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Your Case for Support & Persuasive Advocacy

May 14th:  9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m

Topic: Your Case for Support & Persuasive Advocacy

Location:  Best Western PLUS, Waynesboro (109 Apple Tree Lane)

The second installment in our 2019 Nonprofit Workshop Series is a very special, two-part event designed to elevate the impact of your organization’s case for support and your personal delivery of that case to move your audience to action.

Part 1: Your Case for Support
Stir donors to action with a persuasive Case for Support. Learn how to create a document and an evolving story that speak to the hearts of your key stakeholders and remind them why your organization matters to your community. Workshop participants will work in small groups to develop a powerful narrative of how your organization is poised to meet the community’s needs and a clear road map for continuing and completing your Case for Support.

Part 2: Persuasive Advocacy
Develop your story-telling ability to capture the hearts and minds of your audience. An examination of Shakespeare’s expertise in story-telling will help you create memorable moments for your current and prospective supporters. We will also explore the impact of non-verbal communication. Just as actors inhabit the characters they play in non-verbal ways that support their story, you will consider the conscious and unconscious choices you are already making and discover other options that will elevate the presentation of your case for support.

Who Should Attend: Staff and Board members who have the opportunity to engage with individuals who should support your organization. We encourage you to participate in this workshop with one or more of your colleagues and board members.

Fee: $75 (lunch included), or $55 for representatives of CNE-member organizations.

Trainers:
Cynthia Hurst, founder of Butterflies in Progress, is a nonprofit management and development consultant. She has more than two decades of experience as a nonprofit executive, consultant, and board member. From local nonprofits to international organizations, Cynthia has organized management teams and secured funding for missions ranging from human rights to the environment, historic preservation, social justice, senior care, the arts, and animal welfare.

Miriam Donald Burrows, Program Manager for the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge and Head of the Staunton Innovation League, Inc (SILI), has taught and performed with the American Shakespeare Center for twenty years where she is also a member of its Board of Trustees. Miriam works as a visiting guest artist for Mary Baldwin University’s Shakespeare and Performance program. She will be directing Romeo & Juliet for the ASC’s Young Company Theatre Camp this summer. Miriam is a recent graduate of CNE’s Board Academy.

Sarah Enloe directs programming in the areas of College Prep, Research and Scholarship, Life- Long Learning, and Educator Resources in her role as the Director of Education for the American Shakespeare Center. Sarah serves on the Advisory board of The Shakespeare Factory, the Editorial Board of the online journal This Rough Magic, and is on the executive board of the Shakespeare Theatre Association. Sarah co-edited Shakespeare Expressed and contributed “Playing with Character – Audience Members in Early Modern Playhouses” to the collection.