Lunch and Learn: Policy Series

Our Policy Lunch & Learn series brings together nonprofit policy expertise with collective community knowledge and networking. On one Wednesday per month, join other nonprofit professionals in sharing experiences and building connections.

These are brown bag lunch events, coffee and dessert will be provided.

 
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Nonprofit Advocacy 101

Wednesday, January 16

Join CCVO policy experts for the first session of the Policy Lunch and Learn series for an engaging discussion focused on nonprofits and advocacy. Whether you’re new to the sector or a seasoned veteran, this lunch session will inspire and remind you why advocacy is critical to our success as a sector.

Hear from Alexa Briggs, CCVO Manager, Policy & Research, and Lina Khatib, CCVO Policy Analyst, as they discuss the importance of advocacy for your organization. Bring your questions, current policy work, and your advocacy goals. Meet other nonprofit professionals to build connections and support each other going forward.


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Policy Agendas and Election Engagement Strategies

Wednesday, February 27

It’s nearly election campaign time – is your policy agenda ready?

Developing a policy agenda – a set of issues or problems aimed at getting the attention of policymakers and decisionmakers – is an important step for nonprofits seeking change in the upcoming provincial election period. This session will help you understand how to develop a policy agenda and use it during the upcoming election cycle to get attention for your organization’s policy ideas.

In this session, Alexa Briggs, CCVO Manager, Policy & Research, and Lina Khatib, CCVO Policy Analyst will outline the steps involved in creating a policy agenda. Join other nonprofit professionals in sharing experiences, building connections, and increasing your impact with a policy agenda.


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Get Out the Vote

Wednesday, March 20

Did your concerns for the community go unnoticed in the last election? Not sure if the political candidates were even aware of the issues your nonprofit is tackling?

The upcoming provincial election is an opportunity to get your issues heard and show power in numbers by empowering your staff, volunteers, and the people you serve to share your priorities and vote in the election. When political candidates recognize the impact and influence of nonprofits, they are more likely to listen to your issues and policy ideas.

In this session, CCVO’s Alexa Briggs, Manager, Policy & Research, and Lina Khatib, Policy Analyst, will share tips and tools for your nonprofit to better engage in the upcoming provincial election, and empower others to bring attention to your policy priorities. Join other nonprofit professionals in sharing experiences and building connections.


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Moving Your Policy Agenda Forward

Wednesday, April 17

Moving your policy agenda from ideas to action is a significant step for your organization and requires a lot of planning, coordination, and strategy. This session will explore specific tactics you can add to your toolbox and will give you the chance to learn from others while sharing your own successes and challenges.

In this session, Alexa Briggs, CCVO Manager, Policy & Research, and Lina Khatib, CCVO Policy Analyst, will outline the different tactics to consider when implementing your organization’s policy agenda. Join other nonprofit professionals in sharing experiences, building connections, and increasing your impact with a policy agenda.


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Engagement Strategies: Engaging Media

Wednesday, May 15

Whatever tactic or combination of tactics your organization decides to use when moving your policy agenda forward, communications will play a vital role. Media engagement can be a powerful part your approach. Determining what content to include and/or highlight, choosing compelling data and statistics, and determining what channels are appropriate for your message, all play a role in a successful engagement campaign.

This session is sold out.

In this session, Ken Lima-Coelho, Vice President, Community Engagement of YMCA Calgary, will share his experiences and strategies for media engagement in advancing nonprofit policy agendas. Bring your questions and your own experiences in engaging media to build connections and connect with other communications professionals in the sector.


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Advocacy after the election

Wednesday, June 19

It’s important for nonprofits to recognize that their organization’s advocacy efforts must start well before the advent of an election campaign – and continue afterwards as well. After all, policy advocacy is a journey, not a destination. If a specific policy proposal finds its way into a political party’s election platform, it’s often the result of a lot of hard work in the months, and even years, prior to an election.

In this session, Alexa Briggs, CCVO Director, Policy & Research, and Lina Khatib, CCVO Policy Analyst, will outline five critically important ways for your organization to follow up after the election. Join other nonprofit professionals in sharing experiences, building connections, and increasing your impact with a policy agenda.