Our Nonprofit Learning Centre

We offer low-cost, quality learning opportunities for Winnipeg’s nonprofit sector, so community organizations can deliver even more effective programs.

Building up the strength of Winnipeg’s nonprofit sector

Continuous improvement? Check! Fill up your tank with inspiration, new skills & knowledge at a United Way Winnipeg learning centre class.

In partnership with subject matter experts, United Way Winnipeg’s Learning Centre offers high quality, capacity-building opportunities at low cost, to enable participants to return to their workplaces with new knowledge and skills applicable to the work they do, and to demonstrate continuous improvement against recognized sector standards for nonprofits and charities in Canada.

If cost is a barrier to participation, please email Tamara at tingrilli@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca
Our Learning Centre is located on the first floor of our 580 Main Street offices.

Rent the Learning Centre to host your meeting

Hosting a meeting, presenting a speaker, throwing a press conference, getting up to 60 people together downtown?

• Free wi-fi • Secure reception • Full kitchen
• Nonprofit rate: $55.00 / 4 hours; $108.00 / 8 hours
• Corporate/Government rate: $135.00 / 4 hours; $270.00 / 8 hours
• Up to 11 free parking spaces subject to availability. Other parking.

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Questions? Call 204-924-4286.

Upcoming learning opportunities

Engaging Special Populations & Visual Methods

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This session will look at considerations in engaging particular populations in evaluations, as well as introducing different data collections methods such as rubrics and visual methods.

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Anti-Oppression Training: Working with Refugees

Monday, January 20, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This workshop is designed to enhance service delivery and promote cultural competency in organizations by focusing on working with refugees from an anti-oppression approach. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the barriers faced by racialized newcomer refugees.

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Working with Government II: Building a Government Relations Strategy

Thursday, February 6, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

When you know how things work and who does what in government, what do you do with this information? This one-day workshop focuses on developing a government relations strategy for organizations who have an existing relationship with government(s) or want to build a relationship to help facilitate goals and objectives.

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Succession Strategies for Not-for-Profits: Planning for Succession and Continuing Operations

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This intensive, applied ½ day workshop will help leaders understand where the next leaders will come from, how to develop their competencies for the future, and how to ensure the organization’s standard procedures are strong enough to withstand an unexpected absence or transition.

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Evaluation Tools: Focus Groups

Thursday, February 13, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This session will explore when to use focus groups, how to structure them, and how to facilitate them effectively.

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Donor Prospecting and Solicitation 101

Friday, February 28, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This half-day workshop will provide a high-level introduction to fundraising. Participants will learn how to create a culture of fund development in their organizations which includes the board and staff. Best suited for those who are new to fundraising as this is a beginner course.

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Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Effective Leadership

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Research shows that Emotional Intelligence can be twice as important as IQ and technical skills in determining who will become a top performer. In this one-day workshop participants will review the concepts of Emotional Intelligence and its application, both as a leader in your organization, as well as personally.

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Working with Government III: Framing Your Issues

Thursday, March 5, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Once you have a strategy for your organization on how to talk with government, how do you best tell your organization’s stories about the work you do, the communities you serve, and the value you bring? This one-day workshop provides an overview of the framing process and time to work through how framing can work for an organization.

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Evaluation Tools: Surveys & Questionnaires

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Creating well-crafted survey instruments can provide for valuable data collection. This session will look at survey questions and responses, as well as analysis and data presentation..

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Donor Stewardship 101

Friday, March 13, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This half-day workshop will look at different ways to use the data to drive strategic fundraising decisions for your organization, and improve stewardship of your donors. We will provide practical guidance on how to use existing data and resources to maximize your fundraising capacity.

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Get on Board: Tips and Tricks for On-Boarding New Board Members and Creating Better Boards 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Successful onboarding gives your board members the context they need to put their full set of skills to work for your organization. The better your organization is at doing this, the more effective your board will be. This half-day workshop will provide an overview of the roadmap every organization needs to follow to help their board thrive.

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Managing Nonprofit Risk Confidently

Thursday, April 2, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This full-day workshop for staff and board members of nonprofit organizations will examine risk in the nonprofit sector. Participants will take an in-depth look at operational risk managment, and come away with a better understanding of core Canadian legal concepts, principles for risk management, and much more. Please bring any questions you may have to the workshop.

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Real Leadership in the Nonprofit World: Strengthening Your Personal Resilience & Focus AND Creating Thriving Workplaces

Friday, April 3, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This full-day workshop will examine resilience and leadership in the nonprofit sector. Participants will explore how to build resilience during, or in advance of, difficult times, how to build focus in a world of distraction, building and sustaining trust in the workplace, creating job clarity, providing feedback and recognition and motivation (performance management) and much more.

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Creating and Maintaining a Truly Engaged & Impactful Nonprofit or Charity Board

Saturday, April 4, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This full-day workshop is designed for board members, lead staff and others who support the board. Participants will learn how to hold engaging, truly impactful board meetings, how to set an energizing agenda, how to manage stars, steadies and strugglers on the board, proper board orientation and much, much more.

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Visual Planning: Logic Models & Theory of Change

Thursday, April 16, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Creating visual plans that are clear and succinct can help organizations and/or collaborative initiatives to communicate their desired outcomes/goals to various stakeholders and to help guide their evaluation framework.

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Data-Driven Fundraising 101 Using Microsoft Excel

Friday, April 24, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This hands on half-day workshop will look at different ways to use excel. Participants are required to bring a laptop. We will provide practical guidance on how to use excel to get the most out of your donor and program data. Best suited for beginner fundraisers with limited experience using Excel.

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Evaluation Tools: Qualitative Analysis

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

How do you turn page upon page of rich qualitative data into a coherent narrative? This session will demonstrate how to code qualitative data, identify key themes, and how to write up and present a compelling analysis.

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Workshop Cancellation Policy

United Way Winnipeg reserves the right to cancel any workshop at any time. United Way Winnipeg will inform registrants via email of workshop cancellations at least 48 hours ahead of the workshop date. Participants registered for a workshop or session cancelled by United Way Winnipeg will receive a full refund.

Refund Policy

To request a full refund, registrants must cancel up to one week (five business days) before the workshop date (or start date for a multi-day workshop). No refunds will be issued to registrants who cancel within one week of the workshop date (or start date for a multi-day workshop). Registrants who do not show up for a workshop will be responsible for the full workshop ticket price.

Need co-working space? Rent a desk in our Innovation Centre.

The Innovation Centre offers shared work environments for both nonprofit & for-profit social purpose organizations.

Our co-working space facilitates communication, connections, and the sharing of ideas in a convenient, flexible, and affordable full or part-time workspace.

Our main floor meeting space is open to everyone, and all fees go to support our work in the community.

• Mailing address & mailbox • Tech-enabled meeting space • Full kitchen
• Free wi-fi • File storage • Free low-volume printer, copier & fax
• Access to paid bulk printing services

Current co-workers: ImagineAbilityManitoba Organization for Victim Assistance (MOVA), Manitoba Association for Rights & Liberties (MARL)Proactive Information ServicesSpark

Interested in learning more? Email Tamara at tingrilli@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca

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