The Trust’s Non-Profit Advisors Program

Hello Friends –

An update for you on the Trust’s Non-Profit Advisors Program.  Please share with your contacts as appropriate.

Program Services

The Non-profit Advisors Program offers the following services in order to build organizational capacity in non-profits:

  1. A resource centre, providing advice, referrals and resources for any non-profit related question (from how to hold an AGM to how to recruit volunteers). The goal is to be responsive to the unique needs of different groups across the Basin.
  2. Free organizational assessments for groups that provide broad community benefits and are registered as a non-profit in good standing, where an Advisor considers the various aspects of an organization during an in person meeting with a senior staff person and a Board Member. From the assessment comes a report with resources and recommendations tailored to that particular organization. The goal of an assessment is to spend a couple of hours really getting to know an organization and the specific challenges and opportunities it is encountering.
  3. For groups that complete an assessment and receive a recommendation for more in-depth consulting, the Program can help develop the consulting activities, find a consultant and in many cases, subsidize the expenses and fees associated with the consulting. In this way, groups can access expert support to solve their most pressing challenges, like Board recruitment and retention, financial management or strategic planning for example.
  4. The Program provides and updates various online resources through the Non-Profit Advisors page on the Trust website.


Explore further on the Trust website  and check out all the NPA related tabs >> Program Information >> Are you a consultant? >> New Societies Act >> Resources.

If you are interested in accessing any of the above mentioned services, including completing a free organizational assessment please email with your request.

The Non-Profit Advisors Program is also engaged in service contracts with:

  1. Law For Non-Profits:  to assist Societies in the Basin transition to the new Societies Act (which came into effect on November 28, 2016).
    Societies have 2 years to transition (until November 2018) – it is a good idea to begin understanding and planning next steps in digitizing your Society’s Constitution and Bylaws to become compliant.
  1. Click on the link   sign up at a Hub (East or West Kootenay).
  2. Explore all the tabs across the top of that site page >> New Events >> Home >> Services >> Tools …and more.
  3. Watch the New Societies Act Webinars. 
  4. Download the Transition Guide and Application Filing Guide on the Home tab. 
  5. This is an opportunity to consider updating your bylaws for free before the grace period ends in November 2018.
  6. Explore more information and links about the New Societies Act: BC Government site and the Trust’s NPA site.


  1. Vantage Point:  for a series of capacity building webinars.  6 in total, 3 are available now, 3 more to come!
  1.  Housed in the Trust’s NPA site:  click on >> Resource tab >> then on Online Learning Modules near the bottom of the list.

Contact me or Keri ( ) anytime to discuss further.  Please share with others as appropriate.  Thank you!

(PS –Apologies for duplicate emails. Please let me know if you would like to be removed from this list.)


Katherine Hamilton | Program Coordinator

Columbia Basin Trust

Direct 1.250.344.2914 | 1.800.505.8998


Keri Rinehart | Program Assistant

Columbia Basin Trust

Direct 1.778.517.8063 | 1.800.505.8998

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