Event Planning

Price: $99

Includes the 3-month unlimited access and all the course downloads.

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Looking for ways to attract new donors, increase public awareness for your organization and educate your audience about your cause? Hosting an event is a great way to do just that! This course is designed to help you be successful in planning your event so you can reap the many tangible and intangible benefits it can offer.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the fundamental elements of event planning.
  • Explore your event’s unique guest experience.
  • Plan for various event logistics.
  • Consider your marketing, communications and sponsorship options.
  • Clarify production considerations relevant to different events.

Course Curriculum

  • Part 1: Introduction to Event Planning
  • Part 2: Planning an Event
  • Part 3: Production of an Event

Links and Additional Resources

  • 13 downloadable resources and course transcript
  • 10 links to online resources

Course Level/Prerequisites/Certification Credits

Introductory level, no prerequisites. 

Recommended companion courses: Building a Great Volunteer Program, Corporate Sponsorship

Final Exam –Take the optional final exam at the end of the course. If you pass with 70% or higher, please contact help@charityvillage.com with your exam score to receive your course certificate.

This training may be used to meet the requirements for renewing the Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) credential. One Professional Development Unit (PDU) is awarded for each 50-60 minute session or contact hour in topics related to volunteer resources management. For more details about the CVA program and renewal requirements, visit www.CVAcert.org or email info@cvacert.org.

Continuing education certification-eligible through the Professional Administrators of Volunteer Resources – Ontario (PAVR-O). For more information, please email pavro@pavro.on.ca. 


This course is on-demand, meaning that you can take it anytime, at your own pace. The course takes approximately 1 hour to complete from start to finish, but you have unlimited access for 3 months. You can choose to take the course in one sitting or in smaller bites. Either way, the course is entirely flexible and up to you how fast you complete it!


$99 – this price includes the 3-month unlimited access and all the course downloads.

About the Course Author

Hala Bissada is President, CEO and Chief Strategy Officer of hala inc. She is an event industry thought leader and an international award-winning event producer with over 20 years of experience. Hala began her career at SickKids Foundation where she developed her passion for events. Later, as Chief Development Officer for Children’s Aid Foundation she honed her fundraising skills and became a Certified Fundraising Executive. Though she loved her 13 years in the not-for-profit sector, she was always drawn back to event planning and started hala inc. in 2004. Building on the success of hala inc., in 2015 she launched Hala Luxury Weddings & Milestone Celebrations, offering an array of specialty services to clients planning private or social events. She is a soughtafter speaker at industry conferences and has established educational programs at both Ryerson University and Humber College where she has also taught the curriculum.

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