Free Information Sessions

Free Info-COCo Sessions

COCo responds on a daily basis to requests from community groups throughout Quebec requesting assistance and information on a wide variety of topics. Info-COCO Sessions are done by phone, by email and in person. Some questions result in simple referrals, but many involve more in-depth conversations, research and follow-up.

While you should feel free to call us with any questions related to community groups, here are a few of the more common topics we consult on:

* Governance, such as…

“What exactly are the role and legal responsibilities of a nonprofit board?” “How do I go about organizing and chairing an Annual General Meeting”?

* Nonprofit incorporation and charitable status, such as…

“Should I incorporate my community group? If so, How long does it tend to take?”

“How do I apply for charitable status and what do I gain and lose from doing so?”

* Funding, such as…

“Would you be able to give me some tips on effective grantwriting?”

“Can you let us know if we’re on the right track with our funding strategy and if there are other sources of funding we should be considering?”

* Financial management, such as…

“Can you give us some ideas for how to strengthen our financial management?”

“Do you know any accountants who have experience working with community groups?”

* Human resources, such as…

“Do you have a sample staff evaluation process I can use as a guide?”

“As an employee, am I legally required to work overtime?”

The Impact of Our Work

Looking at the entire organization we were facing tough decisions and even thinking out-loud about bankruptcy. Without the help of COCo at that point we wouldn’t be where we are today.

Larissa DutilProgramming and Outreach Coordinator - Concordia Co-op Bookstore

COCo is special for us because they are a big legal aid.

Makai ArefPresident - Afghan Womens Centre Montreal
Our Approach

COCo promotes social justice, active citizenship, democracy and just socio-economic development by supporting the development of healthy organizations. We do so by using a made-to-measure, participatory, popular education approach to organizational development.

Common Info-COCo Topics

Below is more complete lists of the Info-COCo topics we commonly discuss with groups.

Annual General Meetings
Board roles and responsibilities
Incorporation and charitable status
Human Resources
Conflict Resolution and Mediation
Anti-Oppression and Group Dynamics
Team Building
Collaborative Organizational Structures

Strategic Planning
Mission / Vision
Organizational Partnerships, Alliances, and Mergers
Financial management
Funding Development
Information and Communications Technology
Community Based Action Research
And other topics...