Workshops & Training

Watermark offers training, workshops and retreats on the following topics, and can also develop a program customized to the needs of your family, foundation, team, organization or Board.  Sharilyn is known as an engaging and effective presenter and facilitator – contact her today to discuss your needs.


  • Philanthro-Campus modular learning on topics of interest to you      (e.g. charitable sector overview, effective grant-making, trends in Canadian and global giving, reading & assessing nonprofit financials, measuring philanthropic impact, harnessing the Sustainable Development Goals, diversity in grant-making, etc.  (Call for details)
  • What ‘Money Messages’ Do You Carry?
  • Family Quest Philanthropic Conversations
  • Generational Personalities and Profiles
  • What am I inheriting?


  • Board Leadership & Engagement: Fundamentals for Success
  • Show Me the Money: Creating a Philanthropic Culture
  • Strategic Board Recruitment and Development
  • The Board/Staff Partnership: How to Share Leadership and Get Results
  • Practices of High-Performing Boards: What the Best Boards Do Well
  • Board Self-Assessment and Action Planning

Fund Development

  • Fund Development Essentials Workshop Series
  • Philanthropic Culture within Your Organization
  • Women and Philanthropy
  • Vocational Exploration and Values for Fundraisers

What Session Participants Have Said

“A fabulous workshop! Sharilyn is an effective speaker. She provided useful tools that you can take away and apply.”

– Fiona, Centre on Philanthropy workshop

“Best session I’ve ever been to at AFP! Excellent reflective format for experienced fundraisers.”

– AFP Toronto Congress session attendee

“Sharilyn is a skilled facilitator with an strong knowledge base in governance and Board leadership.In her work with our organization, she challenged our thinking and guided us through a process to determine clear steps to continuous improvement.

-Amy Coupal, formerly Learnography/My Class Needs Foundation

“The quality of Sharilyn’s presentation was excellent. Her “real world” experiences that she shared were invaluable.”

– Attendee, Italian Fundraising Festival

“Sharilyn showed us how major gift and diaspora fundraising can play a bigger role in moving our new initiatives to scale. We’re grateful for her fresh perspective on Caribbean generosity.”

-Wamite Muthara, United Way Worldwide

“Thank you very much for joining the conference and inspiring us. Your participation encouraged us a lot, and all of the delegates felt that we are a part of the global fundraising community.”

– Masa Uo, CEO, Japan Fundraising Association

“Sharilyn has assisted The Centre on Philanthropy for a number of years. She has spoken at our conferences and given workshops geared for our local nonprofit community. She has made a point of learning about the Bermuda environment and has shown great cultural sensitivity when presenting materials here. She has proven to be an effective trainer, a well-received speaker and a trusted advisor and friend.”

-Pam Barit Nolan, Former CEO, The Centre on Philanthropy (Bermuda)

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