Learning & Development


Pillar Nonprofit Network believes that we can strengthen individuals, organizations and enterprises invested in positive community impact through learning and development. We create and host opportunities for shared learning where we lean on and learn from each other, leading our sector into innovative ways of thinking and working.

We believe in the importance of life-long learning and that this growth can happen in many dynamic ways. Learn along with us so we can connect, spark collaboration and learn from each other to help build an engaged, inclusive and vibrant community.  


Workshops, networking & more

In 2022 we hosted 234 events (workshops, information sessions and networking opportunities) with approximately 2,746 participants! 



Workshop topics include:

  • Board Governance
  • Leadership Development
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Social Media
  • Volunteer Management
  • Granting Writing and Fundraising
  • Social Enterprise
  • Social Innovation
  • Collaboration, and MORE

Why attend our Learning & Development programming? 

  • Learn from engaging and experienced presenters, including the Pillar team
  • Network with other nonprofit and social enterprise professionals, volunteers and community leaders from the nonprofit, business and government sectors
  • Engage in lifelong learning and build valuable career skills

Who can attend?

  • Members and non-members of Pillar (some events may be member only)
  • Everyone is welcome - whether you work or volunteer at a nonprofit, are looking for work or would like to improve your professional development 
  • We have a range of programming for those starting out in their careers or those at a more advanced level

What is the investment?

  • Our member and non-member rates are affordable in the professional development marketplace and vary based on the program or workshop
  • Individual Pillar members, or paid staff and/or volunteers of member organizations save 25%
  • Western and Fanshawe students are also eligible to receive our member rate
  • We offer an additional discounts to small, grassroots nonprofits who are Pillar members and have an operating budget of less than $100,000

What are Pillar's Shared Learning Agreements?

Shared learning agreements prompt us to reflect on the ethical dimensions of our organizational and community spaces.These agreements challenge us to consider critical questions:
  • Who feels safe within these spaces, and who does not?
  • Are our practices truly ethical and inclusive?

By explicitly addressing these questions, shared learning agreements help to ensure that every meeting and event centers on creating a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment.

Pillar's Shared Learning Agreements



Thank you to our 2024 Learning & Development Sponsors:

Western Continuing Studies and Fanshawe Employment and Student Entrepreneurial Services/Corporate Training Solutions

Impact Coaching & Consulting

Are you looking for a more in-depth way to deepen your professional development and improve your organization’s capacity? Impact Consulting by Pillar Nonprofit Network provides consulting services designed to amplify the social impact of nonprofit organizations, social enterprises and social purpose businesses. We can customize opportunities such as social enterprise development, equity and inclusion assessments, board retreats, community bond development and more.  

To explore these options contact Mariam Waliji Vice-President - Equity, Impact & Governance at mwaliji [at] pillarnonprofit.ca or 519-433-7876 ext. 239.

SDG Cities Program

SDG Cities is a collaborative, community-driven project supporting localization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Guelph and London. SDG Cities will increase the number of people and organizations actively using and contributing to the SDGs in London and Guelph. Through knowledge-sharing, story-telling and community connection, this project will help to increase awareness of SDGs within these communities and share ideas about how they can be incorporated into existing and future structures and networks in mid-sized cities, working toward long-term systems change. You can find SDG Cities events list on the Pillar Events Page.

To learn more about the program visit SDG Cities  and reach out to Luis Patricio SDG Cities Co-Lead (London) at lpatricio [at] pillarnonprofit. ca or 519-433-7876 ext. 217.


Looking for a presentation about volunteering or working in the nonprofit sector, an introduction to social innovation, social enterprise, social finance, or equity and inclusion?

Here are a few example of presentations that we have given:

  • High School students - Working and Volunteering in the Nonprofit Sector
  • ESL students - How to Get Started Volunteering 
  • University/College students - Social Innovation, Social Finance and Social Enterprise

For more information contact Luis Patricio at education [at] pillarnonprofit.ca.

For a presentation about Social Finance/VERGE Capital please reach out to Filsan Farah, Manager, VERGE Capital at ffarah [at] pillarnonprofit.ca or 519-433-7876 ext. 228.

If you want to learn more about the Learning & Development Program at Pillar Nonprofit Network please email Luis Patricio at education [at] pillarnonprofit.ca. And to receive upates about upcoming events please sign up here

Whether you're looking for volunteer opportunities,
networking events or a job in the nonprofit sector, we can help.