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’Tis the Autumn of Stories and Gifts and Names

’Tis the Autumn of Stories and Gifts and Names
Thursday, October 9, 2014

There’s a reason people come to Essex County for the fall. Yellows, oranges and reds splash across trees and yards everywhere—an added treat for anyone attending a Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) fall workshop as well. But there’s an even better reason folks come to the workshops: for eight years they’ve provided vital organizations with training, tools and support to build their operational expertise.

This season of CNE workshops began on September’s last Tuesday (9/30) at the historic Community House of Hamilton and Wenham. ECCF Director of Communication Jo Kadlecek taught on how nonprofits can tell better their stories, helping them identify who their key characters are, what they want and what obstacles or conflict keep them from achieving their goals. Over 40 attendees pitched their ‘elevator’ stories around networking tables and learned how a story reinforces the values of their organization. They also tackled which of today’s digital platforms best fits the various aspect of their nonprofit’s story.

On October’s second Wednesday (10/8), ECCF CEO Dave Welbourn—who is retiring in December—led a sold out-crowd of 60 on The Path to Major Gifts Success. Kristen Noon, executive director of the Wenham Museum (and pictured here with Dave), hosted the event, introducing attendees to the mission of the delightful museum. With a range of nonprofits represented at the workshop, Dave spent the morning exploring why people tend to give, how to nurture relationships with specific donors and how to find new donors in unexpected places. His instruction was even live tweeted in notes you can find HERE.

Next Tuesday, Oct. 14, Anne Peyton of Yellow Brick Road Consulting will have a beautiful drive from her home in Vermont to the Community House of Hamilton and Wenham for the next CNE workshop. A popular CNE speaker, Anne will discuss creative approaches to increase giving in her workshop, Annual Fund by Any Other Name. And on Tuesday, Oct. 28 and Tuesday Nov. 18, Tamasin Foote of Allegra Consulting will direct a powerful two-part workshop on team building and decision making in Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast.

There are still a few spots left for these last three workshops, so register soon. When you do, we'll throw in the bonus of a spectacular autumn along with all sorts of new ideas to make your nonprofit work even better!

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