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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.

Let’s Get Scrappy: Growing Tech Systems on a Limited Budget

Presenter: Debra Askanase, NetSuite Social Impact
Date: Tuesday, July 24
Time: 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Location: McAuliffe Branch, Framingham Public Library, 746 Water Street, Framingham, MA 01701

Who should attend: Nonprofit executives and technology staff familiar with strategic goals and interested in addressing how to use technology to achieve those goals


Introduction to Evaluation and the Use of Logic Models for Nonprofits

Presenter: Brad Rose, Brad Rose Consulting
Date: Thursday, July 26
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Dover Public Library, 56 Dedham Street, Dover, MA 02030

Who should attend: Any nonprofit leader or staff member who may be interested in learning about and/or planning to conduct a program evaluation. While this workshop will be of interest to those who are new to program evaluation, it will also provide a useful review of evaluation and the use of logic models for those already familiar with evaluation.


Improving Your (Work) Flow: Fixing Your Broken Processes

Presenter: Bruce Greenfield, B. Greenfield & Associates
Date: Wednesday, August 15
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Millis Public Library, 961 Main Street, Millis, MA 02054

Who should attend: Any nonprofit staff, board member, or volunteer who is interested in learning about organizational operations best practices. A great refresher for even seasoned operations specialists.


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.
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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
    • Interested in applying to be a part of our 2018 cohort? Attend our info session on June 19: register here
    • Learn more about the program
  • 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
    • Interested in applying to be a part of our 2019 cohort? email Kimberly Blakemore

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: