Prose for Program Officers: A Workshop in Writing for Philanthropic Audiences

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm EST
Philanthropy New York; 320 East 43rd Street; NYC 10017
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*Program is currently at capacity*

Are your board reports and grant summaries hitting the mark, or do you find yourself overusing metaphors and mired in philanthropic jargon? When was the last time you wrote the words "capacity building," "stakeholders," "intersectional," and/or "synergy?" Do you find it "forbiddingly hard" to write more clearly?

Improve your communications approach and written structure in this special workshop for program staff. Join Joanne Tzanis, communications consultant to local and national foundation staff, as she provides the tips and tools to write with confidence. Hone your storytelling skills. Build a tone that will engage your audience. Write with intention.    

  • How to avoid overusing colloquialisms, mixed metaphors, and jargon
  • How to adapt your tone to different audiences
  • How to be a narrative storyteller
  • How to let your objectives drive the structure, approach, and tone of your writing


  • Joanne Tzanis, Training Consultant

Designed for

All interested funders in a programmatic role


2:45 PM - 3:00 PM  Check-in 
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM  Program

Registration is required by February 11th.

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above. (no fee)

Non-Member Funders: Please email ($150 fee)

Please note: To ensure fairness among our members, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization for select professional development programs.

Please email with any questions.


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