Training & Development

We understand that continuing education, trainings, and retreats can be boring and a time-suck. But, without training and development your nonprofit will have a difficult time advancing your mission. This is why Charmaine Torma Consulting LLC utilizes black box theater with improvisation methods to help train and develop nonprofit staff, board of directors, and volunteers to improve their communication, collaboration, and fundraising skills. Through Black Box Improv Training nonprofits are able to increase their knowledge in a fun and non-threatening way, while strengthening your organization’s philanthropic culture.

Background: A black box theater, otherwise known as experimental theater, consists of a simple, somewhat unadorned performance space, usually a large square room with black walls and a flat floor. Almost any open space can be transformed into a black box so that the most human elements can be the focus. Improv is the comedic art of making things up. It is a great way to improve one’s communication and collaboration skills. When you combine a black box theater with improv, you have the opportunity to increase individuals’ creativity and confidence so that they are better able to advance your mission.

Why Use Black Box Improv Training?

  • Anyone can participate
  • There isn’t a wrong way to participate
  • You’re not expected to be clever, quick, or funny
  • You don’t need to be an actor
  • It isn’t a competition
  • It’s a fun way to train and practice communication and collaboration skills

Sample Trainings & Seminars:

1.Nonprofit Staff & Volunteers

– Giving Your Elevator Speech
– Team Building
– Active Listening
– Handling Sticky Situations

2. Fundraising
– Scheduling fundraising visits
– Discovery visits
– Making Cultivation Calls
– Major Gift Solicitation
– Pitfalls during the ask
– I just asked, now what?

3. Board Retreats
– Examining your Mission Statement
– Establishing roles and responsibilities of board members
– Creating your nonprofit’s vision
– Introduction to fund development
– How to identify, recruit, orient, and develop board members
– Cultivating a positive board-staff relationship