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REGISTRATION CLOSED: Empathy to Action – Storytelling in Philanthropy

Thursday, August 6, 2015 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm PDT
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360 San Francisco, CA 94105
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How many of us have been ignited, inspired and shaken out of our own complacency by powerful stories?  Would you like to tell stories that make people smile, weep, deepen partnerships and influence key audiences? 

Join San Francisco Bay Area funders for this highly interactive session, facilitated by experienced storyteller and writer Suzanne Skees of the Skees Family FoundationIn this workshop, you will learn the process, challenges, and inspirations underlying storytelling, develop how to tell the story of your foundation, and start the draft of your story

This program is hosted by Exponent Philanthropy’s San Francisco Bay Area Local Engagement Group.

Program participants can continue the conversation with a networking hour from 4pm - 5pm following the program.


Suzanne Skees, Chair, Director/Writer

Suzanne Skees's current book project is MY JOB: Real People at Work Around the World, a collection of first-person narratives by taxi drivers, midwives, musicians, technologists, and more, across the U.S. and around the world. All proceeds from the book will fund job-creation programs to end poverty. Suzanne also works in international development as director of the Skees Family Foundation, which supports innovative self-help programs in the U.S. and developing countries in education and job creation. Skees studied English literature (Boston College) and world religions (Harvard Divinity School). Writing for online and print media, Skees travels from schools to slums, prisons to farms, serving as a storyteller for nonprofit workers, social entrepreneurs, and their courageous clients who toil every day to end poverty and create equality.

Targeted Audience 

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. We encourage you to share information about this program with other philanthropists you think might benefit.

This program is open to NCG members and Exponant Philanthropy members.

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Exponent Philanthropy amplifies and celebrates the vital work of a diverse group of givers who choose to give big while staying small. They’re a vibrant membership organization that provides resources and valuable connections to help funders make the most of the minutes they have and the dollars they give.