Products & Services

The Nonprofit Center serves as a clearinghouse of information and resources for nonprofits in Berkshire County, facilitating connections and providing products tailored to the needs of the nonprofit sector.

NPC Products

GIVING BACK: Your Guide to Philanthropic Opportunities in the Berkshires (digital & print)

NPC’s directory of nearly 1000 nonprofits listed by category, designed to connect donors and volunteers with nonprofits. Listings are free for all Berkshire County nonprofits. This annual publication also includes full-page profiles of nonprofits, articles, advertisements, inspirational quotes, and more. To order a copy, click here.

Web Site

The RESOURCES section of the NPC web site is a repository for practical information of interest to nonprofits. Currently there are links to reference materials, statistics, whitepapers, benchmark data, planning calendars, job openings, articles and infographics.

Digital Newsletter Archive

The NPC issues digital newsletters periodically featuring upcoming events, articles of interest, practical information, tips, and links.

Connections Magazine

Launched in July 2017, Connections features nonprofit profiles, feature articles, columns, and practical information. The initial circulation is 1000 copies, with the first issue FREE while supplies last. In the future, the magazine will be available for purchase in local bookstores, select retail outlets, and online via the NPC web site, as well as through subscriptions. The magazine is supported by local business advertising. Click here for ad rates. Click here to view the first issue.

Annual Nonprofit Holiday Fair & Catalog (Launching in 2018)

Many nonprofits are trying to increase their earned income streams by producing items for sale such as calendars, notecards and t-shirts. At the same time, many community members want to support these organizations by “buying local” and purchasing “gifts that give.” Connecting these two groups in one place enhances sales and allows more personal connections to be made between an organization and its would-be supporters. A natural extension of the fair is a digital or printed catalog.

Benefits Survey

Berkshire nonprofit organizations interested in knowing more about what other nonprofits offer in terms of benefits were encouraged to fill out a brief survey online in October 2017. By studying the results from this survey, nonprofits can design packages to help attract and retain the kind of employees who can help them carry out their mission and take their organizations to the next level. The results of the survey will be presented in a written report by Nash Insights in November. Survey partners include Berkshire United Way, High Peak Partners, Norman Rockwell Museum, Northern Berkshire United Way, and Volunteers in Medicine.

Nonprofit Resource Guide

The NPC is currently compiling a list of resources for nonprofits including but not limited to: accounting, legal services, consultants, filmmakers, graphic designers, event venues, printers, job hosting sites, facilitators, media, etc.

NPC Services

Affordable technical assistance in fundraising, marketing, grant-writing, strategic planning, and nonprofit management available on a fee-for-service basis

These are the most requested services — all crucial to the health of a nonprofit. The NPC has a pool of qualified consultants.

Referrals

The NPC can help you find an accountant, capital campaign manager, coach, event planner, filmmaker, grantwriter, graphic designer, lawyer, printer, or social media consultant. We can also advise you on where to host a meeting, where to post a job listing, how to get more PR and more.

Roundtables & Networking Events

Who doesn’t want to feel connected, supported, and energized by other, likeminded folks? Connections, education and advice are the fuel of every nonprofit engine. Roundtables and targeted networking events by type of organization or role will provide more customized experiences for nonprofits. For a full list of events, please go to the Calendar page

Seminars & Workshops

The Nonprofit Center provides workshops on popular topics such as program evaluation, starting an endowment, donor databases, and grant writing. 2018 workshops include: Cyber Security, Social Media Hacks, The Art & Science of Leading Transformational Change, Telling your Story, Peer to Peer Fundraising. We are also planning a one-day nonprofit Boot Camp. For a full list of events, please go to the Calendar page.

Inclusion in publicity efforts, “good news” columns, and newsletters

Publicity is a low-cost and effective means of increasing awareness of our many and varied nonprofit groups. Another win-win since our local media are often looking for good-news stories.

ListServe

MBM Berkshires is an online discussion group for people interested in all things nonprofit. This moderated email list is open to anyone willing to adhere to the principles of civil discourse. The purpose of MBM Berkshires is to strengthen communication within the nonprofit sector of the Berkshires. ListServes are commonly used for discussion, a quick survey of opinion, job openings and event announcements. The Nonprofit Center moderates posts and generates a daily or weekly digest. Nonprofits are encouraged to join and begin posting. To join, send a blank email to: Berkshires-subscribe@missionbasedmassachusetts.net

Satellite Office Hours in Pittsfield and North Adams

The NPC travels to Pittsfield 1–2 days per month to meet with nonprofits by appointment. In North Adams, the NPC sets up in MCLA’s Design Lab on Main Street on the first Thursday of every month to accommodate northern Berkshire County nonprofits.

Nonprofit Awards Breakfast

The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires is launching an annual awards program to recognize and encourage individuals who work tirelessly to serve the Berkshire community. Nominations will be solicited from across the Berkshires in eight categories: Executive leadership, Board Member Award, Program Staff Award, Development Award, Support Staff Award, Unsung Hero Award, Volunteer Award, and Lifetime Achievement. Finalists and winners will be selected by a committee of business and civic leaders.