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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.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Board Governance: But Were Afraid to Ask

Presenter: Amy Cahners and Susan Donahue, Cahners and Donahue Associates, LLC

Date:Thursday, October 27, 2016

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

Location: Wellesley Community Center

In order for non-profit organizations to achieve their goals and fulfill their mission, they need to have a highly effective board of directors. We will discuss building a high-performing board through understanding board roles and responsibilities, strong board-staff relationships, and the ideal board committee structure. 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/Board Executive Member.

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Building Your Resources: The Board’s Role in Fundraising

Presenter: Amy Cahners and Susan Donahue, Cahners and Donahue Associates, LLC

Date:Thursday, December 1, 2016

Time:5:30-7:30 pm

Location: Wellesley Community Center

Is your board reluctant to fundraise? In this workshop we will discuss: • The board’s role in fundraising • Engaging all board members in the fundraising process• Ensuring your fundraising is successfulThe 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/Board Executive Member.

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Leader of the Pack! What does it take to be an effective Board Chair?

Presenter: Amy Cahners and Susan Donahue, Cahners and Donahue Associates, LLC

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

Location: TBD

Many board chairs come into their role with little formal training for the job. Many wish they had done more. Come learn what it takes to be a great board chair. At this workshop we will discuss:
·         Traits of an effective board chair
·         Roles and responsibilities of the board chair
·         The relationship between the board chair and the executive director

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/Board Executive 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

Speak with Clarity, Confidence, Conviction: A Public Speaking Workshop for all Levels

Presenter: Mike Chase, Great Results

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington Street, Framingham, MA 01702

Are you comfortable delivering presentations, and 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?

Then 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 today 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.

There is a 10 person maximum for this workshop for all individuals to gain the most from the learning experience.

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 in September 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.

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Evaluation Demystified: Using Simple Data to Improve Outcomes

Presenter: Rebecca Gallo, MetroWest Health Foundation

Thursday, September 29, 2016
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Costin Room, Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington 

Description: Evaluation can seem like a daunting task when you do not have the resources or the staff expertise to dedicate to it.  But, evaluation data does not have to be complicated to be effective.  Learn how to use data you are already collecting, along with some strategic additions, to drive programmatic decisions and empower staff to make continuous program improvements.  This interactive workshop will give you strategies to use data to make the case for your programs to outside stakeholders as well as to inform internal decision making.  

Presenter Bio: Rebecca Gallo earned a Master’s degree in Social work and Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University.  She has experience developing programs and working with individuals, children and families in nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC, New York City, and Greater Boston.  Prior to attending graduate school, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa where she worked to improve health in a rural village.  Most recently, she was the Senior Director of Evaluation and Development at East End House in Cambridge, MA, where she managed foundation and government grants and lead agency-wide evaluation efforts.  She is also the co-founder of Hearty Meals for All, a community meal program that serves fresh, local foods, in Somerville, MA.  Ms. Gallo is currently a program officer at the MetroWest Health Foundation.  In this role she oversees a grant portfolio that includes Healthy Aging grants as well as community wellness initiatives.  

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Unlocking the Power of Visual Storytelling

Presenter: Michael Selissen, Case Mountain Communications
Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time: 9:30-10:30 AM
Location: Wayland Free Public Library

Description: Stories compel us to learn, remember and act — all of the things needed to build support for your nonprofit organization. This workshop is about telling actionable stories -- stories that lead prospective donors, volunteers and advocates to positive decisions.

We’ll begin by reviewing the narrative elements that make for actionable stories and then look at cost-effective ways to enhance those stories using documentary photography and multimedia technologies. Along the way, we’ll view and discuss several real-life examples.

You’ll leave with a resource guide and a plan to start creating your own actionable stories.

Here’s what you’ll learn…

  • The research behind why our brains love stories
  • Why empathy is essential to storytelling
  • The key elements of actionable stories
  • The three types of stories you’ll need to attract and retain supporters
  • Why photography is the best choice for your story’s visual component
  • How to incorporate images and stories into different media channels
  • What criteria to use when searching for actionable stories
  • How to make your own affordable videos

About Our Presenter: Michael Selissen uses the power of visual storytelling to help nonprofits acquire and retain donors, grow brand awareness and bolster issue advocacy. As the founder of Case Mountain Communications, he specializes in combining documentary photography, writing and digital marketing to create actionable nonprofit stories. Michael’s background includes more than 16 years in marketing and 25 as a photographer. He has had numerous photographic exhibits and his writing has appeared in executive blogs and national trade publications. 

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Major Donor Mambo

Presenters: Sunny Stich, Sunny Stich Consulting and Stephanie Truesdell, Vice President of Philanthropy & Communications at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Time: 9:30-12:00  pm
Location: TBD

Description: Coming soon!

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How Small Organizations Successfully Structure & Manage Their IT 

Presenter: Russell Greenwald, VP & Director, IT Practice, Insource Service Inc.

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Location: TBD

Description and registration: Coming Soon!

Coming soon…
Stewardship 102 with Simone Joyaux, Joyaux Associates
January 19, 2017

 


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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.