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LEAP Sessions

Inspire bold new thinking with these free and powerful learning opportunities!

All LEAP Sessions are held at the Ware Center from 9 am to 11 am unless stated otherwise.

Join us for our 2020 LEAP Sessions: a slate of exciting capacity-building opportunities for you and your organization!

2020 LEAP Sessions

January 31:

How to Keep those New Donors you Worked so Hard to Get

“Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a discussion on the importance of donor retention after the Extraordinary Give (and throughout the year!) and to and learn simple, actionable steps that you can take to boost donor retention in your organization. Attendees will also complete several exercises which will review and map the donor touch points at their organization. Participants will leave the session with a greater understanding of what they can do to improve donor retention and the start of an improvement plan for their organization.”

March 20:


Due to uncertainty about COVID-19 spread, we are postponing this event and will work to secure another date. Updates to come.

POSTPONED (Introduction to Disability Inclusion)

“Maureen Westcott, Executive Director at The Arc Lancaster Lebanon, will provide a compelling overview of the disability rights movement and make the case for how building a culture of inclusion can lead to transformational results for the community. This session is designed to be interactive, with smaller group breakouts around the topics of employment, community involvement, and tactical steps for practicing inclusion.”

May 15:

Empathy and Deep Listening: Connecting with Self to Connect with Others

“Through a series of interactive activities, Salina Almanzar will engage people and organizations with tools and strategies to consider (and reconsider) how to explore their individual identities in order to better connect with their communities. The operating definition of inclusion for the purposes of this workshop is allowing people to enter spaces with their whole selves. We will discuss what it means to honor community expertise. We will also discuss how and what moving from Diversity to Equity and finally to Inclusion looks like.”

September 18:


2019 LEAP Sessions

February 22:

Building Beloved Community Through Equitable & Inclusive CBOs

“Organizations and businesses are waking up to the reality that diversity and inclusion is an asset and it requires work. We get the culture we create in the workplace and in our communities. It is all about intentionality to build a truly equitable, welcoming and inclusive business, institution and organization that goes beyond diversity. We will better understand how we can truly build resilient, equitable and just organizations and businesses that create real and lasting impact and change in our communities and society. We will develop specific ways to champion diversity, equity and inclusion within your organization or business on interpersonal and systemic levels. This interactive workshop will center Beloved Community and will offer real guidelines to assist in building a framework that truly shifts power structures, so that our institutions and organizations can truly thrive and mirror the culturally vibrant world we live in.”

June 06:

Design Thinking to Amplify Community Voice

Human Centered Design: it’s a concept you’ve probably heard, but may not know much about how it can be applied to your work. Come learn about the ways that Design Thinking and Human-Centered Design can help shape your work in the public sector, and how it can be harnessed to drive organic, exciting, community change!  Facilitated by F&M professors Kerry Sherin Wright and Etienne Gagnon.


July 11:

Amplifying CBO and Business Partnerships

“Whether it’s a sponsorship for an event, or a longterm partnership, we all know that forging successful partnerships with the business community is key to being a successful CBO. But how do you cultivate them? Hear from local business leaders in the Lancaster community about the kinds of things they look for in CBO partnership so you can improve your asks, and your results!”


August 23:

Boosting ExtraGive Donors

“Tool up on all the exciting new and returning features for Lancaster County’s largest day of giving: the Extraordinary Give! 

Learn from the Community Foundation team about ways to engage your audience, harness the exciting new platform features, and go the EXTRA mile on November 22!”


October 25:

After the End

“City Councilman Ismail Smith Wade-El  shares his story about planning for leaving legacy as a young person, in honor of his mother. Death, as we know it, is not the end. The passing of a loved one raises challenges for families and communities – and untold opportunities complicated by questions of identity. In this LEAP session, attendees will collaboratively develop knowledge and courage around the new beginnings that loss offers us.”


December 13:

Becoming an Approachable and Welcoming CBO

“Work Wisdom’s approach to fostering an equitable workplace focuses on constructive, evidence-based practices that foster bias-free organizations. Our attention is placed on what is positive and even profitable about widely diverse teams and the research of neuroscientists which has discovered that a culture which embraces Fairness is powerfully motivating. This workshop will help you as a leader to enhance your awareness and hiring for fairness, improve career development opportunities that cultivate inclusiveness, and help your organization live into the value of equity. Speakers: Jaime Arroyo, Sarah Colantonio, Donunshae Sanders”

Looking for other ways to connect?

Check out our meet-up groups!

We have created a series of meet-up groups for CBO professionals to gather together, share successes, build capacity, and learn from each other. 

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