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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.

Networking Breakfast for MetroWest Executive Directors

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Location: Metrowest Regional Transit Authority, 15 Blandin Avenue, 3rd Floor, Framingham, MA 01702

Come meet with fellow MetroWest nonprofit Executive Directors for networking and active conversation. We will discuss topics of importance to you and your work. What areas are you grappling with, wish you could hear suggestions about, or just need to hear another perspective from someone in your shoes? We want to hear from you to make this a relevant and effective program.

Please submit topics for discussion in your registration process.

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Overcoming Barriers to Effective Leadership -- How Board Chairs and Executive Directors Can Lead as a Star Team

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

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Foundation for MetroWest, 3 Eliot Street, Natick, MA 01760

The powerful partnership between staff and volunteer leaders will either hold an organization back or powerfully catapult your nonprofit to new levels of scale and impact. In this workshop, we'll look at best practice relationships and models for forging a strong, collaborative partnership. We'll focus on the most common barriers to success and how can you avoid them or overcome them. Join us to learn more and lead your organization to great heights! The Foundation for MetroWest is delighted to partner with Chuck Gordon of the 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.
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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.
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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

Best Practices for Growing your Major Gift and Planned Giving Programs

Presenter: Greta Morgan , Director of Development, The College of the Holy Cross
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington Street, Framingham, MA 01702

From marketing, to asking, to partnering with volunteers or staff members - this session will provide you with an overview of how to grow and enhance your fundraising program to include (or expand) major gifts and planned giving efforts. We will discuss how to cultivate and move your donors to the major gift level and beyond. Tools and takeaways will be shared for you to use in your program. Join us to learn more about how you might tailor your efforts to start, grow, and/or expand your current fundraising program.

About our Presenter: Greta Morgan has over twenty five years of experience in annual giving, planned giving, major gifts, and campaign planning. She recently joined The College of the Holy Cross as its new Director of Development. Prior to Holy Cross, Greta served in various positions with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University; Harvard Graduate School of Education; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and the Environmental Careers Organization. She holds a B.A. from Wheaton College and an M.B.A. from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.
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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: Framingham Public Library, 746 Water Street, Framingham, MA 01701

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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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.
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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.