Knowledge Philanthropy: How to Find and Engage Volunteer Talent

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Start connecting with the abundance of talent in your community.

Explore practices that support the successful engagement of knowledge philanthropists, or skilled volunteers, and learn how to proactively plan for, attract and engage knowledge philanthropists in your work.

From project managers to human resources experts, from business analysts to information technology specialists, community members are eager to contribute their skills to your cause.

Program Details:

Date & Time: October 4, 2016 l 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver
Cost: FREE

Program Benefits:

  • Overcome scarcity thinking and the restrictions imposed by your current budget
  • Gain concrete tools and templates to successfully plan for, hire and manage knowledge philanthropists
  • Leave the workshop ready to post the position and engage your first knowledge philanthropist
  • Bring an engagement strategy back to your organization

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will explore practices that support the successful engagement of knowledge philanthropists and learn how to create a knowledge philanthropist role for their organization. At the completion of this workshop attendees will be able to:
  • Differentiate between knowledge philanthropy and traditional volunteer roles
  • Describe how to motivate knowledge philanthropists
  • Draft a Position Description and Letter of Agreement for a knowledge philanthropist
  • Develop an orientation plan and recognition plan for knowledge philanthropist Identify techniques for recruitment and interviewing of knowledge philanthropists

Workshop Content:

  • Knowledge philanthropy: defining the concept
  • Why does it matter? Social trends affecting the sector
  • Generating one new knowledge philanthropy role
  • Working through the toolkit: creating an effective position description, recruitment methods, interview techniques, letter of agreement, orientation plan and recognition

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Date: October 4, 2016 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
1183 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 2X5
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Julia Payson

Currently the Secretariat Director at Community Action Initiative, Julia Payson brings a diverse background in non-profit work to her role as a facilitator. She has sat on various boards as a director, including her role as President at Bantleman Court Housing Society. Her commitment to volunteerism has informed her work as a staff person in non-profits for the past 15 years. She has led diverse teams in 5 different countries and currently manages $5 million in programming with over 30 staff and more than 600 volunteers. Early in her career Julia realised her love for facilitation and training. Through the Humphrey Group, Sauder School of Business, and the Justice Institute of BC, Julia has complimented her experience with concrete skills in group management, presentation, conflict resolution, difficult conflict management, and leadership. Julia believes in trainings and facilitations that combine concrete tools and information, with open dialogue and peer learning. Staff and volunteers often bring unique perspectives to the table, and Julia believes that the key to effective facilitation and trainings is providing space for people to identify and share those ideas. She looks forward to working and learning with you.   

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1183 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 2X5


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