TELLURIDE FOUNDATION TO HOST SERIES OF VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS FOR NONPROFITS Free Workshops to Help Nonprofits Respond to the new COVID Economic Realities

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  • On July 20, 2020
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TELLURIDE, Colo. (July 20, 2020) – COVID-19 has posed many challenges for everyone, yet it is within the face of adversity, new and unique opportunities for growth are presented.  Nonprofit leaders are pioneering these changes, accelerating community transformation, and as a result, an undeniable excitement around nonprofit work has emerged. This creative and enthusiastic nonprofit engagement allows nonprofit leaders to establish stronger interpersonal relationships with donors, thus giving way for more sustainable relationships in the future. Realizing the importance of capitalizing on current donor relationships, the Telluride Foundation is hosting a virtual nonprofit workshop, “Reframing COVID-19: A Unique Opportunity to Grow Relationships with Donors.” This workshop, taught by Denise Clark, a nonprofit consultant based in Telluride, will be held Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 from Noon to 1:30 via a web conference.

This webinar will cover giving trends, donor communication and cultivation, and donor experiences and preferences, teaching participants how to reach out to donors and build stronger relationships. “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of engaging our supporters during this time of crisis,” said Clark. “Donors want to hear from us about what we are doing and how they can help.”  Webinar participants will learn the nuances of communication during these difficult times to strengthen donor relationships. According to Clark, “Now is not the time to keep one’s cards close to one’s chest. Transparency is key when communicating with donors. This is such an unusual time for all of us. We must use it to increase individual outreach and deepen relationships with donors. Nonprofits must reassure supporters that, despite this time of uncertainty, we continue to do important work and offer hope in the community.”

Webinar trainer, Denise Clark, has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and is recognized as a thought partner on management, leadership, and governance. Clark serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver and specializes in building healthy nonprofit organizations, executive director coaching, board development, strategic planning, and fundraising.

The Telluride Foundation will seek input from participating nonprofits to inform the next and third webinar topics. Each webinar includes a local case study, downloadable resources and tools, and homework to ensure usability. Anyone interested in attending this free webinar should register in advance at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkcOyuqD4pH9EpdG_8SEIlHjdihzoaXQzT

Please contact April Montgomery at the Telluride Foundation at 970-728-8717 or april@telluridefoundation.org for questions or to receive a registration link via email.

The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride and regional community through the promotion and support of philanthropy. 2020 marks 20 years of making more possible through the Telluride Foundation’s commitment to enriching the quality of life of the residents, visitors, and workforce of the Telluride region. The Telluride Foundation is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that makes grants to nonprofits, owns and operates programs that meet emerging and unmet community needs, and makes investments. The Foundation approaches this work through the lens of its core values of inclusion, self-reliance, and innovation. Its work is funded through the generous support of individual donors as well as grants from state and national foundations. The Foundation hopes the community will join it in celebrating its 20th anniversary as it honors the nonprofits, donors, and community members who have all partnered together to achieve a significant positive impact on the region. For more information click on www.telluridefoundation.org.