2017 North County Nonprofit Forum- The power of storytelling

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 08:30 AM — 04:00 PM
 2017 North County Nonprofit Forum- The power of storytelling

The Power of Storytelling is the theme for the 2017 North County Nonprofit Forum. The event will kick off with a keynote address "Change the Story, Change the World," about nonprofit storytelling by Andy Goodman of the Goodman Center, in Los Angeles. Andy has revolutionized how nonprofits talk about their work to maximize the power of storytelling and better connect with clients, donors, and prospective volunteers.

Cost $35.00

The forum will also include the following breakout sessions: 

  • Stories of Gratitude
  • Reaching & Engaging the Latino Community Authentically
  • Marketing for Impact

Finally, a media panel will explore how best to message your organization's mission needs. You will also be invited to engage in meaningful converstions with peers about your own best practices and the lessons your nonprofit has learned through your unique storytelling experience.

The North County Nonprofit Forum was created in 2016 by a group of foundations and nonprofits interested in building the capacity and strengthening networking among northern Santa Barbara County nonprofits and funders. The first forum was held in Santa Maria in October 2016. While the event was developed to meet the needs of organizations in northern Santa Barbara County, other nonprofits are welcome to participate.

Cost: $35.00 includes lunch

A limited number of scholarships are available. Please email, [email protected] if your organization needs a scholarship.

Event Sponsors: Hutton Parker Foundation, McCune Foundation, Santa Barbara Foundation, Santa Ynez Valley Foundation, The Fund for Santa Barbara, The Towbes Foundation, Weingart Foundation.

Event Schedule

  • 8:30 am - Registration
  • 9:00 am - Welcome & Keynote Address
  • 10:30 am - Networking Break
  • 11:00 am - Break-out Sessions
  • 12:30 pm - Lunch
  • 1:30 pm - Media Panel
  • 3:00 pm - Event concludes

Andy Goodman

Andy Goodman is co-founder and director of The Goodman Center, which teaches communications and marketing professionals how to reach more people with more impact. Along with Storytelling as Best Practice, he is author of Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes and Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes. He also publishes a monthly journal, free-range thinking, to share best practices in the field of public interest communications.

Andy is internationally know for his speeches and workshops on storytelling and has led over 500 trainings for clients including CARE, The Nature Conservatory, NOAA, the San Diego Zoo, MIT, Princeton, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, GE, Bank of America, and many others.

He has designed communications curriculum for the College for Social Innovation in Boston as well as for the African Leadership University in Mauritius. When not teaching, traveling, or recovering from teaching and traveling, Andy also serves on the board of directors of Imagine LA, a non profit working to end family homelessness in Los Angeles. For more information about his work, please visit www.thegoodmancenter.com.


Who Should Attend?

Nonprofit employees and Board members, including those who help communicate your organization's mission and those who gather the stories that showcase your impact. Each organization can register up to four people.

What food will be served?

There will be coffee and tea during registration, a mid-morning snack, and lunch included in the registration fee. Vegetarian option available.

What is the criteria for scholarships? 

Sponsorship support from our foundation partners covers most of the cost for this event, which allows us to keep the registration fee low. However, if the fee is a barrier to your organization's participation, you can seek one of a limited number of scholarships, Please email [email protected] if your organization needs a scholarship.

Is parking available on-site?

There is free parking at the hotel - both in front and behind the building - with additional parking at the municipal lot on Alisal RD


Hotel Corque/Root 246 400 Alisal Road Solvang, CA 93463

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