Foundations launching StoryGrowing in western and central New York

Stories have the power to inform and inspire, excite and empower. But for most nonprofits, capturing the essence of the organization and its impact is easier said than done. That’s why we’re thrilled to bring StoryGrowing back to central New York for a second year and introduce StoryGrowing to western New York for the first time!

Based on the teachings of internationally recognized speaker and consultant Andy Goodman of The Goodman Center, StoryGrowing is a nine-month training program designed to help your organization harness the power of storytelling and nurture your growth through effective branding and communications training. Working directly with a variety of local professionals, your team will learn how to balance emotional and rational messaging, target the right audiences, make efficient use of digital and social tools, and much more.

What You’ll Learn
StoryGrowing will feature a variety of learning techniques—including lectures, workshops, private coaching, guided development and presentation opportunities— designed to help you and your organization:

  • Demonstrate fluency in the techniques of storytelling
  • Assess your organization’s current internal and external communications
  • Identify the elements of a strong brand proposition and evaluate your organization’s current brand messaging
  • Determine compelling key messages for your organization’s communications
  • Use stories in advocacy, development, recruiting and other communications
  • Identify and apply types of stories relevant to your organization’s target audiences
  • Apply best practices in writing, photography and videography
  • Disseminate stories through community outreach
  • Effectively tell stories both in person and through social media

The program will conclude with a community-wide celebration where your team will present your organization’s story.

Up to eight organizations in each region will be selected to participate in StoryGrowing. Organizations will be considered for StoryGrowing by application only.

Learn more about StoryGrowing in your region below!

Western New York  

To kick off StoryGrowing in western New York, join us for “The Right Story Changes Everything,” featuring Andy Goodman, director of The Goodman Center, on August 22, 2017 at the Key Bank Center in Buffalo, NY.

In his half-day workshop, Andy Goodman will explain why storytelling remains the single most powerful communication tool you possess, and he will offer specific ways your organization can use stories to advance your mission.

Only organizations that attend the workshop will be eligible to apply for StoryGrowing WNY.

StoryGrowing WNY is supported through a partnership between the Health Foundation and The John R. Oishei Foundation.

To register for the workshop and learn more about StoryGrowing WNY, click here.

Central New York  
We hosted a mandatory information session on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 for organizations that were interested in participating in StoryGrowing in CNY. Only organizations that attended the information session will be eligible to apply for StoryGrowing in CNY.

For more information, call 315-474-2489  ext. 12 or email

StoryGrowing CNY is supported through a partnership between the Health Foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation and the Gifford Foundation.