Discernment Day. The time we have been waiting for. Over that past two years, GVAT has been recruiting organizations, training over 300 people in community organizing and listened to the concerns of hundreds of people across the CRD. As this listening season draws to a close, the time has come for us, as whole alliance, to come to a consensus about the issues we will work on. This is going to be a monumental day. Make sure you are there to represent your organization as we spend a Sunday afternoon in discussion and relationship to build consensus on a scale never seen before in Victoria.
Only member organizations will have the opportunity to vote at this event.
Please aim to arrive around 1:30 for registration and get to get settled for a very prompt 2PM start.
Please send as many of your members as possible.
Child care is available. Please let us know if you require this.
GVAT members will join MVA members for two workshops:
Workshop 1. "How to Raise Money for Anything", 10am-12pm
This training will support leaders in developing an individual donor campaign to support GVAT. We will be co - learning with leaders from Metro Vancouver Alliance so that we can make sure that both alliances are a sustainable as possible and have the capacity to do the kind of organizing they want to do! Through participating in this workshop and individual donor campaign launch, GVAT members will learn how to fund projects within their organizations.
Workshop 2. "How to Strengthen Congregational Finances" from 1-3pm.
This training will support leaders in developing their congregational finance plans and ability to discuss finances with congregations.
The workshop will be led by Bob Connolly is the co-owner of The James Company, a fundraising consulting firm which has worked with congregations and non-profit organizations in 23 states. In the past 30 years, The James Company has served 1600 clients who have raised over $1 billion. Bob is a former IAF organizer who has worked in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Buffalo, and Madison, WI. Bob is now semi-retired and serves as a volunteer leader and organizer for Common Ground, the IAF affiliate in Milwaukee, WI.
Once we know how many GVAT members want to attend we will arrange shared transport.