Survey: Building a Better Grant Writing Process

This message is posted on behalf of Mina Demian.

Hello, wonderful friends in the nonprofit world!

My name is Mina, and like you, I’m devoted to making a difference through our work. Today, I’m reaching out to ask for a small favor—a favor that comes with the promise of coffee!

I’m on a quest to make grant writing less intimidating and more rewarding. We’ve all faced those late nights, endless revisions, and the odd coffee mishap in our quest for the perfect application. That’s exactly what I want to address.

I’ve put together a quick survey (just 5 minutes!) to delve into our experiences with grant writing—the successes, the challenges, and everything in between. Your insights will be invaluable in shaping a tool designed to enhance our grant-writing efforts, making them more effective and less frustrating.

To show my appreciation for your time and insights, I’m offering a $5 Starbucks gift card for a coffee on me (or if you prefer, a dose of good karma). It’s a small way to say thank you and perhaps provide a little extra motivation to share your experiences.

If you’re willing to share your grant-writing stories, please visit the following link:

Your feedback could significantly impact our collective future in grant writing, making it a smoother and more successful journey for us all.

Thank you for considering my request. Together, we can take some of the stress out of grant writing and turn it into a more rewarding experience.

Wishing you a day filled with positivity and productivity,


P.S. If you have any questions, are curious about the survey results, or if coffee isn’t your thing (tea, anyone?), don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m here to support you in any way I can.

Join the Wave: Corporate Volunteering and Your Nonprofit


Hey there! If you missed TechSoup Connect BC’s most recent webinar on corporate volunteering, we have you covered. Here’s the video:


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📊 See the brainstorm of corporate volunteer ideas

In the world of nonprofits, there’s a fantastic opportunity brewing – one that involves teaming up with corporate volunteers to supercharge your projects and make an even bigger impact. Recently, TechSoup Connect BC hosted a fantastic webinar where experts shared practical tips and exciting insights on how nonprofits can tap into the energy and skills of corporate volunteers. Let’s dive into the highlights and learn how your organization can benefit!

We would like to thank our expert presenters for sharing their expertise:

A Message from Purposely

Thank you to everyone who came out to our webinar on how to work with corporate volunteers. If you’d like to connect with Purposely and chat all things nonprofit, or how we can partner together, feel free to schedule a meeting with Cree. Stay up to date with us on LinkedIn for upcoming workshops, webinars and exciting news!”

Thanks again for hosting us, we loved having the opportunity to connect and share on this topic! Hopefully folks found it helpful 🙂

Corporate Volunteerism: Spicing Up Nonprofit Life

Picture this: a lively webinar where Elijah from TechSoup Connect BC set the stage for an inspiring discussion with some brilliant minds. We learned how bringing in corporate volunteers can jazz up traditional volunteering models. Cree Henderson, representing Purposely, highlighted the perks of getting these volunteers involved – from their fresh perspectives to their specialized skills. It’s like adding a dash of excitement and efficiency to your nonprofit recipe!

Revolutionizing Volunteer Engagement: Tips and Tricks

Next up, Eric Franzo shared a real-life success story about how corporate volunteer groups, like the one at Families Matter, can swoop in and make a big difference for local nonprofits. It’s all about showing how these teams can tackle tasks that might otherwise get pushed aside due to limited resources. Talk about a game-changer!

TechConnect Mentorship Model: Changing Lives, One Connection at a Time

Nasira Aziz from the YWCA wowed us with an amazing initiative where corporate pros mentor immigrant women aiming for careers in tech. This mentorship isn’t just about landing jobs; it’s about empowering dreams and guiding futures. It’s the kind of support that lights up both mentors and mentees.

Let’s Get Creative: Dreaming Up Volunteer Opportunities

One of the most exciting parts of the webinar? The brainstorming session! We all put our heads together and came up with tons of cool ideas for corporate volunteers. From sprucing up storage rooms to beautifying outdoor spaces, the possibilities are endless. It’s all about finding the perfect fit for their skills and your needs.

Cultivating Connections with Corporate Volunteers

Here’s the secret sauce: building lasting relationships with corporate volunteer groups. By staying in touch, showing appreciation, and inviting ongoing involvement, you can turn one-time gigs into long-term partnerships that benefit everyone involved.

Conclusion: Time to Take Action, Nonprofits!

So, what’s the big takeaway? Incorporating corporate volunteers isn’t just a trend – it’s a smart move for nonprofits looking to level up their impact. By understanding what makes corporate volunteers tick, finding meaningful ways to engage them, and nurturing those relationships, your nonprofit can tap into a goldmine of resources and fresh ideas.

Now’s the time to jump on board the corporate volunteer train! Let’s work together to make our communities stronger and more vibrant than ever before.

