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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.

When Conflicts Arise: Effective Techniques to Deal with Challenging Volunteer Situations

Presenter: Claudia Lach, Lach Training & Consulting
Date: Wenesday, May 16
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Dover Town Library, 56 Dedham St., Dover, MA 02030

Who should attend: Any nonprofit staff or board member interested in learning about volunteer management


Business Modeling: Break the Status Quo and Design the Nonprofits of Tomorrow

Presenter: Eric Curtis, Curtis Strategy
Date: Thursday, May 17
Time: 9:30-11:30 AM
Location: Waltham Public Library, 735 Main St., Waltham, MA 02451

Who should attend: Ideal for transformative leaders and visionaries


Perfecting Your Solicitation Skills

Presenter: Chuck Gordon, The New Kensington Group
Date: Thursday, May 24
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
Location: Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482

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


A Smarter Shopper: Evaluate & Purchase the Right System for Your Nonprofit

Presenter: Maureen Wallbeoff
Date: Tuesday, June 12
Time: 9:00-11:30 AM
Location: MassBay Community College, 50 Oakland Street, Wellesley, MA 02481

Who should attend: Nonprofit staff and board members of nonprofits of all sizes


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