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You're Invited to Diversité d'Abord!

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After months of research and preparation, we are ready to announce…

Starting an individual donor campaign for grassroots organizations

For small organizations, starting a donor based fundraising program…

Come Talk With Us About Your Experiences of Racism in the Community Sector

Diversité d’Abord is a yearlong research project exploring racial…

Meet the Candidates for our Board of Directors!

We have so many amazing candidates for our Board! This…

6 Things to Consider When Developing a Website for Your Non-Profit Organization

Whether you’re building the very first website for your organization…

You're Invited to COCo's Annual General Meeting!

You're invited to COCo's Annual General Meeting! This year,…

How to Make Your AGM Great, Not Just Necessary

You, like us, are probably neck-deep in planning your organization’s…

What are your experiences with race in the community sector?

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This year, COCo is undertaking Diversité d’Abord, an in-depth…

COCo is Hiring a Strategic Alliances, Funding Development and Finance Coordinator

COCo is looking for a Coordinator with a focus on strategic alliances,…

Some Words on the Shooting at the Centre Cultural Islamique de Quebec

On Sunday, we lost 6 men to a horrifying attack on a mosque in…

Quebec's Non-Profit Mobilization Becomes More Widespread, Unified

Over the past couple of years, we have seen a steady increase…

COCo is Recruiting for our Board of Directors!

COCo is a provincial non-profit that works to nurture an inclusive,…

Three Crucial Steps to Avoid Destructive Conflict in Your NonProfit

Conflict is a normal part of human relationships, and it is certainly…

We're Closed!

The COCo offices are closed from Friday, December 23rd, and will…

We Want to Hear About Your Tech Problems (No, really!)

As many of you know, for the last 5 years, COCo has been providing…

Letting the Light In

There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. Leonard…

Resources on Fighting Racism in Your Organization

In the midst of putting together our research project on racism…

2 New Funding Opportunities To Check Out!

We're not usually in the business of listing new grant opportunities,…

Teaching Community Technology Handbook

Here at COCo, our Commun-IT program is constantly engaged in…

Comprehensive and Interactive Social Media Training for Centraide Funded Organizations

Have you heard? COCo has developed a series of interactive, hands…

Next Week, Quebec Community Groups Will Strike for the 2nd Time

As part of a 3 day campaign on November 7th, 8th, and 9th, community…

We've Got some News about Anti-Oppression at COCo!

Over the last decade, we’ve come back often to the idea of…

Apply for an Innoweave Cloud Computing Grant!

If you're interested in web-based technology and cloud computing…

Missed our Facebook Live? Check out the Video on #Meetings and #Facilitation

This month, we tried out Facebook Live for the first time. As…

Thinking about Becoming a "Flat" Organization? Here are 5 things to think about

This summer, COCo collaborated on a workshop at the World Social…

COCo is hiring a Community Technology and Web Development Intern!

COCo is looking for a Community Technology and Web Development…

Free Online Course on Embodying Change with Organization Unbound

In a "tiny online course" this October, Organization Unbound…

CWP Launches Constitutional Challenge Against Political Activities Cap for Charities

Insofar as things get exciting in charity law, they've recently…

Let's Smash the Overhead Myth

When you’re a grant writer, rejection is nothing new. Like…

What do you guys do, anyway? Or, a Cheat Sheet of COCo Services

In the past week, we've gotten calls from 14 organizations looking…

Get Inspired by These Communications Strategies By Local Groups

It's hard to do great communications on a low budget. Many organizations…

Training Available for Collective and Community Kitchens

The coalition of collective kitchens in Quebec is offering trainings…

Thinking about Doing Some Evaluation? Here's How to Get Started

While having coffee with a friend the other day, she bemoaned…

Our Top Picks for the World Social Forum in Montreal

Are you headed to the World Social Forum in Montreal this week?…

Understanding the Changes to Your NonProfit's Facebook Page

If you, like us, woke up with a jolt to a bunch of changes to…

5 RADICAL RESOURCES from the Allied Media Conference

COCo staffers were on hand last month to participate in the 18th…

Check it Out: Leadership and Social Change Training Opportunity

More and more, social justice organizers are having to plan and…

We're On Vacation!

We will be away from July 24 until August 6. See you then!
donor retention, donor

3 Cheap and Effective Ways To Increase Donor Retention

A recent report from Statistics Canada noted that although the…

Upcoming Event: Putting our values into practice through non-hierarchical management

Join COCo, Inter Pares, and the Réseau Québecois des Groupes…

Upcoming Event: How can social movements and organizations make the most of linguistic diversity ?

Join us at the World Social Forum! As part of this year's…

Toolkit on Youth Engagement and Youth-Led Organizations

We are a pretty big fan of "by and for" resources-- that is,…
funding, fundraising, funding strategy

Why forgiving yourself and making friends could be the best thing for your fundraising strategy

I just got off the phone with a small nonprofit in a tough place.…

Update on the Lobbying Law (PL56): Government Report Released Addressing NonProfit Concerns

Earlier this fall, we wrote a primer on PL56, or the “Lobbying…

Resource: Starting up Community Arts Initiatives in Rural and First Nations community contexts

We have been digging through the Art Bridges resource center…

Resource: Starting up community arts initiatives in rural and First Nations communities

We've been digging through the Art Bridges resource centre recently,…

10 Practical Ideas to Make Your Non Profit an Awesome Place To Work

We’ve been celebrating the month of May by engaging in conversations…

Fundraiser’s 5 à 7: Meet, greet & raise $!

Keep up with future events on Facebook or on our E-bulletin.  We're…

3 Practices Non Profits Need to Change if We Want Fair Wages

  We're celebrating May 1st, otherwise known as International…

Labour Politics in Non Profit Organizations: What's the deal?

In celebration of May 1st, otherwise known as International…

Why Community Groups Are Key to Winning the Fight for $15

This is the first in a series of blog posts throughout May addressing…

Resource on Social Media for Small Non Profits

It is so rare to find good resources on social media for small…

Implementing a Disability Justice Framework: A ToolKit

We were so excited to see the release of the "Disability and…

Looking for Community Involvement or Feedback, but Feeling Lost About How to Get It?

Last month, we attended a training by the Tamarack Institute…

You're Invited to COCO's Annual General Meeting!

Join us for a fun-filled AGM! Last year, COCo members came together…

Meet the Candidates for the COCo Board of Directors!

COCo is looking to fill 2 spots on our Board of Directors this…

Community Mobilization Model: Language Minorities In Quebec

An interesting resource from the Community Health and Social…

We're Recruiting for our Board of Directors!

COCo’s mission is to promote social justice, active citizenship,…

PINAY's New Website Goes Live (And we built it!)

Every year, we try to build a couple of free websites for organizations…

Fidget Toys: What They Are and Why Trainers Should Use Them

Here at COCo, we are often getting schooled by the people around…

The Guide to Starting Your Own Activist Group

The most frequent question we get at COCo is hard to start a…

Report on Diversity in Non-Profit Organizations

We were thrilled this week to see the publication of "The Voice…

End of the Political Activities Audit: What Does it Mean for Charities?

We're not lawyers at COCo but we do our best to provide legal…

COCo is Seeking a Freelance Graphic Designer

Who We Are: The Centre for Community Organizations (COCo)…

We're On Vacation!

Please note that COCo's offices will be closed for our winter…

Avoiding Unrealistic Retreat Enthusiasm: Two Suggestions, by Andrew Willis Garcés

In searching for great tools to help organizations plan their…

Planning Your Annual Retreat

COCo held our annual retreat just last weekend, and so our staff…

What is that Lobbying Law All About- And Will It Affect My Organization?

  Here at COCo, we’ve been getting a lot of questions…

Understanding Austerity

"Austerity" is being bandied around a lot these days, and beyond…

9 Ways to Make We Can Make Social Justice Movements Less Elitist and More Accessible

Recently published on Everyday Feminism, we really like this…

Will You Strike With Us on November 2nd and 3rd?

On November 2nd and 3rd, community organizations across Québec…

Speak Up! The Popular Inquiry on Community Groups

The members of the Quebec Network for Independent Community Action…

Free Innoweave Cloud Computing Workshop co-hosted by COCo

COCo is proud to partner with Innoweave to offer another…

NetSquared MTL presents: Developing an effective Web presence

How can community organizations stand out on the web and…

COCo is looking for a Community Technology and Web Development Intern

UPDATE: Deadline EXTENDED to Monday, October 12th at midnight! Date…

Collective health insurance for Quebec community groups

It's no secret that the community sector in Quebec is dogged…

COCo is hiring for 2 positions! / COCo embauche pour 2 postes!

Le Centre des organismes communautaires a besoin de toi! Nous…

July 2015 COCo-Note: Remembering the Oka Crisis

In the spring of 1990, Kanehsatà:ke community members erected…

By & For communities: COCo's Par et Pour Forums wrap up this week

Guest post by Akki Mackay June 6th, 2015 will mark the third…

COCo website gets a makeover!

Hello COCo faithful, If you've visited our website recently,…

COCo offering another free Innoweave Cloud Computing Workshop

COCo is proud to partner with Innoweave to offer another Cloud…

Call out to all community groups: Commun-IT will select 2 community groups to receive free websites this summer!

As part of Commun-IT’s mandate of rendering IT services more…

Heads up COCo Members! Our AGM is coming up March 31st!

Join us for a fun-filled AGM! At last year's AGM, we celebrated…

Quebec on the Move interactive exhibit launches this month

Quebec on the Move is a traveling art exhibit organized by…

COCo seeking new members for the Board of Directors!

The Centre for Community Organizations (COCo) is looking for…

Redesigned Commun-IT website officially launched

COCo is excited to announce the launch of our new Commun-IT…

Just Talking: How can our communities work best together in times of austerity?

Are you involved in a coalition of multi-sector, multi-actor community groups, such as an advocacy or mobilization oriented coalition, a Table de concertation or a round table? Please join us for a work session around the issues of democratic decision-making that can arise in the particular context of community organizing within coalitions.

COCo Membership Application Form

Please fill out the following form if your organization is interested in becoming a member of COCo. Your application will be reviewed to confirm your eligibility. Your organization will officially become a member when you receive a confirmation email.

Second Cloud Computing Workshop in Montreal

Are you interested in exploring how new cloud computing tools might help you better manage your information and communications? Are you looking for a framework to help you assess which new tools might be best for you? If so, you may be interested in attending an upcoming Introduction to Innoweave Cloud Computing workshop, hosted in partnership between Innoweave and the Centre for Community Organizations on November 10th in Montreal.

A Look Back at the Peoples' Social Forum: a COCo digest

The Peoples' Social Forum wrapped up in Ottawa last week having…

Webinar (in French): Sommes-nous en présence d’une nouvelle vague de participation citoyenne?

Are we faced with a new wave of citizen engagement? Whether…

Updates concerning CASL

In the June 2014 e-Bulletin, we published a COCo Note on CASL:…

New video : Get to know COCo!

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We're proud to present our new video to present the work that…

Everyone can do Research Toolkit

This plain language toolkit on how to do research was developed…

Access the AJAH Fundtracker Database Through COCo!

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Did you know that your community group can do a free "Info-COCo"…

Quebec's English Speaking Immigrants and Poverty

The report below presents results of a one-­‐day workshop…

13 Ways to Expand Your Organization's Anti-Oppression Capacity

This short video came out of our second working session where…

Congratulations to Philippe Tousignant, COCo' s 2013 Walk the Social Justice Talk award winner!

Philippe's dedicated work at the Social Justice Committee as…

Thanks for a great COCo AGM!

A big thanks to everyone who showed up for COCo’s Annual General…

COCo Launches Portes Ouvertes Blog!

 Click here to access the Portes Ouvertes Blog

Join us for COCo's AGM and discussions on Membership Engagement and Movement Building

You are heartily invited to COCo’s Annual General Meeting (AGM)!…

Scanning the Horizon: Trends in technology and communications that community groups should keep an eye on

During this interactive workshop on Communications and Technology…

“Tech-Works” free communications and IT training and networking event for community groups

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 COCo’s Commun-IT project is organizing “Tech-Works”…

New COCo video "Time for a Retreat?"

At the COCo fall retreat we decided to do an experiment - what…

Welcome to the new COCo Website

We have redesigned the COCo website to make it more interactive,…

A glimpse of COCo's Fall Retreat

Every year COCo holds two organizational retreats where all Board…

Commun-IT builds free websites for 3 groups!

To kick-off the launch of Commun-IT, we are volunteering our…

Facilitating the Use of Multiple Languages in Our Organizations

A living COCo document, this info-sheet introduces a few practices…