Connect to What Matters

Philanthropy Forum brings Greater Peterborough’s non-profit sector together for professional development and networking, with workshops covering everything from volunteer recruitment to donor retention, and presentations from some of Canada’s top talent. We have made new connections through great conversations with the dynamic and diverse people who make up our local non-profit sector, and together we have been working collectively to strengthen the charitable organizations in our community.

Philanthropy Forum 2016 will include two days of programming, festival-style, in downtown Peterborough, allowing for more opportunities for networking, longer workshop sessions for in-depth learning, and some of the best speakers to be found – both locally and beyond our community. In 2015, over 200 people came together at 17 sessions during the conference.

Register Now

Philanthropy Forum at a Glance

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Networking Breakfast/Welcome @ Market Hall
Stéphane Grenier "Re-Humanize the Workplace" @ Market Hall
Networking Break
Cynthia Armour "Good to Great Governance - Why & How?"
Dianne Lister & David Hutchinson "The Leadership Gap"
Karen August & Neil Morton "Building Buzz: Tips On Social Media/Communications"
Networking Lunch*
Shirlanne Pawley-Boyd "State Your Case!"
Jonathan Bennett "The Non-Profit Brand: Why Your Mission Statement Depends On It"
Terry Carter "Legal Issues in Social Media for Charities"
Networking Break
Mike Hendren, Lois Tuffin, Dr. Kenzu Abdella, & Alison Casey "Inspiring Giving" @ Market Hall


Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Paul Nazareth "8 Digital Trends in Philanthropy" @ Market Hall
Networking Break
Ken Ramsay "Understanding the Philanthropic Decision"
Dr. Connie Taylor "Wisdom in Leadership - Be the Catalyst"
Rebecca Huels & Meghan Moloney "Magnetic Headlines & Shareworthy Posts: Create Social Media Content that Inspires Conversation & Engagement"
Networking Lunch*
Alicia Doris "Strategic Planning: The Power of the Process"
Dr. Mark Skinner "Rural Insights into the Challenges & Opportunities of Volunteerism in Aging Communities"
Sofie Andreou "Technology Tips & Tricks for Event Organizers"
Networking Break
Jessica Bolduc "Seeding Reconciliation on Uneven Ground" @ Market Hall
Up Close & Personal Dinner
Dr. Roberta Bondar "Above and Beyond - Why Spaceflight is only the Beginning" @ Market Hall

Key: Plenaries; Building Blocks; Innovation & Change; Leveraging Technology; Keynote
*We encourage attendees to take advantage of the Downtown restaurants!


Click here to see our 2016 Philanthropy Forum Presenters!


*New Up Close & Personal Dinner*

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 5:00-6:45PM
Non-Profit Host
Participating Restaurant
Jen Cureton
Legacy Giving
St. Veronus, 129 Hunter St. W.
Hajni Hos
(New Canadians Centre)
From Small Shop to Big Shop
Kettle Drums, 224 Hunter St. W.
Stephan Kylie
(The Mount)
The Mount: The Story so Far
The Favourite Greek, 260 George St. N.

Hanah McFarlane

Shifting the Sector: Why Philanthropy Must Change
Hot Belly Mama's, 378 George St. N.
Paul Nazareth (CanadaHelps)
Making Money in the Age of the Internet: Lessons Learned in Charity & Business
Hobart's, 149 Hunter St. W.
Claire Payne
(Kawartha Credit Union)
The Importance of Community
Amandala's 375 Water St.
Jim Russell
(United Way)
Using Your Authentic Self & the Power of Caring
Olde Stone Brewery, 380 George St. N.
Order what you like, pay for what you order!


Date: Tuesday, November 15 & Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Downtown Peterborough venues: Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St.), The Venue (286 George St., N.), Whitepath Consulting (160 Charlotte St., suite 100), Myrtle's Kitchen (185 King St., 2nd level)

Keynote: Above and Beyond - Why Spaceflight is only the Beginning

Presented by Dr. Roberta Bondar from the Roberta Bondar Foundation

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 7:00-8:00PM @ Market Hall

The perspective of Earth as seen from space is a reality check that we live on a planet. It also can open the mind and heart to the interconnectedness of its natural resources, including the most precious of which, is human life. Helping others to survive and then to excel through education are great principles of philanthropy. The Roberta Bondar Foundation seeks a better society for all of us, by connecting all generations to our natural world through the natural coupling of art and science.

Plenary: Re-Humanize the Workplace

Presented by Stéphane Grenier from Mental Health Innovations Consulting (MHIC)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 9:30-10:30AM @ Market Hall

Anchored by over 15-years of experience in improving the way that large public and private sector organizations support their employees, Grenier offers his audiences pragmatic advice designed to support workplaces to develop corporate cultures of open, non-stigmatizing approaches to mental health and wellbeing.

He blends lived accounts, compelling corporate case studies, and leading-edge research into a passionate argument that the status quo is no longer acceptable in the field of workplace mental health. Grenier makes us ask ourselves: How did we miss the obvious?  Why did we overlook our people?

Good to Great Governance - Why and How?

Presented by Cynthia Armour of Elderstone Resource Development

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 11:00AM-12:15PM @ Whitepath Consulting, Inc.

The unifying force that marks the best charities is great governance. In the words of Peter Drucker, "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things" - but what does that look like? Find out what the distinguishing features are between a board that's merely "responsible" in contrast to one that's "exceptional". Discover why it's important to pursue that ideal and the benefits of supporting such a worthwhile transition.

Join governance and fundraising expert Cynthia Armour, CFRE in an interactive session that explores why your board members need to be great leaders and how they can get there.

This session will be especially interesting to chief executive/directors, board chairs/presidents and fund raisers.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Review board roles and responsibilities;
  • Compare and contrast good, responsible boards with those that are exceptional; and
  • Identify steps your charity can take to begin your board's transition to great governance.

The Leadership Gap

Presented by Dianne Lister & David Hutchinson from the Hutchinson Group

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 11:00AM-12:15PM @ Market Hall

In the era of the most significant transition in the history of the charitable sector in North America, it is important for Boards, executives and emerging leaders to recognize the overall impact the demographic projections will have on all organizations and their stakeholders over the next decade.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Develop an organizational framework for a talent strategy; and
  • Explore short and long term solutions to address the looming talent gap.

Building Buzz: Tips on Social Media/Communications

Presented by Karen August of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce and Neil Morton of

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 11:00AM-12:15PM @ The Venue's Neil Morton & Peterborough Chamber's Karen August lead a workshop on how to leverage the power of social media, communication and branding where it comes to philanthropy. The workshop will include a great overview on using these marketing tools properly, as well as a recent successful case study.This workshop will include a hands on segment, so bring your cell phones and get ready to build buzz!

Learning Opportunities:

  • How to create more social media content without creating extra work;
  • How to involve everyone at your organization in communications; and
  • Methods your organization can use to build buzz.

State Your Case!

Presented by Shirlanne Pawley-Boyd from the Canadian Canoe Museum

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 1:45-3:00PM @ The Venue

This session provide will participants with an overview on how to develop an effective case for support.

We will look at what a case for support is, why it is important and how you can use it as the basis for all of your organization's awareness and fundraising efforts. We will focus on the impact of the work that your organization undertakes and how you can articulate this through your mission statement, goals and objectives. We will review and discuss a couple of sample cases, identifying the basic components of a case for support and what you should include in order to attract donors and supporters.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Gain an understanding of the importance of the case for support;
  • Develop knowledge about the key components required to build a strong, comprehensive and compelling
    case for support; and
  • Identify how the case for support can be utilized in a number of different ways to educate, increase
    awareness and ultimately assist the organization to secure support.

The Non-Profit Brand: Why Your Mission Statement Depends On It

Presented by Jonathan Bennett from Laridae Communications Inc.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 1:45-3:00PM @ Whitepath Consulting

Non profit organizations that create powerful brand stories and visual identities have an advantage. They know that when they connect, engage, and inspire the benefits are many. Those with strong brands ensure that donors, clients, volunteers, staff, partners, media, funders and government all deeply understand their purpose and they can more easily see how they can contribute. Does your brand tell your story? Does your organization's brand resonate with all your stakeholders? Join Jonathan Bennett as he unpacks the most important elements of strong non-profit brands. Learn how your organization can start to shape its brand to achieve the results you deserve.    

