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Nonprofit Resiliency Through Collaborative Education

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In this on-demand educational webinar, The Gifford Foundation and consulting partners discuss how they've worked together to build educational initiatives that further the goals of the foundation and their community—creating a foundation of resiliency across their nonprofit community.

By leveraging talented staffing resources to listen closely to their nonprofits and community members, Gifford has identified key areas where training and convenings bridge the gap through uncertainty, offer guidance to build on shared interests, or diversify voices in nonprofit leadership. These educational initiatives manifest through collaborative workshops, board development education, consultant trainings, and more.

Learn from the Gifford Foundation and their partners and ask questions to identify areas where you can leverage their experience and expertise in your own organization.

You'll learn:

  • How they've come together with area consultants to give them the tools needed to support their nonprofit community.
  • How those workshops, convenings, and trainings are structured for maximum benefit.
  • How this strategy creates unintended positive impact for nonprofits outside of The Gifford Foundation's funding ecosystem.


Lindsay McClung | Associate Director, The Gifford Foundation
Lindsay started at the Gifford Foundation in April 2007, serving in a variety of roles. She currently serves as the Associate Director at the Foundation. In her role she manages the community grantmaking program designed to support nonprofits in Central New York. In 2009 she began overseeing the Foundation’s capacity building initiative ADVANS (Advancing and Developing the Value and Assets of Nonprofits in Syracuse). Through her leadership it has grown to a $3.9 million capacity building initiative. As evidenced by her continued commitment to strengthen the capacity of nonprofit organizations, in 2015 she implemented POWER (People and Organizations with Energy and Resilience) a capacity building initiative designed to assist grassroots organizations and organizations in the start-up lifecycle phase. [Read More]

Jennifer Bonnett | President & CEO, Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute
Susan Kenny Stevens proudly announced Jennifer Bonnett as President & CEO of Nonprofit Lifecycle Institute in November 2019 after Jennifer served for almost a year as the organization’s first Associate Director. Joining the organization as a consultant in 2016, Jennifer has vast experience consulting with nonprofits and community-based foundations to target their capacity building dollars toward the greatest community impact. In her role with the Institute over the past year, she has had the opportunity to shape the future, and Susan is incredibly grateful for their shared vision for the future of the Institute to reach significant numbers of organizations whose shared impact so positively changes the face of our communities.

Jennifer has served in numerous leadership roles as she led her own consulting firm, as well as served as Executive Director for Arizona Public Health Association (named Arizona Affiliate of the year under her leadership) and Valley Permaculture Alliance. As a Nonprofit Lifecycle Institute consultant to both the ATLAS and AGILE programs at Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and a member of Vitalyst Health Foundation’s Consultants Community of Practice, she is actively leading and engaged in impactful work across our community.

Jennifer holds a Masters in Public Administration, Nonprofit Administration Concentration from Arizona State University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Committed to her community and driven by her passion to help mission-focused organizations achieve their visions and create strong nonprofits and stronger communities, Jennifer is building a resilient eco system to ensure the vision is achieved.

Abby Wilkymacky | Founder, MindflowerStudio
Abby Wilkymacky is known for her innovative facilitation and research techniques that drive creative participation in surprising, fun ways. Using human-centered design research, design thinking, and creative problem solving, she helps clients develop new ways of empathizing, defining, thinking, and collaborating to solve the most challenging problems. Abby holds a BS in Industrial Design and Spanish from The Ohio State University. She also teaches Industrial Design and Qualitative Research courses at Arizona State University.

Outside of work you can find Abby romping around in the desert on a mountain bike, climbing rocks, or exploring the wilderness with her Osprey backpack and at least 7 liters of water.

Kim Larkin | Founder & Principal, MXDarts
Kim Larkin provides a range of creative facilitation, training, and consulting services for national and international nonprofit leaders and teams. She is known for implementing highly effective best practice tools with organizations ranging from global Fortune 100 and 500 companies to nonprofit startups. In her business, MXD Arts, she utilizes creative, disruptive, and inventive approaches to design mission-driven strategies, build transformational cultures, and create lasting impact. Kim earned her Masters in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon and is a certified Project Management Professional.

In her free time, you’ll find her in the mountains, adventuring, or volunteering in the community. She is the Board Chair of Arizona Food Bank Network and a trustee and at Desert Botanical Garden.

About the Author

In her time with Foundant (since 2011) Sammie Holzwarth has taken on many roles in her path to becoming the Product Manager of Grants & Scholarships. Starting as an intern with Foundant’s Marketing Team, Sammie then moved into a Client Success Manager role - successfully implementing well over 150 clients. Her Foundant adventure next took her to the Sales Team as Foundant’s GLM/SLM Product Implementation Engineer. Her breadth of knowledge and extensive experience working with a plethora of clients and in varying roles at Foundant fuels her passion and excitement to continually improve GLM/SLM, and herself which she now brings to her role as the Product Manager for Grants and Scholarships! Sammie has a passion for youth philanthropy and has spearheaded the Youth Giving Project in Bozeman, MT as well as serving as an Exponent Philanthropy Next Gen Fellow for 2016. Montana holds a special place in Sammie’s heart as she is a born and raised Montanan; from rolling plains to mountain tops, this is where she feels most at home and takes every opportunity to soak in the outdoors. When traveling beyond the Big Sky State, Sammie loves anywhere with a vibrant culture, and delicious food. Connect with Sammie directly at or on twitter @SammieHolzwarth.

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