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Center for Philanthropy Education

Our relationship with your organization does not begin or end with a grant decision.We are committed to building your capacity to achieve your mission through workshops and educational opportunities.

Our nonprofit leadership development opportunities build leadership and management skills for nonprofit leaders through collaborative, peer-learning programs.Three programs are scheduled for October 2016- January 2017.

 

Leader of the Pack! What does it take to be an effective Board Chair?

Presenter: Amy Cahners and Susan Donahue, Cahners and Donahue Associates, LLC

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Time: 5:30-7:30 PM

Location: TBD

Many board chairs come into their role with little formal training for the job. Many wish they had done more. Come learn what it takes to be a great board chair. At this workshop we will discuss:
·         Traits of an effective board chair
·         Roles and responsibilities of the board chair
·         The relationship between the board chair and the executive director

The Foundation for MetroWest is delighted to partner with Cahners & Donahue Associates LLC to deliver this workshop designed for Executive Directors and/or Board Chairs/Board leadership. We require attendance from both the Executive Director and Board Chair/Board Executive Member.

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Through the generous support of our donors and the Middlesex Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, we are able to offer the Center for Philanthropy Education nonprofit seminars.  

MetroWest nonprofit staff, volunteers, board and committee members are welcome to attend free of charge. If you register for a seminar and your plans change, please let us know 48 hours in advance. A $25 no-show fee will be applied.

Seminar topics may include:

  • Social Media
  • General Marketing
  • Email Marketing
  • Membership Retention
  • Budgets & Grant Proposals
  • Strategic Planning
  • Annual Giving Plan
  • Volunteers & Donors
  • Fundraising
  • Filling out the Form 990

Upcoming Seminars

The Holy Grail of Fundraising....Donor Loyalty

Presenter: Simone Joyaux, Joyaux Associates 
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Time: 2:00-4:30 PM
Location: Wellesley Public Library, Wakelin Room

Maybe you call this donor relations or cultivation or stewardship. But today, we’re calling this loyalty. And we’re claiming loyalty as the Holy Grail of any business, including fundraising. Unfortunately, donor retention is scandalously low sector wide. And it’s way past time to focus on this stunning failure of fundraising and fundraisers. There’s nothing quite so good as loyal donors. Make sure you’re doing all you can to lead your organization to the Holy Grail.  Thanks to the Agitators for reminding us of the right grail. There’s nothing quite so good as loyalty donors (and customers, too!)

About our Presenter: Simone Joyaux, Joyaux Associates
Simone is described as “one of the most thoughtful, inspirational, and provocative leaders in the philanthropic sector.” She particularly likes the “provocative” word! In January 2017, she began her 30th year as a full-time consultant, specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development. Clients include all types and sizes of nonprofits.She serves on the faculty for the Masters Program in Philanthropy and Development at Saint Mary’s University, MN, and presents all over the world. As a volunteer, she regularly serves on boards. She chaired CFRE International when it became an independent corporation, and founded the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island. Currently, she chairs the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. She’s also the Chair of the Advisory Board of the new Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at the University of Plymouth in the U.K.

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HR Building Blocks

Presenter: Saleha Walsh, Vice President, InSource Services
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Time: 9:30-11:30 AM
Location: Wellesley Public Library 

Description coming soon!

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Grantwriting 201

Presenter: Sunny Stich, Sunny Stich Consulting
Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM -12:30 PM
Location: Goodnow Library, Sudbury

This in-depth advanced grant writing workshop will build on existing grant writing knowledge. Participants will be writing synopsis versions of the Need Statement, Organizational Information and the all important ASK or request for funds.  It is recommended that participants have taken Grantwriting 101 to participate. Laptops or writing materials (pen and paper) a must.  Participants will be chosen at random to present their writing.

About our Presenter: Sunny Stich, Sunny Stich Consulting 
Sunny Stich is a development professional with over twenty years of proven results helping non-profit agencies increase capacity. Throughout her career, she has helped over 100 organizations actualize their mission through a gamut of services around fundraising and capacity building, including federal, state, private, corporate, and foundation grant writing, major donor initiatives, capital campaigns, annual fund campaigns, fundraising events, public relations strategy, board trainings, and strategic planning. Sunny is a creative and enthusiastic innovator and collaborator who is able to see and create opportunities for organizations that has resulted in millions of dollars raised.

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10 Steps to a Successful Nonprofit Social Media Strategy

Presenter: Julia C. Campbell, Digital Marketing Strategist, Founder of J Campbell Social Marketing
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Time: 9:30-11:30 AM
Location: Lexington Community Center- Room 242, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421

Social media success is something that nonprofits are finally beginning to see as a vital piece of the marketing and fundraising puzzle. However, just setting up a Facebook page or a Twitter account isn’t enough. You need to know why you are on social media, who you are trying to reach, and what you are planning to say. Planning and creating a strategy is vital if you want to succeed on social media and stop spinning your wheels. In this webinar, Julia will take you through the 10 necessary steps you need to create a viable social media strategy for your nonprofit.  In this workshop, Julia will review specific tactics and examples from nonprofits small and large who are finding success using social media to drive engagement and awareness of their organizations - and even raise money!

 

About our Presenter: Julia C. Campbell, Digital Marketing Strategist, Founder of J Campbell Social Marketing
Julia Campbell has been involved with the social good sector her whole life, from coordinating food drives as a child to volunteering at homeless shelters in high school to assisting NGOs in Senegal, West Africa and beyond.
In her current position, she consults and trains nonprofits on the best ways to use digital tools to raise money and awareness for their organizations. Her blog is consistently featured in the list of Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs in the world, and she is currently publishing a book on storytelling and social media with Charity Channel Press. 


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Elements of a Successful Strategic Plan


Presenters: Amy Cahners and Susan Donahue, Cahners and Donahue Associates, LLC 
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017
Time: 5:30-7:30 PM
Location: Wellesley Community Center

 

The thought of conducting a strategic plan seems daunting to some, pointless to others. We will discuss the value of strategic planning, what really needs to be in a plan, and a straightforward process to developing a meaningful and useful plan.

 

About our Presenters: Amy Cahners and Susan Donahue, Cahners and Donahue Associates, LLC
The Foundation for MetroWest is delighted to partner with Cahners & Donahue Associates LLC to deliver this workshop designed for Executive Directors and/or Board Chairs/Board leadership. We require attendance from both the Executive Director and Board Chair/ Executive Board Member.

 

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We offer services and resources to help build the capacity, visibility, connections, and expertise that nonprofits need to deliver their missions, and, in turn, strengthen the region. To find out more information about any of these programs listed above, please email Caroline Murphy or Jennifer Ubaldino or call 508.647.2260. To ensure you are receiving the most up-to-date schedule of events, please sign up for our monthly eNewsletter.