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Visit this page for resources on funding, volunteer recruitment, skill-building, board and non-profit/charitable incorporation, program delivery and more.


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Best Practices for the Arts 

Board and Staff Resources

What Evaluation Can Really Do for Nonprofits

Is you nonprofit liability insurance covering all of your needs? 

Fundraising and Financial Health

ArtsBuild Ontario - Crowdfunding for the Arts by the Arts

Common myths and facts about the grant writing process

Download Free Whitepaper: "Fundraising Efficiency and the Bottom Line" from CDS Global

Human Resources

Incorporating as an NPO or Charity


 Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

 See workshops and seminars from Career Concepts http://www.careerconcepts.ca/Upcoming_Full_Day_Seminars_s/50.htm?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fall%20Winter%20Seminar%20Campaign&utm_content=Finance+2016+Promotion


Grant Writing Workshop

“Seeking Approval” – Successful Grant Proposal Writing Steps and Strategies

Grants from institutional sources – government agencies, foundations, service clubs, associations and the like – are a major revenue source for charities and non-profit groups striving to jumpstart new programs or strengthen existing services. Yet the process of researching granting sources and developing compelling proposals can be a mysterious and frustrating quest for many charities. All too frequently applicant organizations become discouraged by complex and voluminous procedures, heightened competition for the same pool of funds and the excruciating wait for what they hope is a positive response from the decision-makers.

Equally frustrating are the overwhelming accountability and reporting procedures, the seemingly repetitive questions posed in each application, and the arduous search for granting sources that fund operating expenses. As challenging as it initially appears, writing and developing effective and results-oriented grant proposals is a skill that non-profit staff members and volunteers can attain proficiency. 

By engaging in a series of interactive exercises, workshop participants will learn how to identify high-percentage granting opportunities and construct fluid and persuasive cases for support. Building a rapport with the “point people” from granting agencies and understanding the motivations of decision-makers are crucial subjects that will be covered in this presentation. Most importantly, participants will experience a greater sense of confidence and become firmly acquainted with methods to procure the funds and resources that will enable their respective organizations to make significant progress towards achieving their missions. 

Among the lessons that participants will learn through this interactive session:

  • How to construct a compelling, concise case for support that will serve as the template for most institutional grant proposals;
  • How to communicate effectively with the “point people” from granting sources;
  • The differences between traditional granting sources including foundations, government agencies and corporate philanthropy programs;
  • Formulating realistic project and operating budgets that meet the needs of applicant organizations and satisfy the expectations of granting sources;
  • Understanding the importance of setting realistic benchmarks and “indicators of success”.


Tuesday, January 5th, 2016, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm OR Thursday, January 7th, 2016, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

LOCATION: Chartwell Terrace-On-The-Square Retirement Residence, Auditorium, 100 Caroline Street South, Waterloo, Ontario

PRESENTER: Mike Paquet, Principal, People First Resource Development

TARGET AUDIENCE: Staff, board members and volunteers from small to large non-profit organizations.

During his 21-year career in fund development, Mike Paquet has helped several community-based and grassroots non-profit groups throughout Southern Ontario to implement long-term sustainable fundraising and resource development programs. Driven by the concept that “people give to people”, Mike has enabled several organizations to discover the enormous potential of major gift fundraising. Currently, Mike is the Principal of People First Resource Development and remains steadfastly committed to guiding non-profit groups towards long-term viability by emphasizing the importance of cultivating strong relations with individual and institutional donors in the community.

COST: $125.00 (Lunch, coffee, tea and refreshments are included. Payment may be made by cash or cheque). Please make cheques payable to “People First Resource Development”.

TO REGISTER: Call to reserve your space at (905) 318-6130. You may also reserve your space by sending an email to the attention of Mike Paquet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please note that space is limited at both locations. To secure your reservation, it is recommended that you rsvp with your credit card information by contacting the above-listed telephone number.

For those who wish to register by mail, would you please submit payment to:


People First Resource Development

1000 Upper Paradise Road, Unit 27

Hamilton, ON L9B 2S7

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