September Nonprofit & Tech Events

Hey friends, there’s lots of great events for the nonprofit tech community. Check ’em out!


Most NetSquared events are free or by donation.


Listening to Your Members: Using Social (Media) Intelligence

When: Tuesday, September 8

Learn how you can use social media to not just broadcast messaging but also listen to your community. Find out how to better serve your community of supporters and deepen connections through listening to what people have to say online.

This moderated conversation with two social media managers will use real life examples to uncover how these organizations have used social media to deepen engagement with supporters, adjust tactics and put new ideas into practice. We’ll be talking about how you can use both analytics and intelligence, but also storytelling from within your community to increase impact.

A Match Made in Heaven: Integrating Matching Donations into Your Campaigns

When: Tuesday, October 13

A revealing case study of a matching donation campaign partnership between the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and the Robert L. Conconi Foundation. Learn how they modeled a collaborative fundraising campaign that integrated the strengths of each partner. You’ll hear from the funder, from the major gifts manager and the communications team – all of whom came together to model best practices for matching campaigns.

Social Media Tune-Up for Nonprofits (with Hootsuite!)

When: Monday, October 19

Hands-on, one-on-one help from Hootsuite’s expert coaches!


55 ways to love your donor

When: Wednesday, September 9

Frontier has recently conducted a study of online fundraising practices among Canadian Christian Charities. They’ll present their findings, which lay out a series of best-practices that can be used to evaluate any charity website, as well as actionable steps to make some of the most critical changes.

Collaborate Effectively and Develop Your Work Flow

When: Thursday, October 29

Needing to juggle teammates, project progress, donor appointments, and due dates? Swamped with dozens of emails every morning? ONLINE COLLABORATION IS KEY! Get your day to day organized to increase productivity and meet your goals successfully.


Indispensable Community Tour with Pamela Slim

When: September 3

An intensive, hands-on, super practical workshop to share what I have learned in two decades building communities online and offline. I will also be sharing lessons from your communities with my global audience.

An Introduction to Social Return on Investment

When: September 15

This course has been designed for professionals interested in exploring how the SROI methodology can enhance an overall approach to social impact planning, evaluation, measurement and reporting. A typical course participant is a social impact investor, program planner, program manager or evaluator, from any sector.

Scotiabank Philanthropic Advisory Forum

When: Friday, September 18

Scotiabank is once again pleased to be hosting its annual Philanthropic Advisory Forum on Friday, September 18, 2015, at Scotiabank Theatre.

Fall MakerEdBC Salon Meetup (Fraser Valley)

When: Saturday, September 19

Building off the success from the Vancouver MakerEd Salon, we would like to bring Fraser Valley makers together to continue to build the Maker Spirit in BC. We will focus on highlighting educational projects facilitated by local teachers, museum staff, coders, librarians, artists, hackspace members and enthusiasts across the valley, followed by brainstorming, BBQ and networking.

Crystal Reports usage with Raiser’s Edge

When: Tuesday, September 22

Morning session will include a demo of setting up a number custom reports.

Exploring Leadership: The Next Generation

When: September 22

The Exploring Leadership: The Next Generation workshop is designed to empower you (up-and-coming not-for-profit staff, board members and volunteers) with tools to explore your own leadership strengths, embrace leadership opportunities and cultivate a network of support as you take the first steps on your personal leadership path.

Van IMPACT 2015 Conference: Good Growth

When: Wednesday, September 23

VanIMPACT15 focuses on the intersection between Purpose + Profit + Technology, and how together they become a powerful force for change. This year’s theme is Good Growth: as the founder of a startup or NPO leader, how do you grow your organization while keeping your core values and vision at the heart of this growth?

AFP Presents: How to Succeed with Corporate Partnerships

When: Thursday, September 24

Cause marketing, employee engagement, sponsorship – hear what corporations want from their philanthropic partners. The discussion will cover the development and stewardship of corporate partners, employee engagement, sponsorship, CSR, corporate grants and donor advised funds.

