Give Local

People across Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties came together and raised nearly $800,000 for our local nonprofits through Give Local 2021, thank you for strengthening our communities!

Workshops for Nonprofits

Fundraising for Humans, A Give Local Workshop (Virtual)

Presenter: Daisha Versaw of Community Foundation of South Puget Sound

Date: August 25, 2021

Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm, PST

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Join Community Foundation of South Puget Sound's Director of Community Programs, Daisha Versaw, and your nonprofit fundraising peers for a conversation about keeping our professional practices grounded. We’ll learn from each other and explore some ways to keep our humanity (and the humanity of those around us) intact as we engage with the potentially dehumanizing work of asking for money. Participants will gain ideas for how to organize and prioritize the work, tools for inviting financial support in compelling welcoming ways, and help figuring out how a campaign like Give Local fits into the bigger picture. We’ll also have a chance to try on some new “lenses” and explore a few shifts in perspective that can help us stay focused on what matters most.

Nonprofit Storytelling: Moving Beyond Curated Storytelling, Part 2 (Virtual)

Pre-requisite: This workshop is designed to be a follow-up to the "Moving Beyond Curated Storytelling, Part 1" workshop.

Presenter: Elaine Vradenburgh of Window Seat Media

Date: September 14, 2021

Time: 9:30 - 11:00 AM, PST

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Our success as fundraisers depends to a large degree on our ability to tell compelling stories – about the need in the community, about the impact of our work, and about the future we are striving to create. Whose stories are we telling to write that narrative? What are our practices for telling those stories? What power dynamics are at play? This two-part workshop series provides an overview of nonprofit storytelling conventions and a do-it-yourself template to try.

In Part 2 of Moving Beyond Curated Storytelling, participants will bring their stories (complete or works-in-progress) from "Moving Beyond Curated Storytelling, Part 1" workshop for feedback, advice and technical help. This series aims to increase media literacy, help organizations connect their work with a larger theme or guiding question(s), and offer tools and templates for do-it-yourself storytelling.

Building a Comprehensive Marketing Strategy and Online Presence for Your Non-Profit Organization (Virtual)

Presenter: Erika Taylor Montgomery of Three Girls Media

Date: September 30, 2021

Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM, PST

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Please join The Community Foundation and Three Girls Media, Inc. for an informative workshop on Building A Comprehensive Marketing Strategy And Online Presence For Your Non-Profit Organization. CEO Erika Taylor Montgomery will help you evaluate a landing page to determine its most important points and provide your organization with a robust online presence. In addition, Erika will explain aspects of a marketing strategy, including social media, content marketing, advertising, sponsorships and more. You will learn how to put this information into motion and build a strategy for your non-profit. Finally, a Q&A portion at the end of the presentation will clarify any questions that remain.

Give Local Platform Walk-Through (Virtual)

Presenter: Melissa Rosscup of Community Foundation of South Puget Sound

Date: October 6, 2021

Time: 9:00 - 10:30 AM, PST

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During this platform webinar, participants will be taken through the steps to build their Story for Give Local as well as additional features available to boost donor engagement. Participants are encouraged to ask clarifying questions throughout the webinar as other participants may be thinking the same thing. After this webinar, participants will leave with the knowledge and confidence to make the most out of the Give Local platform.

Fundraising for Humans, A Give Local Workshop (Virtual)

Presenter: Daisha Versaw of Community Foundation of South Puget Sound

Date: October 12, 2021

Time: 10:00 - 11:30am, PST

Click here to register today!

Join Community Foundation of South Puget Sound's Director of Community Programs, Daisha Versaw, and your nonprofit fundraising peers for a conversation about keeping our professional practices grounded. We’ll learn from each other and explore some ways to keep our humanity (and the humanity of those around us) intact as we engage with the potentially dehumanizing work of asking for money. Participants will gain ideas for how to organize and prioritize the work, tools for inviting financial support in compelling welcoming ways, and help figuring out how a campaign like Give Local fits into the bigger picture. We’ll also have a chance to try on some new “lenses” and explore a few shifts in perspective that can help us stay focused on what matters most.


