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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.

Upcoming Leadership Development Opportunities

Strengthen Your Board Through Strong Committees
June 8, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Morse Institute Library | 14 E Central Street, Natick, MA 

As nonprofit professionals, we are told that "the work of the board is done in committees." But what happens when your board doesn't have functioning committees or existing committees that don't work well? In this workshop, Amy and Susan will discuss the following to help your board accomplish more:

  • effective committee structure
  • committee members
  • the work of committees
  • how to form strong committee meetings

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Leading With Ease: Secrets of Sustainable Leadership
Fall 2016
Tuesdays, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Foundation for MetroWest | 3 Eliot Street, Natick

Attention: Over-Stretched Executive Directors

Are you focusing on the details, problems, and drama of running your organization rather than on vision and strategy? Are you more often frustrated, stressed and exhausted, than energized and excited about your work?

The Foundation for MetroWest is delighted to partner with Fredia Woolf to offer Leading with Ease: Secrets of Sustainable Leadership again this fall. 

This six session series will explore the three essential components of Sustainable Leadership - Excellence, Effectiveness, and Ease. The sessions are designed to help you to: 

  • Identify your most important goals and streamline a path to accomplishing them
  • Be more productive and efficient in your time and energy management by de-cluttering your day, de-escalating your stress levels, and delegating some of your to-do's
  • Enhance your leadership confidence and presence, through greater awareness and exercise of strategic choices
  • Effectively engage your stakeholders (funders, staff, volunteers, and peers) in supporting you in your mission
  • Understand and proactively build your own, and your organization's, brand
  • Build a powerful peer network, for long-term sustainability

Applying the principles of strategic planning and leadership development to your own situation, you could discover a fresh perspective that can turn around the impediments to your success. Through her proven Look Five Ways © process, Fredia Woolf, Principal of Woolf Consulting, has helped many people just like you to develop a clear-eyed, uncluttered new approach. 

Begins: September 20, 2016
When: Tuesdays, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Foundation for MetroWest | 3 Eliot Street, Natick

Applications are due by August 15, 2016. Executive Directors from MetroWest nonprofits are welcome to apply. To apply, click here. 

In order for this to be a truly beneficial working group, we are limiting the number of participants. We will be contacting applications about acceptance by September 1. There is no charge to participate. For more information about the scheduled sessions or to read what past participants have had to say about the program, download the full program flyer

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Questions? Please call us at 508.647.2260 or contact Jennifer Ubaldino at jubaldino@foundationformetrowest.org or Caroline Murphy at cmurphy@foundationformetrowest.org. 

Other programs we offer include:

Aligning Action & Effectiveness

The Foundation for MetroWest has partnered with Curtis Company to deliver a three-part workshop series designed for the Executive Director and Board Chair. The purpose of the three workshops are to work on critical matters pertaining to the viability and success of any nonprofit organization, such as leading the board, leading strategy, and ensuring powerful succession.

Board Chair Networking

Nonprofit board chairs are invited to the Foundation's office for the opportunity to exchange ideas and share best practices. These evenings consist of networking along with a speaker or panel discussion.


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

Grantwriting 101
July 12, 2016
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Natick Community-Senior Center, Great Room | 117 E Central Street, Natick, MA

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, this session is for you. Discuss what grantmakers want, and learn a step-by-step guide to crafting a proposal. Emerge with practical tips and tricks that will maximize your grantwriting efforts - and find out the "three P's" of grantwriting

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We offer many like-minded organizations - from historical societies to town education funds to community groups committed to environmental preservation - the opportunity to convene and share ideas and challenges, as well as to identify opportunities for collaboration. If you have an idea for a collaboration, please contact Jennifer Ubaldino.

Upcoming Convenings

Grant Open House
July 20, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Foundation for MetroWest | 3 Eliot Street, Natick, MA

Join us to learn about our Regional Competitive Grant Program offered through the Foundation for MetroWest. 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.