Training details

calendar_today Wednesday, July 1, 2020

access_time 10:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

place Online (Zoom)

attach_money Free


Westlake Porter Public Library, in collaboration with Candid, will explore creative approaches for organizations to make connections and raise funds in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Strategic storytelling is the most powerful tool an organization can use to connect with potential funders and inspire philanthropic giving. The ability to tell a unique, emotional story in order to stand out from the crowd has become critical to meeting fundraising goals during the coronavirus crisis.

Join our panelists for a conversation about building compelling stories that create a sense of urgency and promote understanding of the challenges that organizations face in serving their communities during the COVID-19 era. Learn how to move from traditional storytelling methods to digital engagement, cultivating advocacy, and fostering relationships with donors and grantmakers.

Moderator: David Holmes, Programs Manager - Midwest, Candid

Phyllis Harris, Executive Director, The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland
Caroline Linden, Manager of Programs and Operations, SVP Cleveland
Chrissy Stonebraker-Martínez, Co-Director, InterReligious Task Force on Central America/Cleveland Pandemic Response
Dawn Arrington, Cleveland Action Strategist, ioby

Guidestar Demo: Sam Peddicord, Network Engagement Mager, Candid


  • Learn how to effectively tell your organization's story online
  • Leverage best practices of how to convert storytelling to results from local experts

Intended audience

  • All levels of experience
  • Board members
  • Fundraising & development staff
  • Grant writers
  • Marketing, communications, external affairs
  • Nonprofit startups
  • Program directors and staff



By enrolling in this training, you agree to grant Candid permission to document this session with photography, film, and/or video. Material captured may be used in future publications, brochures, or other printed materials used to promote Candid. Please inform instructor if you do not agree to these conditions.