Planning for Your Organization’s Financial Sustainability

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26 February, 2014

9am - noon Central

Achieving your mission in the community depends on your ability to find the resources to meet your goals. Most non-profits face the challenge of long-term financial sustainability, both in terms of how to do this kind of planning and where to look for these resources. Attend this series to create a sound financial plan that will help your organization in the long run.

Over four sessions, you will create a long-term financial sustainability plan for your organization using several innovative tools for identifying financial and non-financial resources, and for making strategic decisions around priorities and programming. Importantly, your plan will be strengthened by great ongoing feedback from peers in the workshop.

The workshops will assist you to:

  • Identify financial and non-financial resources - from grants to volunteers
  • Develop a comprehensive list of potential funders
  • Explore diversifying your income streams to increase your organization’s stability
  • Learn about practical tools for planning, such as ‘Friend-raising’ & ‘Asset Mapping’
  • Make strategic decisions around priorities and programming

Who Should Attend:

People in charge of planning and budgets for their organization (EDs or program managers). This understanding is critical for the usability of the plan that will come out of the workshops, and for the ability to provide a high level of peer support to others in the group. It is also necessary that those attending the course have the time to complete the homework.


  • Dates: February 26, March 12, March 26, April 9 - Four sessions at two week intervals
  • Time: Wednesday mornings, 9:00 am - 12 pm
  • Where: 765 Main Street - Social Enterprise Centre boardroom
  • Cost: $100 (members), $250 (non-members) - please send cheques to our Manitoba office, or bring them to your first session (Unit 202-765 Main St. Winnipeg, MB, R2W 3N5)


Sarah Leeson-Klym (gathering [at] or 204-943-0547.

Series Facilitator - Brendan Reimer:

Brendan Reimer is the Manitoba Regional Director at the Canadian CED Network, a member of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada, and a former Board Member at the Assiniboine Credit Union. Working out of the Social Enterprise Centre, Brendan is a teacher and an organizer, and works hard to change policy in support of building fairer and stronger local economies, reducing poverty and homelessness, and creating more sustainable communities. He has taught the "Management of Non-Profits" course at the University of Winnipeg, and facilitates many workshops every year on the topics of CED, social enterprise, building financial sustainability in non-profits, and understanding and advancing policy.

Quotes from past participants

“The workshop provided both a theoretical overview and practical hands-on application of the concepts.  The facilitator was very knowledgeable and able to adapt the sustainability model(s) to a variety of situations.”
Frank Atnikov-SEED Winnipeg Inc.

“I loved making the personal connections with other not-for profit directors.  Listening to their experiences allowed me to see things from a different perspective and learn about different financial models.  Several of the participants met for breakfast before one of the sessions which gave us more time to get know each other and the organization we work for.”
Brian Jamieson- Executive Director, English Online Inc.

“The playing field for non-profit organizations is continuously changing. This workshop is a valuable tool for leaders to interact with others, assess present practice and explore alternative ways to work towards financial sustainability.”
Lois Coleman Neufeld- Executive Director, Mediation Services

“This workshop was an eye opener. Brendan used easy-to-understand tools and gave clear explanations to help us think strategically and meaningfully about organizational financial sustainability. This workshop will change the way I conceptualize and help build the financial health of our organization.”
Shereen Denetto – IRCOM

The Canadian CED Network
Winnipeg  Manitoba