Park City Community Foundation will host nonprofit workshop |

Park City Community Foundation will host nonprofit workshop

National nonprofit expert Joan Garry will lead a workshop called ÒWhatÕs Your Story?Ó at Treasure Mountain Inn on May 19. Registration is being accepted now. The event, presented by the Park City Community Foundation, is designed to help staff, board members, donors and volunteers of local nonprofits tell their organizationsÕ stories. (Courtesy of the Park City Community Foundation)

The Park City Community Foundation knows the importance of the town’s nonprofits.

A nonprofit itself, the foundation brings together resources to create sources of capital that helps local organizations with their mission to benefit Park City and the surrounding area.

One way of helping is by hosting workshops for staff, board members, donors and volunteers of local nonprofits, said Ollie Wilder, programs manager for the Park City Community Foundation.

"Each year, we like to bring in at least one nationally known speaker to do something that will help our nonprofits," Wilder told The Park Record. "This year, we felt it would be great for the event to focus on how nonprofits talk about what they do, or how people who love these nonprofits talk about what they do."

The next workshop is titled "What’s Your Story?" and will be held Thursday, May 19, at Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main St., from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Registration is being accepted now at Registration fee is $30 per person.

"We have around 60 people registered and can accept 90 or so," Wilder said. "There isn’t a deadline, but the sooner the better, because once we reach capacity, that will be that."

The workshop, which will be led by national nonprofit expert Joan Garry, will focus on helping nonprofit staff, donors and volunteers talk about their organizations, according to Wilder.

"With so many great Park City area causes to get involved in, we all want to be good at answering the question: ‘why are you involved in this organization?’" he said. "Talking about what the different nonprofits do in town isn’t something that we do well, so that’s why we decided to present this workshop.

"I mean, this town has so many great nonprofits that really strengthen the community and the more the rest of us have the opportunity to hear about that, the more we’ll know what we really want to get involved with," Wilder said. "Unless, someone can tell us what they do in a way that’s very compelling, we’re not going to, first off, appreciate what they do and, secondly, want to be a part of it."

Wilder is particularly happy that Garry, a former executive director of Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), will lead the workshop.

"Joan will share her ideas about what the key elements of telling a good story are and she’ll be workshopping with us so the nonprofit representatives will be able to hone their skills," he said.

Garry works with nonprofit leaders around the country, writes a blog that is followed by many local nonprofit leaders. She also teaches nonprofit media strategy at the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, and writes for The Huffington Post, according to Wilder.

"Over the past year, we realized that more and more people have become aware of Joan Garry as someone who knows many practical things that can help us in the nonprofit world get better at what we do," he said. "It turns out that this is also something that she’s passionate about, and when we asked her, she agreed to come to Park City.

"We all subscribe to her blog and like her Facebook page and we get all of this wonderful information from her," Wilder said. "We’ve been amazed at how useful and practical this information is."

The Park City Community Foundation got in touch with Garry through Maddy Shear.

"Maddy works with us in an ongoing way to help us build our education programs and runs our popular quarterly nonprofit roundtable sessions," Wilder said. "Because she is hearing directly from these nonprofits, Maddy has helped us figure out what the needs are."

Wilder is also grateful to Treasure Mountain Inn, who is not only donating the space for the workshop, but also donating Garry’s room.

"The Park City Community Foundation has hosted workshops at the inn before and they’ve been amazing to work with," Wilder said. "It’s such a fun venue because they are right in Old Town and we are so grateful for their support."

"What’s Your Story?" a workshop for staff, board members, donors and volunteers of local nonprofits, will be held Thursday, May 19, at Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main St., from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The cost is $30 per person. To register, visit

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