January 30, 2014

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina announces first series of 2014 Carolina Academy workshops

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has announced the first in a series of workshops in its 2014 Carolina Academy workshop lineup. Workshops are free and open to staff, board and volunteers of nonprofit organizations in South Carolina that are in some way addressing poverty in the state.

“We are extremely excited about the line-up of workshops for 2014. In response to feedback we have received from past participants along with our own observations, we are offering workshops that address current trends and emerging capacity building needs of nonprofit organizations,” said Katrina Spigner, senior program director  of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. “As organizations seek to adapt to the current economic climate, the learning curve is steep and the organizational stakes are high. To be successful, organizations will need to develop both technical skills and increased competencies. The Carolina Academy exists to help facilitate such learning opportunities and each customized workshop is designed for that purpose.”

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina’s Carolina Academy leverages training and educational opportunities to meet the needs of multiple nonprofit organizations in South Carolina. The foundation goes beyond grantmaking and provides nonprofits with tools and resources for success.

To date, workshops that have been scheduled include:

Laughing all the Way: The gift of Laughter: February 12, 2014
Laughter is not only about making people laugh but teaching them to laugh, also. This session uses a clean comedy routine to introduce the three main laughter sounds made by people. Practice Makes Perfect exercise.

What’s Your Story: The Power of Storytelling: March 19, 2014
Learning to tell a story that is captivating and soul-stirring is an art. Beyond social storytelling, the power of story can move the listener to take action based on its core content. In business, it can make a client say yes to a sales pitch, a manager to agree to offer a promotion or an employee to trust her coworker. For nonprofits, having a good story to tell others about your organization can move them to offer support. This is an excellent workshop for those charged with fundraising and recruitment. What’s your story?

When words speak louder than actions: The secrets of influential communication: April 23, 2014
If you want to increase your non-profit growth then you need to address two main areas: your sponsors and your staff. It sounds obvious, but too many organizations are having to close their doors because of hidden communication failures in both of these areas. If it’s not working like you want it to, then you can guarantee that a subconscious communication is running the show. Until it is exposed you will continue to run into the same problems of lacking funds and lackluster staffing.

To allow for more interaction and targeted, hands-on learning opportunities, each workshop is limited in size. Those wishing to participate should visit the Carolina Academy section of the Foundation's website, and complete and submit an application.

About the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.

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