Cork Cares

Cork cares about non-profits getting Higher Returns on their Human Capital. We have training and facilitation services specifically with non-profit needs and budgets in mind.

Training & Coaching

The nonprofit world is as competitive a place as the corporate sector. Set your organization apart through the art of storytelling; win donors with critical influencing skills; and exceed your goals with effective leadership and a culture of collaboration.

Cork Cares brings highly engaging and deeply impactful training and coaching tailored to the nonprofit environment and brought directly to your office.

Click here for more details on all of Cork’s training and coaching offerings.

Story Blueprint


Cork will facilitate 2 Half Day (or 1 full day) Session(s) with 3-5 of your key staff and Board members that will cover THE BIG PICTURE, THE WHY, THE HOW AND THE PROOF.

The Big Picture identifies various audiences, opportunities to share the story, desired emotional engagement, history and current mission of the company, and hopes for the final scripted product. The Why is a facilitated brainstorming on both high level vision and daily expression of it, discuss imagery and promotional materials that will be associated with the new storyline. The How hones in on the programs, procedures and policies that make your organization run effectively, how you engage with the greater community, who the people are that help in these areas. The Proof is the data that confirms you are relevant and meeting your goals, and any relevant awards, press, or current fundraising efforts you wish to include in the script.


Drawing from the above curated information, your current branding kit, and images associated with the scripted story, Cork will craft the Story Blueprint. The Blueprint consists of a “script” and accompanying 10-15 side PowerPoint deck that will work as a support to the storyteller. The “script” which includes taglines, stories, presentation tips and other influential information for any storyteller to draw on for presentations to audiences as identified in the facilitation.


Reading of the final script alongside the working deck and facilitated discussion for implementation of the story throughout the organization and in marketing and PR opportunities. The Blueprint process includes 2 hours of on-site coaching for selected individuals to practice delivery of the script and deck.

Friend Making and Fundraising for Boards

In this active and thoughtful workshop we create a fired-up, engaged board ready to dive into fundraising. When we finish, your board will be excited about possibilities for your organization. What’s more, they’ll be eager to create the resources to make it happen.  We do this by: changing your board members’ perception of fundraising from “asking for money” to “changing the world”,  re-engaging board members in why they are serving and what they want to accomplish – and how much it will cost, and by directing everyone’s passion into friend making as well as fundraising.

Board Member Outcomes:
  • Rediscover their vision for your organization
  • Recommit to what they really want to accomplish
  • Understand how friend making is more powerful than fundraising
  • Learn how they can support fundraising without having to directly solicit
  • Learn new skills and build confidence through upbeat, accessible education
  • Engage as a team, sharing in the process – and the success

Fundraising Fundamentals for Teams

This workshop is focused on re-framing how non-profit teams think about the dirty word – FUNDRAISING! In this intensive workshop we will cover the fundamentals of prospect development, the ask, and ongoing stewardship. Your team will learn to importance of breaking down barriers with potential donors and how to effectively create a culture of interdepartmental collaboration and communication.  Your team will leave energized, excited, and with highly effective tools that allow them to move towards your fundraising goals with a new perspective and confidence.

Team Member Outcomes:
  • Making the ask – the most effective individual, group, and business solicitations and how to make asking easier for lay leaders and staff
  • Knowing how to recruit and engage active committee members who actually take work off agency staff and advance the mission
  • Advancing the mission by using your unique power of influence to encouraging higher levels of participation and engagement