LEARNING LAB SERIES

The Santa Fe Community Foundation is committed to supporting nonprofits in achieving their missions with excellence. Through peer connection, community dialogue, and professional development, we hope you find our programs relevant and inspiring. Let us know what's on your mind - we love hearing from you.

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So You Want to do a Capital Campaign: Determining if the Time is Right
with Patti Ward, CFRE
Thursday, January 13, 2022, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Most nonprofits do not understand the amount of work that is involved prior to conducting a capital campaign. This session will outline steps necessary by engaging in a campaign feasibility study. Learning objectives:

  • Purpose of a Capital Campaign Assessment
  • Seven things you should know from the “get go”
  • What information a campaign assessment should cover
  • Can your organization conduct this internally?
  • Five pillars of a successful capital campaign

Improving Nonprofit Management Through an Equity Framework
with Dolores E. Roybal, PhD, MSW
Thursday, February 10, 2022, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Managing a nonprofit is one of the hardest jobs you can do - and it can also be the most rewarding. This session is designed for aspiring and current nonprofit managers with any experience level, and in any position (e.g., CEO/Executive Director, project director, etc.) interested in learning more about how to improve nonprofit management through an equity framework. 

After completing this session, participants will be able to:
1. Identify key nonprofit management functions from an equity framework.
2. Incorporate an equity framework to improve nonprofit management.
3. Recognize how an equity framework is aligned with the unique characteristics and strengths of the diverse nonprofit sector in northern NM how it can help address the management challenges experienced by small and mid-sized under-funded organizations.


From One to Many: Exploring Collaborative Leadership
with Brooke Hunter
Thursday, March 10, 2022, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

This interactive workshop will explore the topic of collaborative leadership. The nonprofit sector has adopted many business narratives, including that of the solitary visionary leader. But is this model really serving our communities and organizations? This workshop will explore the downsides of aggregating power in one person and the benefits of expanding our ideas about how leadership can work. We'll walk through the potential benefits and downsides of co-leadership models, evolutionary governance, and other ways to include more staff in the decision-making process. We'll talk through steps to prepare for transition from the solo executive to co-leadership. Participants should leave with a better understanding of how co-leadership works on a practical level, and some ways to get started on the journey from one to many.  Learning objectives:

  • Participants should leave with a better understanding of how co-leadership works on a practical level.
  • Participants should leave with concrete ways to get started on the journey from one to many.
  • Participants will get the chance to interact with others in the community interested in this topic, which will provide a network for those who decide to change the leadership model of their nonprofit.

Family+Indigenize+Thrive
with Leroy Buster Silva
Thursday, April 14, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Description TBD - check back soon!


Nonprofit Organizational Life Stages and Your Strategic Plan
with Patti Ward, CFRE, and Linley Daly
Thursday, May 12, 2022, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

This workshop will help you determine where your nonprofit int its organizational life stage and will assist you in future planning. The session will cover the five organizational life stages and characteristics of each stage.  What are the opportunities and challenges for each stage? How will this knowledge help you become more proactive in planning your organization’s future Participants will learn:

  • Five life stages of nonprofit organizations
  • Seven characteristics in each organizational life-stage
  • Tips for moving through each stage

Social Entrepreneur - Mindful Influence
with Trish Lopez
June 9, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Description TBD - check back soon!


Improv in the Workplace
with Santa Fe Improv
July 14, 2022, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Thousands of individuals across the world participate in improvisational theater –some for fun, some for community-building, some to stimulate their creativity. While a handful of these individuals are actors, most are everyday people with a variety of different skillsets. What is this applied improvisation, and can we benefit from the premises and practices of improvisation? The Applied Improvisation Network and Global Improvisation Institute now have memberships of over 10,000 individuals with scores of practitioners and conferences around the world working with the top administrative echelon of fortune 500 companies from Disney to Google, medical practitioners, scientists, college students, and a host of others interested in enhancing communication, social courage, creativity, teamwork, and collaboration. Through a brief didactic and primarily experientially based workshop, participants will explore improvisation exercises in groups and in pairs that are built to enhance communication skills and collaborative capacities. Together we will explore the possibilities of the role of play in the workplace and how it can help to engage all of us in what we do each day. No need for stage fright –this will be a high energy and fun experience with no requirements for performance!

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1.     Describe and integrate the rules of improvisation and apply these to the workplace
2.     Consider how the idea of play can lead to a more engaged working team
3.     Use basic ideas from improvisation to begin to explore the processes of communication, collaboration, and spontaneity in the workplace
4.     Begin to access the imagination with greater ease and apply this to the process of storytelling


Preparing for an Audit
with Mary Beth Kuderik
August 11, 2022, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Description TBD - check back soon!


How to Generate Unrestricted Revenue for Your Organization
with Stephanie Sample
September 8, 2022, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Are you looking to diversify your revenue stream? Would you like to increase organizational sustainability by creating recurring, predictable revenue streams for general operating? In this training, we will introduce Social Enterprise for nonprofits and walk participants through the process of identifying organizational assets, strategically selecting an asset to monetize, and developing a business plan around your core competencies. Topics covered:

  • How to identify and monetize your organizational assets;
  • Examples of successful nonprofits with social enterprises;
  • Components of a social enterprise business plan;
  • How your social enterprise impacts your nonprofit mission; and,
  • Tax repercussions for nonprofit organizations who generate revenue through social enterprise.

Walk away with:

  • A list of your organization's monetizable assets;
  • Examples of nonprofits that create their own revenue;
  • Examples of nonprofits that launched social enterprises in the pandemic;
  • A format for starting the conversation about social enterprise at your organization; and,
  • Inspiration and insight into potential revenue streams. 


We will be looking for additional topics and facilitators in June, 2022. Let us know if you are a consultant or facilitator interested in being added to 
the RFP distribution list.