Capacity Building

To continue our support of all non-profits, charities and community groups in the province, we have pulled together a list of resources to help during the coronavirus pandemic. Visit COVID-19 Resources to learn more.

A mission, vision, and a strategic plan are essential to a non-profit, but its capacity to achieve its goals is a function of effective organizational development.

Volunteer Manitoba works with non-profits and charities in all aspects of organizational development, from advising on how to start a non-profit, providing guidance in leadership and human resources, offering advice on how to effectively market services and programs, and planning and implementing policies, procedures and strategic plans.

Download information about our Capacity Building training.

Our Capacity Building training is designed to assist your organization or group develop and maintain effective management and organizational strategies.

Below is our full list of Organizational Development workshops that we can deliver directly to your group or organization.

Basics of Non-Profit Bookkeeping - 3 hrs

Effective Proposal Writing - 3 or 6 hrs

Getting Started with Social Media - 3 or 6 hrs

Managing Organizational Change - 3 hrs

Budgeting 101 for Non-Profits - 3 hrs

To find out when these workshops will be delivered in-class, please visit our Training/Events Calendar!

Online - Volunteer Manitoba's Emerging Leaders Program

Leadership Skills for Emerging Non-Profit Leaders

The non-profit sector is complex, dynamic and multi-faceted, and the future will bring significant change. Leaders need an informed and strengthened competency foundation for the new environment and pressures. This program focuses on developing the seven key leadership competencies that will best prepare you and your non-profit to face these challenges.

An Emerging Leaders Program Certificate will be issued upon completion of the following 4 courses.

  1. Leadership Fundamentals (Formerly Leading From Within)
    Excel in your current leadership role or rise through the ranks of your organization by cultivating the set of teambuilding, innovation and self-management skills that is needed in today's dynamic non-profit sector.

    Offered over 3 days, 3 hours each day | $400 (readings and some coursework is required between online sessions)

  2. Management Fundamentals - NEW!
    Gain a solid foundation in HR management knowledge to hire, develop and supervise non-profit staff in accordance with employment and safety legislation.

    May 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17 & 24 | 9:00am - 12:00pm | $400 (readings and some coursework is required between online sessions) (click here for more info)

  3. Strategies for Building Partnerships
    Develop the critical skills to build partnerships to further your organization's mission and impact.

    3 hours | $95

  4. Proving Your Impact Through the Power of Story
    Use powerful storytelling to build strong connections, to engage your team, your funders and your clients, and to call more people to action.

    Offered over 2 days, 3 hours each day | $145 (readings and some coursework is required between online sessions)

** If you were enrolled in the Emerging Leaders program prior to 2020, a certificate will be issued by successfully completing the first, third and fourth course.

Program Planning & Evaluation - Distance

Building and maintaining a quality program takes careful planning and analysis.

Participants in this course will gain the skills and resources to:

  • determine the most pressing needs of their clients
  • establish realistic outcomes and corresponding strategic program plan to achieve these outcomes, and
  • evaluate their program's performance.

This course is currently being offered in a distance learning format for your convenience. Registration for this course is ongoing throughout the year and participants will have 5 weeks to complete the readings and assignments. There will be 3 short assignments throughout the course and one larger, final assignment. The instructor will be available by phone and email to answer any questions and assist you through the materials.

Cost of this course - $300

Please note: You are required to use the Field Guide to Nonprofit Program Design, Marketing and Evaluation textbook by Carter McNamara, which may be purchased through Volunteer Manitoba for an extra $50 fee, or you may order it directly from the following website:

Click here to register

Group Training

At Volunteer Manitoba, we recognize that organizations sometimes require training to address their unique needs. If you need to train your entire group or organization, our training can be brought to you.

Volunteer Manitoba's team of expert facilitators, located across the province, can deliver cost-effective, group training for your staff, board and committees. The training would be delivered for a fixed fee at a mutually convenient time and location to meet your organization's needs.

Expert Advice

If you are looking for advice on a specific situation, or would like to connect with an expert in the field, let us know and we can point you in the right direction.


Tracy Douglass
Training Coordinator
P: 204-477-5180 or toll free 1-888-944-4545