In line with New Mexico Community Foundation’s (NMCF) ongoing commitment to providing capacity building and technical assistance for nonprofit projects statewide,

Susan Palmer

we are excited to offer a dynamic workshop to assist with one of the crucial components of being a successful nonprofit – activating your board and transforming them into exceptional ‘askers’.

Reluctant to Ready:  A 7-step plan to transform your board into fantastic fundraisers is a polished and proven effective program developed by Susan Palmer, Founder and President of The Palmer Westport Group.  Susan is a renowned expert in strategic planning, fundraising and organizational development, and has helped dozens of organizations increase their capacity and impact.

Reluctant to Ready is a half-day workshop offered in Santa Fe and Albuquerque that will provide a step-by-step plan to optimize board responsiveness, effectiveness, and productivity in fundraising.  Best of all, it’s offered FREE to friends of NMCF.  Each organization is encouraged to bring two people, with the strong recommendation that one is a board member.

Details and Agenda:

Reluctant to Ready:  A 7-step plan to transform your board into fantastic fundraisers *(Click link for the workshop agenda)

Seating is very limited, so please RSVP by March 9  to Ben Lewinger,, 505.820.6860 or through the online form.

About Susan Palmer:

Susan is the former Executive Director of The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, MA, where she led the board/staff team to produce and present programs, raise funds, do long-range planning, and lay the groundwork for a $21,456,002 restoration of the 100-year-old, architecturally-significant historic Colonial Theatre, dark for over half a century, and the 30,000 square foot adjacent annex building. The capital campaign included $6,265,322 in New Market and Historic Tax Credits.

Susan began her tenure with the Colonial in 1998 as a founding board member. She was a co-founder of Barrington Stage Company – a producing theatre company that recently won two Tony awards for The Putnam County Spelling Bee; managing director of The Berkshire Theatre Festival; Information Systems Manager at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; Director of Major Gifts at WGBY Public Television; and General Manager of CompuWorks, a systems integration firm in the Berkshires.Susan has been on the faculty of Association for Performing Arts Presenters, a national service organization for presenting theaters, and has been a program presenter at the League of Historic American Theaters at their national conferences in Boston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.