Non-profit Advisors Program

The Non-profit Advisors Program aims to help build the organizational capacity and sustainability of non-profit organizations in the Columbia Basin Trust region. Whether you are new to the program or have received previous support, our team is here to help.

Non-profit Advisors Program

This program can provide you with information resources and connect you with an advisor who can provide guidance as you navigate current operational challenges and impacts.

Advisors are available to assess your organization and provide recommendations. These services are free. If the advisor thinks more specialized consulting support is needed, this program may also subsidize those services.

You can obtain advice in areas like these:

  • planning and direction
  • material resources
  • human resources
  • financial management
  • risk management
  • administration/management
  • governance
  • community relationships
  • recovery planning (e.g. hazard risk assessments).

You may access this program if you represent an organization that:

  • is based in the Trust region
  • is a registered non-profit
  • actively delivers programs that support broad public good (not programs that primarily benefit membership, or new non-profits) in the Trust region.

Ineligible organizations include:

  • groups interested in starting a non-profit and newly established non-profits with no active programs and/or limited organizational structure
  • groups that undertake activities of political parties, religious, advocacy or lobby groups or of organizations that are exclusive or discriminative in nature
  • member-funded societies

The Non-profit Advisor program does not provide grants or core funding, or fund activities like projects or professional development.

To connect with an advisor and explore how the program can support your non-profit, complete our registration form here to help our advisors learn more about your organization.

If you have questions regarding eligibility or general non-profit questions, contact nonprofitkevin@ourtrust.org.

The Non-profit Advisors Program can connect you with an advisor who will assess your organization and provide recommendations, including whether you might benefit from the support of a consultant.

Kevin
Allen

Kevin is a career non-profit administrator and the past Executive Director of the Alberta Media Arts Alliance (AMAAS). Kevin has a Masters Degree in Public Administration, specializing in non-profit management, from the University of Victoria. Kevin also works as a senior election official for the City of Fernie, Elections Canada and Elections Alberta.
Wendy Booth
Wendy has extensive experience in board governance and strategic planning having served as an elected official with the RDEK and Trust board member for many years. Her passion for community development and working with communities, combined with her entrepreneurial spirit having owned a Whitewater rafting company, gives her a unique perspective in providing leadership and guidance to many organizations.
Alan
Chell
Alan’s extensive non-profit and public sector experience has led him to his current Board Chair and Vice-Chair roles with Revelstoke Credit Union, Revelstoke School Board, BC Public School Employers’ Association, and Public Education Benefits Trust. He is retired as Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Revelstoke, and has provided consultancy support to many non-profit organizations in the Basin.
Zoë Creighton
Zoë has worked with non-profit societies and co-operatives around the Basin for the past 25 years. She is currently the Coordinator of the Upper Columbia Co-op Council and as a consultant, she works with established organizations on board development, organizational effectiveness, and strategic planning.
Lynda Lafleur
Lynda has extensive experience supporting non-profits throughout the Basin.  A theme in her diverse work and educational background is community development, and she knows first hand the knowledge of working within the non-profit world.  She has experience serving as a board member of Arts Councils, community theatres and the Arts Health Network, and has also taught non-profit management skills at the College of New Caledonia. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve as an Advisor.

If you have questions regarding eligibility or general non-profit questions, contact nonprofitkevin@ourtrust.org or 1.800.505.8998.

To connect with an advisor and explore how the program can support your non-profit, complete our registration form here to help our advisors learn more about your organization.

Are you a consultant? We are always open to speaking with consultants who wish to offer capacity-building services and expertise to non-profit organizations in the Basin. Contact nonprofitkevin@ourtrust.org for more information.

Did you complete your Non-profit Advisors consulting services? Please submit the Final Report through this link.

Resources for Non-profits

Click here to find a variety of resources related to non-profit operations.

Click here to download a directory of other grants that may be applicable to your work.

View the directory of Trust grants and programs.

Non-profit Workshops

The Trust, in partnership with College of the Rockies and Selkirk College, hosts a series of in-person workshops that could help build the knowledge and capacity of your non-profit. These workshops are for Basin non-profits and their staff and volunteers.

Click here to see all the workshop dates, detailed session descriptions and links to registration information.

Non-profit Webinar Series

The Trust offers webinars, through our Non-profit Advisors Program, that could help build the knowledge and capacity of your non-profit. These webinars are free-of-charge to Basin non-profits and their staff and volunteers.

Click here to see all the webinar dates, detailed session descriptions and links to registration information.

Non-profit Essentials Webinar Series

We also offer the Non-profit Essentials Webinar Series, available for immediate download. This series explores important topics for non-profit societies. Combining online videos with slide notes and workbooks, the series provides tools to expand the knowledge and build capacity in non-profit organizations across the Basin.

Take one or all sessions at your leisure. Explore the topics and start anytime.