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Event Recap - Community Centric Storytelling

"Why Do We Shape Our Stories from a Donor-Centric Perspective? Shifting Our Lens to Community-Centric Storytelling and Fundraising"

When we think about best practices in philanthropy, we often focus on how external stakeholders will receive our messages -- including donor appeals, grant proposals, and event programs. But why is this the appropriate approach and do these practices honor the stories of the communities we serve? To further advance justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in the funding space, nonprofit organizations and philanthropic institutions must re-examine how we communicate. Here are a few easy-to-implement changes that you can make in your organization today:

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Program Recap: “Virtual Events 2.0″

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On January 28, 2021, a panel gathered to discuss tips on best practices for achieving virtual event goals, how to maximize results, and ideas for post-event cultivation. This program was generously sponsored by CCS Fundraising.  

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Program Recap: “Building a Pipeline of Institutional Funders: A deep dive into grant programs”

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On February 11, 2021, Stacia Silvia, Director of Foundation Relations and Development Operations at MAB Community Services, shared a crash course on grants, and answered participant questions. This lunch and learn was sponsored by CCS Fundraising.

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Program Recap: “Maximizing Life Science Partnerships”

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On December 3, 2020, WID asked a very basic, yet complicated question: How does a fundraiser make inroads with Corporate Social Responsibility programs in the Life Sciences?

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Program Recap: “WID 2020 Fall Kick-Off – Together Apart: WID Virtual Networking & Stories from the Desk of Mayor Yvonne Spicer”

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The morning began with greetings from WID’s President, Kellen Epstein and two 15-minute networking sessions. It was a wonderful way to start the morning and was a fun, virtual replacement for the normal networking that would happen in the room at a WID event.

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Program Recap: “Major Gifts During a Global Pandemic – The Way Forward”

On October 27, 2020, WID brought to light a question that many within the development profession are asking themselves daily. How do we continue moving forward with our major gifts program during a global pandemic? This program, sponsored by CCS Fundraising, gave attendees concrete suggestions from both fundraisers and donors alike, that although much has changed around us, the basics remain. We still need to continue making those asks, reach out to our constituents and building deeper connections with our donor base.

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Program Recap: “Small Shop Talk: Inside the World of Small Shop Fundraising”

On July 22, 2020, WID took a deep dive into the “small ponds” of the development world. “Small Shop Talk: Inside the World of Small Shop Fundraising,” one of a series of free summer webinars sponsored by CCS Fundraising, was moderated by Raquel Rosenblatt, Chief Development Officer of The Dimock Center.

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Program Recap: “Building Inclusion of People with Disabilities into Your Organization’s Mindset”

Highlights from “Building Inclusion of People with Disabilities into Your Organization’s Mindset” by Rachel Jellinek

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Program Recap: Fostering a Joyful Work Environment with Guest Speaker Peggy Burns

Headshot Peggy BurnsOver 100 attendees joined us for a webinar with “Joy Ambassador” Peggy Burns, Associate Dean, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education where she discussed the importance of fostering joy to improve employee satisfaction and success in the workplace.

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Webinar Recap: Lesson Learned from the COVID-19 Crisis

On Thursday, May 7, 2020 WID held a webinar featuring a panel of 4 speakers representing the healthcare, higher education, social services, and arts sectors who spoke about how they are managing teams responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Webinar Recap: Donor Motivations in Times of Crisis with Mike Sheehan

On April 28, 2020 Women in Development, in partnership with CCS Fundraising and the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Massachusetts, presented a webinar “Donor Motivations in Times of Crisis with Mike Sheehan”

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Webinar Recap: Fundraising in a Virtual World: Stories From the Front Line

On April 20, 2020 Women in Development, in partnership with CCS Fundraising and the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Massachusetts, presented a webinar on “Fundraising in a Virtual World: Stories From the Front Line”

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Webinar Recap: “One Month Down: Lessons Learned & Planning for the Next 100 Days”

On April 13, 2020 Women in Development, in partnership with CCS Fundraising and the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Massachusetts, presented a webinar on “One Month Down: Lessons Learned & Planning for the Next 100 Days”

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Webinar Recap: “Pivoting Your Case for Support and Fundraising Plan: Relevant Action Steps in the Time of COVID-19”

On April 6, 2020 Women in Development, in partnership with CCS Fundraising and the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Massachusetts, presented a webinar on “Pivoting Your Case for Support and Fundraising Plan: Relevant Action Steps in the Time of COVID-19”.

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Webinar Recap: “How to Engage Donors When Your Community Goes Virtual”

On March 30, 2020 Women in Development, in partnership with CCS Fundraising and the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Massachusetts, presented a webinar on “How to Engage Donors When Your Community Goes Virtual.”

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