NPC Calendar

Social Media Hacks @ 1Berkshire
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Social Media Hacks @ 1Berkshire | Great Barrington | Massachusetts | United States

How to develop a social media system for your business that works for you, that doesn’t take up all of your time, that conveys your brand, and gets people in your door.

Dawn Stanyon helps businesses and nonprofits in the Berkshires MA to tell their stories to grow their success through digital marketing. Prior to founding Professionality Consulting in 2014, she worked with The Emily Post Institute and in non-profit fundraising, event planning and communications.

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Three Winning Storytelling Strategies: Origins, Impacts, and Heroes @ MCLA Design Lab
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Three Winning Storytelling Strategies: Origins, Impacts, and Heroes @ MCLA Design Lab

Where did your organization come from? How are you transforming your community? Who is helping you make a difference?

Sharing powerful stories from staff, clients and donors is a key component of fundraising and communications strategy. In the age of digital communication, nonprofits need to continually generate new stories, to keep engagement high on their social media feeds and make multi-channel appeals to donors fresh and interesting.

Crafting good stories takes time and thought—but there are strategies to make it simpler. In this workshop participants will be introduced to three templates for storytelling, which can be used in appeal letters, social media campaigns, annual reports, or other materials. These templates provide simple frameworks on which to hang the wonderful stories that are unique to your organization.

In this workshop we’ll cover:

  • storytelling as a strategy and why it has a positive impact on fundraising and communications
  • the key components of three story types: the origin story, the impact story, and the hero story
  • how to structure interviews of staff, clients, and donors to generate great story material
  • strategies to short-cut your storytelling process, so you always have a great story ready to go for your materials or next campaign

Jenni Haley is a development writer and communications consultant with over 15 years of nonprofit communications and fundraising experience. Residing in South Deerfield, MA, and serving clients across Massachusetts, Jenni specializes in appeal letter writing, communications materials, and grants. She believes that good copy can help caring people understand, connect with, and invest in your mission.

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Organizational Partnering Roundtable in Partnership with Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum @ Berkshire Athenaeum (Pittsfield Library)
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The Nonprofit Center presents its first roundtable discussion on the topic of “organizational partnering.” Almost all of us are doing it in one form or another. We’ll discuss best practices, pitfalls, models of collaboration, and how to choose the right partner. Participants will meet in the auditorium of the Berkshire Athenaeum (Pittsfield Library) on Wendell Avenue in Pittsfield and are encouraged to bring lunch. Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum will provide refreshments. Panelists include Jeff Gagnon, Program Manager at Community Access to the Arts, Alex Reczkowski, Library Director/Berkshire Athenaeum, Christa Collier, Executive Director of Northern Berkshire United Way, and Randy Kinnas, Executive Director of the Berkshire Family YMCA. This event is free to Berkshire nonprofits but participants must register by emailing

Jeff Gagnon/Program Manager, CATA
Alex Reczkowski/Library Director, Berkshire Athenaeum
Christa Collier/Executive Director, Northern Berkshire United Way
Randy Kinnas/Executive Director, Berkshire Family YMCA

Parking: There is a small lot at the rear of the Athenaeum (Bartlett Avenue), and some on-street parking on both Wendell and Bartlett Avenues (closely monitored for parking violations because of the courthouse close by). There are metered lots on First Street and on East Street and the corner of West and North Streets at the opposite side of the Park Square intersection.

Board Financial Management Tools and Techniques @ Red Lion Inn
Nov 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Board Financial Management Tools and Techniques @ Red Lion Inn | Stockbridge | Massachusetts | United States


Providing nonprofit leaders and board members with tools and analytic techniques to enhance their knowledge of financial management for nonprofit businesses


  1. Understanding Financial Statements
  2. Cash Flow Management
  3. Strategic Budgeting
  4. Program Profitability Analysis
  5. Operating Reserves

Who should attend

  • Board chair, Board Treasurer, Executive Director, Board members, COO, CFO
  • Board members who want to improve their financial management and reporting expertise for the nonprofits they lead or advise.


John F. Gillespie
Nonprofit and Social Enterprise Practice Leader, Charles River CFO

John delivers and manages Interim CFO and Outsourced Accounting services for client engagements in the nonprofit and social enterprise sectors and is a key part of the senior team with responsibility for Business Development, Client Management, Recruiting and Marketing.

With more than 40 years of experience working with over 210 pre-revenue to multi-billion dollar companies, including Acumen Fund, Ashoka, Barnes & Noble, Share Our Strength, Grameen Foundation and the National Cooperative Business Association, John leverages his in-the-trenches CFO expertise to guide CEOs and boards on how to grow their enterprises in a strategic manner, implementing specific courses of action to improve the bottom line. John has been featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, NonProfit Times,, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Investors’ Circle Entrepreneur Newsletter and other publications.

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