Community Partner Gatherings

Join the Community Impact Team this Spring! Meet CFWM’s new CEO Megan Burke, connect with staff, learn about upcoming opportunties, and network with other nonprofit leaders like you. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Hampden County
Tuesday, April 4th
8:30AM to 10:00AM
HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute
164 Race Street, Holyoke, MA

Hampshire County
Wednesday, April 26th
4:30PM to 6:00PM
Northamptong Center for the Arts
33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA

Franklin County
Thursday, April 27th
4:30PM to 6:00PM
GCC Campus, Main Campus Bldg, Room 208, Greenfield, MA

RSVPs encouraged but not required.

Each year, the Institute for Trustees (IFT) brings nearly 1,000 nonprofit leaders together for six weeks of educational workshops led by experts in the sector.

This year, attendees are invited to participate in the IFT Kickoff and Keynote Session, 18 different educational workshops and a series of topic-driven, informal peer discussions. The event will be delivered completely virtually, providing attendees with both flexibility and value. Attendees can participate in as many live or recorded sessions as they’d like.

Admission is $130 for individuals and $550 for full nonprofit boards.

A limited number of scholarships (based on region) are available for the IFT. Email to be considered for a scholarship slot.

Check back regularly for future trainings and presentations.

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 is 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


Past Trainings and Presentations

Advocacy: Rules of the Road for Nonprofits


Bolder Advocacy 

Advocacy Capacity Tools

Lobbying Resources

Election resources

501(h) Election Information

2019: Financial Management for Nonprofits

The Basics of Nonprofit Financial Management 

Intermediate Nonprofit Financial Management 


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


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