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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 Caroline Murphy.

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 John Haak

Setting Your Path—Elements of a Successful Strategic Plan

When: Wednesday, May 22, 9:30 – 11:30 AM 
Where: Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington Street, Wellesley
Presenter: Amy S. Cahners and Susan U. Donahue, Cahners & Donahue Associates 

The thought of conducting a strategic plan for the first time may seem daunting. And the idea of going through another strategic plan might be pointless if you barely looked at or used the last one. In this workshop, will spend time talking about the value of strategic planning, what really needs to be in a plan (and what doesn’t!), and helping you visualize a clear and manageable process needed to develop a meaningful and useful plan.

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Half Day Marketing Accelerator: Battle for the Hearts and Mind

When: Thursday, June 20, 8:30 AM: Registration, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Program 
Where: Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington

Presenter: Shaun Adamec, Founder and President of Adamec Communications

Nonprofit professionals often find themselves frustrated by the way the public thinks and talks about the issues they care about. That broad public conversation — also called the public narrative — shapes the way our audiences consider the problems we seek to solve, and the solutions we propose to solve them. Shifting that narrative to one that is more complete, productive, or just plain accurate can be a bewildering prospect for any advocate. This workshop will break through the mystique of the public narrative, present clear strategies to identify the current state of hearts and minds around your cause, and offer specific ways you can begin to shift the way people think and talk about your mission. Along the way, we will examine how our own messaging may actually be making our problems worse, and strategies we can employ to make sure we are attracting more people, resources, and attention to your cause, not driving them away.

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Grant Writing 101 and Budget Template

When: Monday, June 24, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central Street, Natick

Presenter: Sunny Stich

Sunny is a creative and enthusiastic, fund development professional with over twenty-five years of proven results in helping non-profit agencies increase capacity. Throughout her career, she has utilized an innovative and collaborative style to help over eighty organizations actualize their missions through a gamut of services around fundraising and capacity building. Sunny has done this through grant writing by writing state, federal, private, corporate, and foundation grants; raising major donor funds; undertaking capital campaigns; organizing annual fund initiatives; executing fundraising events; managing public relations strategy; and board trainings.

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Foundation for MetroWestCome Visit Us » 

We love being part of the MetroWest community, and we would love to see you!

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.

  • 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. 
    • Applications for our 2019 cohort are now closed. 
  • 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

If you are looking for one-time professional development opportunities, please see our Upcoming Workshops.

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 Caroline Murphy.

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.

We are currently not offering Office Hours. Please check back in 2019 for updated information. 

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