Sunday, January 30, 2022

VANN - Volunteer Action Nonprofit Network - Feb 2

Via the MetroWest Nonprofit Network:

"Join our newest affinity group for Volunteer Leaders who are supporting volunteer efforts in their nonprofit organizations. VANN - Volunteer Action Nonprofit Network - will be a place to share resources, exchange ideas, discuss challenges, and brainstorm solutions. 
Each month will focus on a specific topic with plenty of opportunities for group discussion. Polly Mendoza, former Executive Director of Neighbor Brigade and lifelong volunteer and nonprofit leader will be the group facilitator. 
The VANN group will meet on the first Wednesday of every month. 
February Topic: The Planning and Development Side of Volunteer Programs: Setting a strong framework for (re)structuring your volunteer program. 

 Email here to receive the Zoom Link ->

Shared from a MetroWest Nonprofit Network mailing

Saturday, January 29, 2022

#Franklin CAN (fill in the blank!)

Franklin is a caring community. It has been known to come out, show up, support when needed. Time, and time again.

#Franklin community action now (CAN)

Members of the Franklin Area Nonprofit Network (FANN) need to take advantage of this to accomplish what each organization is focused on. The FANN will help in that effort.
  1. When community action is needed, your organization can plan accordingly. Devise whatever is required for fund raising, collection, pick up, etc.
  2. As you communicate to your followers, send the event or action to the FANN. We'll put it on the calendar
  3. Mark your social media communications with the hashtag #FranklinCAN(fill in the blanks)
  4. The FANN and other members can share the hashtag to help spread the word on your effort
So easy!

You do what you need to do and with the #FranklinCAN(fill in the blanks) hashtag, the FANN can help spread the word to make your event or effort more successful.

#FranklinCAN(fill in the blank)

Monday, January 24, 2022

Workshop -> Let's talk about Recharging for 2022!

 From the MetroWest Nonprofit Network  (

January 26th - 12:30-1:30 pm
Let's talk about Recharging for 2022!
Amanda SilverLeadership Coach
3 Steps to Recharge your Non-Profit Leadership
Are you so busy holding it together for everyone else that you can't find time to think? Do you have big dreams for your leadership, but no space to vision or plan for them? It's time for a RESET! Join leadership coach Amanda Silver for a free 1-hour workshop for non-profit leaders. We will cover 3 steps you can use immediately to:
  • Connect to purpose
  • Quiet your inner critic
  • Free up your time to do what matters most

Workshop -> Let's talk about Recharging for 2022!
Workshop -> Let's talk about Recharging for 2022!

Monday, December 6, 2021

FANN - (1) Please respond to survey, (2) teaser on 2022 planning

While the Franklin Area Nonprofit Network seems to have been quiet, things are busy behind the scenes. The Steering Committee has met and set up this survey to gather info on day/times for future meetings and networking events.

There is also work underway preparing for a 'community action day' sometime in 2022. Stay tuned for info on this as it develops. You'll have time to prepare to participate.


Action Required: Please Respond to this Survey 

The Franklin Area Nonprofit Network is looking for the best day/time to schedule regular meetings and separately networking sessions. Assuming either of these session would catch your interest, what day/time would be most likely to get your participation? 

Survey form ->


FANN - (1) Please respond to survey, (2) teaser on 2022 planning
FANN - (1) Please respond to survey, (2) teaser on 2022 planning


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
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with you in mind.
Your support makes this possible.

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