NEW! Growing Your Stories – Storytelling Techniques for Nonprofits

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with Heidi Holtz
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
8:30 am – 12:30 am
Fee $80, includes light refreshments

Borg Warner Conference Room, Tompkins County Public Library,
E. Green St. at S. Cayuga St., Ithaca (driving and access directions below)
Presented by the Human Services Coalition
Co-sponsored by the Tompkins County Public Library

Not for profit organizations are adept at uncovering their stories, but not always sure how to share them ethically, intentionally and effectively.

Andy Goodman (The Goodman Center) teaches us that stories are our most powerful communication tool. If we collect and utilize them well, they will help shape our identity, influence others, and strengthen advocacy, recruiting and communication efforts.

With Goodman’s work as a guide, this workshop will teach you:

  • The best types of stories to tell
  • How to collect and bank stories
  • Techniques on how to share stories and who to share them with to maximize impact
  • How to use stories to build board and staff buy-in
  • How to create a storytelling culture at your organization

The workshop will be interactive – participants will be encouraged to share stories and participate in various exercises to stimulate discussion and learning. The instructor will also share how 18 not for profit organizations in Central New York have continued to collectively work to increase their storytelling capacity.

About the Presenter:

Heidi Holtz is the Owner/Principal of Stillwork Consulting Group LLC. She specializes in helping nonprofits and organizations grow their capacity in board development, strategic planning, communications, storytelling, resource development and leadership.

From 2005 to 2018 Heidi was on the senior leadership team of the Gifford Foundation in Syracuse, NY. While there she developed a number of initiatives, among them StoryGrowing, a training program for nonprofits who wish to build their storytelling capacity. Prior to Gifford, Heidi spent 25 years in arts administration including nine years as Director of Communications at Syracuse Stage. She has taught at Syracuse University and Ithaca

Heidi holds certifications in Nonprofit Lifecycles (capacity building system), BoardSource Nonprofit Board Consultant, and as an Appreciative Inquiry facilitator

Registration and Payment

Register online at If you are unable to register and pay online please call 607.273.8686 or email

Cancellation Policy

All registration sales are final – we are unable to refund or transfer fees onto a different workshop for missed sessions.  At times a workshop may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other issues. If this occurs, we will post the cancellation on our website:, email all registered participants, and refund any prepaid fees. If you plan to walk-in, please check our website for the most up-to-date information prior to attending.


Limited scholarships are available to agencies whose non-profit board and staff members cannot attend without one. To request a scholarship, email: in advance of the workshop.


Coffee, other drinks, and snacks are provided at all workshops; lunch is not provided. Attendees at sessions in the Borg Warner Room may leave and eat lunch on the beautiful Ithaca Commons.

Special Needs

Please notify us if you have any special needs; the Coalition wishes to make its workshops accessible to everyone.

For the comfort of everyone, HSC workshops are fragrance free. We appreciate your cooperation.

Parking and Directions

The Coalition is a United Way agency

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