Community and Communication

Community projects need the support of a community. This course prepares you to invite others to join your work. You’ll hear case studies from storytellers and learn how storytelling can communicate shared values. As you explore communication tools for proposal writing, fundraising and community engagement, you’ll discover how you can share the story of your work in different contexts to inspire and motivate others.


Location: Online
Available only to students enrolled in:
Community Capacity Building Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

This course is reserved for students enrolled in the certificate program.

Currently not available for registration.

What you will learn

By the end of the course, you will be able to:  

  • Identify and evaluate aspects of a compelling story or campaign, including values, relationships, and goals  
  • Examine formats and models of storytelling within different community contexts, such as in proposal writing and fundraising   
  • Create a "hard ask" for your project to support recruitment, fundraising, or relationship-building
  • Identify components of a project budget and create a budget for your project   
  • Recognize the impact of financial trauma and inequity in budgeting, and how this impacts the way we communicate about budgeting  

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Classes will include exercises, discussions, reflections and guest facilitators. 
  • In both class content and format, we aim to decolonize our approaches to community learning, by breaking down the systems we are challenging, and by building true relationships as the core of everything we do. 
  • We will share resources for you to read, listen to, and explore. We will let you know whether a resource is required/recommended, or for enrichment or deeper learning. 
  • In our learning community, you will also have the opportunity to share resources with one another. Wherever possible, we will provide options for accessing each text, share tools for accessibility, and build in time to discuss what we’ve learned in the resources.
  • The Community Capacity Building Certificate is a Pass or Fail curriculum. Passing the program and receiving the certificate is determined based on attendance, participation, and the presentation on your community project. 

Learning Materials

We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.