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Center for Philanthropy Education

We believe in the power of learning, and in fostering strong networks.

Our investment in local nonprofits goes far beyond grantmaking. We help nonprofits secure brighter futures for themselves and their communities by offering free educational and networking opportunities. Through our Center for Philanthropy Education (CPE), we prepare nonprofit leaders, staff, and volunteers to think and operate strategically, effectively, and inclusively.

To stay abreast of upcoming workshops and events, please sign up for our eNewsletter.

Questions about what programs may be right for your organization? Email Kimberly Blakemore.

We bring in renowned consultants, practitioners, and content experts to present practical workshops.

Staff, board/committee members, and volunteers who are affiliated with nonprofit organizations or town agencies serving MetroWest are invited to attend free of charge. If you register for a workshop and your plans change, please email or call 48 hours in advance. Otherwise, a $25 no-show fee will be charged.

Interested in presenting? Have ideas for workshops that you would like to attend? Email Kimberly Blakemore.

Optimizing Your Board with Skills, Talent & Passion

Presenter: Lisa Cohen, Capital Motion
Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time: 10:00-11:30 AM
Location: Framingham Public Library, McAuliffe Branch - Community Room, 746 Water Street, Framingham, MA 01701

Who should attend: Nonprofit staff and/or leaders who are responsible for managing board recruitment and relations; Board members


So we booked a room...now what? A beginner's guide to grassroots events

Presenter: Karin Turer, Tugboat 23 Consulting
Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Time: 9:30-11:00 AM
Location: Lexington Community Center - Room 237, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA

Who should attend: Any professional, board member, or volunteer of nonprofits of any size


Massachusetts Pay Equity Law: Is Your Nonprofit Ready?

Presenter: Hillary Massey, Seyfarth Shaw
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 10:00-11:30 AM
Location: Foundation for MetroWest, 3 Eliot Street, Natick, MA 01760

Who should attend: Any professional, board member, or volunteer of nonprofits of any size


Lobbying, Advocacy & Political Activities for 501(c)(3)

Presenter: Teresa M. Santalucia, Klein Hornig LLP
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Time: 9:00-10:30 AM
Location: TBA

Who should attend: Staff who are responsible for external affairs, government relations, and program; Board members


Financial Responsibility of the Board & How to Read Non-Profit Financial Statements

Presenter: Matthew Troiano, CPA & Thomas Muldoon, CPA, CGMA of AAFCPAs
Date: Friday, March 9, 2018
Time: 9:00-10:30 AM
Location: Whitney Place, Three Vision Drive, Route 9 West, Natick, MA 01760

Who should attend: Current and aspiring board members; nonprofit leaders


Foundation for MetroWestCome Visit Us » 

We love being part of the MetroWest community, and we would love to see you!

We aim to keep a good pulse on the MetroWest region to better understand our communities and the needs of the nonprofits in our area who are working to improve the quality of life for all residents.  We want to know your mission, who you serve and how best we can support you in your work.

Program Office Hours is an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a member of our program team to share updates, successes, challenges and/or upcoming events over coffee or tea. Appointments are held at our office in Natick, and are scheduled in one-hour blocks, typically on the first Friday of every month; additional days may be scheduled as appropriate. Please come prepared with an agenda.

Schedule an Appointment

We offer in-depth, multi-part training series to help nonprofit staff and board members build connections, exchange ideas and best practices, and explore topics critical to organizational success.

  • Leading with Ease: Secrets of Sustainable Leadership
    • A balanced approach to nonprofit leadership open to nonprofit executive directors serving MetroWest
    • Led by Fredia Woolf, Principal of Woolf Consulting
    • Our 2017 cohort is currently underway. If you are interested in applying for our fall 2018 cohort, email Kimberly Blakemore
  • Emerging Leaders Academy
    • Designed for mid-level nonprofit staff committed to growing their leadership and executive skills
    • The Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) is a five-session series that provides a substantial yet accessible introduction to leadership development. The program is specifically tailored for those emerging leaders who are new to or aspiring towards senior management positions. Learn more
    • Information session January 18, 2018. Register
    • Apply by February 2, 2018

If you are looking for one-time professional development opportunities, please see our Upcoming Workshops section above.

We offer organizations the opportunity to convene and share ideas and challenges, as well as to identify opportunities for collaboration. Please check back soon for upcoming events.

 A special thank you to our donors for their support of our Center for Philanthropy Education: