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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.

Workshops are intended for staff, board/committee members, and volunteers who are affiliated with nonprofit organizations or town agencies serving MetroWest. While there is no fee to attend, 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.

The Art of Grants Research

Presenter: Georganna Woods and Kelton Artuso, Associated Grant Makers
Date: Thursday, March 29
Time: 10:00-12:30 PM
Location: McAuliffe Branch - Community Room, Framingham Public Library, 746 Water Street, Framingham, MA 01701

Who should attend: Any nonprofit staff, board member, or volunteer of organizations of all sizes. Ideal for those who are new(er) to grants research, although this is a great refresher for veterans, too!


Beyond Fundraising: Board Members as Mission & Organization Ambassadors

Presenter: Lisa Cohen, Capital Motion
Date: Tuesday, April 3
Time: 10:00-11:30 AM
Location: Goodnow Library - Community Room, 21 Concord Road, Sudbury, MA 01776

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


Essential Google Analytics Settings for Nonprofits

Presenter: Maureen Wallbeoff
Date: Tuesday, April 3
Time: 10:15-11:45 AM
Location: Medfield Public Library - Meeting Room, 468 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052

Who should attend: Any nonprofit staff, board member, or volunteer responsible for marketing and/or communications strategy and execution. Ideal for those who are newer to digital marketing, but also a great refresher for those who want to update their practices.


Grantwriting Roadmap

Presenter: Sunny Stich, Sunny Stich Consulting
Date: Thursday, April 5
Time: 10:00-11:30 AM
Location: Morse Institute Library - Lebowitz Meeting Hall, 14 E. Central St., Natick, MA 01760

Who should attend: Nonprofit and town agency staff and volunteers


Overcoming the Fear of the Ask

Presenter: Chuck Gordon, The New Kensington Group
Date: Wednesday, April 11
Time: 8:30-10:00 AM
Location: TBA

Who should attend: Executive directors, board members, and development directors (due to space limitations, only senior-level development directors should register)


Perfecting Your Solicitation Skills

Presenter: Chuck Gordon, The New Kensington Group
Date: Thursday, May 24
Time: 8:30-10:00 AM
Location: Lexington Community Center - Room 242, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421

Who should attend: Executive directors, board members, and development directors (due to space limitations, only senior-level development directors should register)


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 discuss one-on-one with a member of our program team to share updates, successes, challenges and/or upcoming events. Appointments will be held at our office in Natick or conducted via phone, as determined on a case-by-case basis. Once you have scheduled a day/time through the link below, a program officer will follow up with you to confirm the details.
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. To suggest a topic for discussion, please email Kimberly Blakemore.

A Convening of Local Farms and Food Organizations

Presenter: Myrna Greenfield, Good Egg Marketing
Date: Thursday, March 15
Time: 9:15-11:45 AM
Location: Marlborough Public Library - Bigelow Auditorium, 35 West Main Street, Malborough, MA 01752

Who should attend: Any nonprofit staff, board member, or volunteer representing a local farm or food organization


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