Fundraising Workshops

For many nonprofits, fundraising is hard work. And the resources required to fundraise successfully can seem like they take away from your core work. But there can be joy in fundraising!

Check out our webinars from fundraising experts for ideas to help you on your fundraising journey. Some 2024 workshops are available for registration - others are still under development.

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Beyond Bake Sales: Strategic insights for fundraising events
Thursday, May 2, 1-2:30pm

Is your charity fundraising event a hole in one or a wayward shot?

Any nonprofit that has hosted a fundraising event knows that they often demand extensive effort, time, and resources. And once the event ends, we all often just want to tally up our proceeds and move on.

Whether your nonprofit relies on repeating annual traditions or you are aiming to add a new major fundraising event, it’s important to step back and consider if your fundraising event practices are sustainable, impactful, and in line with your broader organizational goals. And perhaps most important, is evaluating if your events actually generate a net return.

This workshop, led by an experienced Certified Fundraising Executive, offers an overview of key strategic considerations when hosting a fundraising event. Some topics you can expect:

  • What is the return on investment (ROI) of fundraising events?
  • How to decide what type of event best fits my organization, its mission and vision.
  • What to consider when determining my event’s budget.
  • What costs are often missed when evaluating net return?
  • What to consider when partnering with others on fundraising events.

Cost: $10-30 - We recognize that smaller organizations lack equitable access to the financial resources needed for professional development. We have provided 3 ticket pricing options that provide full access to the workshop. We invite you to choose a rate that is best aligned with your or your organization's ability to pay.


Trainer Derek Bechthold's career, spanning 24+ years has had him the honour of contributing to a myriad of nonprofits and charities from a multitude of sectors including, Wood's Homes, Inn from the Cold, The Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured, and currently The Brenda Strafford Foundation. These agencies have ranged in budgets from $500,000 to $85 million, and fundraising departments from seven full-time employees to one-person shops. Derek has dabbled in every manner of fund development and is well versed in high-level strategic development down to the tactical minutiae of fundraising.


Watch past events!

INTRO to Fundraising: Effective strategies for nonprofits
Wednesday, January 24, 2024

This session introduces the basics of fundraising, with an emphasis on practical tools, tactics, and strategies that smaller organizations can utilize to build capacity and sustainability for their organization. Topics include: An understanding of the current giving trends in Canada and how this can impact your organization; the cost benefit analysis and return on investment in fundraising; strategies on ‘The Ask’ – who to ask, when to ask, how to ask; stewardship – the science and art of thanking; essential tools that will enhance your fundraising efforts. Watch the video.