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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

Strategies to Reduce and Prevent Employee Burnout

When: Tuesday, November 12, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Weston Public Library, 87 School Street, Weston 
Who should attend: This workshop is most appropriate for people supervisors and managers at all levels, as well as for human resource professionals counseling people managers
Presenter: Marianne Mortara 

Employee burnout is an issue affecting nonprofits of all sizes. A recent article suggested that up to half of fundraisers expect to leave their job in the next two years. Join facilitator Marianne Mortara to learn ways to keep your staff energized, committed, and engaged.

  • Learn how to assess burnout risk factors
  • Learn and share best practices to minimize burnout
  • Review classic tips and tools for combating burnout among staff

This workshop is offered in partnership with Empower Success Corps



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Managing Up, Down, and All Around

A Workshop for People Who Are Relatively New Managers and Who Want to Strengthen Their Management Skills

When: Thursday, December 12, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Morse Institute Library, 14 E. Central Street, Natick
Who should attend: This workshop is most appropriate for first-time mangers who are relatively new to their role.
Presenter: Ann L. Silverman

Becoming a manager for the first time is an exciting point in your career. Often, however, when you step into this role you have not received any formal management training. Join Ann Silverman of Ann L. Silverman Consulting for a workshop that will help you identify the management skills you already have as well as new ones you wish to gain. The goals of the workshop are to:

1. Help new managers reflect on the skills that they have to manage their team
2. Help new managers to begin to build/strengthen their own management skills, and
3. Motivate new managers to become leaders

Attendees should come ready to participate as this workshop will be highly interactive and discussion-based. 

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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:



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