Fundraising in the time of COVID: Canadian SMOs

About the Workshop

Faced with a global health crisis and economic upheaval, SMOs are experiencing significant challenges in their approaches to resource development. This workshop invites participants on a facilitated learning journey to explore their organization’s current situation, pivot their fundraising activities and design a way forward.


During this interactive and reflective workshop, participants will engage in their learning by:

  • Exploring crisis fundraising opportunities
  • Reflecting on lessons learned following the 2008 Great Recession
  • Assessing their organization’s current funding position
  • Realigning 2020 fundraising goals
  • Reflecting on donor expectations
  • Examining online fundraising “good practices”
  • Creating an action plan for moving forward


Over the course of the 2.5-hour workshop, participants will draft their responses to the pandemic by drafting a Fundraising Action Plan. Following the workshop, participating organizations will submit their plans, receive written feedback, and have access to a one-on-one coaching call.

Meet the Trainers

Hugh Brewster – Transforming Faces, Executive Director

Hugh is an experienced organizational capacity-builder, grant-maker, learning facilitator and leadership coach. He currently leads a Toronto-based NGO that supports local health teams in Africa, Asia, and South America. In his spare time, Hugh enjoys chasing flying discs, competing in Ultimate tournaments locally and internationally.

W. Clayton Rowe – The Saben Group, Senior Partner

Clayton uses his gifts as innovator, collaborator, facilitator, educator, and coach to cultivate the well-being of leaders, organizations, and communities. Since 2000, he has invested in organizations serving Vancouver, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto, and Montreal. During his down time, he loves to travel, see great international and art-house films, and volunteer in his community.

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