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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: Wednesday, March 15
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, 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

Upcoming Seminars

 

Webinar: Grantwriting 101 

Presenter: Sunny Stich, Sunny Stich Consulting 
Date: *NEW DATE* Wednesday, March 1, 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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Elements of a Successful Strategic Plan

Presenters: Amy Cahners and Susan Donahue, Cahners and Donahue Associates, LLC 
Date: *NEW DATE* Wednesday, March 15, 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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Meet the Foundation for MetroWest Staff

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Time: 10:00 to 11:00 AM
Location: Foundation for MetroWest, 3 Eliot Street, Natick, MA 01760

Come meet the staff at the Foundation for MetroWest. Learn more about the work of your community foundation and what we do to support our neighbors in MetroWest. During this ‘round robin’ style meeting, staff from the Foundation will meet individually with a representative from each organization in attendance. This 3-5 minute conversation is a great way for us to know more about your organization’s work. There is also the opportunity to network with other local nonprofits during this time.

Please Note: This open house is designed to talk about the overall work of your organization and not specifically to a grant request. We are hosting a second open house in July to discuss the Foundation’s competitive grant program. We also have limited space at this event, so we ask you to only have one representative attend from your organization.

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Online Awareness Campaigns for Your Nonprofit – What Works and How to Do It!

Presenter: Julia C. Campbell, Digital Marketing Strategist, Founder of J Campbell Social Marketing
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 AM
Location: TBD

To cut through the clutter and get your message heard on digital channels, especially social media, can seem like a Herculean feat. For nonprofits that have little to no marketing staff, how can they build their online communities, grow engagement, and strengthen connections with supporters through a dynamic online awareness campaign?

In this small group, deep dive intensive workshop, we will review actual case studies from nonprofits that had success with their online awareness and marketing campaigns. Using their examples, we will go into detail each step necessary to run a successful online awareness and marketing campaign for your nonprofit.

During this 2 hour, small group workshop, you will learn:

  • How to plan and prepare for a successful campaign
  • How to set SMART goals for the campaign
  • How to set up your website, email, and social media channels for maximum success
  • How to identify and recruit Social Media Ambassadors to spread the word
  • How to launch your campaign with a bang
  • How to use a Campaign Calendar to consistently promote the campaign after launch
  • How to measure the success of the campaign
  • How to build on momentum and keep your new supporters motivated and engaged after the campaign

Presenter: 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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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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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.