Monday, December 6, 2021

MetroWest Nonprofit Network: Lunch and Learn Wednesdays for Dec 2021

December 2021
Lunch and Learn Wednesdays
Dear Friends,
And just like that, we find ourselves at the end of 2021. We thank you for your participation throughout this entire year as we learned and shared ideas, challenges and solutions. We are looking forward to another full year of Lunch and Learns, affinity groups, and community collaborations in 2022! (Check out the new affinity group we are launching in on January 5th)
December 8- 12:30-1:30
Ask a CPA: Considerations to manage and grow your nonprofit organization
Susan McCarthy, CPA, MST, CSEP
As 2021 comes to a close many nonprofits are focusing on getting their financial houses in order. This Lunch and Learn led by Susan McCarthy CPA will be an opportunity to learn and ask questions. Susan will address specific areas in Finances and Accounting as well as Fundraising and Operations. For example, in the area of Finances and Accounting Susan will discuss:
  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Accounting Policies
  • Internal Controls
  • Accounting Software
  • Financial Reporting
  • Annual Nonprofit returns
  • Annual Budget/Cashflow projections
  • Insurance
She will also share a resource list as well as a roadmap for identifying the 10 Key Steps to Close the Gap Between Setting Goals and Achieving Them.

Do you have a question you would like to Ask the CPA? Send it here!

December 22 - 12:30-1:30 pm
Let's talk about Standing up, Speaking Up, and Bearing Witness
Rev. Dr. Debbie Clark, Open Spirit
We've all been there. You find yourself in a situation where you know you are witnessing harm being done to another person and you want to intervene. But how? What do you say? How do you go from being a passive onlooker to an active bystander?

This Lunch and Learn will introduce Training Active Bystanders which has been brought to MetroWest through a collaboration between Open Spirit and Jewish Family Services.

Rev. Dr. Debbie Clark and a TAB trainer will give an overview of the training developed by Quabbin Mediation which draws upon research and the wisdom of the gathered participants to identify barriers to active bystandership and develop ways to overcome them. You will leave this Lunch and Learn with a better understanding and tools to move from silence to action in 2022. 
Lone Rangers
December 15 - 12:30-1:30 pm
Designed for Executive Directors or leaders of single-staffed, small-staffed, or volunteer organizations. Share issues, exchange ideas, and discuss challenges and strategies in a supportive, casual yet confidential environment. Join our monthly Lone Rangers meeting facilitated by Sarah Baldiga, Executive Director of the Rise Above Foundation, and Helen Lemoine, Executive Director of Leadership Metrowest.
The Lone Rangers group meets on the third Wednesday of every month.
*Join our MetroWest Lone Rangers Facebook Group to access the monthly zoom link or send an email here.
Volunteer Leaders
January 5th - 12:30-1:30 pm
It's here!
We are thrilled to announce that MWNN will be launching a new affinity group for Volunteer Program leaders who are building, implementing, or managing volunteer programs. Like our Lone Rangers group, this will be a place to share issues, exchange ideas, discuss challenges and strategies and support each other in the important work of aligning the work of volunteers with the mission of your organization.

We're so pleased that Polly Mendoza, former Executive Director of Neighbor Brigade and lifelong volunteer and nonprofit leader has graciously agreed to facilitate this group.

Her passions and skills intersect in the areas of integrating equitable practices, managing, and leveraging volunteer corps, and innovative strategic planningPolly worked with the Massachusetts Service Alliance and the MetroWest Nonprofit Network to complete the Service Enterprise training and successfully acquired certification for Neighbor Brigade.

The group will meet on the first Wednesday of every month from 12:30-1:30. Join us on January 5, 2022, (and help us name the group!)

If you are interested in attending the meeting or have any questions please send an email here.

Thank you Massachusetts CORE Plan for your support of the Lunch and Learn series in 2021!
Lisa Cardinal, CEBS, CRC, Sales Director,
Massachusetts 401(k) CORE Plan
The MetroWest Nonprofit Network builds programs, connections, and collaborations
with you in mind.
Your support makes this possible.

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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Franklin Area Nonprofit Network: "Proposals for the Community Impact Consulting program are due on 11/16/21"

 MA Nonprofit Network (@MA_NonprofitNet) tweeted  Fri, Oct 29, 2021:

Attention Mass nonprofits! Proposals for the Community Impact Consulting program are due on 11/16/21. The program is designed to help position nonprofits for future growth by addressing a specific need within the organization. 
Learn more: @HighlandStreet  


Shared from Twitter:  or this link ->
Note the service provided by Highland Street Foundation are designed for nonprofits with "operating budgets between $500,000 and $4 million"

Franklin Area Nonprofit Network: "Proposals for the Community Impact Consulting program are due on 11/16"
Franklin Area Nonprofit Network: "Proposals for the Community Impact Consulting program are due on 11/16/21"

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

ONEmetrowest Day - Oct 29, 2021

Building off their successful 2020 campaign, the Foundation for MetroWest announces its 2nd annual ONEmetrowest Day on October 29th with an increased emphasis on community involvement and raising critical support for its mission.  The Foundation, with the support of Foundation Trustee Louis Crosier, and his wife Hope, will match every gift made on ONEmetrowest Day, up to $50,000. In another effort to step up for the community, the Foundation for MetroWest is calling on community members to volunteer with one of six participating non-profit partners, going the extra mile to invest in the region through action.

