fundraising capacity accelerator program

We are excited to be working with First West Foundation to launch a Fundraising Capacity Accelerator Program aimed at supporting non-profit organizations that have limited resources and basic fundraising knowledge.


Applicants must serve a community in British Columbia where First West Foundation lives and works. Communities include:

  • Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Delta, Hope, Kitimat, Langley, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, Mission, Surrey
  • Armstrong, Enderby, Kamloops, Kelowna, Keremeos, Lumby, Oliver, Peachland, Penticton, Princeton, Rutland, Vernon, West Kelowna
  • Greater Victoria, Cowichan Valley, Ladysmith, Salt Spring and Pender Island, Nanaimo.

Applicants must submit an application by Monday, April 4th at midnight.

The program is offered at no charge, fully funded by First West Foundation.This program is held over Zoom and a video connection is mandatory for attendance.


Session #1: May 2nd (9am to 12pm)
This introduction session will provide attendees a chance to get to know each other and then explore basic fundraising concepts and theory. We will also discuss how to get your board engaged in the process of raising money.

Session #2: June 6th (9am to 12pm)
During this session we will discuss the strategy behind diversifying revenue. Participants will spend some looking at their current revenue mix and come away with next steps on how to introduce new revenue streams and also strengthen current streams.

Session #3: July 18 (10am to 12pm)
This summer mingler will be in a virtual roundtable format. Participants will work their way through different rooms to hear from industry experts on a variety of topics.

Session #4: September 12th (9am to 12pm)
The last session of the program will focus on the other less thought about topics that affect our ability to raise money from story telling to social media.

Each successful program applicant will also receive:
– Two registrations for any Let’s Talk event in 2022
– One free registration for a board member to attend our Fundraising for Board Members workshop (dates TBD)


If you are interested in applying, and meet the geographical criteria, please fill out the application form. Applications will be accepted until midnight on April 4th.

Twelve program participants will be randomly selected from all eligible applicants and all applicants will be informed of the results on April 7th.


If you have any questions at all about this program please e-mail us at

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