Roots Consulting

sept 8
Will Power Kick-Off Event

Trina will be presenting an overview of what the national Will Power campaign is hoping to achieve over the next 10 years. This initiative is the biggest effort in Canada’s history to make estate giving a social norm. Now is the time to take action and encourage people to consider including a gift in their will to a charity.  It is projected that, in Canada, within a generation over 400 billion dollars will be transferred and charities need to be a part of that.

Trina Mortson

Saskatoon SPCA

june 2nd – webinar
Topic: Shifting the Narrative around Charity Overhead

  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. by Zoom


May 5th – webinar
Topic: Donor Engagement Through a Planned Giving Lens

  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. by Zoom

Jay Stark will be presenting ‘’. There are vast and overwhelming issues currently facing many nonprofits during these unprecedented times. However, where there are challenges there are also opportunities to show leadership and demonstrate empathy towards donors. During this private presentation Jay will share with you the latest up-to-date research and unique insights uncovered over the last year from our Canadian planned giving community. You will learn:
• The Easiest and Least Expensive Initiative to Grow Your Endowment.
• The Most Effective Planned Giving Tools and Strategies … And Why They Work.
• How to Attract Pools of Willing and Able Donors…Given Limited Resources.
• Why Charity Is Last with Donors’ Wealth Priorities … And How to Move It Higher.
• Why Your Website Is Not Working… And What to Do About It.
• The Fastest Growing Gift Strategy in Canada … That If You Can’t Beat, You’d Better Join!
• What Does COVID-19 Mean for Your Organization’s Future?


Jay Stark

The Donor Motivation Program

apr.7th – webinar
Telemiracle 45 — “A Pandemic Will Not Stop Us”

  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. by Zoom

Last March, the world changed – and so did TeleMiracle. After 44 years, this annual telethon had to be re-invented in the midst of a pandemic. Kinsmen Foundation Executive Director Richard Kies will offer a behind-the-curtain look at how TeleMiracle 45 adapted to the challenges, and opportunities, of the COVID-19 reality.

Richard Kies

Kinsmen Foundation

Mar. 3rd – webinar
Online Fundraising in 2021

  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. by Zoom


feb. 3rd – webinar
Mental Health for Fundraisers

  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. by Zoom

In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health issue serious enough to require assistance. Mental illness can strike anyone regardless of your gender, age, or socioeconomic background: your family, friends, neighbours, co-workers, people living next to you in the community … and YOU! With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, most everyone is discovering how important it is to protect and strengthen our mental health.

 As people working with vulnerable populations, community-based and street level programs and services, and donors who want to know that their generosity is making a real difference in the lives of people in need in our community, we find ourselves in a potentially precarious situation. While we find great joy and gratification in knowing those we serve are taken care of, we also can get caught up in concerning and caring for others often at the expense of our own mental health.

 Join us for an interactive conversation with Margot Weiner, Director of Development for the Canadian Mental Health Association – Saskatoon Branch, as she leads us through a discussion of our unique mental health needs as fundraisers and some strategies to manage and strengthen our resilience in the face of these needs.

Please note: this webinar will include two short breakout sessions. Although it is greatly encouraged, you will not be expected to share during these sessions.

Margot Weiner

Canadian Mental Health Association

jan. 6th – webinar
Community Investment during the Pandemic: Trends and Opportunities

  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. by Zoom

After nine months of COVID-19, clear trends are developing in the community investment world at the intersection of funding dollars and not-for-profit/charitable causes. While it is tough to find certainty in many areas of our lives, there are trends that are impacting the fundraising sector. And there are opportunities to focus on. While 2020 will be known as a year that caused almost all businesses to re-act to sudden change; 2021 can be a year where you can plan toward certain targets.

Jonathan Huntington

Cameco Corporation

Dec. 2nd – webinar
Yes You Can: Government Relations on a Budget

  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. by Zoom

Sheri will share the thoughts and learnings she has gleaned being on both sides of the GR desk.

Sheri Benson

United Way of Saskatoon

Nov. 4th – webinar
De-Mystifying Grant Writing: Special 2020 Edition

 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.




Don Ewles

Saskatoon Community Foundation

oct. 7th – webinar
Agility, Humility and Resilience: A Non-Profit Response to a Global Pandemic



9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.




