Engagement Organizing
 

There is a growing trend for organizations to meet their missions by recruiting individuals, growing membership, taking on projects and initiating people-centred campaigns, enhanced by technology and data. NGOs can greatly enhance their effectiveness by retooling around the best practices of organizing and engagement. Advancing our various issues has now become about how we best support citizen mobilization and leadership.

This program is generously sponsored by:

‘Engagement Organizing’ is an approach that strives to marry organizing, technology, and a culture of developing leadership in others. It represents a shift away from expert-driven, direct mail groups toward a model that focuses on nimble, data-driven, learning organizations that place relationship building and mobilization of supporters at the heart of their work. The result is resilient, effective organizations that continue to advance their work in an ever-more demanding and challenged world.

The Engagement Organizing initiative of the Sustainability Network is supported by the Gosling Foundation’s Better Organizations for Nature project which involves:

  • Collaboration with the Sustainability Network to provide opportunities for all ENGOs to learn about this practice.
  • An Engagement Organizing Project and Opportunity Fund for Nature and Land protection organizations.
  • A funded Community of Practice for Nature and Land protection organizations convened by the Sustainability Network.

The first cluster of ENGOs is known as ‘Better Organizations for Nature Community of Practice (BONCOP)’. Staff teams have met annually since 2015, quarterly by phone and most have received project support from the Gosling Foundation. BONCOP members include:

  • rare Charitable Research Reserve
  • Bruce Trail Conservancy
  • Nature Canada
  • Nature Trust of New Brunswick
  • Couchiching Conservancy
  • Bird Studies Canada

A second cluster – ‘Toronto Engagement Organizing Community of Practice (TEOCOP)’ – met four times in 2018 and consisted of representatives from:

  • Canadian Freshwater Alliance
  • Kairos
  • National Farmers Union
  • Project Neutral
  • rare
  • Reforest London
  • Sierra Club Canada Foundation
  • Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition
 

Past Events

Velta Tomsons on Door Knocking and how it can Knock your Metrics out of the Park!

Engagement Organizing Webinar Velta Tomsons of Ecology Ottawa on Door Knocking and how it can Knock your Metrics out of ...
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Recording: Is The Membership Model Dead? Modern public engagement for non-profits

Is The Membership Model Dead? Modern public engagement for non-profits Thursday, May 21, 1:00-2:00 PM ET Matt Price will discuss ...
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Recording: Engagement Organizing: Peter Gibbs of Organize BC on How They Mobilize Volunteers to Create Change

Engagement Organizing: Peter Gibbs of Organize BC on How They Mobilize Volunteers to Create Change Tuesday, June 2, 1:00-2:00 PM ...
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Make Room for Nature with Nature Canada

Recruiting and Mobilizing Supporters to Make Room for Nature with Nature Canada January 30, 2020, 1-2 pm Eastern Time The ...
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Engagement Organizing with Future Majority: Aaron Myran on Field Organizing Tactics and Lessons Learned from the 2019 Election

Engagement Organizing Webinar Series: Aaron Myran of Future Majority on Field Organizing Tactics and Lessons Learned from the 2019 Election ...
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Olivia Chow of the Institute for Change Leaders on Effective Lobbying

Engagement Organizing Webinar Series: Olivia Chow of the Institute for Change Leaders on Effective Lobbying November 7, 2019, 1-2 pm ...
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Robb Barnes of Ecology Ottawa on Dealing With Data

Engagement Organizing Webinar Series: Robb Barnes of Ecology Ottawa on Dealing With Data October 10, 2019, 1-2 pm Eastern Time ...
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Natasha Madison of New/Mode on an Introduction to Engagement Organizing

Engagement Organizing Webinar Series: Natasha Madison of New/Mode on an Introduction to Engagement Organizing September 5, 2019, 1-2 pm Eastern ...
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