The Foundation has served as a connector, partner, and resource for the cities and towns that make up the MetroWest region for the past 26 years. ONEmetrowest Day is part of the Foundation’s ONEmetrowest Campaign. Launching October 8th, the overall goal is to raise $350,000 for the ONEmetrowest Fund. This fund fuels everything they do to help the MetroWest region thrive – grantmaking in areas like hunger relief and youth and family support, programs, convenings, emergency relief, research and so much more. They are hopeful that the emphasis put behind ONEmetrowest Day will propel them towards their goal. More than 121 community members have already shown their support for the campaign since its launch.


“The Foundation is dedicated to investing in and strengthening the communities it serves,” said executive director Jay Kim. “ONEmetrowest Day is about bringing communities together to take action and get involved in the great work happening just outside their door. We always say, if you live here, we hope you consider giving here.”


Six non-profit partners will be inviting community members to volunteer throughout the day, forming new connections and opportunities between non-profit organizations and their communities. The participating organizations are:


  • Boston Area Gleaners

From 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. volunteers will pack, sort and assemble fresh produce boxes for families in need.

  • Middlesex Human Service Agency

From 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. volunteers will help assemble Thanksgiving dinner starter kits for the MHSA annual Holiday Giving Program.

  • Rise Above Foundation (remote)

From 10:00 a.m. - 12 pm volunteers will write care package notes to send to foster youth in college. 

  • Dignity Matters

From 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. volunteers at the location in Framingham will help create customized kits of personal care items for women in poverty.

  • Charles River Watershed Association:

From 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. volunteers will work alongside CRWA staff to remove invasive species from the Warren Woods in Ashland.

  • Cultural Alliance of Medfield

From 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. volunteers will refinish historic park benches at the Medfield State Hospital.


At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation quickly pivoted its work to address the pressing needs in MetroWest brought on by the pandemic, granting over $5 million in emergency relief funding to date. During unprecedented times, the Foundation engaged the community and distributed resources to the region’s most vulnerable neighbors, tapping into the power of community.


“Throughout the pandemic, we had to shift priorities and adapt to address the changing needs of our community,” said Kim. “This is the role we are supposed to play as this region’s community foundation, and I couldn’t be prouder of what the Foundation has accomplished so far.”


This year’s ONEmetrowest Day matching gift challenge is made possible thanks to the Crosier Family. Louis and Hope have been longtime friends and supporters of the Foundation’s work, with Louis serving as the Board Chair from 2019-2021.


“The Foundation for MetroWest has been an anchor for the community during some of the hardest years we have ever faced,” said Louis Crosier. “We have always believed in the importance of the role they play in our community and are proud to take our support a step further for ONEmetrowest Day in hopes the community will join us in this day of giving.”


The ONEmetrowest campaign is an extension of the Foundation’s 2021 key initiatives, including ongoing emergency relief efforts, refreshing Impact MetroWest with additional data on race and equity indicators and more.


For more on ONEmetrowest and information on how to donate, please visit

About Foundation for MetroWest 

Established in 1995, the Foundation for MetroWest is the community foundation serving the cities and towns in the region, encompassing 700,000 residents from Westborough to Waltham and Acton to Dedham. The Foundation promotes philanthropy across the area, helps donors maximize the impact of their local giving, serves as a resource for local nonprofits and enhances the quality of life for all our residents.

The Foundation is supported by a wide range of businesses, individuals, community groups and other philanthropic organizations. Since inception, the Foundation has granted $23 million to its nonprofit partners and currently stewards more than $30 million in charitable assets for current needs and future impact.


To learn more, please visit or call 508-647-2260.

The map seems to cover Franklin but the community list they serve excludes Franklin
The map seems to cover Franklin but the community list they serve excludes Franklin

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Flash Sale Happening NOW for the MA Nonprofit Network Conference -> Ending at 4PM TODAY (9/29/21).

Flash Sale Alert: Until 4:00 PM Today!
LAST CHANCE to grab your conference tickets at a discounted rate. Flash Sale registration prices end at 4:00 PM today.

Join us at one of the largest gatherings of nonprofit professionals in the state from Tuesday, October 5 to Friday, October 8.

The theme of this year's conference is "A Bridge to Better," which captures a common aspiration of the Massachusetts nonprofit sector and those who support it as we move forward together. The conference will feature inspiring speakersover 20 workshops, networking opportunities, and a new and exciting virtual event platform to allow attendees to easily navigate the online setting.

Learn more about our presenters and workshops, check out this year's jam-packed schedule, and meet our sponsors and exhibitors!

Grab your tickets before this evening to take advantage of the discount!
The rates include substantial discounts for attendees from MNN member nonprofits, non-member nonprofits, and for-profit affiliate members. MNN nonprofit members save 40% off of the regular registration price. We hope you can join us from Tuesday, October 5 to Friday, October 8!

Click below to register. Don't hesitate to reach out to our team with any questions. We hope to see you there!

Madeleine Morgan
Director of Programs and Services
Interested in sponsoring this year's event? Learn more and sign up here!
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