Kristen Grimm will facilitate “Advocacy: Be the Change in Your Organization” on August 29, 2019 at Kroc Greenville

Greenville, SC (July 31, 2019)— DNA Creative Communications, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greenville, the United Way of Greenville County, the Hollingsworth Funds, the Jolley Foundation and The Graham Foundation invite Upstate nonprofit leaders to attend “Advocacy: Be the Change in Your Organization” facilitated by Kristen Grimm, president of the Washington, DC – based Spitfire Strategies, on Thursday, August 29 (8:30 – noon) at Kroc Greenville (425 Westfield Street, Greenville). Registration is now open at

The August 29th session will focus on developing advocacy strategies. Participants will be introduced to Planning to Win, Kristin Grimm’s proven tool designed to help run a winning advocacy effort. Together participants will learn how to: 1)Set a doable advocacy campaign win; 2)Create a path to the win that works; 3: Plot the influence and communications needed to get over the finish line; and 4)Watch for blindspots that doom change efforts. All attendees should come with a topic to work on (e.g., homelessness, affordable housing, transportation, conservation, etc.) At the end of this interactive workshop, everyone will leave with an emerging strategy.

All participants, who are interested in digging deeper and continuing to develop their emerging strategies are invited to attend a follow up Bonus Session on Friday, September 26 (9:00 – 11:30) at Long Branch Baptist Church. Registration is required for this session at

Kristen Grimm is the founder and president of Spitfire Strategies based in Washington DC. She has extensive experience conceiving, implementing and managing smart programs that create lasting social change. She has helped hundreds of nonprofits and foundations develop winning communication and campaign strategies to spur action around some of today’s most pressing problems – and inspire many more people to get involved.

Kristen was previously the president and chief operating officer of Fenton Communications, where she wrote NOW HEAR THIS: The Nine Laws of Successful Advocacy Communications. Kristen has a B.A. from Smith College. She currently serves on the boards of Grist and Alaska Wilderness League. She is a member of the 2014 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Debbie Nelson, president and founder of Shine the Light Nonprofit Forums shares, “Local nonprofit leaders are seeking strategies to improve their advocacy efforts. They recognize that they will never solve the societal issues they deal with on a daily basis without changing existing systems. I am excited to bring Kristen Grimm to Greenville since she has extensive experience conceiving, implementing and managing programs that create lasting social change. Kristen will share tricks of her trade and help attendees reach those a-ha moments that give oomph to their advocacy efforts.”

For more information about Shine the Light Nonprofit Forums or to register for this event or others, please visit or call Debbie Nelson at (864)-420-0195.

Posted July 31, 2019 in: Press Releases by Debbie Nelson

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