Friends-to-Friends Workshops


Parks & Trails New York regularly hosts workshops designed to support grassroots Friends groups through the sharing of best-practices, innovative programming and collaboration. Our workshops feature expert panelists ranging from professional consultants to other Friends group leaders, who share their insights on a variety of topics designed to increase the capacity and impact of grassroots organizations. Our workshops also provide opportunities for Friends to network and share resources.

Upcoming Workshops in 2023

Thursday, February 23rd @ 12PM: From Big to Small: Strategy and Impact for Individual Giving & Memberships

Individual gifts can present some of the most flexible funding.  Big or small, memberships and donations provide financial support where you need it without strings. 

 Join PTNY’s Director of Development for this overview of individual giving.  We’ll cover relationship building, meeting new supporters, how to prep for making an ask, and much more. We’ll also look at how to run a fundraising or membership campaign, and ways to assess return on investment for time and effort spent.

 From big gifts to small, this hour-long presentation/workshop will get you excited for making the asks that support your efforts.

This workshop will be held via Zoom and led by PTNY's Development Director, Linden Horvath. 
Register here

The Parks Team at PTNY is constantly developing new workshops and resources to support the incredible work done by Friends groups.  We are currently working on a slate of programs for 2023 so check back with us for more information or email us if you have ideas about future topics or have any questions. 

2021 Workshops 

Over the course of 2021, Parks & Trails New York - in collaboration with the Friends Leadership Council and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation - developed a series of virtual workshops to foster inspiration and collaboration through the sharing of best-practices on topics that lend themselves to the growth of individual groups.  Topics included:

  • Park Advocacy Day: The Importance of Making Our Voices Heard
  • Updating and Maximizing your MOA with State Parks
  • Engaging, Recruiting, and Retaining Volunteers: Best Practices 
  • The Natural Heritage Trust: What Is It and What Does it Mean for Friends? 
  • Cultivating and Strengthening Your Board 
  • The Power of Instagram: Using Instagram to Support Your Organization
  • Friends are the Future! What PTNY Can Offer Friends in 2022
Workshop Recordings and Resources