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Join the Third Thursday Toolbox

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Join Community Foundation Grey Bruce each month on the Third Thursday from 3:00 to 4:00 pm to participate in a webinar series designed to help charities and non-profits. In place of the annual Spring workshop, these webinars will feature a different monthly presentation about topics pertinent to the charitable sector. To register, please email


In December, Stuart Reid, Executive Director, and Christine MacGregor, Community Outreach Officer, from Community Foundation Grey Bruce will share insights from Vital Focus on Housing


Past “Toolbox Topics” have included:

January’s webinar’s topic is Fundraising Event Success in Uncertain Times. By discussing fundraising event basics, event planning in uncertain times and fundraising event alternatives, Larissa Stoddart of Growth & Co. will lead attendees through ways to adapt their event fundraising efforts during COVID and other fundraising strategies to use when social distancing rules get in the way of event success. 

February will look at Maintaining Positive Mental Health during Challenging Times. Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce’s Youth Awareness Co-ordinator Jackie Ralph tells how mental health can impact Not-for-Profit organizations, with information and resources that can be used to support each other and our mental health through these times. 

In March, our toolbox will focus on So…You Want to Apply for a Grant? Community Foundation Granting Co-ordinator Wendy Bachiu discusses the Foundation’s 2021 granting updates, then seasoned grant writer Kate Russell will give advice on how to make your grant application the very best it can be.

April’s webinar’s topic is Stream of Consciousness in Community Engagement. Robert Iantorno, the Curator at the South Grey Museum, will discuss how to create engaging social media posts, leveraging local media, synergies with groups inside and outside the community, why you shouldn’t plan everything, Virtual Visits, and of course, the many consequences of “calling it as you see it”.

The May webinar will look at Donor Stewardship Strategies. Rachel Taylor, the Development Officer at the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre, will share what donor stewardship is, why it is important, and how to build a stewardship plan that is meaningful for your donors and manageable for your organization.

June, our last gathering before the summer break, allows attendees to participate in an Open-Sharing Networking Opportunity to connect with other local non-profits. Come tell us what's on your mind!

September will explore Governance and Planning in Complex Times. Marilyn Struthers, from M. Struthers & Co., will share frameworks and strategies for governance practices that help boards of nonprofits and charities to stay true to mission and set a course through uncertainty and change. 

October’s webinar will discuss Green Governance and Reducing Environmental Impact. Barry Randall, the General Manager of the Grey Bruce Sustainability Network and Owner of L.B. Randall & Associates, shares how organizations can undertake a green audit to find creative ways to reduce their carbon impact and be friendly to the environment.  

The November toolbox will focus on Equity Awareness and Action. Angela Connors, the Executive Director of the Community Race Relations Committee (CRRC) Peterborough and member of the Saugeen First Nation, will discuss practical solutions for enhancing organizational capacity to support Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (DEI).

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