Spring Workshops and Trainings

Between February and October we are looking at plenty of opportunities for nonprofits and community members to take advantage of free or low cost trainings and workshops. We are offering enhancements on two of our established series; launching an exciting new pilot initiative and in a few weeks partnering with others to present a special program on Crowdfunding.

First up:

Crowdfunding for Cash and Community Engagement
When: February 24th, 2016, 4-8pm
Where: The Philanthropy Center Ballroom, 431 East Fayette St, Syracuse, NY 13202
Crowdfunding is expected to raise billions of dollars worldwide in 2016, and is getting a lot of buzz these days. Join the staff of the national, nonprofit crowdfunding platform ioby ( for an in-depth workshop to learn more about how crowdfunding can be both an effective fundraising and community-engagement tool for your neighborhood-enhancing work.
This workshop is appropriate for nonprofits interested in building an individual donor base, as well as for volunteers and informal community groups. No prior fundraising experience required; space is limited.


To register:

2016 Board Development Series

When: The workshops take place between 4:30 and 7:30 and dinner is provided.
Tuesday March 22, 2016 – Board Member Roles & Responsibilities/Effective Committees
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 – Understanding Group Dynamics
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – Recruiting a Strong Board/Community Ambassadors
Thursday, May 12, 2016 – Building Organizational Capacity via Board Diversity

Where: The Philanthropy Center Ballroom, 431 East Fayette St, Syracuse, NY 13202


The goal of this series, now with an added fourth session, is to assist nonprofits with evolving boards to maximize their knowledge and potential for building strong, effective boards. Led by Maria Fibiger of Three Dog Consulting, the series offers powerful information in an atmosphere of mutual learning. Each session addresses a different aspect important to developing a dynamic and engaged board and is designed using group learning practices to enhance peer interactions. We are partnering with the CNY Community Foundation on this series.
The nonprofit leader and at least one board member should attend; each organization may bring up to three people. A commitment to attend all four sessions is vital and space is limited. Registration for the free series will begin soon; learn more by contacting Megan Wagner-Flynn at 315-474-2489 x13 or by email at


Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders

When: Wednesdays from 5:30-8:00 pm; dinner is provided.
Weekly between March 30 and May 25, 2016
In order to increase inclusiveness and diversity on non-profit boards, deepen the pool of trained board members and inspire potential leaders we organize Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders. This multi-week course on leadership development through board service is taught by community leaders. Now in its third offering, the series is designed and developed with the assistance of residents and prominent local partners like Leadership Greater Syracuse, the Human Services Leadership Council, and the Central New York Community Foundation.
The workshops in the 8-week course provide an overview of how board members add value, how to make the connection between your passion and area nonprofits, what it means to be a nonprofit and more. Topics include organizational lifecycles, group dynamics, networking and conflict resolution.
Cost is $50 with scholarships available. Applications are available by contacting Sheena Solomon at the Gifford Foundation (


StoryGrowing Project

When: April – October 2016
Ten months ago nationally recognized nonprofit marketer and storyteller Andy Goodman taught us that stories are our single most powerful communication tool. Over the last few months we have sought input from the 63 nonprofits that attended Andy’s workshop “Change the Story, Change the World” on how we might extend the training. Gifford, the Health Foundation from Western and Central New York, and the CNY Community Foundation have partnered on a free pilot initiative for 8-10 organizations, selected from those that attended the May 5 presentation.
Local experts will provide training in appropriate, ethical techniques for interviewing, gathering and sharing your stories; best practices for presenting those stories (live, video, etc.); ensuring that stories are told internally; how to use stories for marketing and fundraising, and other topics. The StoryGrowing Project will consist of six workshops between April 13 and June 22, coaching and technical assistance between July and September, and will culminate with a celebration in October.
The application process begins in mid-late February. If you have questions contact Heidi Holtz at

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