LEARN together

Training Ottawa's Not-For-Profits

Volunteer Ottawa offers over 40 unique, practical workshops designed specifically for the sector. Attendance is now no-fee for learners from VO member organizations. 

Investing in professional development is essential for individuals working in not-for-profits. Every year, Volunteer Ottawa trains hundreds of staff and volunteers on topics like creating and running successful volunteer programs, developing more diverse and effective Boards of Directors, or increasing capacity in their everyday operations. Our training provides an environment to acquire new skills, network and learn best practices specific to the sector. 

Join one of our upcoming workshops or contact us to have a workshop designed specifically for your organization. 

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Learn, Gather, Recover Together

Volunteer Ottawa is committed to building capacity within the local not-for-profit sector. As part of our new Learn, Gather, Recover Together initiative, we are now offering all of our workshops at no cost for Volunteer Ottawa members.  

Learn Together: Upcoming Workshops

We’re excited to offer free workshop attendance to learners from our member organizations! Register early: each workshop will be capped at 15 participants to maximize learning outcomes and interactivity. Open spots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register for an upcoming workshop:

  1. Consult the calendar of upcoming workshops and select the ones that you or your team members would like to enroll in.
  2. Email [email protected] and include: your workshop selection(s) and the full name, position/title, and e-mail address of proposed participants.
  3. Participants will receive an email confirming their registration within 24 hours of their request.

Become a member or renew your membership to access this and many other benefits.

Not sure if your organization is a current member?
You can search our member directory here: Search Member Directory

Not a member yet?
Read about our benefits and see if registering is right for your organization.

As part of Learn, Gather, Recover Together, VO is offering free membership for organizations with annual revenues under $75,000 for the remainder of the 2022–2023 membership year. This includes full access to all VO membership benefits, including no-cost workshop access. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Yes! Volunteer Ottawa workshops are open to non-members for the usual $145 registration fee. Browse our workshops and register here: Upcoming Workshops

Interested in becoming a member?
Read about our benefits and see if registering is right for your organization.

As part of Learn, Gather, Recover Together, VO is offering free membership for organizations with annual revenues under $75,000 for the remainder of the 2022–2023 membership year. This includes full access to all VO membership benefits, including no-cost workshop access. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

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Choosing software tools for volunteer management and productivity

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Volunteer Engagement Today

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Introduction to WordPress for Not-For-Profit Organizations

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Learn Together: Fall Learning Path

This fall, Volunteer Ottawa is offering its first-ever Not-for-Profit Learning Path, designed to meet the foundational learning needs of staff working in the non-profit sector.

The program includes a series of seven practical workshops, combined with three separate opportunities for participants to meet for informal exchange and discussion. All activities will be held live via Zoom and facilitated by subject-matter experts and NFP practitioners. 

Learning Path workshops meet on Fridays from 9:00 am until noon.  

September 16: Beyond the Board: Not-for-Profit Staff and Effective Governance, with Nicole Gagliardi

September 23: Community-of-practice meeting (in-person gathering before Volunteer Expo)

October 14: Successfully Applying for Grants, with Tais McNeil

October 21: Community-of-practice meeting

October 28: Theory of Change, with Ken Hoffman

November 4: Fostering Effective Volunteer/Staff Relations, with Nickie Snagg

November 18 (TBC): Communications in the Not-for-Profit Space, an Overview

November 25: Community-of-practice meeting

December 2: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Not-for-Profit Sector, with Dwaine Taylor

December 16: Finance Fundamentals for Not-for-Profit Staff, with John Gilhooly

Registration for the Fall Learning Path is available only to staff from VO member organizations. Log in your VO member account and select Fall Learning Path for NFP Staff. For more information and assistance, email us: [email protected]

Customized Workshops

Let VO create a workshop customized to your learning needs.

Volunteer Ottawa offers workshops customized for your organization and budget. Whether it is training for Board members, management or staff, we will meet with you to determine your needs.

Customized learning experiences can be offered on any subject required, including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Not-for-profit governance – Board training
  • Strategic Planning
  • Volunteer Management
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Faculty of Instructors

Our Faculty of Instructors include over 25 highly regarded professionals who are leaders in their field and dedicated to giving back to the community through volunteering their time and expertise.

What Ottawa’s not-for-profits are saying about VO’s education program:

"VO offers a broad education program designed with organizations like ours in mind. This means that we have access to valuable training and networking opportunities that we would not otherwise have".
Canadians Sharing Locally and Globally
"Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs has benefitted gratefully from the vast knowledge and expertise that is available through Volunteer Ottawa’s professional development training programs".
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs
"Volunteer Ottawa offers such a range of workshops suitable to different staff members. We have found it to be a very cost effective way to provide staff training, encourage networking and sharing of information!"
Canadian Parents for French, National
"The professional development opportunities offered by Volunteer Ottawa provide skill development at an affordable cost. The training facilitators are …highly skilled professionals in their field, offering valuable expertise….The sessions that Volunteer Ottawa offers result in increased skills and networks…."
Neil Squire Society
"I am so grateful for the resources and training programs Volunteer Ottawa provides… Thanks to the …Professional Development workshops they offer … I have gained so much knowledge and empowering tools to help me fulfill my mandate…Without these training programs offered by VO, I would not be as successful in my role as I am today".
Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre
"The professional development programs (VO) offer to us…have been invaluable for our staff…"

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Find volunteer opportunities in person on September 23​

Logo for Volunteer Expo 2022, presented by Volunteer Ottawa.

Volunteer Expo is back this September 23 at Saint Paul University, 1–5 pm. Join us at this free event and explore volunteer opportunities face-to-face with local organizations!