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 Ingrilli.
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.

Request a booking

Questions? Call 204-924-4286.

Upcoming learning opportunities

How to Find Donors: Prospecting and Solicitation 101

Wednesday, October 6
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

United Way Winnipeg’s Learning Centre is pleased to partner with Rochelle Greaves and Roxanne Tackie of Story Point Consulting to bring you How to Find Donors: Prospecting and Solicitation 101. This workshop is for volunteers and staff of nonprofits who are in charge of or involved in their organization’s fundraising activities.

For more information or to register, click here.

 

Introduction to Board Governance Part 1: Roles, Responsibilities, Liabilities, and Accountabilities (Virtual)

Thursday, October 14, 2021
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Non-profit and charitable organizations strongly depend on their board of directors for strong, innovative, and effective leadership to achieve their mission. Participants in Introduction to Board Governance Part 1 will gain knowledge and understanding in the following key board governance areas:

• Self-assessment of governance in your organization

• Role of the board

• Role of the board member

• Developing a partnership between the board and the senior staff person

• Defining governance versus operations

• Understanding liability for the organization

• Examining potential personal liability for board members

• Recognizing to whom are board members and the board accountable?

For more information or to register, click here.

 

Introduction to Board Governance Part 2: Risk Management for Boards, Understanding Legal Duties, and More! (Virtual)

Thursday, October 21, 2021
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Non-profit and charitable organizations strongly depend on their board of directors for strong, innovative, and effective leadership to achieve their mission. Participants in Introduction to Board Governance Part 2 will gain knowledge and understanding in the following key board governance areas:

• Self-assessment for risk management in your organization

• Examining, understanding, and implementing the legal duties of boards: knowledge, confidentiality, care, prudence, diligence, loyalty, delegation, obedience, investment, etc.

• Additional risk management strategies: insurance, indemnification, independent legal advice, ratification, dissent, education, etc.

• Developing an action plan for your board

For more information or to register, click here.

 

Building Better Board Bylaws and Board Member Handbooks (Virtual)

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Every organized group needs bylaws to ensure that members and leaders understand the rules under which they agree to operate, rules that need to be refreshed from time to time as the environment changes and the group evolves. Are you clear on why you need bylaws? What needs to be included in contemporary bylaws? Have you examined your bylaws lately to assess their strengths and weaknesses? Are they written in plain language? Are your bylaws included in your board manual? What else is in your board manual (handbook) to help board members fulfill their duties and responsibilities?

Participants in Building Better Board Bylaws and Board Member Handbooks will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • Understand the function and purpose of bylaws;
  • Identify the essential elements of board bylaws;
  • Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of your current bylaws;
  • Develop an action plan to strengthen your bylaws;
  • Understand the function and purpose of a board member handbook;
  • Identify the essential components of a board member handbook;
  • and Develop an action plan to strengthen or create a customized board member handbook suited to your organization.

For more information or to register, click here.

 

Working among Racial Difference on Colonized Land: Strengthening Cultural Competency in our Organizations

November 8, 10 and 12
9:00 am to 12:00 pm – all dates

United Way Winnipeg’s Learning Centre is pleased to partner with Jackie Hogue of J. Hogue and Associates to bring you the workshop, Working among Racial Difference on Colonized Land: Strengthening Cultural Competency in our Organizations. This interactive, three-session workshop is designed for Executive Directors, managers, and program staff of non-profit organizations.

For more information or to register, click here.

 

Transformative Leadership: How to Excel as a Board Chair (Virtual)

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

The Board Chair plays an important role in leading the Board of Directors and the organization to achieve its vision and mission. Some Board Chairs have ascended to their role through a ladder process, but many have volunteered for the role with little experience, training, mentoring or orientation. This live virtual workshop will explore skills and best practices to help you to excel as a leader and as a Board Chair.

Participants in Transformative Leadership: How to Excel as a Board Chair will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • Understanding Management versus Leadership
  • Principles of leadership
  • Key qualities of a leader
  • Leadership self-assessment
  • Preparing for meetings
  • How to chair a meeting
  • How to lead your team to make sound decisions
  • Decision making tools and techniques
  • Getting things done
  • Motivating your team

For more information or to register, click here.

 

Working with the New Federal Government and a New Premier (Virtual)

Thursday, November 18, 2021
9:00 am to 11:30 pm

How can charities and non-profits build relationships with new government actors and, in turn, influence the public policy agenda? Does relationship building differ in a minority or majority government? How and when do charities and non-profits communicate with and to whom in the new government?

These are just a few of the important questions that will be posed at this session to assist charities and non-profits transition to these new government actors, both federally and provincially.

For more information or to register, click here.

 

Cultivating Long-Term Relationships: Donor Stewardship 101

Monday, November 22
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

United Way’s Learning Centre is pleased to partner with Rochelle Greaves and Roxanne Tackie of Story Point Consulting to bring you Cultivating Long-Term Relationships: Donor Stewardship 101. This interactive workshop is best suited for volunteers and staff of nonprofits who are new to fundraising or have not received formal fundraising training, and have an active role in their organization’s fundraising activities.

For more information or to register, click here.

 

Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Effective Leadership

Tuesday, November 30, & Wednesday, December 1, 2021
9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day

United Way Winnipeg’s Learning Centre is pleased to partner with Heather Erhard of Erhard Associates to bring you Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Effective Leadership.

Research shows that Emotional Intelligence can be twice as important as IQ and technical skills in determining who will become a top performer. This two-day workshop will review the concept of Emotional Intelligence and its application as a leader both organizationally and personally.

For more information or to register, click here.

 

Best Practices for Diversity in Board Governance (Virtual)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Recent Canadian studies tell us that boards of directors in Canada are still struggling with diversity and inclusion despite the myriad of candidates available to serve from diverse backgrounds. This session will look at how your Board culture can actively embrace a spectrum of voices and lived experiences.

Participants in Best Practices for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Board Governance will gain knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

• Understanding current Canadian demographics

• Understanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

• Identifying tools to assess the current composition of your board and the gaps to fill

• Examining best practices for diversity and inclusion in board governance

• Developing an action plan for your board

For more information or to register, click here.

 

Small Shop Fundraising: How to Execute a Capital Campaign

Thursday, January 20, 2022
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

United Way Winnipeg’s Learning Centre is pleased to partner with Rochelle Greaves and Roxanne Tackie of Story Point Consulting to bring you Small Shop Fundraising: How to Execute a Capital Campaign. In this online session, we will discuss how to plan and execute a capital campaign within the constraints of a small team with limited staff and volunteers. Participants will learn simple, practical guidance for developing various phases of a capital campaign, with a focus on strategies to efficiently use staff time.

For more information or to register, click here.

 

Effective Leadership: Performance Management

Tuesday, February 1, & Wednesday, February 2, 2022
9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day

United Way Winnipeg’s Learning Centre is pleased to partner with Heather Erhard of Erhard Associates to bring you Effective Leadership: Performance Management, a two-day virtual workshop. If you are a manager, supervisor, or Executive Director, who is striving to help your staff grow and improve their effectiveness, this is the learning opportunity for you!

For more information or to register, click here.

 

Workshops have limited capacity.
Register today to guarantee your spot!

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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