Niagara Funders’ Roundtable + Fundraisers’ Network Event

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Niagara Funders’ Roundtable + Fundraisers’ Network Event

January 26 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Join us for a day of networking and learning. Set up in two parts, you will have a chance to meet with funders and fundraisers alike, setting you up for growth and learning.

Event Details

Date: Friday, January 26, 2024
Location: Meridian Community Centre
Registration: Registration is now open online here. With limited space, it is asked that a maximum of two professionals per organization register for this event.

PART ONE: Niagara Funders Alliance Roundtable | 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Meet with Niagara Funders in this unique “speed dating” style event. Funders will stay at their table, and attendees will rotate through the tables of their choice. Learn about grant programs, deadlines and meet the funders supporting your work.

Funders that will be present include:

  • Branscombe Family Foundation
  • Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
  • City of St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program (SCCIP)
  • Meridian Credit Union
  • Niagara Community Foundation
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • PenFinancial
  • United Way Niagara
  • Wise Guys Charity Fund



Bring a bagged lunch or support local with many restaurants close by.


PART TWO: Niagara Fundraisers Network Education Session | 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of learning as we bring in two great speakers to learn from.
Please note that while both sessions are to be held in person at the event, the first workshop (by Michelle Okere) will be available online as a live webinar to anyone who may not be able to attend in person.

Guest Speaker #1, 1-2 p.m.: Michelle Okere, CFRE – Principal, Okere & Associates
Workshop Description: This interactive session will delve into how unconscious biases, such as stereotypes and preconceived notions, can affect donor engagement, decision-making, and the distribution of resources. Through practical exercises and discussions, participants will gain a deeper understanding of unconscious bias and learn strategies to recognize and mitigate it. The workshop aims to create a more inclusive and equitable fundraising environment, ultimately enhancing the effectiveness of fundraising efforts and impact of resource allocation.
Those interested in this workshop but unable to register and attend in person are asked to email Sylvie, Chapter Administrator, at to receive the Zoom link to join virtually on Monday at 1 p.m.

Guest Speaker #2, 2-3 p.m.: Penny Banks – Senior Consultant, Global Philanthropic Canada.
Workshop Description: Learn how to use your direct mail program to pump up your fundraising success! Penny will bring her expertise as a results-oriented and driven professional with experience in developing and implementing successful fundraising plans with a particular focus on direct marketing.