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This program is a direct response to the growing demand for context-informed capacity-building and systems leadership training that focuses on the specific needs of the Black Social Sector. The core goal is to facilitate adaptive capacity-building, system leadership, and collective infrastructure development of Black-focused, Black-led, and Black-serving (B3) groups and organizations to recover, heal and be resilient. This certificate course will be offered through three mediums of facilitation, (workshops, online collaborative sessions, and hybrid). The course is strategically designed to explore needs-specific content that is culturally relevant, up-to-date, informative, and insightful.

Participants will benefit from the expertise of knowledgeable facilitators who understand the particular needs of the diverse groups of B3 non-profit organizations in Canada.

Participants will gain a clear understanding of the principles, practices, development, and management of a non-profit organization in a dynamic environment. The program explores the legal foundation for non-profits, charities, and social enterprises, and examines the organizational structure, governance, leadership, strategy, human and financial resource management, accountability, organizational change, and adaptation, policy reform, government relations, strategic alliances, and partnership.

Participants will be introduced to non-profit management themes through modules that blend theory and practice. Each module will cover key areas of non-profit management, ranging from establishing a legal entity to data collection and safe retention.

This course will be delivered over 13 weeks, one week for each content module. Each week will begin on a Thursday evening 6 - 9 pm via zoom with the exception of Week 1, which commences with a retreat on Saturday 10:00 – 2:00 pm.   

The course content is structured around 14 modules, each contributing to participants' understanding of critical areas of the management of a non-profit organization. There will be an ongoing facilitated discussion board to encourage the exchange of information throughout the course based on the themes for each module.   

Participants Profile:      

This program is designed to improve the capacity of individuals who lead, manage or influence decision-making in B3 organizations. The ideal participants will be individuals working or volunteering in the sector with a B3 organization at the mid-management to senior management levels.     

Course Learning Objectives:  

  1.  Understand the process of forming an incorporated non-profit organization, charitable status, and legislation around non-profits.   
  1. Identifying and comprehending important issues and challenges in non-profit management, including legal and ethical issues, accountability and performance evaluation, and the increasing involvement of the private sector.  
  1. Learn fundamental principles and concepts of fundraising as well as various programs and methods to acquire funds for non-profit organizations.  
  1. Understand the basics of resource management, particularly budgeting, accounting, and financial reporting & risk management.  
  1. Learn and apply theories, processes, and best practices related to government relations and stakeholder engagement.  

Course Outline  

Week/ Date Instructor Module Discussion/Reading(s)/Assignment(s) 
Week 1  Sharnelle Morgan     Module 1Introduction to Non-Profits
What is a non-profit, charity and social enterprise (making the distinction, examining the legal compliance)?   
Challenges and changes.      