Volunteer Futures Conference

When: September 24 + 25

September 24 & 25, 2015 is Volunteer BC’s annual training event – VOLUNTEER FUTURES

Volunteer and Non-Profit Sectors strengthen and build communities. In order to succeed and make an impact, we must nurture our networks – share our goals and work together. High-impact organizations build networks of allies, share their expertise and talent with their peers. As we progress in the information age,the savvier our stakeholders become – non-profits must also focus on technology to increase their impact.

This is the event to share the voices of your community, find out what’s happening across the province and collaborate with like-minded partners and learn! Anyone from the general public interested in learning more about volunteerism and non-profits are welcome. Join us!

Law For Non-Profits Workshop Series – Employment & Human Rights 101

When: Wednesday, September 30

Everything you need to know about employment and human rights in your organization.

The New Society Act: What you need to know

When: Wednesday, September 30

Everything you need to know about the new Society Act. The objective of the workshop is to help participants to learn what they need to know to transition effectively under the new Act.

Volunteer Management Training Series

When: September 30 – November 4 (6 consecutive Wednesdays)

The Volunteer Management Training Series (VMTS) is a six-module introductory series ideal for professionals new to the field of administration of volunteer resources. Participants will learn the integral components of a successful volunteer program. This training series is an approved course by Red River College.

Law For Non-Profits Workshop Series – Contracts & Leasing

When: Tuesday, October 6

Everything you need to know about the new contracts and leasing. The objective of the workshop is to help participants to learn what they need to know about contracts and leasing for their organization.

Law For Non-Profits Workshop Series – Governance & The New Societies Act

When: Wednesday, October 7

Everything you need to know about the new contracts and leasing. The objective of the workshop is to help participants to learn what they need to know about contracts and leasing for their organization.

Advanced Governance: Strategic & Generative Conversations

When: October 8

Drawing on the Governance as Leadership framework, this masterclass will provide you with a strong foundation to shift the focus of your board conversations toward the issues that really matter.

Board Fundamentals: Strategic Board Recruitment

When: October 13

Move beyond recruiting the usual suspects by creating a strategic framework to identify, recruit, and engage the “right” board members.

BOSS: BC’s Not-For-Profit Leadership Conference

When: October 15, 2015

Vantage Point is launching this innovative one-day leadership conference to convene seasoned and emerging leaders, board members and volunteers in a shared space to develop competencies, skills and tools.

Law For Non-Profits Workshop Series – Privacy

When: Wednesday, October 21

Everything you need to know about the privacy. The objective of the workshop is to help participants to learn what they need to know about privacy and privacy policies in their organization.

Understanding the BC Society Act

When: November 10

This workshop reviews how this Act affects the ongoing work of your board and organization, focusing specifically on role and responsibilities of members, board and staff, as well as critical compliance such as Constitution, Bylaws, AGMs, board meetings, records-keeping, and filings.

National Philanthropy Day

When: Tuesday, November 17

Join us as we celebrate the 18th Annual National Philanthropy Day in Vancouver, hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. This year also features a full-day professional development opportunity for Fundraisers, the National Philanthropy Day Summit.

Knowledge Philanthropy: How to Find & Engage Volunteer Talent

When: November 18

Explore practices that support the successful engagement of knowledge philanthropists, or skilled volunteers, and learn how to proactively plan for, attract and engage knowledge philanthropists in your work.

Board Fundamentals: Executive Director Development

When: November 27

Learn why, when and how to evaluate the executive director, and move towards developing a process and an assessment tool that works for your organization.

Human Resources: Navigating Performance Issues

When: December 9

Focus on tools to develop or strengthen your discipline and termination policies and procedures.

Board Fundamentals: Fund Development

When: December 10

Learn best practices and concrete ideas to support your organization’s fundraising efforts. – See more at:

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