Get Ready to Soar: Embrace the Corporate Volunteer Movement

If you’re itching to bring the power of corporate volunteering to your nonprofit, take inspiration from the experts and get ready to elevate your game. With their support, you can take your projects to new heights and create positive change that ripples far and wide. Get ready to make magic happen!

Interview: Trish Riswick, Social Media Specialist at Hootsuite

Organizations small and large often struggle with effective social media strategies as part of their marketing efforts.
Non-profits are no different and can’t often find the time to post much less start understanding why they are doing what they are doing with a Facebook or Instagram account.

TechSoup Connect BC: Create A Social Strategy in 7 Steps

  • Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 12:00 – 1:00 PM PST

“This presentation is a high-level look at social media strategy. We focus on the simplicity and the importance of it. It is for people or organizations who do not have a lot of experience working with social media.”

Trish Riswick

Join us and Trish Riswick, Social Media Specialist, from Hootsuite to find out why social media is about more than just posting random pieces to their channels.

Takeaways from this presentation include a template content calendar that organizations can use once they develop a strategy.

“We will look at how to identify two to three content pillars as well as What are you posting about. You’ll also get a list of things to go back to when you are stuck creatively. Social media moves fast. Together, let’s make a strategy that will adapt and change with you.”

Trish Riswick

July 11: Beyond Reach and Likes: Uncovering the Social Media Metrics that Drive Campaigns

TechSoup Connect Western Canada is delighted to announce our next event with guest expert Syju John. Join us for an in person event on July 11 and learn about the world of social media metrics and explore how they can be leveraged to enhance the effectiveness of your nonprofit campaign.

Date and Location

In-person Event – iATS Payments – 1188 West Georgia Street Vancouver V6E 4A2

When you arrive, please come up to the 6th floor and ring the doorbell on Suite 600

🗓️ Tuesday, July 11th, 2023 at 3 PM PDT


More on Social Media Metrics that Drive Campaigns

Organizations often think likes and follows are bringing them social media success but these numbers are often called vanity metrics, and they may not be true measures of success. 

Successful social media marketing campaigns are not only strategized prior, they are also measured effectively and efficiently to get accurate information that will allow you to really reach your target audience. 

“Social media gives you more than just reach, says Syju John.” It gives you access to target audiences – It can be either broad audiences based on demographics or an audience similar to those who have taken action that will also benefit you.”

In addition to this says John, you get 

  1. Access to metrics at every stage of your audience funnel – be it awareness to engagement to conversions.
  2. Access to tools to have conversations with your audience – Messaging platforms, comments, groups, AMA, polls etc.
  3. Access to those who have an audience – Partnerships and collaborations to maximize impact and get more eyes on your organization as well

Learn More About Speaker Syju John

Syju is a results-driven performance marketing specialist with over 8 years of experience in the digital marketing industry. She leads digital media strategy at Girl Effect, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls and young women throughout their journey.

During her tenure at Girl Effect, she has led various initiatives to drive impact and maximize results including Brand Lift Studies, leveraging data-driven insights to measure and enhance brand awareness. 

She has also organized digital marketing efforts related to AI-powered chatbots, improving the way Girl Effect engages with its target audience. Key contributions have been the development of performance-tracking templates specifically tailored for youth brands. 

Templates, we have established a culture of data-driven decision-making, allowing us to optimize our digital campaigns and achieve greater impact. I am deeply passionate about using data to inform and optimize marketing strategies.

Please connect with Syju via LinkedIn:

To connect with Syju directly via email, do so at

REPLAY: Get More From Google Analytics 4: Everything A Nonprofit Needs To Know

Thank you for joining us for our June 27, 2023″Get More From Google Analytics 4: Everything A Nonprofit Needs To Know”, presented by the TechSoup Connect Western Canada Chapter. We hope that you found the session informative and helpful.

We would like to thank our expert speaker, David Lisowsky, Founder of  Regroup Media, who shared his knowledge and experience with Google Analytics.

Download his action sheets and templates at

REPLAY: Unleashing the Power of ChatGPT: Practical Applications for Nonprofits

Here is the video replay from our June 20th event “Unleashing the Power of ChatGPT: Practical Applications for Nonprofits”, presented by the TechSoup Connect Western Canada Chapter.

Key Links from the Chat

We would like to thank our expert speaker, Erik Blanchard, who shared his knowledge and experience with large language models and AI tools. Connect with Erik at:

June 20: Unleashing the Power of ChatGPT: Practical Applications for Nonprofits

TechSoup Connect Western Canada is delighted to announce our next event with guest expert Erik Blanchard. Join us for a virtual event on June 20 for Unleashing the Power of ChatGPT: Practical Applications for Nonprofits.

🗓️ Tuesday, June 20th, 2023 at 12 PM PDT


Chat GPT is all the rage these days but do you as a nonprofit really understand how it can help you? 

