Financial Storytelling

Being able to tell your organization’s financial story is critical not only for tracking, reporting, and fiscal management, but — when connected with your mission and strategic priorities — an  effective story can also educate, inspire, and activate your stakeholders.

Join Lawyers for the Creative Arts and financial consultants Lara Jakubowski and Christine Chen of La Piana Consulting for an hour-long seminar on financial storytelling for nonprofits.

The session will cover how to approach financial storytelling to effectively connect your finances with your vision, values, and progress towards your goals. We’ll consider:

  • The kinds of stories you may need to tell
  • The needs of different audience
  • Approaches to tone, data presentation, and uses of different media to achieve your desired impact
  • How to create an impactful story arc

This program is ideal for both staff and board members of nonprofits, especially those in finance, fundraising, marketing, and evaluation roles.

About the Speaker:

Lara Jakubowski, Partner, La Piana Consulting

Christine Chen, Senior Consultant, La Piana Consulting

Lara and Christine are social sector consultants with La Piana Consulting, a national consulting firm committed to helping clients navigate change so they can be more effective at delivering on their mission.

Lara Jakubowski, MBA, has extensive experience in the social sector, particularly in nonprofit financial analysis, collaborations, mergers, and strategic planning. Lara’s roots are in community development, and her career has been inspired by organizations committed to addressing income inequality. She helps organizations collaborate effectively for greater impact, and leverages her experiences as a nonprofit Executive Director, lender to affordable housing developers, convener of nonprofits in shared spaces and shared services, Board Member, and capacity builder to provide strategic solutions to clients’ challenges.

Christine Chen, MBA/MFA, is a professional dancer turned nonprofit executive turned consultant with a record of leading cultural and performing arts organizations; producing educational and artistic programming; and managing and supporting nonprofits through major organizational crises and change. She is the former executive director of two premiere dance organizations — STREB Inc., which she led through the pandemic, and American Repertory Ballet, which she led through a major artistic director change and the 2009 recession. She also worked as the Director of Strategic Programming, Dance and Adult Programming for the 92nd Street Y, New York.

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