Seizing the electoral moment: Why it matters to all nonprofits

  • 17 Jan 2018
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Web Conference: Internet connection, phone line required
  • 402


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Seizing the electoral moment: Why it matters to all nonprofits

In a coming year of provincial and municipal elections, find out why it matters that nonprofits, no matter their size or mission, take advantage of this electoral moment. With their knowledge and experience, nonprofits are the bridge between government and communities. So how can your nonprofit make the most of the upcoming election period to capture the attention of candidates and parties and help your communities and issues be heard?

This webinar will focus on:

  • Highlighting the role of nonprofits in making sure key issues and opportunities of our communities are addressed during elections

  • Connecting with issue-based, social advocacy groups

  • Understanding the role of nonprofit organizations as allies and how to establish resident-centred, resident-led strategies

  • Examples from the field of strategies that worked, and avoiding pitfalls

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Time: 12:00- 1:00pm

Cost: Free to ONN members; $30 for non-members

Presenters: Beatriz Alas, North York Community House; Lubna Khalid, Women Speak Out (Working for Change); Anita Khanna, Family Service Toronto; Moderator: Alex Dow, United Way Toronto & York Region

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About the presenters

Beatriz Alas works for North York Community House as a Community Engagement Coordinator. A key component of her role is to develop and implement civic engagement opportunities that are accessible to participants with varying language competency levels, ages and civic knowledge.  These include facilitating civic literacy workshops and trainings, as well as organizing community outreach efforts such as Get Out the Vote Campaigns (during election years) and embedding civic activities into annual community events.

Anita Khanna works at Family Service Toronto as National Coordinator, Campaign 2000: End Child and Family Poverty in Canada and Director of Social Action and Community Building. Campaign 2000 is a non-partisan, national coalition of 120 organizations committed to securing the implementation of the overdue 1989 federal all-party resolution to eliminate child poverty. Anita and has served as Executive Director (Interim) of Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) and City-Wide organizer at Social Planning Toronto.

Lubna Khalid, Coordinator of Women Speak Out and the Peer Navigator Training program, is a graduate of “Voices from the Street” and a member of the Working for Change Speakers Bureau. She shares her personal experience of marginalization as an immigrant woman with unrecognized foreign credentials with local, national and international audiences.

Alex Dow is the Director, Neighbourhood Initiatives at United Way Toronto & York Region. Over the past decade he has worked with residents and a variety of stakeholders across the region to build community capacity and create change on critical community issues including food security, civic engagement and public space and place-making.

Nonprofits Driving Public Policy is a five-part webinar series, co-presented by ONN and Maytree, to build the capacity of nonprofit staff and volunteers to:

  • Strengthen your organization’s public policy strategy

  • Deepen community engagement

  • Collaborate on key issues

  • Sharpen communications for maximum impact

  • Build momentum and movements before, during and after elections

The five webinars in the series:

  • Seizing the electoral moment: why it matters to all nonprofits | January 17

  • What is public policy and does your nonprofit need a strategy? | March 7

  • Engaging the community to shape your organization’s priorities and decisions | April 18

  • Strengthening your public policy strategy through collaboration | May 23

  • SO you’ve got 30 minutes with the Minister. Now what? | June 20

Series Co-Presented with Maytree

We've partnered with Maytree and its Policy School and CivicsXchange programs in Toronto to connect nonprofits to experts and resources for more effective public policy. Our aim is to provide accessible, action-oriented resources to strengthen the sector’s role in creating, influencing and implementing better public policy for thriving communities.

Special thanks to our Learning Partner:

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