Learning Opportunities:

  • Participants will reflect on their own organization's brand, and how it's performing for them.
  • Leave with ideas on how to work to improve it, but more importantly, why it's necessary.

Legal Issues in Social Media for Charities

Presented by Terrance Carter from Carters Professional Corporation

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 1:45-3:00PM @ Market Hall

Charities face particular legal challenges in using social media. This session will explain some of the key legal issues with using social media, including privacy issues, CRA regulatory issues, and intellectual property issues. Common reasons and pitfalls of using social media will be covered, as well as social media and privacy risk management strategies.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Social media can help charities accomplish their missions. This session will discuss the importance of a proactive approach to minimizing any potential risks before embarking on social media campaigns;
  • Managing the risk associated with social media involves ensuring various procedures and policies are in place prior to using social media.

Plenary: 8 Digital Trends in Philanthropy

Presented by Paul Nazareth from CanadaHelps

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 9:30-10:30AM @ Market Hall

The web as we know it is almost 30 years old. Social media is 10 years old. Have you kept up? 2016 donor engagement is more than just about online annual gifts. We will discuss the growth of major and planned giving strategy, donor research tools and what "data" looks like outside of just ‘donor information’. Paul Nazareth will include global and Canadian resources on the state of online giving. Over and above where we're at, we'll discuss what you can do right now to not just catch up but lead your charity to greater engagement and more donations.

Understanding the Philanthropic Decision

Presented by Ken Ramsay from Empowerment Dialogue Inc.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 11:00AM-12:15PM @ Market Hall

In the world of fundraising, nothing is more fundamental than understanding the philanthropic transaction and the nature of our role in it, both as fundraisers and volunteers. Ken Ramsay will explore this simple yet profound foundational concept and present the innovative Philanthropic Decision Cycle to be used as a "road map" in every fundraising situation by volunteers, new and the most experienced fundraisers - always knowing where to go in a conversation. Ken will also invite participants from the audience to act as prospective donors while he assumes the role as fundraiser to put into action this new understanding of how the philanthropic decision is made.

Learning Opportunities:

  • A deeper yet simple understanding of how the philanthropic decision is made;
  • What steps a donor goes through to make his/her decision; and
  • How fundraisers and volunteers can seamlessly lead a prospect through this decision cycle.

Wisdom in Leadership: Be the Catalyst

Presented by Dr. Connie Taylor

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 11:00AM-12:15PM @ The Venue

This interactive workshop is designed to inspire effective leadership based on a philosophy of connection and respect. This philosophy draws from the facilitator’s doctoral research that presents a perspective of wisdom as a social phenomenon. This phenomenological inquiry, which explored the wise act experiences and practices of nominated wise individuals, found that wisdom emerges out of unique human interactions in particular contexts between wise-act-catalysts and receptive witnesses. This is a shift from the traditional perspective of wisdom as a person-centered internal manifestation. Rather, this study concluded that wisdom is externally manifested; co-created between individuals. This resulting workshop explores how to extrapolate and scaffold these research findings to develop a unique management and leadership philosophy based on respect, faith in our human interactions, and the role of leader as catalyst. The art of listening, the role of reflection, and how the use of intuition contribute to wise action and wise leadership, will be examined. As well, the importance of incorporating reflective practices into one’s leadership regime and how these practices can contribute to heightened conscious awareness and the capacity for wise leadership will be opened for discussion. 

Learning Opportunities

  • A leadership philosophy based on values, respect, and human connections;
  • The role of reflection in leadership; and
  • A proactive versus reactive approach to leadership.

Magnetic Headlines & Shareworthy Posts: Create Social Media Content that Inspires Conversation & Engagement

Presented by Rebecca Huels & Meghan Moloney from PHRC Foundation

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 11:00AM-12:15PM @ Myrtle's Kitchen, Peterborough Public Health

In this busy digital world, many of us struggle to create innovative, inspiring and engaging social media content, while still meeting the other demands for our time and resources. As manager of communications and events at the PRHC Foundation, Rebecca Huels has been there - in fact she lives there. So she's asked communications consultant and social media writer extraordinaire Meghan Moloney to join her in presenting a fun, interactive workshop on how to create or repurpose social media content that gets results and gives your social media ambassadors (a.k.a. your biggest fans) something to crow about!

