Professional Development Opportunity: United Way presents Patricia Hardy, MA, ACFRE for the Art & Science of Philanthropy

All six sessions will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Learning Centre at United Way, 580 Main Street (visitor parking in rear) and participation in the course will be limited to 22 people.

Cost to register: $345 per participant.

Session dates:

  • Thursday, March 15, 2018, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Thursday, April 5, 2018, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

If cost is a barrier to participation, please call Tamara Ingrilli at 204-924-4242 or

In an environment of rising competition for available resources, the art and science of philanthropy will be an increasingly important area to strengthen by the staff and volunteers of non-profit and charitable organizations. Central to non-profit and charitable organizations’ sustainability is the ability to speak effectively and efficiently about their work to key audiences, current donors, and potential donors. Also important is the art of nurturing the relationships with donors past the initial and/or yearly gift as well as the science of accepting various types of gifts.

United Way’s Learning Centre is pleased to partner with Patricia Hardy, founder of the Tunnelwood Group, to bring you ‘The Art & Science of Philanthropy’. This course focuses on the art and science of facilitating philanthropic gifts and establishing the foundations for philanthropic activity.


Workshop Overview

Participants will leave the session with:

  • An understanding of what philanthropy is and be able to articulate what it means to them and how it is practiced in their own organizations;
  • Have an understanding of the science of year round fund development and the art of year round stewardship;
  • Have an understanding about developing and implementing various methods of fundraising and an understanding of the science of accepting various types of gifts (including cash, property, securities, bequests);
  • Be able to develop an annual operational plan and a fund raising strategy based on analysis, assessment and strategic thinking; and
  • Have a good understanding of professional and organizational ethics.


About the Facilitator

Patricia Hardy, MA, ACFRE

President & Senior Consultant of The Tunnelwood Group

 Pat Hardy has practiced fundraising since 1982 and has worked with over 100 Canadian organizations in all non-profit sectors. She was the first Canadian to achieve professional certification as an Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), and is one of the few Canadians holding a Masters degree in Philanthropy and Development. A recognized leader in the profession, Pat was honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Manitoba Chapter with the establishment of the, Patricia Hardy Scholarship for Advancement. Pat is also one of the authors of the first two volumes of the Canadian fundraising textbook, “Excellence in Fundraising in Canada” and has written a chapter on Diversity in Fundraising in Canada for an international book, “Diversity and Philanthropy:  Expanding the Circle of Giving” edited by Lilya Wagner, published in 2016.