This virtual event will see Erik summarize what ChatGPT and other AI tools can do from a practical perspective. He will also work through some live prompt engineering with ChatGPT with people providing ideas in the event chat.

More on Unleashing the Power of ChatGPT: Practical Applications for Nonprofits

“Technology like this will turbocharge nonprofits. You will be able to get out messages better, increase your fundraising efforts, and get more volunteers. Organizations are often limited by gaps in knowledge and experience that gives you a hard stop on a problem. Things like AI may be able to help”,  says Blanchard.

Learn More About Speaker Erik Blanchard

Erik has a background in managing and maintaining complex IT systems. He leads a team of three who help optimize infrastructure and provide exceptional client support.

He and his team have embraced using artificial intelligence in their daily operations. AI-driven technologies have significantly improved communication, decision-making, and productivity for them and their clients. Erik describes himself as a pseudo-programmer and renaissance man. 

Reach out to Erik on LinkedIn via his profile at or get in touch with him via email at

REPLAY: Audience Research: Save Time And Effort With Your Communications

Thank you for joining us for our June 6, 2023 event”Audience Research: Save Time And Effort With Your Communications”, presented by the TechSoup Connect Western Canada Chapter. We hope that you found the session informative and helpful.

Links from Alison

We would like to thank our expert speaker, Alison Knott, who shared her knowledge and experience to help you with your audience research. Connect with Alison at:

Why Audience Research Will Save Your Nonprofit Time And Effort

TechSoup Connect Western Canada is delighted to announce our next event with repeat guest expert Alison Knott. Join us for a virtual event on June 6 for “Audience Research: Save Time And Effort With Your Communications.”

🗓️ Tuesday, June 6th, 2023 at 12 PM PDT


Nonprofits can get excited to start their marketing efforts immediately, but we must know our target audience first. In this workshop, Alison will share best practices for audience research and what nonprofits like yours should do before you get into the tactics.

“How do organizations decide what they are going to talk about? That’s going to be worth our time, our very limited time as nonprofit teams,” says Knott.  “We are going to measure twice and cut once and research before we start thinking about what to put on TikTok and Instagram, in newsletters and webinars.”

Who Is Alison Knott?

Alison K supports brands putting good into the world with marketing consulting and training. She shows you how to make your marketing ethical, doable, and lovable so you stick with it to get the goods and do more good.

More on Audience Research: Save Time And Effort With Your Communications

“While it can be tempting for staff working for non-profit organizations to be turning out things for the sake of churning out things.” Knott says that “it’s getting back to easy, affordable, enjoyable research that will help you create content ideas and content and understand who we want to reach from an advocacy perspective or educational perspective.”

“Perhaps there is a fear of greenwashing, excluding voices/perspectives or other concerns that make team members unsure how to communicate effectively,” says Knott.

The challenges faced by non-profits are many and before you act on the tactics of your messaging without really understanding why it is you are doing what you are doing.

Learn More About Alison

Her presentations are an unusual blend of high-octane enthusiasm and actionable lessons. Boring tech jargon has no place in her talks!

Alison aims to engage audiences at the highest level. Action plans, workshop sessions and giving out candy are just a few examples. Whatever it takes to have people leave inspired, she’s on board.

In addition to public speaking, Alison has held teaching positions at NSCAD University and NSCC IT Campus, mentoring hundreds of students about design and the web.

Learn more about Alison’s work:

May 9: Hot Topics in Nonprofit Technology: AI, VR, and Mastodon [IN-PERSON]

We are thrilled to announce an upcoming in-person event exploring the hot topics in nonprofit technology, including Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), Virtual Reality (V.R.), and Mastodon.

This event will take place on Tuesday, May 9th at the Creekside Community Centre, and will look at what you, as a small to middle-sized non-profit, need to know about these technologies.


Venue map:

Jai Djwa will share his knowledge and insights on how these technologies can be used to advance the work of nonprofits. AI will impact how nonprofit organizations handle things like engagement and conversion, while VR helps us think about different aspects of perception.

Our agenda for the evening

  • 5:45 PM Doors open
  • 6:00 PM Event Starts
  • 6:15 PM: Artificial Intelligence for Nonprofits. AI and its applications in nonprofit organizations
  • 6:30 PM: Virtual Reality for Nonprofits. The potential of VR in creating immersive and engaging fundraising campaigns.
  • 6:45 PM: How Mastodon can be used as an alternative social media platform for nonprofits.
  • Q&A 7:00 PM

In addition to the informative presentations, we will provide ample opportunities for networking and engaging in discussions with fellow nonprofit professionals.

We would like to thank our sponsors and partners for their support in making this event possible. If you are interested in sponsoring or partnering with us, please email

Events like this one allow us to come together as a community, share our knowledge, and support each other. So please mark your calendars, spread the word, and let’s make this event a success!

Thank you for your support.


Ben and Eli, TechSoup Connect Western Canada