L’Arche Canada 2017 Fund Development Workshop


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Early bird Rate: $450 Cdn.  $340 USA – Hurry and register at this reduced rate!  Price goes up to $475 on March 1st! ($365 US)



Highlights include:


What Motivates the Philanthropic Donor?

A guest speaker from a foundation will come and speak on why they want to support L’Arche, and how our work fits with their philanthropic values.

Daily faith sharing breakfast with Raphael Amato

Many of you may know Raphael and the inspiring insights he has to offer. Raphael has been part of L’Arche for 32 years, serving in a variety of leadership positions within the Federation. He will ground us in the spirituality of L’Arche and lead us to reflect on our roles as L’Arche ambassadors.

Working Through the Cycle of Fundraising

This gives all of us the opportunity to map out our strategies for prospecting, cultivation, solicitation and the stewardship needed to motivate donors and inspire them to give. You will also have the chance to share your current challenges and receive ideas and feedback from the group. Stimulate your creativity and share L’Arche specific ideas with a hands-on approach.

L’Arche in Social Media and Our Branding

John Guido will lead a discussion on L’Arche branding and communications strategies for the 2019 50th anniversary and how to tie things like our events or UN days to our message and deliver these via effective social media.

The Challenges of Fundraising within a Federated Model

Gary Sim will lead a discussion addressing the challenges of finding collaborative opportunities to fundraise when the structure of our organization with its multi layered and independent levels of governance have historically created a competitive environment. How do we create a new paradigm whereby collaboration will create a brighter future for fundraising at all levels?

Who should attend? 

Please come if you are engaged in fundraising in any capacity (staff, volunteer, etc.).  Seasoned fundraisers are needed to share your expertise with those newer to their roles. We also encourage Community Leaders, Board Presidents and Regional Leaders to come.  It is most effective if two people from your community attend.  

Fundraising is so very critical for all L’Arche communities today and we need our leaders to integrate a vision and practice of L’Arche fundraising into all aspects of the work.  This workshop will help you become a more effective leader in this regard. 

Dates and Times

Arrival: Sunday April 23rd, no earlier than 4pm at the retreat center.  We will have a wine and cheese social in the evening to welcome everyone.

Departure: Wednesday April 26th, after lunch.


Manoir D’Youville
498 Boulevard D'Youville
Châteauguay, QC J6J 5T9
Phone: (450) 692-8291
Website: http://manoirdyouville.ca/


  • The early rate is: $450 CAD/$340 USD – until February 28.
  • The fees go up to $475 CAD/ $365 USD  on March 1st.
  • The fees includes meals, snacks, lodging, and program costs (we worked to keep this fee low)
  • The L’Arche Canada Travel Pool is being applied to this workshop.  This will help those coming in from communities in the West or the East to reduce their travel costs. The guidelines can be downloaded here.
  • As you are responsible for your travel expenses, we encourage you to book your flights as early as possible to and from Montreal.  Taxis will be needed to get to Manoir D’Youville, but if we know the flight numbers that people are coming into the airport on, we can try to coordinate travel so that the cost of the taxi ride can be shared among people arriving at the same time


Registration deadline:  March 24, 2017

  • Please fill the online registration form and pay online.
  • Please send in your registration package early to reserve your spot.  If you need to postdate your cheque, you may do so, up until March 24th 
  • Or to register by mail, complete the registration form and send it with your payment to:
    L'Arche Canada Foundation
    10271 Yonge Street,
    Suite 300,
    Richmond Hill, ON, Canada
    L4C 3B5


If you have any questions about this workshop, please let Marianne McQuillan at the foundation know by emailing me at: mmcquillan@larchefoundation.ca or call: 905-770-7696 ext. 105


We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Your Planning Committee;
Marianne McQuillan, L’Arche Canada Foundation
Greg Hotte, L’Arche Ottawa & Arnprior
Sigrid Stark, L’Arche Greater Vancouver
Josephine MacEachern, L’Arche Cape Breton
Warren Pot, L’Arche Daybreak