As part of our ever-growing commitment to providing our region’s nonprofits with valuable tools and resources, we’re pleased to offer a wide variety of training sessions, convenings, and presentations throughout each year. We carefully select and craft these offerings with the end goal of building, growing, and sustaining organizations’ effectiveness and missions.

Current and Upcoming Training Opportunities:

Register today for any of these FREE upcoming programs being offered by the Massachusetts Community Foundations Partnership.


Engaging Donors Virtually

(Two-Part Series)
Tuesdays, November 10 & 17, 2020
10:00 AM

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Making Strategy in Uncertain Times

Presented by Impact Catalysts
Thursday, November 12, 2020
10:00am-12:00pm

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How to Update Your Digital Fundraising Strategy in the Age of COVID-19 

Thursday, November 19, 2020
1:30 – 3:00 PM

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How to Build, Launch, and Promote a Digital Fundraising Campaign

Thursday, December 3, 2020
10:00 – 11:30 AM

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These programs are the first in a series of technical assistance and capacity building programs being offered by the Massachusetts Community Foundations Partnership in collaboration with Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and Philanthropy Massachusetts. More programs will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Massachusetts Community Foundations Partnership A donor collaborative of Community Foundations in Massachusetts, partnering with nonprofit organizations to strengthen their missions, programs and capacities to contribute to and provide a leadership voice toward stabilizing, re-envisioning and rebuilding the nonprofit sector; connecting and strengthening community foundations for greater impact; and working together to deepen impact and lead on critical and common issues facing our communities and Massachusetts. 

Please note most of our workshops are free, but may specify requirements for participants.

Margaret Everett

Questions? Comments?

Please contact Margaret Everett, Grants Administrator Associate

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Past Trainings and Presentations


Advocacy: Rules of the Road for Nonprofits

Presentation


Bolder Advocacy 


Advocacy Capacity Tools


Lobbying Resources


Election resources


501(h) Election Information

2019: Succession Planning Workshop

Research shows that in New England, senior leadership of nonprofits will be retiring in large numbers in the coming years. For the stability and sustainability of your organizations, the Community Foundation is offering a workshop to provide information and tools for managing these transitions well. Executive leadership transitions are pivotal moments in an organization’s life cycle. Thinking about and preparing for succession can enable an organization to weather the departure of key organizational leaders, maintain sustainability, and explore opportunities for growth and change. In this workshop, nonprofit executives and their board members will learn how to build an adaptable organization that transitions leadership well; implement successful transition practices that address the search and hire of new leaders; manage staff reactions to change; and identify the effective roles of the executive and board.

2018: Communicating Your Impact

Presenter: Mitch Anthony, Consultant, Clarity
Nothing communicates impact like a clear brand. Your brand is not a logo. It is a promise you make to the people you serve. It is a clear statement of how you help. Your brand invites your audience to understand, know, remember, refer, and choose you, and then choose you again.

2018: Making the Ask

Presenter: Jenn Hayslett, Jenn Hayslett Coaching & Consulting

2018: Social Media

Presenter: John Haydon
If you are new to Valley Gives or looking for new ideas, this workshop is for you. Prepare to engage your donors leading up to and during Valley Gives. Explore strategies for reaching out to build new relationships and cultivate those with people who already care about your cause. Discuss strategic use of email, FaceBook, Instagram and FaceBook Live. Learn about ways to connect to Kimbia for Valley Gives and to your website/FaceBook page the rest of the year. Workshop will focus on the importance of storytelling and relationship building.

2017: Social Media

Presenter: John Haydon

Session 1: Telling Better Stories with Facebook and Instagram

Session 2: Online Fundraising with email

Handouts:

2016: Knowing Your Donors Through Data Segmentation

Presenter: Kevin Martone, Harold Grinspoon Foundation 

2016: Making the Ask: Writing a Brilliant Appeal

Presenter: Eric Phelps, Rainmaker Consulting

2016: Matterness: Making People Matter More in a Social World 

Presenter: Debra Askanase
Matterness is a way to make your people feel known, acknowledged and invited to participate in efforts.

2016: Maximizing Volunteers (developed for Valley Gives)

Presenters: LaTonia Naylor, United Way of Pioneer Valley & Lindsay Bennett-Jacobs, RSVP

2014: Storytelling

Presenter: Debra Askanase