StoryGrowing 2.0 Launches

Workshops, one on one planning, personal "Sherpa," hours of coaching, practicums, peer learning and most importantly - storytelling! Sign up by July 15 for Information Session to learn how to apply! Learn More »

Information session scheduled for July 19

 “This has really changed the way we talk about our organization and helped us show the value of the work we’re doing.”

“It was nice to get that outside perspective from the coaches who are not familiar with your organization at all, so we can see where we are creating things that make sense to us but don’t necessarily make sense to other people.”

“I think one of the great things about this whole project was that it gave us permission to make the time – we’ve all had these stories – but we haven’t taken the time to pull them together and make it a priority.”


These are just a few of the comments from non-profit organizations that participated in the pilot of the StoryGrowing program that began in April 2016.

Because the StoryGrowing program had such an impact on participating organizations, we’re moving forward with StoryGrowing 2.0, launching in September 2017.

Supported through a partnership between the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, the Central New York Community Foundation, and the Gifford Foundation, the program helps non-profits strengthen their storytelling culture and skills through intensive workshops, group training and one-on-one coaching.

Up to eight Central New York organizations will be selected to participate in StoryGrowing 2.0, which runs from September 2017 to May 2018. There is no cost to the organizations.

Teams from participating organizations will receive:

  • 25 hours of required workshops and intensives covering branding and strategy, building a storytelling culture, practical training in using video, photography, social media as well as public presentation skills;
  • a StoryGrowing “Sherpa” for the entire process, who acts as a guide for each organization;
  • up to 20 hours of coaching from specialists available through a clinic model. Organizations select coaches that meet their specific needs and can vary the coaches they use as their work evolves; and
  • a community-wide celebration of storytelling!

Organizations will be considered for StoryGrowing 2.0 by application only.

Interested organizations should attend a mandatory Information Session on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Philanthropy Center, 431 East Fayette Street in Syracuse. To register for the information session, call 315-474-2489 x12 or email

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