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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The “Problem” Woman of Colour in NonProfit Organizations

The “Problem” Woman of Colour in the Workplace A couple of years ago, COCo discovered an earlier version of this tool, which depicts a common experience for women of colour (and especially Black women) working in the nonprofit sector. The diagram, which was originally developed in the United States, really struck us. It spoke to […]

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March 8, 2018

Grant Opportunity for Community Technology Projects

A grant recently caught our eye that we thought to share with our network, offered by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), a federal nonprofit. The Community Investment Program funds projects that innovative projects that support the development and/or enhancement of the internet for the benefit of all Canadians, including: Community access to the internet, […]

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February 5, 2018

Thinking about Land Acknowledgements? Here Are Some Resources

Recently, the COCo team put aside a few hours to dig into some questions that have been on our minds for a while. One of those questions was how COCo wants to integrate land acknowledgements– that is, recognizing the indigenous territories where we do our work- into our meetings, facilitation, and events. Our conversation about […]

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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

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