Learning Opportunities:

  • How to create and repurpose content that passionately demonstrates your organization's impact and humanity, while creating dialogue;
  • How to harness the power of your digital ambassadors by creating content that inspires them; and
  • How to manage and converse with all your audiences, from your biggest fans to your loudest critics.
Strategic Planning: The Power of the Process

Presented by Alicia Doris from The Dennis Group

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 1:45-3:00PM @ Myrtle's Kitchen, Peterborough Public Health

Acknowledging that no one-size-fits-all when it comes to the strategic planning process, this session will explore the journey, and its impact on the destination — and beyond. We'll learn from case studies, and hear from leaders who have tailor-made their planning processes. By carefully considering your organization's culture, and the context in which you're planning, you can set yourself up to emerge from a strategic planning process with dynamic directions AND stakeholders who support them. Together, we'll start to examine the opportunities ahead for your organization.

Learning Opportunities

  • Recognize that the best strategic planning process is the one that acknowledges and meets the needs of its organization;
  • Think creatively about the design and implementation of the strategic planning process, and be inspired by "real-life" examples; and
  • Approach the strategic planning process as an important, but integrated part of the work of the organization.

Rural Insights into the Challenges and Opportunities of Volunteerism in Aging Communities

Presented by Dr. Mark Skinner from Trent University

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 1:45-3:00PM @ Market Hall

There are many lessons to be learned from rural communities about the challenges and opportunities of volunteerism. Drawing on a decade of rural aging research at Trent University, elsewhere in Canada and internationally, this session examines the key trends, issues and initiatives underway in Canada’s rural voluntary sector and invites a discussion on the implications for volunteerism in the Peterborough region. Emphasis is given to developing key insights into sustaining the vital role of volunteering in aging communities.

Learning Opportunities

  • Become familiar with key trends and issues related to volunteerism in rural communities;
  • Learn about how aging rural communities are addressing challenges of volunteerism; and
  • Opportunity to discuss implications for sustaining volunteerism in the Peterborough region.

Technology Tips & Tricks for Event Organizers

Presented by Sofie Andreou from Sofie Andreou & Associates

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 1:45-3:00PM @ The Venue

This is a MUST attend workshop if you are an event organizer. In this session we will cover both event marketing tips and tools for volunteer management. These tools and approaches are aimed to help you to both increase attendance to your events and to help keep your volunteer management under control. Come spend time with Sofie, she's excited to be sharing with you her many simple tips and steps which really work. Let her help you increase awareness to your events while decreasing your costs.

Learning Opportunities

  • Understand how to increase attendees via social media buzz;
  • Effectively capture medias' attention in the digital age;
  • Understand when to live stream or and live tweet from your events; and
  • Keep your sanity leveraging volunteer schedule management and private groups tools.

Plenary: Seeding Reconciliation on Uneven Ground

Presented by Jessica Bolduc from The 4Rs Youth Movement

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 3:30-4:40PM @ Market Hall

The 4Rs Youth Movement began with the goal to develop an innovative response to the complex challenge of promoting cross-cultural dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth on the lands now called Canada. Sharing an experience and holding a conversation may sound simple. But when we are bringing people together across significant differences, it’s actually very complex. We knew there were no simple solutions, but still sought a good way forward.

In this plenary, Jessica Bolduc, Executive Director of the 4Rs Youth Movement, will explore the question "what does it take in practice to responsibly lead cross-cultural dialogue within the context of reconciliation" using her experience with envisioning and growing the 4Rs Youth Movement.


Stay tuned for more speakers and session information for the 2016 Philanthropy Forum

Registration is open from September 12 - November 4, 2016.

Register Now!

The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough is grateful for the support of our 2016 sponsors.

2016 Community Benefactor Sponsor

2016 Plenary Sponsors

2016 Capacity Builder - Bursary Fund Sponsors | 705.740.2347 | facebook | twitter | #PF2016