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Connecting Your Impact Reporting to Your Community Through Storytelling

For your convenience, you can download the webinar slides here.

Clear and transparent storytelling brings impact to the forefront for the City of Muskogee Foundation. Not only do they share their yearly economic impact via a visual report on their website, but they also craft stories of grantees, community outreach, education initiatives, and more. The intentional pairing of data with storytelling paints a vivid picture of their impact and helps their board understand what their approvals mean.

Listen as Laura Wickizer, grants manager for the City of Muskogee Foundation, and her fellow panelists share:

  • How they tackle this yearly project
  • The nuts and bolts of data visualization on their website
  • How they gather the data and images to tell meaningful stories about their grantees and projects
  • What this format has meant for their board communications
  • How this keeps them connected to the community they serve


Laura Wickizer | Grants Manager, City of Muskogee Foundation

Wren Stratton | Board Chair, City of Muskogee Foundation

Jenny Jamison | Board Member + Executive Director, Lake Area United WayCity of Muskogee Foundation

James Gulley | Board Chair + CEO of Love Bottling, City of Muskogee Foundation

About the Author

Lynsie has enjoyed working in philanthropy for over 13 years, and has a passion for helping organizations and clients achieve their grantmaking goals efficiently. Working in Fort Worth and Oklahoma City, Lynsie has a strong understanding of a wide variety of philanthropic vehicles. Before joining Foundant, Lynsie spent five years with Foundation Management, Inc., where she was a grants administrator for a number of private family foundations and public charities. She then moved to Texas to work for The Dallas Foundation, which is the oldest community foundation in Texas. There, Lynsie managed all scholarship and hardship assistance programs, as well as all donor advised fund grants. During her seven years at The Dallas Foundation, Lynsie had the opportunity to lead the work of transitioning the scholarship programs from paper-based applications and extensive manual data entry, to a streamlined online scholarship management process through Foundant. This experience empowered Lynsie to tailor processes not only for the foundation staff, but also for the donors and the applicants as well.

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