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Free upcoming training seminars for Not for Profits

Wednesday, June 07, 2017   Posted in: Training By: Administrator With tags: Training, seminar, workshop, non-profit

Not for profit solutions.These FREE seminars are provided by NFP Solutions - the Community Capacity Building arm of the Canterbury Community Business Trust.

Bookings are essential. Venues will be confirmed on registration.

Register online to attend these NFP Solutions seminars.

Seminars are free to registered not for profits only. NFP Solutions can only accept one person per organisation so they can provide free training to as many groups as possible.

NFP Solutions will accept registrations for a koha from the following groups, and only if spaces are available:

  • non-charitable incorporated society;
  • school board of trustees; or
  • other community group.


Bookkeeping is the skill of recording your financial transactions in the right place and in the right way. It is the basis for the financial information that an organisation needs to make decisions, and in the high-compliance environment of charities, for example, it quickly gets expensive to sort out if not done right.

Date: Wednesday 21st June 2017
Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm

This workshop is about the essentials of bookkeeping as they apply to not-for-profits, including appropriate categorisation of receipts and payments, what to do with grants, GST and more. It does not matter for this workshop whether you use accounting software or your own system.

Harald Breiding-Buss is the managing accountant at Christchurch Community Accounting and also teaches full-year classes on accounting and not-for-profit administration at Hagley Community College for adult learners.

Leadership, Change and Future Trend: The opportunity and threats

Change in the international and domestic not-for-profit sector is being driven primarily by external factors, and many organisations are yet to take action to drive their own destiny. Technological and social trends means that there is great uncertainty for not-for-profits, which presents both opportunities and threats.  Not-for-profit leaders will need to radically rethink how their organisations operate, and how they lead if they are to succeed and grow into the future.

Date: Wednesday 28th June 2017
Time: 9.30am to 2.30pm.

This workshop will be facilitated by Stephen McDonald, with discussion on some of the critical challenges facing not-for-profits, shared value concepts and key lessons in leadership in not-for-profits.

About the presenter, Stephen McDonald

Stephen McDonald is a Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership (CHL), which is a joint initiative between Save the Children and Deakin University in Melbourne. He is one of the founders of the CHL, which is at the cutting edge of leadership training and research for not-for-profits that work in crisis and humanitarian settings.

He has over a decade of experience in leading humanitarian responses, including in Japan, Thailand and the Ivory Coast. In addition, Stephen was responsible for developing global tools and systems to improve humanitarian response efforts with Save the Children, as well as with inter-agency initiatives.   

Prior to joining Save the Children and the creation of the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, Stephen worked in the private and government sectors, where he worked in business and IT consultancy, business media, logistics and adult learning He has experience of change management inside a range of private and not-for-profit organisations, as well as strategic partnerships and shared value initiatives.   

Stephen studied at La Trobe and Deakin Universities, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development. He has lectured on humanitarian issues at City University, London, the Land Warfare Centre, Warminster, and the Australian Emergency Management Institute. He has also lectured on Civil/Military issues at the Australian Defence Force.  Stephen's current research examines command and control in the digital age.

Storytelling for NGOs and their community

Putting story to work in your NGO: principles and practices for communication, evaluation and building community.

Date: Monday 3rd July 2017
Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm

This workshop will build on principles, practices and methods for those who attended last year's workshop, but is also suitable for those new to working with story. No experience needed.

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