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Upcoming 2017 Workshops

Registration Open for:

Mission Before Money. . . Making your Case, and Making the Ask

  • Wednesday, September 20, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Manhattan
      • Saturday, September 23, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Poughkeepsie
      When it comes to valuing the services that your programs offer, not all stakeholders are created equal. This workshop will help staff and volunteers to:

      • Develop targeted, mission-driven messaging
      • Identify different audience segments that might support your cause
      • Learn to tell your tale in a way that motivates donors
      • Become comfortable in “making the ask”

      Making Sense of Mysterious Behavior: Mental Health in Feeding Programs and Food Pantries

          • Saturday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Manhattan
          • Saturday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Poughkeepsie
          This workshop will offer staff and volunteers of community kitchens, food pantries, and shelters tools to understand and work effectively with guests who exhibit challenging behaviors. We will discuss what those guests are communicating through their actions, as well as: 

          • The array of mental health diagnoses most likely to affect your guests
          • How to differentiate between “bad behavior” and symptoms of mental illness
          • How to avoid power struggles and burnout
          • Social issues that intersect with mental illness and contribute to hunger and homelessness
          • Nutrition and mental illness


          We offer a series of professional development workshops for parish-based and parish-supported outreach programs in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. These sessions provide a forum in which to network, ask questions, gain valuable resources, and learn from experts in the field – all with the goal of increasing program sustainability. Clergy, program directors, and volunteers are all invited to participate.

          Programs receiving Episcopal Charities’ grants are required to attend at least two workshops per year. The 2017 schedule includes both webinars and in-person trainings. In-person workshops are held in Poughkeepsie as well as Manhattan.  


          Click here to find resources from past workshops. Resource links from our most recent workshops are below: 

             Storytelling for Impact: Transforming your Program’s Stories into Powerful Fundraising and Marketing Tools (Spring 2016)        [description]

             From Potluck to Posh: Fundraising Through Events (November 2015) [resources]

              Succession Planning: Working for the Long Term Success of your Program  (October 2015) [resources]

              Youth Program Roundtable: Structuring Your Program to Meet Students’ Needs (June 2015) [resources]

             Safe Church Training (June 2015) [description]

              Feeding our Neighbors: Providing Great Hospitality in a Multi-Cultural Setting (May 2015) [resources]

              Grant Seeking – What Grant Makers Look For (October 2014) [resources]

              Making Our Voices Heard: Advocacy for Feeding Programs (September 2014) [resources]

              Responding to Trauma and Chronic Stress in Youth (June 2014)  [recap | resources]

              The Digital Mission (April 2014) [recap | resources]







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