It’s 2023 and we need to talk about the Census now!

Did you know that Census data directly impacts funding for many crucial programs in our community? Medicaid, housing vouchers and school funding to name a few. It also directly impacts major decisions around voting districts, civil rights laws, and funding for local infrastructure.

Join the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts along with the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and the Massachusetts Voter Table, who will share lessons learned from the 2020 census and what we need to do to prepare for 2030.

We will highlight the direct impact this data has on critical programs for those in need in our community and what actions steps we can collectively take to make sure all residents are counted and that we receive the resources our communities need to thrive.

How Census data impacts ALL residents of WMASS
October 10, 2023
12:00PM to 1:30PM

Community Foundation of Western Mass Office
333 Bridge Street, Springfield

Virtual Open Office Hours

The Community Impact Team will have virtual open office hours for nonprofits and other stakeholders on the following dates:

Friday, September 29, 10AM to 1PM 

Friday, October 27, 10AM to 1PM 

Please drop in to ask questions, share updates, or connect with our team. 

Community Partner Gatherings 

Please check back for future dates for Community Gatherings held by the Community Impact team. We anticipate scheduling additional gatherings this fall.  

Check back regularly for future trainings and presentations.

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