Story as Magic, Story as Tool: Collectively Crafting your Organization’s Story

Story is our most versatile organizational building block. It allows us to transform vision, need or opportunity into actions, strategies and objectives. When we approach a nonprofit organization as an unfolding story, we gain access to the most dynamic elements of the institution.

Each of us knows when we hear a story told well, or when we witness others being moved by a powerful story. This workshop will serve as a point of entry to crafting compelling stories for each of our organizations. The workshop is designed for nonprofit leaders who wish utilize the tools of story to engage and mobilize partners, team members, volunteers and donors.

Mark SimonJoin Mark Simon, principal consultant at Storywalkers Consulting Group. As an educator, consultant, writer and storyteller with more than 20 years of experience in social service, government, education, and faith-based organizations, Mark has helped small grassroots non-profits as well as large public agencies raise money, clarify vision and articulate key pieces of their story. He is adept with board and staff teams as well as with large-scale community-needs assessments.

This workshop is designed for organizations to bring multiple members including staff, board, even key volunteers.

The morning together will be entirely participatory and hands on. We will explore how story is arguably the most universal element of human culture and dabble in the magic ways that story binds, unites and engages people. Organizational teams will collaborate to identify and convey the story of what you do, why you do it and how others can help your organization succeed. By the close of the workshop you will walk away with tools and strategies that can be utilized immediately across your organization.

Presenter: Mark Simon
 Friday,  April 26th, 2013, 8:30am–12:30pm

No More “Cultivation Fatigue” – Let’s Do The Ask!

  • Your organization’s story is dynamic and complete
  • You know what your fund development goals are
  • Your relationships are solid

In short, you’ve done your homework.  Now it’s time – Let’s Do The Ask!


Join Kim Rhinehelder, CFRE, Vice President, Philanthropy at the Eskaton Foundation and learn how to take all that work and use it to ask potential donors for their support.

Making “The Ask” can be daunting, but this workshop will assist you with tools and hands-on-practice.  You will actually work on
“getting the words out of your mouth” and come away with more comfort and increased confidence in your success of asking for financial support for your organization.

Kim brings many years of experience having served as Chief Development Officer for Mercy San Juan, and Co-Executive Director as well as Development and Public Relations Officer for Sierra Adoption Services. During her tenure at Sierra Adoption Services, she built a fundraising department which now raises over $2 million annually.

Kim is also past president of the Association of Fundraising professional and one of only 100 certified national presenters.

Presenter: Kim Rhinehelder
Thursday, June, 13th, 2013, 8:30am – 12:30pm

Demystifying Finances: What Every Board Member Needs to Know

As a Board Member:


  • Do you rely on your organization’s Finance Committee and staff to fully understand the financial statements without fully understanding them yourself?
  • Do you wish you were more clear but don’t know want to derail a board meeting by asking a question you think you should already know the answer to?
  • Do you wish you had a better understanding of what you are approving?


If you answered YES to even one of these questions then this workshop is for you.

You will:

  • Gain confidence as a Board Member when it comes to your organizations finances
  • Have a better sense of what to look for to determine your organization’s fiscal health and/or spot red flags
  • Have FUN while learning

Although aimed at Board Members, Executive Directors and appropriate staff are encouraged to attend so that all members of your organization are “on the same financial page” and speaking about finances with a shared knowledge.

Presenter, Judy Nichols is a local CPA, here in Nevada County for the past 14 years.  Her background includes; CPA practice in AZ and Chief Financial Officer of an insurance company.

Judy delights in bringing clarity and understanding to those of us whose education and professional background did not include nonprofit finances.

In addition to her professional career and passion, Judy is a Distinguished Toastmaster who brings her enthusiasm, knowledge and humor to her presentations.

PresenterJudy Nichols

Tuesday, October, 8th, 2013, 4:00pm – 8:00pm