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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.


Management and Accountability: Motivating Your Board to Action

Presenter: Charles B. Gordon, President and CEO, The New Kensington Group

Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location: Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central Street, Natick, MA 01760

This workshop highlights how to lead, motivate, and inspire your board to unprecedented action for your organization. We will explore how to leverage and achieve greater committee involvement and fund raising assistance, how to conduct empowering and productive board meetings, how to increase performance accountabilities, how to overcome barriers to raising money, and how to strike agreements with your board members to spark new levels of engagement and commitment. The Foundation for MetroWest is delighted to partner with Chuck Gordon from The New Kensington Group to deliver this workshop designed for Executive Directors and Board Chairs. We require attendance from both the Executive Director and Board Chair.

About our Presenter: Charles B. Gordon, President and CEO, The New Kensington Group
For nearly 30 years, Chuck has served as a senior nonprofit professional and consultant, helping nonprofit organizations in the Boston area and across the country realize their vision by raising increased revenues. Today, Chuck leads the New Kensington Group, a full service consulting firm helping nonprofit leaders grow their organizations. His work focuses on strategic planning, fund raising, executive search, and board leadership and governance support. As a nationally recognized trainer and speaker, he dedicates significant time to building the fund raising capacity of nonprofit professionals and senior volunteers from coast to coast. Chuck serves on the boards of the Wheelock Family Theatre and Boston Children’s Theatre, and was named one of Boston’s ’40 Under 40’ by the Boston Business Journal.

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

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


At the Foundation, 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.  Beginning in July, we are thrilled to announce the addition of monthly Open Office Hours. This provides you with an opportunity to come to our offices to have coffee or tea with a member of our program team one-on-one for 20 minutes to share your successes, changes, challenges and upcoming events.  Scheduling information will be posted soon.

Upcoming Seminars

Speak with Confidence: A Workshop to Build and Strengthen Your Public Speaking Skills

Presenter: Mike Chase of Great Results, LLC
Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Lexington, MA | Lexington Community Center

Are you comfortable delivering presentations but still want to improve your skills?
Or do you feel stressed when asked to speak in front of a group?
Do you get “the jitters” before you begin?
Come to this Public Speaking Workshop and take your performance to the next level! You will learn some practical tips to help you better prepare for your next speaking engagement, including how to:

  •  Relax – understand and put away your fears so that you can focus your energies on your message
  •  Prepare yourself – both well in advance and just prior to taking the stage or entering the conference room
  •  Deliver with Confidence! – get your message across convincingly and avoid bad habits

Because this is a workshop where the focus will be on helping you improve your speaking skills, it is strictly limited to 10 people. 
Please be prepared to share a 1-2 minute talk on a topic of your choice – perhaps something you present regularly, or expect to, and would like to feel more confident in your delivery.  You will receive immediate coaching and an opportunity to present again to showcase your newly improved skills!
By applying the techniques discussed along with your personalized coaching, you will become more confident not only in what you have to say, but how you say it!  You may find that it just might change your life.
About our Presenter: Mike Chase is a dynamic speaker who has delivered presentations throughout his marketing and sales career in the corporate world as well as at small groups, libraries and church halls throughout eastern Massachusetts. Mike is also an award-winning speaker, most recently honored with two first-place awards from Toastmasters International. He recently launched his own training company, Great Results, LLC, to help others improve their own speaking skills in individual or group workshops.


The ABC's of Grant Writing

Presenter: Sunny Stich of Sunny Stich Consulting
Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Time: 9:30-11:30 AM
Location: MassBay Community College, 50 Oakland Street, Library Atrium (2nd fl), Wellesley, MA 02481

Today, acquiring funding from private and government sources requires developing effective grant writing skills. Competition for these dollars is stiff. Come learn how the A, B, C's can help you raise grant funds! A, isn't for Apple any longer!!
Skills learned:

  • Researching possible funding sources
  • Cultivating funders
  • Understanding a basic grant template outline
  • Elements that result in rejection 

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.



Foundation for MetroWest Grant Open House

Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 to 11:30 AM
Location: Foundation for MetroWest, 3 Eliot Street, Natick, MA 01760

Join us to learn about our 2017 Regional Competitive Grant Program offered through the Foundation. There will be time to ask questions and further understand the process.

Seating is limited, so please register early. We also greatly appreciate organizations sending only one representative so we are able to have as many organizations as possible join us. Thank you!


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MetroWest Historical Society Convening

Presenter: Julie Solz, Team Leader, Collection Services, Historic New England
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Time: 10:00-11:30 am
Location: Framingham History Center, Village Hall, 2 Oak Street, Framingham

We are excited to host this special event just for MetroWest historical society staff and volunteers! Historical societies are the memory keepers of their communities, and are tasked with preserving diverse collections, from furniture to farm equipment, plastic toys to paintings, and everything in between. Join your regional colleagues for a group discussion on common collection care challenges faced by small organizations. Listen to a short presentation from Historic New England collection staff on creative solutions and best practices, then join in a group discussion. Please submit one specific collection care question and/or a creative solution your organization has come up with to care for collections. Space is limited, please register in advance for this event!

About our presenter: Julie Solz is team leader for collection services for the Historic New England and oversees the work of the collections, conservation, and library and archives teams. Ms. Solz has worked at Historic New England since 2001 managing all collection care at the historic house museums and in the Haverhill collections facility. She has managed numerous large collection focused projects including the Collection Access Project which made collection objects accessible worldwide via Historic New England’s website and the Collection Care Project which transformed decorative arts storage in the Haverhill facility. Prior to joining Historic New England, she worked as a registrar and conservator for museums in New England, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia. Ms. Solz has a M.S. in Art Conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and is trained as an objects conservator. In 2000, she was a participant in The Attingham Summer School Program.

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 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.

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