Friday, October 7, 2022

FYI - MetroWest Nonprofit Network - lunch & learn opportunities for October 2022

From the MetroWest Nonprofit Network, info on upcoming Lunch & Learn opportunities. You can visit their webpage for this information and about other programs they offer ->

  • OCTOBER 12 - Creating Digital and Print Media with Canva
Melissa Cusson, Brick Road Mortgage
Topic: Creating Digital and Print Media with Canva
Wednesday 12:00-1:00 pm
Virtual: Lunch and Learn
We love it when our friends come back to share with us what they have learned! Melissa Cusson (a 2021 graduate of the MWNN Nonprofit Certificate program) has worked in for-profit and nonprofit organizations and is passionate about helping nonprofits share their stories through digital and print media. Join us as she shares the practical tips, and tools, she has learned while developing materials for clients and colleagues. 
Learn how you can use Canva, a free design tool to create a wide range of materials for your nonprofit 
Q and A

  • OCTOBER 19 - Lone Rangers
Lone Rangers
Wednesday 12:00-1:00 pm
Virtual: Affinity Group
Monthly meetings designed for Executive Directors or leaders of single-staffed, small-staffed, or volunteer organizations. Share ideas, challenges, resources, and strategies in a supportive, casual, confidential environment.
Meeting facilitators:
Sarah Baldiga, Executive Director, Rise Above Foundation
Helen Lemoine, Executive Director, Leadership Metrowest.

  • OCTOBER 26  -  Impact MetroWest Interactive Data Website Refresh
Foundation for MetroWest - Caroline Murphy, Program Director
Topic: Impact MetroWest Interactive Data Website Refresh
Wednesday 12:00-1:00 pm
Virtual: Lunch and Learn
The Foundation for MetroWest launched the Impact MetroWest data project in 2020. The website has become an important tool for nonprofits, corporate investors, and community members who are looking for data to identify changes and opportunities that face the region. Join us for a conversation with Caroline Murphy as she guides us through a discussion about - 
Changes and updates to the data and website
How to make the best use of the Impact MetroWest website
Examples of how nonprofits have used the data to guide decision making

Monday, July 25, 2022

Franklin Cultural Council looking for Franklin nonprofits in Arts & Culture arena for "Community Culture Lane" - Sep 10

Hi Franklin community,

The Franklin Cultural Council is looking for a few extra non-profits to participate in the upcoming Franklin Cultural Festival, slated for Saturday, September 10 from 12-6 PM.

We've created a section of the festival called the  "Community Cultural Lane". This area will feature non-profit Arts & Cultural booths that would like to promote themselves and educate the community about their services.
  • Booths must fit under the arts and cultural "umbrella".
  • Organizations must provide their own tent and table.
  • Informational pamphlets and materials are encouraged.
  • Games with prizes or interactive booths are encouraged.
  • Booths are not allowed to sell products or fund raise in any way.
We are really excited to provide space for this! Franklin has so many incredible arts and cultural organizations. For our community to see them all lined up in one area will be really enlightening! 

Please reach out to us at:

"Community Unity" returns as theme for the Franklin Cultural Festival - Sep 10
 "Community Unity" returns as theme for the Franklin Cultural Festival - Sep 10

Monday, July 18, 2022

Query from the Franklin Food Pantry for FANN for assistance with food shopping rides

Marsha Tait, Director Of Development with the Franklin Food Pantry sent this: 

"We have an inquiry for the FANN – wondering if any of the agencies gives rides to people for grocery shopping etc.?  Some of our clients do not have transportation and GATRA can be very inconvenient (due to long wait times).  
We are looking for assistance for people who shop by appointment in particular – thinking a ride here, max. 1 hour shopping time, a ride home.  Currently on Thursday and Friday mornings only."

If any of the Franklin Area Nonprofit Network organizations can help in this regard, feel free to contact me ( shersteve at gmail dot com) or Marsha directly (mtait at franklinfoodpantry dot org)

Franklin Food Pantry
Franklin Food Pantry

Monday, May 16, 2022

Did you know that the Franklin Farmers Market is a place to grow your nonprofit awareness?

Via the Franklin Farmers Market:

"Did you know we have a table available for FREE to any non-profits in the area?

That’s right, our Community Table is the perfect place to spread your mission to the local community and make connections!

Head to the link in our bio to apply for your spot today!"

Link => 

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Did you that the Franklin Farmers Market is a place to grow your nonprofit awareness?
Did you that the Franklin Farmers Market is a place to grow your nonprofit awareness?

Thursday, April 21, 2022

The Art of Gathering - a digital 6 week course by Priya Parker

I heard about Priya Parker via an interview with Brene Brown; ended up reading her book The Art of Gathering. Hearing that she is about to launch a 6 week course on how to set up effective gatherings is something many of us may be interested in.

Interview here ->

From Priya's newsletter, the info on her new course: 


This little dream of mine has been in the works for more than three years. I am absolutely thrilled to announce The Art of Gathering Digital Course — my brand new six-week learning experience to help you design and host intentional gatherings with and for your people. The Spring session begins on May 16. (Doing a little dance in my chair as I write this to you!)

Whether you’re scheming your next great event, special occasion, meeting, or party we’ll explore the question: “How can we do this differently?”
Gatherings play a large role in our lives. The comings together of friends, family, and co-workers have the potential to change the way we connect, the way we understand one another, and the way we live. 

Across six weeks, I’m going to guide you through the six core elements of artful gathering to help you reimagine and design how you bring your people together. Your registration includes weekly digestible pre-recorded lessons, exercises, case studies, and a wealth of supporting resources. We have been hard at work behind the scenes and I am so excited to finally open the doors. 

It’s important for me to connect with you through this experience. For our first Spring session, seats are limited, and I’ll be joining you for LIVE office hours each week. During this time, I’ll address common group questions and offer feedback in order to help you go deeper with the content and exercises.

Sign-up today and join me as we begin to reshape how we come together, one gathering at a time. 

Course info and registration =>


The Art of Gathering - a digital 6 week course by Priya Parker
The Art of Gathering - a digital 6 week course by Priya Parker