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 2020 we hosted 319 events (workshops, information sessions and networking opportunities including the Pillar Community Innovation Awards) with 6177 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

Interested in being a presenter at one of our paid workshops?

We want to work with community members who are interested in sharing their passion and lived expertise with individuals, organizations and enterprises across our network. We are committed to recognizing your time and knowledge, and are able to offer honorariums. 

Pillar Nonprofit Network is committed to advancing equity and inclusion within our network and encourages people who are Indigenous, racialized, LGBT2Q+, women, persons with disabilities, or members of other equity-seeking groups to share their knowledge. As a network we all benefit when every individual is able to share their expertise. Learn more about how The Network Approach has guided our principles. 

Email Susannah Gergich, Manager Learning Development at sgergich@pillarnonprofit.ca to express your interest and let us know a little bit about your knowledge, experience and approach.

Thank You to our 2020 Learning & Development Sponsors

Thanks to 2019 Learning & Development Sponsors: Fanshawe College Corporate Training Solutions & Western Continuing Studies

Pillar Community Innovation Awards

Since launching in 2006, the Pillar Community Innovation Awards has evolved into one of the biggest celebrations of positive community impact in our city. Storytelling is at the core of this event - we honour individuals and organizations that are doing exceptional work to help create a more engaged, more vibrant, more inclusive community. The Pillar Community Innovation Awards celebrates how individuals, organizations and enterprises are investing in positive community impact in the categories of Innovation, Leadership, Impact, Collaboration and Community Choice. Learn more about the PCIA's here

For more information contact Maria Luisa Contursi, Director, Network & Engagement at mlcontursi@pillarnonprofit.ca.  

Impact 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 Julie Forrester, Manager Impact Consulting at jforrester@pillarnonprofit.ca or 519-433-7867 x 213


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 Susannah Gergich, Manager Learning & Development at sgergich@pillarnonprofit.ca.

For a presentation about Social Finance/VERGE Capital please reach out to James Chan, Manager, VERGE Capital at jchan@pillarnonprofit.ca or 519-433-7876 ext. 228.

CityStudio London

CityStudio London is an innovation hub that brings together city staff, students, faculty and community to co-create experimental projects that make London more sustainable, livable and joyful. CityStudio London launched in 2019 as a collaboration between the City of London, Pillar Nonprofit Network and the five postsecondary institutions in London. By furthering connections between City Hall, academic institutions, and local community, London's post-secondary students have more meaningful opportunities to apply their skills, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit to real-world issues and challenges facing our community. Learn more about CityStudio here.

For more information contact Mischa Schlemmer, Manager CityStudio London at mschlemmer@pillarnonprofit.ca or 519-433-7876 ext. 231.

Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN)

The Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN) is an Ontario-wide collaborative led by Pillar Nonprofit Network, alongside the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), SVX and NORDIK Institute's Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (SEE). WOSEN broaden and diversify the entrepreneurial ecosystem by supporting women-identified and gender non-binary individuals from underrepresented and underserved communities in starting or growing their social enterprise. Learn more about WOSEN here.

For more information contact Sarah Beyea, Project Manager sbeyea@pillarnonprofit.ca or 519-433-7876 ext. 234.


If you want to learn more about the Learning & Development Program at Pillar Nonprofit Network please email Susannah Gergich, Manager Learning Development at sgergich@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.