Past Workshops:

To access materials from workshops during the 2020 Give Local season, please follow this link.

Nonprofit Storytelling: Production Basics (Virtual)

Presenter: Elaine Vradenburgh of Window Seat Media

Do you want to make a fundraising video for Give Local (or other campaigns) but you don’t know how to get started? In this workshop, we will walk you through visual storytelling best practices – from principals of project design to considering what’s needed to work with a production company or do it yourself to attending to the power dynamics and ethics of telling other peoples’ stories. Participants will walk away with a solid process and ethical compass to guide them through their process.

Video recording of workshop (YouTube)

Closed captions from video recording (PDF)

Audio recording of workshop (DropBox)

PowerPoint from workshop (PDF)

Sample informed consent form (PDF)


Nonprofit Storytelling: Moving Beyond Curated Storytelling, Part 1 (Virtual)

Presenter: Elaine Vradenburgh of Window Seat Media

Our success as fundraisers depends to a large degree on our ability to tell compelling stories – about the need in the community, about the impact of our work, and about the future we are striving to create. Whose stories are we telling to write that narrative? What are our practices for telling those stories? What power dynamics are at play? This two-part workshop series provides an overview of nonprofit storytelling conventions and a do-it-yourself template to try.

In Part 1 of Moving Beyond Curated Storytelling, Elaine discusses storytelling conventions, explores best practices to help guide us in building an ethical storytelling practice, and workshops a simple template to try for Give Local. This series aims to increase media literacy, help organizations connect their work with a larger theme or guiding question(s), and offer tools and templates for do-it-yourself storytelling.

Video recording of workshop (YouTube)

Closed captions from video recording (PDF)

Audio recording of workshop (DropBox)

PowerPoint from workshop (DropBox)

Checklist for advocates (PDF)

Story Corps sound quality tips (PDF)


Utilizing PR & Media Relations to Reach Your Audience and Boost Donations (Virtual)

Presenter: Erika Taylor Montgomery of Three Girls Media

Please join The Community Foundation and Three Girls Media, Inc. for an informative workshop on Utilizing PR & Media Relations To Reach Your Audience And Boost Donations. CEO Erika Taylor Montgomery will discuss tips, tricks and strategies for media pitching, putting together a media list and determining which outlets are the best fit for your business’s media needs. She will help you understand the difference between a pitch and a press release, and prepare you to use publications’ lead times to your advantage. In addition, Erika will explain the benefits of electronic press kits and how they can help you package your organization to get the kind of media coverage you desire. Finally, a Q&A portion at the end of the presentation will ensure that any remaining questions are answered.

Video recording of workshop (YouTube)

Closed captions from video recording (PDF)

Audio recording of workshop (DropBox)

PowerPoint from workshop (PDF)

South Puget Sound media outlet list (PDF)


Give Local Platform Walk-Through (Virtual)

Presenter: Melissa Rosscup of Community Foundation of South Puget Sound

During this platform webinar, participants will be taken through the steps to build their Story for Give Local as well as additional features available to boost donor engagement. Participants are encouraged to ask clarifying questions throughout the webinar as other participants may be thinking the same thing. After this webinar, participants will leave with the knowledge and confidence to make the most out of the Give Local platform.

Video recording of workshop (YouTube)

Audio recording of workshop (DropBox)

PowerPoint from workshop (PDF)

Platform image ratio guide (PDF)

"At any age, we all have assets to share. Small amounts make a difference. And we really are all in this together.”

- Janet, Community Foundation Fund Holder

“Philanthropy is an important piece of helping to sustain a thriving, healthy community... the dividends are a healthier, vibrant community.”

- Give Local Donor

"I know I can pick up the phone and call the CommunityFoundation and they'll take our call... I've been incredibly impressed with the generosity and sense of togetherness I've encountered in the South Sound. This community is strong because of that and only because of that."

- Brian, Local Nonprofit Leader