Sara is available to present/engage on a range of topics related to the capacities of healthy organizations.  Topics addressed are ever-evolving and customizable, running the gamut from broad overview to detailed treatment of specific issues, from 1-hour presentations to 3-hour workshops.  The structure of any given event will depend on your needs and goals.


General Categories


  • Board Development

  • Good Governance

  • Financial Oversight

  • Strategic Planning

  • Organizational Change

  • Understanding Conflict

  • Research & Evaluation

  • Effective Grantmaking

Sample Topics



  • Good Boards & Good Governance: When the basics aren’t so basic…

  • Good Governance: Implementing Practices & Principles

  • Creating a More Effective Board

  • Helping Your Board Manage Its "To-Do's"

  • Boards of Directors in Recession Mode

  • Understanding Boards of Directors


Management & Finance

  • Ready. Set. Policy!

  • Process Improvement in Pooling

  • Development v. Finance: Healthy Balance or Organizational Liability

  • Breaking Down the Silos: Cross-Functional Collaboration in Organizations


Planning & Strategy



  • Conflict at Clients

  • Conflict in the Council Chamber: How Staff Can Help


Evaluation & Research

  • Evaluation: Where Mission, Planning & Accountability Unite

  • Finding the Value in Evaluation

  • Benchmarking for Success

  • Research Methods

  • Evaluating the Impact of Spending: A Foundation Case Study in Performance Assessment

  • Best Practices in Grants Management: Understanding Grants Management from the National, State & Voluntary Perspectives


Participant Response...


"Sara was easy to listen to."


"Expert qualifications and experience. Respectful, warm, intentional



"Sara is a very good presenter,

professional and engaging."


"Sara did a very good job introducing a subject to a diverse audience."

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