Cara Bahr

YWCA Saskatoon

June 3rd – webinar
Engaging Volunteers to Fuel Your Fundraising

 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

In this one hour presentation, Kent will discuss:

  • Why have Volunteers
  • Recruiting Volunteers
  • Managing Volunteers
  • Retaining/Rewarding Volunteers
  • Engaging Volunteers during this Pandemic

Do you engage and productively use volunteers at your not for profit to advance your mission? Those that do know, intrinsically, the value they bring to your organization. In this presentation, Kent will outline why you need to incorporate volunteers to see success in your fund development program. He will create discussion on why using volunteers is invaluable and how to recruit, manage and retain their service. You set up your volunteers for success to achieve your charity’s success.

 There will also be discussion on how to keep your volunteers engaged during this #PhysicalDistancing point in time. 

Kent Hartshorn

DCG Philanthropic Services

may 6th – webinar
Donor Love 101 to 1001

Donor Love, what is it and how can one truly add this magic in my work.  Whether you are just starting out, need a boost to get out of a funk, or wear a million hats in your role – Donor Love is what you need.   Like the Beatles song, ‘All You Need is Love’, so is true for your fundraising program.  Tips and tricks to inspire you, motivate you, and add sprinkles of Donor Love throughout your day.  I promise you can do this and it will make a difference. 

Stacey Schewaga

College of Dentistry

Apr 16th – webinar
Achieving Success in These Chaotic Times
  • The implications of a VUCA²  (Volatile; Uncertain; Complex; Ambiguous) Environment
  • Addressing Grief, Loss and Habit Change
  • Strategies for Effectiveness Working Remotely
  • Personal Effectiveness and Engagement

This session will provide participants with insights that will guide their path to success in working through this environment we are currently experiencing. The concepts, tools and techniques shared and explored will serve for the current circumstances as well as future challenges and opportunities that may be experienced. The concepts will be explored in the context of the lived experience of fundraising and Social Impact Agency professionals.

Participants in this session will receive a comprehensive Success Tool Kit. Also included will be a personalized Working From Home Profile Report and Guide.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Go To Meeting Webinar
  Free — just register to receive the link.

feb. 5th
The Underbelly of Hospitality: How understanding hotels can help you have a better event

The presentation will focus on the inner workings of hotels when it comes to events, and how to be a better client so you can have a better event.

Le Rendez-Vous Francophone Community Centre, 308 – 4th Ave N.

7:45 AM Continental Breakfast
7:55 AM Welcome & Introductions
8:00 AM – 8:55 AM Guest Speaker Presentation



Carol Tebay

Autism Saskatoon

jan. 8th
Let’s Talk  Annual Giving – (with a special focus on year end campaign)

When your donors open your solicitation emails, are you grabbing their attention or going to the trash can without a glance? Infusing creativity into your fundraising communications, taking risks and expanding your zone of inspiration outside of the advancement field can have huge payoffs and keep your institution’s messaging relevant and fresh in the eyes of your donors. For the University of Saskatchewan, using this approach to create a holiday “Give & Win” email campaign—integrating a multi-layered communications strategy with development, alumni relations and athletics influences—was the winning ticket for exceeding scholarship and bursary donation goals during the busy holiday season. 

Nov. 6th
Leadership Style – Its Impacts and Effects – Part 2


 In leadership Styles session #1, we explored the results of a few studies on leadership styles in the Canadian Landscape.

In session #2, we will go a little deeper. In this session we will focus on Leadership styles and:

a. Impact on fundraising effectiveness/results
b. Impact on staff satisfaction and staff turnover
c. Strategies for leadership success
d. Strategies for working with leaders who demonstrate the various styles


Oct. 2nd
The Case for Support


Making Your Case.

“Wow, I want to support the people you serve!” That’s the ideal response when you ask an individual or corporation for funds.

A polished, professional case for support serves as a valuable tool in encouraging a positive response. The case enables you to discuss the project requiring funds face-to-face with a prospect and leave information for the potential supporter to review again later.

Find out where to start when producing a compelling case for support.


Sep. 11th
Leadership Style – Its Impacts and Effects

Based on research funded by the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and other studies, Shad Ali, President of On Purpose Leadership, will provide an overview of leadership styles and their impact on fundraising and staff/volunteer satisfaction, and present strategies for leadership success.

 Link to Non-Profit Canadian Leadership Styles Study