The Foundation organizes a series of training sessions, conferences and networking activities yearly. Open to the non-profit sector as a whole, these workshops allows the emergence of a dynamic and committed community of practice. 

The curriculum evolves constantly: we favour tailor-made workshops, in collaboration with experienced trainers who are sensitive to our particular challenges. These training sessions are also highly valued networking opportunities for organizations: they meet peers, exchange good practices, find mentors, and even can sow the seeds for joint projects. 

For its 2020-21 programming, Philagora took on a virtual colour: 5 major series each offered several meetings with the intention of diversifying subjects, angles and tools, and to call on a greater number of collaborators and allies from the community who have so much to share. 

Because the creation of bonds of complicity, spaces for exchange and sharing is what drives us forward…

We are currently working on our 2021-22 programmation. Stay tuned!

In the aftermath of the crisis created by VIDOC-19, a virtual meeting space for Directors was created. The 75-minute discussions are intended to be a ponctual break for the directors, a safe place to share and to learn. A different topic is addressed at each meeting, which is co-facilitated by a DG (the conversations are mainly in French but English-speaking Directors are welcome to join!)

Next meeting : May 19, 2021 at 9am. The topic is our adaptation strategies and what we want to maintain after the crisis is over. 

You missed the workshops? Consult the documentation or reccordings here (French only)

Series 1: Culture + posture + impact

  • Circulation and strategic use of information – Workshop led by Jérôme Elissalde, professional in knowledge transfer, knowledge mobilization and management and strategic learning (in French). 
  •  Organisational culture: a reflection of its DNA – Workshop led by André Fortin, social innovator in residence at the Foundation and coordinator of the Practical Guide on Impact (in French).
  • Demystifying service design, initiation through practice – Workshop led by Anaïs Kowalczyk and Sylvain Duchesne, service designers at Pollinis and André Fortin, social innovator in residence at the Foundation (in French).
  • Posture and impact: positioning the expertise of the community – A conversation with Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO of Imagine Canada and Karen Bouchard, Board member of Imagine Canada and CEO of Fondation Québec Philanthrope (in French).

Series 2: Fundraising

  • Blended Gifts – Workshop led by Jocelyne Gonthier, consultant with an impressive track record and expert in planned giving (in French). 
  • Philanthropy 3.0, Myth or Reality? Conversation with Daniel Lanteigne, former member of the “Philagora cohort” and consultant at BNP Performance (in French).
  • Rethinking Sponsorships – A workshop followed by a panel of experts from the corporate sector, moderated by Natasha Gupta, NPO financing consultant (in French). 

Series 3: Influence + Advocacy + Collaboration (all conversations will be in French)

  • Post-pandemic inequalities in Quebec: What can we expect? A Conversation moderated by Nicolas Zorn, Executive Director of the Observatoire québécois des inégalités. This conference addressed the evolution of income and quality of life gaps, and the impact of the pandemic on these inequalities.
  • Reducing Inequalities: Where to Start? A Workshop moderated by Nicolas Zorn who presented a unique and versatile analytical tool developed in collaboration with the Collectif des Fondations québécoises contre les inégalités to assess potential policy opportunities.
  • Rallying stakeholders through advocacy – A workshop led by François Lagarde, Vice-President Communications at the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation and Ariane Cyr, Executive Director of PRECA A presentation of the platform and the ethical framework and practices of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation in terms of influence.
  • Aboriginal and racialized women speak out – A panel moderated by Inès Chaalala, Director of Learning and Partnerships at PFC, with Michèle Audette, Odile Joannette, Dorothy Rhau and Bochra Manaï. 

You missed the workshops? Consult the documentation or reccordings here (French only). 

Series 4: Human Resources + Well-being
Like most sectors of society, the teams of non-profit organisations have experienced and are still experiencing major transformations in their daily lives: teleworking, new modes of intervention with increased security, staff turnover, departure of volunteers, upheaval in the distribution of tasks and workloads, increased demands, emotions on the edge of their seats when faced with the issues at stake, etc. With this series, we propose different tools to support our teams and volunteers and take care of ourselves.

