Workshop Schedule

Listed below are the scheduled and planned workshops in the Ready to Grow series. Workshops will be added and dates finalized throughout the Fall. Registration links will also be added as dates are finalized. To be notified as sessions are finalized, please sign up above, or on the  resource portal.

Additional organizational strategy sessions will be provided by Boston Consulting Group.



December 7, 2021 from 9:00AM – 12:00PM PST

Speaker: David Greco, Social Sector Partners
As the social sector grapples with racial equity, economic mobility and social justice, it is vital to understand what it really costs to deliver meaningful outcomes over the long-term. When funding doesn’t cover the full cost of delivering programs, nonprofits close the gap through sweat equity – they overwork and underpay their people, relying on volunteer and in-kind support. Aiming for “opportunity for all” through exploiting the employees of nonprofits is no path to success. 

This engaging workshop with help nonprofit leaders understand their fully loaded cost of doing business and how to build a culture of financial sustainability within their organization. 

Topics to include: 

  • Understanding Full Costs 
  • Financial Sustainability: Role of the Board 
  • The Role of Risk & Growth Capital 

Fully Loaded


January 13, 2022 from 9:00AM – 12:00PM PST

Speaker: Amber Sheikh, Sheikh/Impact
In this three-hour training, Amber will counsel nonprofits to think about their budgeting process differently (nonprofits’ budgets need to reflect every single thing they do!) and ask for their true worth.

Fast Pitch

February 11, 2022 from 9:00 – 10:30AM PST

Speaker: Social Justice Partners LA
Fast Pitch has been honed for 13+ years, and offers a framework for a powerful three-minute pitch to inspire funders to invest. With a particular focus on strengths-based storytelling, more than 300 local nonprofits have undertaken this training.

Fund Development 101

March 16, 2022 from 9:00AM – 12:00PM PST

Speaker: Amber Sheikh, Sheikh/Impact
In this session we explore some of the ways in which nonprofit organizations — whatever their size — can strengthen fund development and thus enhance sustainability. From nailing your case for support to building and enhancing individual donor pipelines, we’ll cover our best practices and favorite tips.

This session will also help participants effectively leverage prior Ready to Grow workshops in order to next-level up your fundraising program.

Reclaiming Meaningful


April 6, 2022 from 9:00 – 10:30AM PST

Speaker: Blue Garnet
Frequently, a perceived imperative for growth drives many of us to expand. But what should “growth” mean for your organization? Why take it on? And how do you make sure it is done in a way that is most impactful, meaningful, and sustainable for your organization?

Building on Organizational Strengths


April 20, 2022 from 9:00 – 10:30AM PST

Speaker: Blue Garnet
The pandemic has thrown best-laid plans aside, and forced organizations (“systems” themselves) to make drastic changes quickly. What aspects of your organizational work and culture help it adapt? And, as we transition into the next phase(s) of COVID, how will your organization build on its strengths and adapt toward a more resilient business model?

Libertory Workplaces

August 29, 2022 from 9:00AM – 1:00PM PST

Speaker: Social Justice Partners LA
SJPLA will facilitate this session focused on cultivating anti-racist culture and practices in the workplace. The session will: Introduce the dynamics of white supremacy culture as it shows up in the workplace and unpack the impact on individuals and teams; create space for participants to identify how this shows up within their individual and collective workplace practices, policies, and norms and discuss antidotes; and discuss the three-pronged elements of representation, culture, and systems in building liberatory teams and action steps related to each. Participants will leave the workshop with concrete action steps to consider within their organizations to work toward more liberatory and anti-racist workplaces.