StoryGrowing WNY: Nonprofits Invited to Hone Their Communications Skills with National Storytelling Expert


The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York and The John R. Oishei Foundation kickoff third annual StoryGrowing WNY Program designed to build communications capacity
of community organizations

What: Nonprofit organizations throughout Western New York are invited to attend the third annual kickoff event for StoryGrowing WNY featuring nationally known storyteller Andy Goodman. Participants will learn more about storytelling and how to apply to participate in a free marketing/communications educational program based on storytelling principles geared specifically for nonprofit organizations.

Eight local nonprofit organizations will be chosen to participate in the overall program that is designed to help local nonprofits harness the power of storytelling, build capabilities in effective marketing and communications, and connect them with local communications experts.

The free kickoff event will include insight and practical tools and tips for effective storytelling and is useful all organizations regardless of their interest in applying or their success in being selected for the overall program.

Seats are limited and interested participants must reserve a seat at  Reservations will be made on a first come-first served basis. Based on sold out events for the first two StoryGrowing kick off events, organizations are asked to limit their participation to no more than four representatives so that more organizations can participate.

When: Monday, March 2, 2020; 9 AM – Noon
Light breakfast and networking 8:30AM -9:00 AM
Opening remarks: 9:00 AM-9:10 AM
Workshop with Andy Goodman 9:15 AM– Noon

Where: The Lexus Club at Key Bank Center
Seymour H. Knox III Plaza, Buffalo, N.Y. 14203

Who:   All WNY non-profit organizations are invited to participate in the kick-off event and to apply to participate in the program.  Andy Goodman, Co-founder and Director of the Goodman Center and an internationally recognized speaker, author and consultant known for his workshops on storytelling, has helped develop the overall curriculum and will be the featured speaker at the event. The eight-month program features local marketing and communications experts sharing their expertise in a series of workshops and as guides and coaches for teams throughout the program including representatives from Block Club, Of the Sea, Rise Collaborative and No Boundaries Media, Let’s Talk Public Relations, and Program Savvy Consulting.

Why:   The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York and The John R. Oishei Foundation present StoryGrowing Western New York to help build the communications and storytelling capacity of the local non-profit community so that community organizations can raise awareness of their mission, increase fundraising and engage their community more effectively.

About the Sponsors:

The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York is an independent private foundation that sparks lasting change in health and healthcare across western and central New York, with special focus on young children, older adults and the systems serving them.

The John R. Oishei Foundation enhances the economic vitality and quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region through grantmaking, leadership and network building. The Foundation was established in 1940 by John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products Corporation.