Grassroots College:
Building From the Ground Up

Centre for Social Innovation in downtown Toronto

Registration Cost:
The workshop series is free if you attend all the sessions. We’ll gather $50 from each registrant now but refund you at the final workshop.

Designed with volunteer organizations in mind, this super practical series of workshops introduces participants to key principles of nonprofit management and what it takes to achieve success.Participants will learn from the training leader and from each other using participatory and experiential exercises that allow time for participants to reflect. This series is designed for a leadership cohort and should be taken start to finish by the same person. The curriculum would be a good refresher for a seasoned leader and a wonderful survey for someone still emerging. Most participants will likely be associated with the environmental community but not exclusively.

Saturday May 27: Laying a Strong Foundation: Vision, Values and Purpose

In this session we explore what makes every organization unique – organizational focus. We’ll cover such topics as clarifying the core problems the organization is addressing, looking at what success means and what values underpin the work. Among the tools we’ll introduce is Jim Collins’ “Hedgehog” concept which asks important questions to clarify purpose or focus.

Saturday June 3: Expanding Your Reach: Working with Others

Working with others both our usual allies as well as more broadly, including across sectors and with those who might be less aligned is essential to reaching our intended impact. In this session we will delve into different type of “others.” Tools we’ll introduce may include working the media and elected officials, recruiting and nurturing members and volunteers, considerations for choosing and working with partners, and engaging the larger citizenry.

Saturday June 10: Show Me the Money: Resources and Revenue

Of course, to make an organization work, it needs resources – from people to run programs and campaigns to funds to operate it. In this session we’ll look at options for generating revenue, tips for writing proposals for funding, considerations for figuring out appropriate human resources, and more.

Saturday June 17: What Next? Succession and Moving Forward

In this session we’ll look at how to move your organization to the next stage. Topics may include, when to move from volunteer run to hiring staff, considerations for having a board and ensuring your meetings are topnotch and productive.

All sessions take place between 12:30 – 5:00 at the Centre for Social Innovation in downtown Toronto.
Registration for the entire series costs only $50 and spots will go quickly. The curriculum is designed to built the capacity of a defined, specific cohort and so we are not able to accommodate registrations for individual sessions or sharing of registrations.

About the Facilitator

Workshop facilitator Charlotte Young, Ph.D., works with teams, groups and organizations in supporting them to craft environmental and other solutions. Using tools such as facilitation, mediation, consensus building and collaboration, evaluation, and graphic recording, she sets the space to garner everyone’s contribution to address challenges that one individual or organization can’t solve alone while simultaneously paying attention to group process and dynamics. Charlotte’s best work is situated at the intersection of outstanding group process, visual thinking and building a group’s capacity to collaborate so they are even more effective next time they gather. These diverse processes enable groups to work collectively, cooperatively and collaboratively to create innovative and impactful solutions. Charlotte holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in applied psychology. She is a certified mediator, a facilitator for True Colours personality strengths inventory and a graphic recorder.

The series is organized by Sustainability Network with generous support from LUSH Cosmetics.