Wendy Keats is an organizational development consultant with nearly 40 years of experience working with non-profits, small businesses, co-operatives, social enterprise, large corporations, and all levels of government. She excels in training and facilitation, governance, research, organizational development, strategic planning, evaluation, and conflict management.
Wendy is also certified mediator and spent a decade as a faculty member of the University of Prince Edward Island’s Centre for Conflict Studies where she taught interest-based negotiation, mediation, facilitation and communication skills to business owners, senior managers, non profits, and others seeking to improve their management and governance skills. She has facilitated hundreds of sessions using interest-based approaches that ensure people feel heard and able to meaningfully contribute.
Wendy also specializes in conducting needs assessments and evaluations for community-based programs and is an approved evaluator for the federal government.
Non profits must have a clear Vision and Mission to effectively develop strategies, programs and services that achieve their goals and to monitor and measure their progress. This interactive course is designed for Boards and staff of non profits who will learn:
This interactive course is designed for boards, directors and senior staff of non profits and aimed at building their knowledge and skills for good governance. Topics include:
• The Role and Legal Responsibilities of a Board and Directors
• Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest
• Efficient Board and Committee meetings
• Priority Results Agendas and Minutes
• Decision-Making Processes
• Monitoring and Measuring Performance
This course focuses on the organizational and governance changes that need to take place for a traditional non-profit to successfully move into the social enterprise arena. It is particularly relevant to the Boards and senior staff of non profits however also of interest to funders and others interested in the emerging field of social enterprise. Through presentations, interactive group exercises, and case studies participants will learn:
In today’s not-for-profit and social enterprise world, everyone from government to foundations, angel investors, consumers, and volunteers want to know what kind of a difference is being made by our organizations. It is important to be able to demonstrate the value and impact of the work we are doing, and this goes beyond anecdotal stories, to the measurement of impact and social return on investment.
Included in this interactive workshop are topics such as:
Conflict in any workplace can have staggering consequences. Through interactive presentations, group discussions, and case studies the workshop will help you:
Identify why and how conflicts arise and what you can do to prevent them;
Understand and use interest-based processes and skills that can turn a conflict from a negative experience into an opportunity for personal and organizational growth;
Discover practical resources to help you develop preventative policies and practices.
A social enterprise is a business with social goals that sells products/services in the marketplace and reinvests its profits into social, environmental or cultural goals. This course is geared to anyone interested in learning more about how the social enterprise model can meet their goals. Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of what a social enterprise is and:
Times are changing for nonprofits in Canada.
Funding through grants and donations is going the way of the dodo bird and being used less and less by government and foundations. Today, organizations are being expected to use social innovation and new tools under the social finance umbrella such as impact investing, outcomes-based funding, social procurement, and even investor tax credits to fund many of their programs and services.
Learn more about these new tools and about the federal government's Investment Readiness and Social Finance Funds that are rolling out across the country. This workshop is geared to anyone who wants to learn more about the new way forward in financing co-ops, social enterprise, and community initiatives.
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