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Featured Stories: Workshops, trainings & convenings

Unique Workshops on Nonprofit Board Diversity

Join a unique combination: a workshop on the important topic of board diversity, coupled with the opportunity to network with the new graduates of our leadership training program, Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders. APPLY BY MAY 4. Learn More »

Growing Stories in our Community

There were words. And pictures. And video. And laughter. And singing. There were stories. Eleven nonprofits capped off six months of workshops and coaching in the art of telling their story with a fun celebration. Learn what happened at “Growing Stories in our Community.” Learn More »

New Leaders for the Future

“I cannot be halfhearted about the organization or I will be unlikely to invest in its future” – outcomes of our third Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders program. Learn More »

Funders Collaborate on StoryGrowing

In the spring of 2016 eleven organizations began a nine-month learning program called StoryGrowing, a new initiative to build nonprofit and community capacity in storytelling. What’s next for the participants? Learn More »

Spring Workshops and Trainings

It may still be winter, but we’re busy thinking about our Spring Training. With us, it’s boards, stories and funding strategies instead of baseball. Here are the four workshop and training opportunities we’ve got on the horizon! Learn More »

Appreciating a Strengths-Based Approach

In June Heidi Holtz, our director of research and projects, attended a week-long training in the strengths-based organizational model called “Appreciative Inquiry.” In this post she shares what she learned and its potential for our community. Learn More »

Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders

The 2017 Nourishing Tomorrow’ Leaders Course has launched. 54 applicants, over 30 participants! This program to train future board members and community leaders runs March 29-May 31. Learn More »

Highlighted Grant: Bringing together, giving to each

After our third or fourth meeting with different animal welfare organizations to discuss volunteer and other needs, we came up with the idea of bringing them all together to meet as a group. What did the seven organizations, from all around the area and of different sizes, learn from each other and what has been accomplished?? Learn More »

Hundreds learn storytelling

We’ve received lots of emails and notes praising Andy Goodman’s storytelling workshop on May 5. Read further on what the over 210 attendees learned. What are the next steps? Learn More »

Guest Post: Unintended Consequences

Kerry Quaglia, executive director of Home HeadQuarters and the 2014 recipient of the Kathy Goldfarb-Findling Leadership Award shares thoughts about difficulties for prospective homebuyers. Learn More »

2014: A Year to Celebrate

25 Community Grants. 21 “What If…” Mini Grants. Six new ADVANS organizations. And 60 years in existence. As Gifford kicks off 2015 we are taking a look back at what a special year 2014 was. Learn More »

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