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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.

What it Means to Form and Operate a Nonprofit

Presenter: Liz Reinhardt, Law Offices of Elizabeth S. Reinhardt
Date: Tuesday, September 25
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Goodnow Library, 21 Concord Road, Sudbury, MA 01776

Who should attend: Any individual interested in starting a nonprofit organization.


2nd Annual Fundraising Accelerator

A half day of networking and learning
Date: Tuesday, October 16
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: MetroWest Regional Transit Authority, 15 Blandin Ave., Framingham, MA 01702


Joining a Board and Being an Effective Member

Presenters: Amy S. Cahners and Susan U. Donahue,  Cahners & Donahue Associates
Date: Thursday, October 18
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington, 02421

Who should attend: Anyone who is considering joining a board but is unsure how to identify the right organization for them and is unsure what board service entails.


Understanding IT Risk and Security

Presenter: Russell Greenwald, Vice President, Insource Services, Inc.
Date: Tuesday, October 23
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482

Who should attend: Any professional, board member, or volunteer of nonprofits of any size.


Staff Transitions – Covering Your Bases

Presenters: Saleha Walsh, Ryan Ecclestone, Michelle Porreca, and Elizabeth Stasiowski, Insource Services, Inc. 
Date: Thursday, November 1
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: Whitney Place, 3 Vision Drive, Natick, MA 01760

Who should attend: Any professional, board member, or volunteer of nonprofits of any size. Ideal for those in HR and/or hiring manager roles.


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.
Schedule an Appointment

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? 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: