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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.

 

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.
 
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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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

HR Building Blocks for Start-Up and Growing Nonprofits

Presenter: Saleha Walsh, Vice President, InSource Services
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Wellesley Public Library, 530 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482

This workshop will cover common HR challenges faced by growing nonprofits and suggest priorities as you begin to address hiring basics, benefits, compliance and record keeping. Attendees will leave with ideas about where to focus their efforts as they build an HR infrastructure and grow their organizations. 

About our Presenter: Saleha Walsh co-leads the delivery of Insource’s professional services for their clients. She is jointly responsible for the overall management of client engagements and providing leadership to and strategic direction for Insource’s consulting services. Saleha is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in general operational and human resource management. She brings her expertise in direct communication and skills in contextual decision-making to managing Insource’s operations and addressing clients’ needs.  

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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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*SOLD OUT* 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. 

 

 

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.

 

SIGN UP NOW

 

Webinar: Grantwriting 101 

Presenter: Sunny Stich, Sunny Stich Consulting 
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 
Time: 10:00-11:00 AM   Location: Remote access

Does the prospect of writing a proposal give you the heebeejeebies? Ever wonder what goes through the heads of the folks working at foundations? Have you ever written a good proposal and wondered why it was rejected? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then join us for this webinar as we present tips on writing a grant, and field questions from participants. Walk away with practical knowledge and grant know-how that you can use right away!  

About our Presenter: 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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Special Events 101: Rethink and Refresh Your Annual Fundraiser 

Presenter:  Joanna Rothman, Director of Development, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company  
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 
Time: 9:30-11:30 AM 
Location: Babson College, 231 Forest Street, Wellesley, MA 02457  

As we embark upon the greater Boston community’s robust gala season, we’ll take a look at some strategies to help you run a first-rate event. We will begin with a review of your success stories and challenges, and then review special event best practices and ROI. This session is ideal for small shops, new fundraisers or nonprofit professionals, or seasoned staff who want to rejuvenate their existing special event. Please feel free to bring your special event invitations and other collateral to share with others. 

About our Presenter: Joanna Rothman, Director of Development, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company  
For the past 19 years, Joanna has been employed in nonprofit organizations, including the New England Aquarium, WGBH, and Gateways: Access to Jewish Education. Since 2007, she has a been a professional fundraiser, including managing hundreds of special events. In December 2015, she became the Director of Development of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, which is the Theater in Residence at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s annual gala (now in its 9th year) has been acknowledged as “one of the best” by Boston Magazine, BizBash, and the Improper Bostonian. Joanna received her BA from Brandeis University and MA from The George Washington University. She also has certificates from Christie’s Education (London) and Institute for Nonprofit Practice (Boston). Joanna is an active volunteer in the Boston community, previously serving on the Board of Directors of the Fuller Craft Museum and the Boston Jewish Film Festival. She also writes the blog All Roads Lead to Roam. 

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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.