Events Schedule

Fall/Winter, 2020 | Saskatoon, SK
Breakfast meetings

Upcoming Events

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

Past Events

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