Ottawa’s non-profit organizations are facing significant challenges in the current climate of scarce resources. They are dealing with considerable cuts in traditional funding sources and their ability to generate funds through conventional means is also rapidly diminishing. This workshop has been developed to overcome these challenges. It will help senior executives and board members to develop strategies to pursue innovative ways of doing business and generating revenue. Using case studies, participants will examine key issues to consider in identifying new program and financing opportunities including organizational culture change, risk management, business strategies, forming creative partnerships and social entrepreneurship.
Volunteer Ottawa, 850 Industrial Avenue, Unit 17F, Ottawa
Marie Eveline is Executive Director of Volunteer Ottawa. She has served in this role since 2015. She has over thirty years experience in the not for profit sector having worked nationally, provincially and locally. Prior to joining Volunteer Ottawa, Marie served as Executive Director with the Printing Industries Sector Council and the Canadian School Boards Association. In addition to a Master’s degree, Marie has certification in association management and strategic planning.
Marie has led Volunteer Ottawa through a three year change process with approval of a new strategic plan; a focus on revenue diversification; development of business cases for our key program areas; and, organizational re-alignment and governance streamlining. Through this process VO has managed to more than double its program revenues while staying true to our mission.
Marie believes that real change happens at the community level through the efforts of volunteers committed to making a difference. It is only through engagement and commitment by a Board willing to take managed risks will not for profit organizations survive and thrive in the current climate of dwindling resources and expanded demands.