Innovia Foundation presents at North Idaho forums 

Posted on March 11, 2019

As a proud sponsor of the 2019 Regional North Idaho Forums, Innovia Foundation invited nonprofit partners to join us at the one-day mini conferences that took place last week in Moscow, Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint.

The regional forums, organized by Idaho Nonprofit Center, were tailored to help nonprofit leaders increase their skills and knowledge, network with like-minded colleagues and collaborate to increase the impact of their organization’s work.

Innovia Foundation staff members Aaron McMurray, PJ Watters and Mason Burley were some of the speakers throughout the series.



“Choose Your Own Adventure – Create a data learning strategy that works for you”
by Mason Burley

Mason Burley, Director of Research and Community Impact, talked to participants about combining meaningful data with powerful stories and informative visuals to effectively communicate the mission and successes of each organization. He highlighted the unique role of nonprofits in outcome reporting and how to ‘measure what matters’ to convey impact to donors, funders and stakeholders. The discussion that took point at the regional forums will serve as a starting place for future workshops and consulting to assist regional nonprofits in developing unique and powerful strategies for data learning and reporting.



“Effective Leadership in Turbulent Times,”
by Aaron McMurray

Knowing nonprofits often face uncertainty with changes in funding, marketing tactics and an ever-changing operational environment, Aaron McMurray, Chief Strategy Officer at Innovia Foundation, discussed how to effectively build teams, think strategically about the future, and build trust across an organization and within their community.


“Sustainable Gift Planning – Offering opportunities for change and impact,”
by PJ Watters

PJ Watters, Director of Gift Planning at Innovia Foundation, focused on how to sustain charitable giving beyond the typical annual giving appeal. She shared tips and tools for assessing organizational readiness and for planning an effective appeal.  Tips included using appreciated assets to provide greater benefits to nonprofits and individual donors.



Innovia Foundation has been a resource for communities in the Inland Northwest for 45 years. As the community foundation for Eastern Washington and North Idaho, we partner with people who want to make the world better. We work together to address and solve our region’s problems, help those in need, identify and respond to our region’s greatest opportunities, and leave a lasting impact.