January 26, 2021 – 9 to 11 a.m.: Managing volunteers, really?!
Workshop led by Marilyne Fournier, Executive Director of the Réseau de l’action bénévole du Québec (RABQ), to familiarize yourself with the foundations of volunteer action, understand the motivations of people who get involved and acquire key skills for humane and effective management. 

February 9, 2021 – 9:00 am to 11:00 am: Communication and Emotional Intelligence 
Laurence Bakayoko, trainer and lecturer, will introduce us to the use of emotional intelligence as a powerful tool for mobilising teams and improving communication, especially in times of uncertainty. 

February 23, 2021 – noon to 1:30 pm: meeting indigenous cultures with Wapikoni
Facilitated by an Aboriginal ambassador of Wapikoni, this workshop offers us an original immersion in Aboriginal realities through the discovery of 6 short films, produced by Wapikoni and directed by young Aboriginal filmmakers from across the country. The screenings will be interspersed with discussions. 

March 16, 2021 – 9:00 am to 11:00 am: Strengthening teams through collaborative learning, principles for maximizing and sustaining capacity as a learning organization
In this bilingual workshop, Elizabeth Hunt will help us explore the principles and assumptions at the heart of collective learning, identify the structural elements that underlie successful learning encounters, and experiment with methods and practices that can be applied to our everyday work environments (even online!) – In collaboration with the Morris & Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation

You missed the workshops? Consult the documentation or reccordings here (French only). 

Series 5: Innovation + Creativity

Spring is the ideal season to breathe even more creativity into our ways of doing things. How can we keep going as the effects of the pandemic continue? A few keys: inspiration, experimentation and innovation. All the workshops are give in French. 

April 7, 2021 – 9:00 am to 11:00 am: Mobilizing expertise and information for strategic decisions and ongoing adjustments.
Interactive workshop
Expertise and information are the raw materials for strategic decisions and organizational adjustments. The workshop will address the following topics: 

  • The circulation and strategic use of information in organizations, particularly in the context of telework;
  • Collective learning, continuous adjustments and their linkages with evaluation and accountability processes; 
  • The strengthening of individual and organizational competencies. 

The workshop will be led by Jérôme Elissalde, a professional in knowledge transfer, knowledge mobilization and management, and strategic learning. 

April 13, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Communication and Emotional Intelligence
Due to the high demand, we offer this workshop a second time. Laurence Bakayoko, trainer and lecturer, will introduce us to the use of emotional intelligence as a powerful tool to mobilize teams and improve communication, especially in times of uncertainty. 

April 27, 2021 – 9:00 am to 11:00 am: The social economy, a new avenue of collective and financial wealth
Conversation with a panel
Starting a social economy project makes it possible to meet the needs of the community and to ensure income diversification, the support of new donors and to achieve financial autonomy for NPOs. From a collective grocery store, to a second-hand store or a café-bistro, it is only one step to take the path of collective entrepreneurship. Why and how do we turn the corner? Lydia Tetyczka, director of consulting services and financing at PME-MTL Centre Est, will lead a panel composed of actors from the ecosystem. 

May 26, 2021 – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Rethinking your fundraising activities
In these times of uncertainty, this workshop led by Natasha Gupta offers some thoughts on the financing of NPOs and what types of approaches should be favoured in fundraising during and after the crisis. We will provide an overview of many examples of initiatives put forward to adapt fundraising events and activities in times of pandemic. You will leave better equipped to adapt your fundraising campaigns to the new reality.

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Please note that these series are open in priority to people working in the non-profit sector, employees, board members or members of other committees, who formally represent the organization.

For some workshops where attendance is limited to a small number of participants, we will not be able to accept registrations from supporting actors (consultants, self-employed individuals, occasional volunteers). We thank you for your understanding.

For each workshop, detailed information (date, time, location and description) will be provided in the invitation sent at the beginning of the registration period, one month before the event. 

Please note that space is limited and fill up quickly. Register quickly!

New events may pop up during the year.  

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