United Way Halton & Hamilton’s capacity building program for the social sector.

The ConnectED program strives to help non-profit staff enhance their knowledge, skills, and ability to create community impact.

We partner with subject matter experts to offer quality, relevant, and affordable opportunities to build organizational capacity that will strengthen the sector.

Do you have an idea for a workshop, or want to see resources on a certain topic? Do you know of a civic engagement that could build the capacity of our sector and community?

Get in touch! You can share your resources and ideas, and sign up for our ConnectED newsletter to learn about upcoming opportunities, by emailing Kirstin Webb at

ConnectED Workshops

ConnectED Workshops are live sessions, virtual or in-person, lead by subject matter experts. These are varied experiences intended to provide resources, knowledge, and support for organizational and community needs in the social sector. Click on the titles below to find out how to attend upcoming sessions!

Date: Every other Thursday starting February 23, 2023

Location: Zoom

Cost: $10/session

Equity, diversity, and inclusion can mean different things for your different organizations. Wherever you are on your EDI journey, your team deserves support!

This series, brought to you by Turner Consulting Group, provides a low-cost opportunity to build your personal and organizational capacity in EDI. From information sessions to interactive workshops, there is support on a range of topics.

Learn more and register for one session, or the whole series, here.

Learning Library

ConnectED’s Learning Library shares resources focused on social sector insights gathered within United Way’s local communities, in partnership with diverse sector leaders. These offerings are meant to be accessible and applicable for a range of social sector professionals, to bolster the network’s capacity to foster thriving communities.

If you have any creative capacity building resources or wish to partner in sharing your sector learnings, please get in touch.

United Way’s first Learning Library resource comes from Social Impact Squared, a longstanding partner offering pro-bono 1:1 evaluation support through ConnectED. Written by Paul Bakker, Founder and Lead Evaluator, this article reflects on the collaborative sessions, and captures years of learning about best practices for collecting sensitive demographic information within community programming.

Read the first Learning Library resource by clicking through to Social Impact Squared.

Have you ever wondered why people behave in certain ways, and how you can encourage positive outcomes? Behavioural insights is one tool that can support you to meet people where they are at. United Way partnered with the Behavioural Insights team of Canada to develop a course for the social sector, designed to apply behavioural insights to the unique situations of our work. In this self-paced learning experience, you will learn foundational concepts and simple techniques that you can start implementing in practical ways.

Register by clicking here.

Academia has been increasingly engaged in efforts to ignite social change. Since 2019, United Way and The/La Collaborative at McMaster University have been working together to increase collaboration between the academic and social sectors, including creating experiential learning opportunities that are mutually beneficial.  

Maximizing the impact of these collaborations requires that we test assumptions and better understand perspectives across stakeholders. In this report, co-authors Sandra Lapointe, McMaster University, and Vivien Underdown, United Way, along with student support and collaboration, discuss qualitative research with social sector and student stakeholders about their experiences.  

The research reveals interesting insights about motivations, success factors and barriers that can be helpful to stakeholders involved with implementing experiential learning initiatives at both the program and systems level. Reciprocity is of crucial importance and deserves investment, to increase both academic and social sector partners’ capacity to contribute to social innovation and systems change.  

A special thank you to the Futures Skills Centre and Mitacs for supporting this research. To read the report, click here. 

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