Learning to Tell Your Nonprofit Story

Hodges University News

In order to attract and engage donors, nonprofits must have an interesting story to tell. Hodges University’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence wants to help nonprofit executive directors, development directors and related staff members by providing an expert in fundraising, who will explain how to effectively tell the story in a meaningful way, all while peaking donor interest.

The “ What’s Your Story…Tell Your Donors with Focus and Ease” workshop will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 14. Robert C. Happy, Jr., president of Averill Fundraising Solutions, LLC, will lead a panel of professionals who can offer a well-rounded set of experiences for program participants. Panelists include:

  • Erica Castner, master certified business and breakthrough coach, and “Power Factor Biz Chat” podcast talk show host
  • Amy Sedlacek, corporate giving manager at Chicos Foundation
  • Jinx Liggett, executive director of Youth Haven
  • Matthew Grabinski, president of Coleman, Yovanovich & Koester, P.A.

Individuals who attend the workshop will discuss elements of an engaging message, learn how to tell impactful stories, critique messages for effectiveness and draft a story using the techniques discussed.

In addition, participants may receive 1.5 Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) points for this session.

The fee to participate is $35. Registration is available online at https://www.hodges.edu/cne/schedule.aspx. The workshop will be held in the White Community Room on the Naples campus – 2647 Professional Way, Naples, FL 34119.

For a full list of upcoming workshops, and to register, visit www.hodges.edu/cne. Contact Noreen Thomas at cne@hodges.edu or (239) 405-7687 for additional information.

About Averill Fundraising Solutions, LLC:
Averill Fundraising Solutions is a full-service fundraising consulting firm. The Averill team has combined nearly 75 years of experience serving secondary and higher education, hospitals and medical centers, academic medicine, faith-based organizations, global health organizations, human service organizations, professional and membership societies, arts and cultural organizations, and civic and social groups. Averill has a substantial track record managing campaign planning phases, capital campaigns and other projects for a myriad of not-for-profits across every sector. They have great experience guiding organizations – large, small and in between – to outperform expectations.

About the Center for Nonprofit Excellence:
The Hodges University Center for Nonprofit Excellence serves as a leader in the training and support of nonprofit organizations. Its mission is to support excellence in the leadership and management of nonprofit enterprises through professional development opportunities, research and mentoring. Seminars provide information on roles and responsibilities of board members, legal and financial best practices, strategic planning, fund raising, volunteer management and other topics relevant to the operations of a high-quality organization.

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