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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

PowerUP Your #GivingTuesday Campaign

When: Tuesday, September 10, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Where: Waltham Public Library, 735 Main Street, Waltham 

Presenter: Angela Pitter, CEO, Livewire Collaborative

#GivingTuesday 2019 is on December 3, 2019. This annual “Global Day of Giving” event takes place on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving and has helped to amplify year-end fundraising efforts for nonprofits and charitable causes since 2012. Since conception, the total amount raised for GivingTuesday, is over $1 billion online in the U.S. In fact, in 2018, the total number of donations reported is approaching 4 million (a 45% jump over 2017), marking the most successful giving year. And September is the perfect time to determine your goals, campaign messaging and to map out your timeline.

If you want to raise more money and connect with more supporters this Giving Tuesday, attend this strategy and implementation workshop to learn step-by-step instructions on how your nonprofit or cause can get in on all the energy, excitement, and benefits of the big day! 

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2019 Fundraising Accelerator

When: Wednesday, September 25, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: MetroWest Medical Center, Medical Arts Building, 85 Lincoln Street, Framingham

Andrea Finnerty, Cambridge School of Weston
Karen Turer, Tugboat 23 Consulting
Erica Waasdorp, A Direct Solution
Maureen Wallbeoff, Practical Wisdom for Nonprofit Accidential Techies

Join Foundation for MetroWest for our 2019 Fundraising Accelerator! This annual event is designed to support your organization's fundraising efforts. This year, we are focusing on fundraising volunteer management and donor stewardship. After time to network and opening remarks, participants will have the opportunity to attend either a Round Table track or a Hard Skills track.

Event Schedule

8:30am – 9:15am: Registration, Light Breakfast & Networking
9:15am – 9:30am: Opening Remarks
9:30am – 12:00pm: Individual Tracks

  • Round Table Track – Tips and Trends in Fundraising Volunteer Management
  • Hard Skills Track – Donor Journey Fundamentals: Give Your Supporters a Great Experience Every Time

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So we rented a space - now what? A Beginner's Guide to Nonprofit Fundraising Events

When: Thursday, October 10, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington

Presenter: Karin Turer, Tugobat 23 Consulting

Are you new to holding fundraising events? Is the reward worth the time and effort? Learn the best ways to turn a grassroots event into a success for your organization. Walk away with hints on how to get the most out of every dollar spent, how to give guests a memorable experience that will bump your organization up their priority list, and creative ways to reach out to attendees after the event is over.  This workshop is interactive, and we look forward to talking through your event ideas and challenges with a group of your peers and your speaker, a professional nonprofit event planner.

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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: