Virtual Volunteer Engagement
Friday, May 22nd 9:30am PT / 12:30pm ET
As nonprofits pivot their volunteer programs and strive to effectively engage volunteers at a distance, I believe it is important to share resources and information to help organizations make this critical transition. I am proud to be partnering with MilkCrate to host a webinar for “Virtual Volunteer Engagement” on May 22nd.
There will be a presentation followed by Q&A. Nonprofit leaders and program staff are encouraged to attend.
Three Sessions at the Education Travel Consortium
Monday, February 3, and Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Location: Chattanooga Marriott Downtown, Chattanooga, TN
Register here: https://educationaltravel.travel/conference/about/
Action Learning – Curating Travel Experiences
How do we discover and open travelers to the emerging landscape of educational travel? Increasingly our clients, affinity groups and educational travelers are seeking “curated travel experiences’ that offer opportunities for transformational learning and the emergence of life enhancing insights. What does it take for travel experiences to become meaningful and inspirational? This Intensive focuses on a profound shift that is underway in tour design and tour management in the field. Bringing the best of what we know about educational travel for lifelong learning, this Action Learning Intensive imparts techniques and tips to formulate the deep dive open ended questions for group and individual reflection. Likely to rattle some of our collective assumptions this workshop draws on the real world experience of everyone in the room to generate wicked questions that confound simple answers or easy quick fix solutions. What does it take to design sustainable and mutually satisfying lifelong learning experience in destinations and communities? How do we link traveler concerns about global inequities and social injustices to the ways in which we think about, plan and promote meaningful travel and destination encounters? As such the how, why, what and when of curating action learning travel experiences will fall neatly into place. The ETC Learning Labs each year put into action these concepts.
Donor Travel Advanced: Travel with Impact – Beyond the basics
Creating transformative donor trips that serve multiple stakeholders and objectives can be a challenge for even the most experienced travel planners. In this interactive session, we’ll take a deep dive into your burning questions – from measuring impact, to collaborating with fundraising colleagues, to project management issues – and develop new strategies for success. Tenured travel planners will have the opportunity to learn from one another and share solutions for today’s toughest challenges in donor travel. Designed as an advanced session.
Donor Travel Fundamentals: The pitfalls and possibilities
Affinity travel programs can be one of the most effective ways of raising funds and engaging supporters – but only if done right. This fundamentals session will explore different models for donor travel, along with their advantages and common challenges. If you are new to donor travel come learn how to craft a travel program strategy, establish goals and objectives, and create customized opportunities for authentic and long-term engagement. Whether you’re currently learning the ropes in a new role or exploring models to develop a new program, you’ll leave with specific ideas to optimize your existing travel programs and framework to launch new initiatives.
The Pitfalls and Possibilities of Site Visits
Monday, November 18, 2019
Location: The Westin Seattle
Register here: https://philanthropynw.org/annual-conference-2019
Site visits, tours, trips, and direct engagements with beneficiaries are opportunities ripe for exploitation. Staff in nonprofits spend undue time preparing for and facilitating site visits from funders, often to the detriment of their programs. Beneficiaries are sometimes paraded around in inauthentic and even re-traumatizing ways. Despite the intention to both inform funders and deepen relationships, site visits often exploit overworked staff and further marginalize communities. There is a better way. This provocative lightening talk will challenge common misconceptions of site visits, illuminate common pitfalls, and provide ideas for more authentic engagements with grantees.
Voluntourism: Privilege, Power, and New Possibilities
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Location: Portland State University
Register here: http://globalpdx.org/globalpdx-conference-2019/
While volunteers play a vital role in nonprofit operations both at home and abroad, the booming sector of voluntourism has also led to widespread exploitation and the commodification of communities around the world. In the shadow of several highly-publicized scandals, nonprofits are grappling with increased skepticism and the ethics of sending privileged, untrained people to affect change at our sites of impact. This provocative panel brings together some of our region’s most forward-thinking leaders in volunteer management and asks them some of the toughest questions: Do our volunteer opportunities really move the mission forward, or are they simply padding resumes and bolstering egos? How do race, class, power, and privilege show up in our volunteer programs and do they challenge – or reinforce – an inequitable status quo? Come take a deep dive into the complexities of utilizing volunteers in the international landscape, and learn how we can create more equitable and effective programs.
From Exploitation to Empathy: Navigating the Dynamics between Donors, Staff, and Program Participants
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Strategies 360 Conference Room
240 N Broadway
Portland, OR 97227
This free lunch & learn program is brought to you by Global PDX, a community of Oregon-based global development professionals.
Since the term “poverty porn” first appeared in 1981, much has been said about the exploitation of human suffering to inspire charitable giving. Yet four decades later, many organizations still struggle to communicate their impact in a way that authentically represents the issue and preserves the dignity of those affected by it. How do we portray our program participants as their own agents of change, while admitting that they also need our help? How do we emotionally connect funders to our clients, without simplifying their challenges or minimizing cultural differences?
In a refreshing take on this provocative issue, Caliopy Glaros of Philanthropy without Borders invites attendees to move beyond lexicon and imagery, to embrace methods that both challenge assumptions and inspire empathy. Drawing from her experience in international donor travel as well as research from social psychology, she provides an innovative approach to building capacity for empathy while motivating others to action.
10 Tips for a Successful Donor Trip
Based on the most common mistakes and missed opportunities I see, my ten biggest tips will help ensure your next donor trip meets the mark.
Monday, July 15th
10:00am PDT / 1:00pm EDT
This free 30-minute flash webinar is sponsor by Bloomerang and hosted by fundraising guru Pamela Grow.
Register here: http://motivatemonday.pages.ontraport.net/
From Exploitation to Empathy: How to Talk About Our Beneficiaries with Dignity and Truth
1849 SW Salmon
Portland, OR 97205
Since the term “poverty porn” first appeared in 1981, much has been said about the exploitation of human suffering to inspire charitable giving. Yet for all that we’ve learned over the last four decades, many organizations still struggle to communicate their impact in a way that authentically represents the issue and preserves the dignity of those affected by it. How do we portray our beneficiaries as their own agents of change, while admitting that they also need our help? How do we emotionally connect our donor to our clients, without simplifying their challenges or minimizing cultural differences?
In a refreshing take on this provocative issue, Caliopy Glaros of Philanthropy without Borders invites attendees to move beyond shifts in lexicon and imagery, and embrace methods that both challenge assumptions and inspire empathy. Drawing from her experience in international donor travel as well as research from social psychology, she provides an innovative approach to building our donors’ capacity for empathy through all forms of interaction: mass communications, one-on-one conversations, and experiential tours.
Attendees with leave this session with an applicable strategy and concrete process they can take back to their organizations and begin utilizing immediately. Join this workshop to learn to navigate this complex issue and transform your organization’s messages into vehicles of dignity and empowerment.
View the free recording here:
How to Communicate Across Cultures When Knowledge is Not Enough
Hosted by Global PDX
Wednesday, April 10th, 2019
930 SE Oak St, Portland, OR 97214
Global PDX is a consortium of NGOs, businesses, and individuals involved in international development. This monthly social connects fellow professionals and provides an opportunity for the community learn about our work.
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