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October WSPN Education Session - Mindfulness for Nonprofit Professionals

  • Thursday, October 20, 2022
  • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Fullersburg Woods Nature Center 3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL
  • 26


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Hold Your Ground, Stop the Struggle: Cultivating and Recognizing Resilience as Fundraisers

Program Description:
Today’s nonprofit work environment can be challenging and demanding.

Instinctively, out of a sense of self-preservation and self-care, we may feel the need to construct boundaries (with people, to situations).

That can backfire, and we may find that we’ve limited our ability to cope, cope and relate by shrinking our world.

How then can we cultivate our own resilience in a way that allows to recognize others?


Ironic as it may sound, from a mindfulness perspective we can hold our ground (even gain more of it) by relaxing our grip on it.

Learning to do so requires training in how to “let go” – of our anxiety, fear, anger, etc. – and by learning what to cultivate - openness, gentleness, authenticity, kindness.

By learning better to trust ourselves, we can relate better to others and hold our ground without as much struggle.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Learn ways to validate and involve others and create a safe, trusting environment
  • Strengthen interpersonal effectiveness through skillful listening and speaking techniques
  • Train in being open and being available
  • Adopt positive leadership values that inspire trust, accountability, and reliability in others.


8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Networking and Introductions
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Program and Q&A Session

About the presenter:

David T. Schreier is President of David Schreier Associates LLC, a professional services firm founded in 2009 which assists nonprofit organizations with capacity building - planning & evaluation, resource & constituent development, and leadership development.

He has consulted to organizations in the areas of arts, human service, education, healthcare, foundations, associations, and religion. David is a frequent presenter of workshops and seminars on topics related to nonprofit governance & management, advancement, planning, board development and communication.

Prior to consulting, David served in senior positions with the American Red Cross, American Diabetes Association, DePaul University and Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois.

David is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Professional Studies at North Central College, where he designs and teaches courses on non-profit management and governance. He is a faculty member for Forefront and taught previously at Concordia University.

He served for nine years as a board member for a 600-acre contemplative retreat center in Colorado.

David is an authorized meditation instructor and teaches programs on mindfulness-related topics including working with conflict, developing skillful communication and avoiding burnout. Class participants are diverse – culturally, by gender/sexual orientation, ethnically, and socio-economically.

He practices various contemplative arts (Japanese flowering arranging, miksang photography) and various forms of chi gong (body/breath centered movement).

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