Spring Non-profit Workshops

Do you work or volunteer with one of the Basin’s many non-profit organizations? Through its Non-profit Advisors Program, Columbia Basin Trust, in partnership with College of the Rockies and Selkirk College, is hosting a series of in-person workshops that could help build the knowledge and capacity of your non-profit. In-person workshops will take place in Creston, Fernie, Golden, Kaslo, Naksup and Trail.

See the list below for workshop dates and detailed session descriptions. These workshops are for Basin non-profits and their staff and volunteers.

Past Workshops

This workshop is for small non-profits that don’t have the resources to build and maintain measurable communications programs.  It will support you to clearly articulate your organization’s key messages as defined by your vision, mission and values. It will help identify key audiences and explore effective ways to reach them through earned and paid media and events. And it will support you to draft a plan that allocates resources effectively.

Instructor Stephen Harris is a story-teller, communication strategist, and instructor at Selkirk College. 

This workshop was held in Trail on Wednesday, May 11 from 1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m. PT.

This workshop will support participants to create realistic and flexible budgets and provide tips for seeing them through. Learn about what types of budgets are available for your non-profit, how to generate an accurate and achievable budget, and strategies for reviewing, updating and monitoring your budget throughout the year and over multiple years.  Participants will review and compare budgets from prior years and identify how they have changed over time and why. 

Instructor Naomi Havard, CPA, MPAcc is an accountant, engaging educator, and experienced supporter of non-profits.

This workshop was held in Nakusp on Wednesday, May 25 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PT.

Join instructor Christina Benty to explore the importance of strategic planning and how it can help your organization achieve its mission. This workshop will cover the components of strategic planning,  including an assessment of your organization’s current position, its future direction and vision, what is needed to get there, and who needs to be involved. Participants will review what is involved in creating a compelling, future-looking plan to guide your organization’s direction and decision-making, and how to align everyone in the organization to a unified mission and strategic mindset.  

Instructor Christina Benty is an engaging leader, consultant, and strategic thinker.  Based out of Golden, she has a depth of experience supporting non-profits throughout the Basin.

This workshop was held in Creston on Tuesday, May 31 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT.

This workshop provides an overview of key financial management topics that are critical to non-profit operations, including an introduction to basic terminology, different types of financial statements, the various components of bookkeeping, and some of the unique challenges and scenarios that come up when managing the finances of a non-profit. Having a great financial management system in place can help you to save time, allowing reports to be produced with transparency and peace of mind.

Instructor Katie Wells has a wealth of experience with non-profits, and loves supporting them in balancing revenue and growth with mission, vision and values. 

This workshop was held in Golden on Monday June 6, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. MT.

Social media can be a powerful tool for expressing a non-profit’s story and generating awareness and support for its cause. This workshop can help your non-profit tell a compelling story using multiple social media platforms. It will explore how emotions drive action, how to reach a target audience, and how to identify strategies for tracking metrics and measuring which have the most impact.  Facilitated group work exercises will support participants to generate multiple story ideas for their organizations.   

Instructor Stephen Harris is a story-teller, communication strategist, and instructor at Selkirk College. 

This workshop was held in Trail on Tuesday, June 7 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PT.

Strategic planning is one of the smartest investments an organization can make; yet, many organizations struggle to make a plan, get sufficient buy-in from board and staff, or convert big ideas a planning session generates into solutions. This interactive workshop describes the importance of planning, the roles of board and staff and the elements of a good plan. It also provides tips and tricks to ensure plans are dynamic and don’t sit on shelves collecting dust, and introduces tools to support evaluation, visioning, goal setting, workplan development, and organizational sustainability. 

Mike Stolte is an economist and strategic consultant who specializes in supporting small, rural initiatives.  Well-known for his seminars on strategic planning, he is excited to be visiting Kaslo for this full-day workshop.

This workshop was held in Kaslo on Thursday, June 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PT.