Productive Dialogue

by Daniel L. Smith
Director of Development
Josiah White’s Quakerdale Foundation

In this world of digital communication the ability to have meaningful conversations has declined to the point you could almost say that it is a lost art. The goal of this post is to identify some of the components needed to lead a Productive Dialogue.

So what is a Productive Dialogue?

First, it is productive in that it is intended to accomplish something; of which building healthy relationships should be at the top. Productive dialogues are not conversation for the sake of conversation.

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Growing Financial Stability

For many folks seeking assistance or services, whether it’s day-to-day or in a time of crisis, the cost of resources can deny them access simply because they do NOT have the financial means to pay for them. This has created a need for discounted services, giving birth to thousands of awesome nonprofits that are able to provide these services at an affordable rate.

Most nonprofits that step to the plate to meet these needs, however, are dependent on the eb and flow of the annual giving patterns of their supporters. Some years there is plenty and other years they wonder if they will have to close their doors. Not because their supporters don’t care about what they do, but because their donor base may have experienced a decline in income and thus their giving. Or after decades of faithful support they have transitioned to retirement and are forced to stop donating all together.

So how does a nonprofit offset the ups and downs of annual contributions? The answer: Endowment Funding. Continue reading “Growing Financial Stability”

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O.K. Corral Coming to Marshalltown

(Marshalltown, IA) The O.K. Corral is coming to Marshalltown, Iowa to present its equine-assisted certification to the public July 25th, 26th and 27th. The seminar will be hosted by Quakerdale Family Services/Wolfe Ranch (located on Highway 30 outside Marshalltown), and runs from 8-5 each day.

For over 20 years, Greg Kersten, President of the O.K. Corral Series and Founder of the field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), has been certifying therapists and regular, everyday people to use horses in the fields of mental health and wellness. The seminar encourages attendees to look beyond horsemanship, irrational fears and their own biases by promoting the use of astute observation, nonverbal communication and good old common sense. The seminar also provides fun and insightful equine-assisted activities that can help to “Make Every Day O.K.” in the lives of participants, or even start them on a new career path! What does it cost to be certified by the O.K. Corral? Lunches and materials are included in the price of $1,075 for the three-day event. Continue reading “O.K. Corral Coming to Marshalltown”

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“So That All May Be Served” Fundraising Campaign


December 5, 2019


Beth Andrew
Executive Director
Quakerdale Family Services
(641) 752-3912

Quakerdale Family Services to Launch “So That All May Be Served” Fundraising Campaign

(Marshalltown, IA) – “So That All May Be Served” is the theme for Quakerdale Family Services’ 2019 Hope Fund fundraising campaign. The event will kick off on Wednesday, December 5 and conclude at midnight on Monday, December 31. The goal is to raise $5,000 to help provide supplemental funding for families who cannot afford the services they need.

Quakerdale Family Services’ mission is to encourage “… hope, faith, and growth in the families and communities we serve.” Unfortunately, there are times when families needing assistance do not have the resources necessary to pay for services.

We have established the Hope Fund
“So That All May Be Served”

Quakerdale Family Services believes that money should never stand in the way of anyone getting the help they need to build a better life. The Hope Fund provides funding for qualified families to help supplement their ability to pay in part or in whole. The following are ways you can get involved and make a difference in the lives of those needing a helping hand toward healing. Continue reading ““So That All May Be Served” Fundraising Campaign”

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