ED/CEO Nonprofit Support Network - Winter/Spring 2024


Pillar launched the ED/CEO Support Network during the onset of COVID in 2020, recognizing that senior executive leaders needed to rely on each other and work together to support the community impact sector through that disruptive time. 

It continues to be essential to lean into the power of our network and lean on each other during COVID recovery to come out the other end stronger. EDs and CEOs carry a unique burden and responsibility as leaders of nonprofits and charities, often in isolation. This program is an opportunity to share their best practices, find solutions to common challenges, and collaborate with an ED/CEO exclusive audience. Social and economic recovery is possible if we continue to support each other, tap into our collective knowledge, and explore opportunities for new collaborations.

What is it? 

The ED/CEO Support Network is a monthly facilitated event to check in across the sector, debrief, share learning, and support each other.

It provides the most senior staff leader in nonprofit organizations with opportunities to:

  • Help reduce professional isolation by connecting with peers

  • Engage in learning from each other and external presenters

  • Strengthen our knowledge of existing programs and services

  • Discuss advocacy and policy change 

  • Identify potential opportunities and partners across the whole scope of the sector

Each session will start with a well-being check-in as support to one another. A follow-up list of resources and tools that emerge from each session will be provided to all participants. Please note Pillar’s Learning Community Agreements lto help create an open and safe space. 


February 28, 10-11:30 am: Cyber security, facilitated by ManagePoint

March 20, 10-11:30 am: Understanding and preparing financial statements, facilitated by Shahrzad Pooya and Janet Grantham

April 24, 10-11:30 am: How your communications is connected to your equity work, facilitated by Mariam Waliji

May 22, 10-11:30 am: Towards Braiding: Working in Community with Indigenous Partners, facilitated by Ruth Skinner


*NOTE that all events take place in person at Innovation Works and they are not recorded

Would you be interested in co-facilitating or presenting a topic to this group in future? Is there a topic you'd like us to find a facilitator for? Let us know. 

TARGET AUDIENCE: CEOs, Executive Directors and anyone who fulfills a similar role leading a nonprofit and/or charity. 

Are you a nonprofit member organization of Pillar with an operating budget of under $100,000?
You may be able to save an additional 50% off the registration fee. 
Learn if you are eligible for the NONPROFIT MEMBER DISCOUNT RATE.

Would you like to pay it forward?
There is a fee option where you can pay for your own registration as well as an additional fee to help cover the registration for an ED/CEO from a small grassroots organization that may not be able to afford the program. If you know of someone that could benefit from this opportunity let us know. If you are an ED/CEO who could use this support please email education@pillarnonprofit.ca

No fee spots for local nonprofit arts organizations

Are you a local nonprofit arts organization that would like to attend the ED/CEO Support Network at no cost? The London Arts Council would like to offer five (5) bursaries. Please contact London Arts Council at 519-439-0013 ext. 4 or email finance@londonarts.ca to receive the discount code before you register.


Thank you to our 2024 Learning & Development Sponsors:

Western Continuing Studies and Fanshawe Employment and Student Entrepreneurial Services

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