Rick Schwartz talks to MetroWest nonprofit staff about annual reports.

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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