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COCo Toolbox

The toolbox is a collection of practical tools and resources for community groups. From a pdf guide on how to run effective meetings, to an online video about incorporating a non-profit organization, the toolbox has a broad variety of tools to meet your needs. Best of all the toolbox is dynamic and will continue to expand and evolve over time.

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Resource: Designing a Great Board Orientation


One of the most common refrains we hear when we work with Boards of Directors who are struggling is that they were not given any real training or support when they joined. In any situation, it takes a while to truly understand an organization and figure out how best to support it; without some good training […]

August 31, 2017


Resource: Messaging This Moment Communications Guide


We were excited to stumble across this “handbook for progressive communicators” last week. Although very focussed on the American context, this guide puts “base building” front and center. It is an easy to read, chock full of examples and clear instructions, and very focussed on helping us making our messages intelligible and inspiring. Enjoy!  


Conflict in Nonprofits is Hard, and We Need to Get Better at It


We recently revamped a document we’ve been using for years here at COCo, the “Conflict Continuum”- one that we wanted to share more widely with the community groups in our network. The model seems pretty simple at first glance, but we’ve found it to be a very powerful tool when organizations, or individuals within those […]

August 28, 2017


Accessibility Guidelines for Organizers and Facilitators


This document was created in the spring of 2015 by members of Accessibilize Montreal as part of the “By and For Us: The Community at the Head of the Organization” project, organized by the Center for Community Organizations (COCo). This event brought together community organizations who center the leadership of people who work and organize […]

June 13, 2017


Social Media Workbook for Community Organizations and NonProfits


Is your social media presence a little… lacking? Do you have a Facebook page that you occasionally update, but don’t get a lot of likes or shares? Do you update it regularly, but aren’t sure that it is actually helping your organization? Are you confused about whether you should be on Twitter or freaking out […]

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May 29, 2017


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


Whether you’re building the very first website for your organization or redeveloping an existing one, it is important to not rush headlong into the process without thinking things through. Design and cost are not the only important factors to take into account when developing a website. Here are some points to consider: Is your content […]

March 7, 2017


Resources on Fighting Racism in Your Organization


In the midst of putting together our research project on racism in the Quebec community sector (see more on that here), not to mention a definite increase in requests from organizations looking to tackle racism internally and in their communities, we stumbled across this great website, Racial Equity Tools. It seems like the site is […]

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November 30, 2016


Teaching Community Technology Handbook


Here at COCo, our Commun-IT program is constantly engaged in how to transfer the skills we have around technology and media to the community groups we work with. It is a clear truth of our work that “having a particular skill doesn’t necessarily mean you are equipped to teach it to others”- which is why […]


Resource on Social Media for Small Non Profits


It is so rare to find good resources on social media for small non profits– and when you do, the definition of small hovers around “30-50 employees”. Here at COCo, that’s the upper limit of the groups we work with, and many of them have no staff at all. As a result, we have been sending this […]

April 28, 2016


Implementing a Disability Justice Framework: A ToolKit


We were so excited to see the release of the “Disability and Access Toolkit” this past month from Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). The toolkit offers a thorough and practical introduction to how organizations can build “the capacity to engage disability activists with relevancy and respect”. The toolkit, available in full here, is split […]


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