We support 100% Renewable Kootenays

Carmanah Strategies is proud to be a supporter of the West Kootenay EcoSociety’s 100% Renewable Kootenays initiative.   Screen Shot 2017-03-12 at 6.51.04 PM
We are a “corporate supporter,” big-time!   Learn more here:

Would you like to know?

  • Why do funders fund?
  • Tips for researching available grant funding
  • A “work-smarter-not-harder” checklist for ensuring your grant proposal will be a winner
  • How to make your Letter of Inquiry irresistible
  • Dos and don’ts for effective asking: How to sell your organization and your project
  • The importance of being strategic and understanding the prospective funder’s “frame”
  • A grant proposal assessment tool that will help you write a sizzling proposal and leave the funder wanting more

If you’d like to know the above, contact Carmanah Strategies about our grant-writing support and training.

Carmanah Strategies presents Get Those Grants webinar

Lorna Visser recently presented a “Get Those Grants” webinar.  It was seen by scores of people across North America and even by a participant in Africa.  Gratifying, yet for a teacher comfortable conducting live workshops, it was an odd experience to sit in the office talking to her computer screen!

The crux of the presentation was Lorna Visser’s “11 Top Tips for Success in Grant-Seeking.”  If you would like a copy, get in touch using the Contact form on this site.

Carmanah Strategies created and presented this webinar on behalf of Training Resources for the Environmental Community (TREC) and will be supporting some of the TREC groups in their fund development work.

Love their tagline:  “We are activists helping activists with the business of activism.”  For more information on Training Resources for the Environmental Community check out their web-site:  http://www.trec.org


Build Your Own Workshop

We’re no longer doing public workshops (if that changes I’ll let you know).  Sincere thanks to Selkirk College, the REACH program of the Kootenay Boundary Community Services Co-operative, the Columbia Basin Trust and all the other educational institutions, funders and agencies that have sponsored Carmanah Strategies’ training events.  That said, we are always available for customized workshops.  Contact Lorna Visser at 250-358-2722 to discuss your organization’s training needs.

Social Marketing: Encouraging Behaviour Change

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 / Location: College of the Rockies in Golden, B.C.

Simply telling people they should “do the right thing” generally does not result in behaviour change.  If informational campaigns and awareness building don’t work, what does work?

Welcome to the curious and fascinating world of the motivational triggers that influence human social behaviour.  Continue reading

Fund Raising: Funds to Fuel Your Mission

Tuesday, October 7, 2014  /  Location:  College of the Rockies in Golden B.C.

Are you an Accidental Fundraiser?  Back by popular demand, Lorna Visser’s comprehensive fundraising workshop will help you get your head screwed on straight about money and raising it for a  cause you are passionate about.  Check out your personal Fundraising Mind Subway: are you on the Fundraising Failure Line?  Learn how easy it is to transfer to the Fundraising Success Line!   Continue reading

January Workshop: Funds to Fuel Your Mission

This lively, interactive one-day workshop will help you:   Learn how to raise money and enjoy yourself in the process…   Build your confidence and enhance your fundraising skills…   Learn how to get unrestricted money for core organizational needs…  Understand donor behaviour and how  to motivate donors…     Continue reading

Stepping into Abundance: Raising More Money for Your Cause

Keynote Speaker Lorna Visser on “Stepping into Abundance: Raising More Money for Your Cause”

At this year’s Creston & District Community Resource Centre AGM you can learn about successful fund-raising from our keynote speaker.   As a special presentation this year, we are bringing in professional fundraising consultant Lorna Visser of Carmanah Strategies (www.CarmanahStrategies.com) to speak to us about “Stepping into Abundance: Raising More Money for Your Cause.”  The Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 4th, at the Community Rec Centre at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading

Media Relations Skills: Lights, Camera, Action — You’re On The Air

You’re on the Air: Media Relations Skills
Selkirk College, Nelson (Silver King Campus) October 25, 2013

Discover how to communicate your messages with ease and flair when dealing with the media, whether print, radio, television or online.  Learn how to unpack and diffuse a reporter’s questions to ensure you get your messages out during an interview.  In a mutually supportive and safe setting, we will hone your interview skills.  Continue reading