Module 2: Leadership: Types of leadership Styles. Core competencies of leaders.         
Critical areas to examine:   who is your organization and what do you stand for?  Understanding the difference between a non-profit, charity, and social enterprise.  Socio-economic barriers, legislative changes, Servant Leadership,  Transformational, Charismatic, Transactional self-reflection (who are you as a leader?     
Week 2   Tanya Turton Module 3Strategic Planning 101  Importance of Strategic planning  Process of Strategic planning  Critical areas of examination:  What type of organization do you want?  How does this align with your mission?  Put it into words  Mission  Vision  Values     
Week 3      Rathika Sitsabaiesan  Module 4 Human Resources Management  Critical areas of examination:  HR planning  Recruitment/Selection  Training and development  Performance management Contract requirements   Staff deductions vs employer responsibilities  Contract workers vs payroll staff  Relevant Ontario HR Legislation  Employment standards  
Week 4      Rathika Sitsabaiesan  Module 5   Organizational Culture & Management  Critical areas of examination:    Organization culture Assumptions & Values  How to create a trauma informed workplace  Anti-racism/Anti-oppression frameworks   Work life balance for staff & best practices   e.g., EAP alternatives for staff wellness  Micro-aggressions  Internal Policy Creation      
Week 5      Kofi Achampong  Module 6  Governance and Succession Planning   Critical areas of examination:  Governance  When you need to establish a Board  Recruiting Board members  Legal Duties of Board members  Role of Board Members    Succession Planning  Risk Management  Risk Assessment   Risk Evaluation  Risk Analysis  Addressing Risk  Health & Safety  Financial Management  Reputational Risk  Privacy/ Confidentiality Risk  Cyber security/ IT  Service Delivery (clients/volunteers/students/staff)  Vulnerable Persons sector check  Legal risk    
Week 6  Shequita Thompson- Reid  Module 7   Program Design & Theory of Change  Critical areas of examination:  Introduction    Problem statement   Goal Statement   Performance Objective   Impact objective   Program planning   Logic model   Logic Models and Theories of Change    
Week 7  Shequita Reid- Thompson  Module 8   Program Evaluation   Introduction to Evaluation  Introduction  Definitions  Why we do evaluation  Ethical evaluations  Focusing the Evaluation  Identifying stakeholders    The evaluation plan   The purpose of evaluations   Developing the evaluation questions    Linking evaluation questions to goals and context   Evaluation Design  Linking type and design to the purpose of the evaluation  Qualitative and Quantitative Data Collection  What is qualitative & quantitative data  Joining Theory and Practice  Develop a terms of reference for an evaluation  Reporting evaluation findings  Making results interesting, relevant and useful    
Week 8  Sharnelle Morgan       Module 9 Policy & Advocacy  Critical areas of examination:  Introduction to Public Policy  Introduction  Definitions  What are and why is public policy needed  Identifying true purpose of policy   Research   Joining Theory and Practice  Leadership and organizing  Strategies  Tactics  Storytelling   Building Relationships    
Week 9  Kema Joseph  Module 10 Government Relations       Critical areas of examination:  Government Relations 101  What are the levels of government?  What are their roles?  What are they responsible for funding?  Federal vs Provincial funding  Building Good Relations  For funding purposes  Engaging your local government officials in your work  what sort of opportunities - inviting to your office, asking to present awards at galas, opening remarks/ greetings, Invite to AGMs?  broadening scope to engage officials both within your community but also within your own riding    
Week 10     
Hackim Farrell  Module 11 Data Governance, Privacy & Security Critical areas of examination:  Governance Who can take what actions as it pertains to data and what can they do with said data Privacy Mapping controls against the governance process Security Protecting the data from external attackers Previous Areas How best to manage  How are you collecting data?  Best practices  What data is being collected  Measuring data to your outcomes  Are you able to tell the right story of “impact” through the data that’s being collected (Qualitative & Quantitative)?   
Week 11      Fatima Kamenge  Module 12 Introduction to Fundraising Strategy & Development  Discussion/Reading(s)/Assignment(s)  Critical areas of examination:  Donor Cultivation:  Identifying if a fundraising strategy is required?  If so, who is your audience? (Fundraising within your communities/ vs mainstream)  Racism and Philanthropy  What is your potential donor base?  What is your fundraising target?  What resources do you have to allocate towards fundraising?  Fundraising Channels: Annual Giving, Monthly Giving, Corporate Giving  Events & Sponsorships  
   Donor & Engagement & Stewardship:  Relationship management  Expected expectations from each level e.g., corporation's vs private foundations, vs major donors (individual)    Donor Recognition:  Receipting  Thank you calls/ Thank you letters  Recognition events and opportunities to thank donors  Website/ graduations/ community events, AGMs, Galas, Annual Report, Newsletters etc.,    
Week 12  Stachen Frederick    Module 13 Grant Writing   Critical areas of examination:  Introduction to Grant Writing  Understanding trends and patterns in funding.  Exploring funding sources.  Understanding sponsor’s interest and organizational focus  Aligning interest and focus  Best practice when fundraising  How to write a proposal  What is your idea/project, why is it needed, who will it affect, when and where, etc.  Common proposal elements.  Abstract /summary  Needs statement  Goal and objective  Method and approach  Evaluation plan  Dissemination Plan  Timeline  Sustainability plan  Budget & budget justification  Supporting Materials      
Week 13    Fatima Kamenge Module 14 Financial management & Budgeting  Capstone Due:    Critical areas of examination:  Financial Stewardship  How to develop a budget   How to manage expenses   Need third party to review budgets throughout the grant term to ensure all costs and spending is accounted for  Closing Retreat/ Presentations: TBA   

Course Currilcum

  • Module 1: Introduction to Non-Profits 00:00:00
  • Module 2: Leadership 00:00:00
  • Module 3: Strategic Planning 101 02:00:00
  • Facilitated by Tanya Turton, this module will emphasize the importance of strategic planning in NGOs and teach the process of successful strategic planning. Participants will learn to articulate the type of organization they want, their mission, vision and values
  • Module 4: Human Resource Management 00:00:00
  • Module 5: Organizational Culture and Management 00:00:00
  • Module 6: Governance and Succession Planning 00:00:00
  • Module 7: Program Design and Theory of Change 00:00:00
  • Module 8: Program Evaluation 00:00:00
  • Module 9: Policy and Advocacy 00:00:00
  • Module 10: Government Relations 00:00:00
  • Module 11: Data Governance, Privacy and Security 00:00:00
  • Module 12: Introduction to Fundraising Strategy and Development 00:00:00
  • Module 13: Grant Writing 00:00:00
  • Module 14: Financial Management and Budgeting 00:00:00
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