COCo Toolbox

The COCo Resource Toolbox is a collection of practical tools for community groups and nonprofits in Quebec. Our resources run the gamut from how to run effective meetings, how to train your Board of directors, to fundraising ideas for your nonprofit. Other resources can be found on our social media, on our blog, or on the French side of this toolbox.

SEARCH THE COCO TOOLBOX by entering key words in the search field below. D’autres outils sont disponibles en français ici.

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Donated Computers for NonProfits & Charities

A new resource is now available in Montreal for nonprofits in charities looking to get refurbished and donated computers and laptops. The equipment is either free, or costs up to $100, and applications can be made on their website, here. The organization bottomlining this initiative is the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), a non-profit organization founded […]

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January 11, 2018

Video: Panel on Cultural Appropriation and Systemic Racism

In mid November, Montreal Arts Interculturels (MAI) organized, with COCo’s support, a bilingual panel on cultural appropriation and other kinds of systemic racism in arts and culture (following a racist performance in our own building, elaborated here). The panel was sold out weeks in advance, and so we hosted a livestream of the event. That […]

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November 30, 2017

The Healthy House: An Organizational Assessment Tool for NonProfits

The Healthy House: An Organizational Assessment Tool for Community Groups Developed over many years of accompanying community organizations, and used with a hundred-odd nonprofits, the Healthy House allows us to clearly visualize and evaluate the health of our organizations as a whole. Using the metaphor of a house, this tool allows you to take a step […]

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Guide for Community Workers: Immigrants’ and Refugees’ Access to Social Benefits and Programs in Quebec ! 

The Community Legal Services of Point-St-Charles and Little-Burgundy are launching the second version of the Guide for Community Workers: Immigrants’ and Refugees’ Access to Social Benefits and Programs in Quebec ! We have also created popularised pamphlets on this topic, they will be available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Creole and Chinese (Simplified). LAUNCH We’re looking foward to […]

November 7, 2017

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 […]

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August 31, 2017

Messaging This Moment Communications Guide

We were excited to stumble across this “handbook for progressive communicators” last week. Although very focused 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 focused on helping us making our messages intelligible and inspiring. Here’s a […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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March 7, 2017

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