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Educational Projects

Cause Collective organizes many educational opportunities throughout the year. We hope there is something for all members at every staff level. 


The Cause Collective Board 101 Training is a free 1 to 1.5 hour training that reviews basic roles & responsibilities of a nonprofit board.  This is a free training for Cause Collective members' board of directors.
To request a training, click the link below to complete the request form.  

If you have any questions you can email us at director@causecollectivelincoln.org




The Cause Collective Skill Share program connects member agency staff with a specialist to discuss a nonprofit topic or would just like a bit of mentoring in a confidential 'one to one' setting, for one hour.  

Once we receive the form, you will be matched with one of our specialists within 2 weeks to set up a meeting.    If none are available for a particular topic at that time, we will reach out directly to discuss any other options we may have.

This is a new program, and we welcome feedback in the process.




Through a partnership with Ingrid Kirst Consulting and generous local funders, Cause Collective offers the Successful Transitions program. This highly-recommended program covers all aspects of succession planning including both emergency planning and long-range leadership development. A small cohort of organizations participates in interactive, virtual learning sessions. They also each receive individual coaching to address their organization's situation.  


Alec Gorynski, Lincoln Community Foundation says, 'Successful Transitions helped me think about how we structure our team now so that our staffing model can continue to effectively run our organization well beyond any one member of the team.  I learned so much, and highly recommend the program for anyone, especially if you have no succession planning in place.'

Lynne Lange, executive director at the Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, said "The Successful Transitions program is an opportunity that every organization should embrace. It allows for planning that embraces our ever-changing times, including Executive Director transitions; shift in staff member roles, responsibilities and growth; and solidifying a path for the Board of Directors to be mindful regarding their tasks and future leadership plans."


The timing of this program is based on available funding and interest level, so we encourage any agency who is interested to click the link below.


Unless otherwise indicated, trainings are $15 for any staff/board member of a member agency and $45 for all others


Powerful Storytelling for Nonprofits

Every nonprofit has a powerful story to tell. In fact, stories are the lifeblood of our work, helping us to connect with our audiences, inspire empathy, and motivate action. But telling these stories effectively is a skill that needs to be nurtured and developed. In this seminar, we will provide you with the tools, strategies, and insights you need to elevate your organization's storytelling ability. Here's why this is a must-attend event.


  • Inspire Empathy and Action: Learn how to craft narratives that foster understanding and empathy for your cause, driving donations, and motivating volunteer involvement.
  • Boost Fundraising: Discover how storytelling can dramatically improve your fundraising efforts, enabling you to secure more resources for your mission.
  • Increase Visibility: Master the art of creating shareable stories that amplify your presence and extend the reach of your message.
  • Strengthen Community Engagement: Understand how to tell the stories of the people you serve, forging deeper connections with your community.
  • Strategic Communication: Gain the know-how to use storytelling to articulate your mission, goals, and the impact of your work in a compelling manner.
  • Innovative Storytelling Techniques: Stay ahead of the curve by learning about the latest storytelling techniques and platforms.


In today's competitive and rapidly changing landscape, storytelling is no longer just a nice-to-have skill; it's a must-have. This seminar will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the power of storytelling and how to leverage it to advance your mission.



Tuesday, June 6, 9:00 - 10:30 am
Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties, 210 O Street



Paul Durban has been crafting and telling stories for over 30 years. From his early days as a tour guide at Universal Studio Hollywood to his current role as AVP, Nonprofit Services, Paul has studied the art and science of story-making and its amazing effects to inspire and move people to action. He has performed in and directed dozens of plays and musicals, lead numerous marketing and storytelling seminars across the Midwest, and created professional development programs using improv-based methods to enhance critical business skills. He was worked with expert storytellers and NYT Times bestsellers, Seth Godin and Bernadette Jiwa, and is a former nonprofit executive direct



The better we all know each other, the better we work together.Cause Collective facilitate partnerships, collaborates with its members and is a central information sharing center for nonprofits in Lincoln.


By providing nonprofits individual and group trainings throughout the year they become better and more efficient at running their business, and in turn their services to the community improve.


One of the most important things a nonprofit can do to help those they serve is advocate for them. We help nonprofits understand how to advocate and lobby to improve public policy, making a more supportive and stronger community.