Websites + eNewsletters + Social Media Workshops for NonProfit Organizations in Alberta

Websites Plus If your nonprofit organization is interested in enhancing your online communications this spring, these four workshops offered over two days in Edmonton and Calgary this April are designed especially for you.  The morning of the first day we’ll focus on designing or redesigning your website in WordPress, one of the most popular free and open source content management systems in the world. In the afternoon, we’ll focus on Joomla!, the other most popular free and open source content management systems in the world that offers a more robust and flexible solution. The morning of the second day, we’ll focus on creating an enewsletter for your nonprofit using one of three different newsletter publishing systems including free and paid versions. In the afternoon, we’ll tie things all together by developing social media policies and a social media plan so your nonprofit gets the most out of your time and effort.

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Provincial Budget Recognizes Critical Need for Women’s Shelter Services

Calgary Women's SheltersThe new Provincial budget recognizes the critical need for women’s shelter services by including a 5% increase to the salaries/benefits for contracted agencies, and a similar increase in on ‐ reserve women’s shelters’ per diems. “The government was clearly influenced by Albertans who stated this fall that Alberta has one of the highest rates of family violence and abuse in Canada – and this is unacceptable,” says Lisa Falkowsky, Executive Director of the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. “The Premier listened to Albertans, and also honoured her election commitment to increase wages of employees of women’s shelters because they are substantially lower than other similar public service positions.” The Government of Alberta currently provides a portion of funding for some of the women’s shelters in Calgary. The increase is only for the wages and benefits portion of funding contract.

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Digital Technology Forum | Grande Prairie | March 20, 2013

Grande PrairieCan Digital Technology help your business become more productive and profitable? Attend a presentation by local experts as they share their knowledge and expertise on digital technology. Centre 2000 in Grande Prairie will be the place to be March 20, 2013 from 1:00 till 4:00. Social Media, social commerce, outsourcing IT and 3D printing are included in the sessions as well as cloud computing, search engine optimization, mobile, real data in real time and custom workflow solutions. Opportunity for networking, group or individual discussion as well as one on one sessions with the expert are available. This event is sponsored by the Centre for Research & Innovation through GPRC. There is no cost to attend but participants are encouraged to register by contacting Janet at 780-876-3518 or email info@connectingindustry.ca. For more information go to: www.connectingindustry.ca/Forum.html

Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations Responds to the March 7 Alberta Budget

CCVOThe Government of Alberta announced its 2013/14 budget today, a combination of program freezes and capital borrowing intended to avoid deep cuts and the adoption of any new tax framework. The nonprofit sector has seen the elimination of two relatively small, yet important programs, the Community Spirit Program, which matched annual individual donations raised by organizations, and the Summer Temporary Employment Program, which subsidized salaries for post-secondary summer students. Both of these programs had significant impact on the bottom line, particularly for smaller nonprofit groups. In general, the Province has attempted to maintain funding for essential social services, including modest increases in programs for children with disabilities, and child care for low-income families. However, the majority of the programs will see no increases, and when viewed in the context of inflation and expected population growth of 4.3%, the growing demand for services effectively turns a funding freeze into a reduction in available dollars.

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