October 2020
NPC’s Monthly Online Magazine
Attention Executive Directors!
Please put your contact info on your web site!
There is nothing more frustrating for people trying to reach you than a general number or fillable contact form.  
What if I were a donor or foundation?  Or a member of the media on deadline trying to reach you for a quick statement?  Or ME – trying to notify you of an upcoming grant opportunity?  
In this day of digital accessibility and age of transparency there is no excuse for sending potential collaborators, volunteers, or supporters on an annoying and time-consuming hunt for your email address or phone number.
People really want to help in these challenging times.  Don’t make it a challenge to reach you!  
This Public Service Announcement is brought to you by the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires.

Liana Toscanini
Executive Director
One of the easiest ways nonprofits can help promote the 2020 election is by giving staff time off to vote during Early Voting or on Election Day. Join us in the #NonprofitStaffVote campaign by offering time off to vote on or before Election Day. No one should have to choose between their paycheck and exercising their right to vote. All nonprofits are encouraged to pledge to do this by signing up as a Nonprofit Staff VOTE partner today.
Thank you to this month's sponsor!
The Toole Agency, established in 1939, works closely with both personal and business clients to understand their asset ownership, exposure risks, and expectations to design an insurance program to fit their specific needs. We ask questions, but more importantly, we listen.
Only through a thorough review can our team define an insurance program that combines smart coverage solutions and an effective risk management approach. Our experience, knowledge, and pro-active consultative approach give both our clients and us a distinct advantage. We do more than write coverage; we enable our clients to make informed risk management and finance decisions to protect their assets and achieve their mission.
Learn more >>
Exclusive sponsorship of Connections Online is $250. Sponsor a future month by emailing!
NEW Benefit for NPC Berkshires Members
Subscribe to GrantStation Today at a 90% Discount
  • Do you struggle to identify new funding sources? 
  • Does the lack of time limit your ability to submit grant requests? 
  • Do you have a grants strategy?
As an NPC member benefit, you can purchase full membership access to GrantStation for just $75, a 90% saving off the regular price of $699.

GrantStation provides tools to find new grant sources, build a strong grantseeking program, and write winning successful proposals to fund your organization’s mission!
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Fundraising in the Time of COVID
How to Survive, Then Thrive
Designed to support and enhance the work of small to mid-range organizations that are facing immediate challenges precipitated by the COVID crisis, join us to examine fundraising fundamentals; facilitating internal coordination and planning, engaging board members and allies, and enhancing donor relations.
Presented by Phil Deely
Monday, November 2nd; 10:30am - 12pm via Zoom
$25 NPC Members; $40 not-yet-members
Time & Attention Management while Working Remotely
Working remotely is a new work model for most of us and takes a different type of work style. This session will focus on putting YOU in the driver’s seat by examining both attention and time management from many perspectives. We will review your personal self-management of work priorities, the role of technology in our lives and determine if some changes may be needed to increase both productivity and job satisfaction.
Presented by Christine Singer, M.Ed.
Thursday, November 12th; 9:30 - 11:30am via Zoom
$20 NPC Members; $40 not-yet-members
3 Steps to Grow Sponsorship Revenue Now
#1 Update or Upgrade Your Value.
As you reinvent your events, update your sponsorship value.
#2 Focus on your relationships.
Reach out to your existing and previous sponsors to find out how they’re doing personally. 
#3 Look for new sponsors.
Your existing sponsors, such as those from the hotel and airline industry, may be in real trouble. Or your company and its events could be taking your efforts in a whole direction, opening up opportunities.

Read the full article and register for the free webinar at this link >>
How to Grow Your Sponsorship Revenue in a Pandemic
October 28th
10 - 11am
Free: Register Here
Webinar Scholarships from Lee Bank
We understand that budgets are shrinking for many and professional development fees may not make the cut. Lee Bank has generously funded "Webinar Scholarships" to be disbursed by NPC to nonprofits in need. The funds can be used to attend any webinar provided by NPC Berkshires. To apply, contact
Real Talk on Fundraising, Philanthropy & Social Sector Innovation
Small Nonprofits: Big Impact
Now is the time to re-imagine fundraising priorities and plans
By Bruce Arbit/Melarbit Impact Partners, Inc.

“So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

These difficult times are disproportionately affecting our smallest nonprofits and businesses. At the same time, they offer the opportunity to chart a new more impactful, inclusive, and financially viable path.

It starts with moving beyond our outdated and constrained fundraising model. Keep reading >>
Need an affordable retirement plan for your nonprofit employees?
You may be familiar with the MA 401(k) CORE Plan – a retirement plan the Commonwealth built specifically for small nonprofits (20 or fewer W-2 employees) in Massachusetts. Our local CORE Plan representative, Lisa Cardinal, will be holding office hours, one-on one. Since we’re still being COVID-cautious, these sessions will be held virtually via Webex. The CORE Plan is 100% committed to us and provides a great way to offer a quality benefit to your valuable employees.

Thursday, November 5th
1/2 Hour Session via Webex
FREE; Register at this link
Virtual Gala & Fundraiser Calendar

Planning ahead? Send us your 2021 fundraising events now.

See events & add to
the calendar by emailing
Grant Funding Webinars from Philanthropy Massachusetts
With over 30,000 nonprofits in Massachusetts, competition for funding is high. How does one get a leg up? Join Introduction to Grants Research on November 18th to learn how to find funders who are aligned with your organization’s program area.

From developing the proposal idea to completing the details of the budget, Introduction to Grant Writing on December 2nd provides an outline to use to prepare clear, concise, comprehensive, and competitive proposals.
Socioeconomic Impacts of COVID-19 on US Households
The Women’s Fund has been partnering with an all-women research team from UMass Amherst to gather data so we may all learn as much as possible on the effect of COVID-19 on women, families, and communities. 

Lives and livelihoods all over the US are affected by COVID-19 and by its economic fallout. However, people of different genders, races, and income levels may be affected in different ways. This online survey aims to explore these different experiences and to inform and strengthen resiliency plans.

Take the survey and share it with your constituencies >>
Spotlight: Massachusetts Service Alliance
Learn how to leverage the full value of volunteer time and talent. MSA's Service Enterprise Initiative is a transformational training program that enhances an organization's ability to manage volunteers and advance their mission. This nationally recognized certification is the gold standard in volunteer management, and is proven to increase efficiency and programming across all levels of your organization.
Consider attending an informational session to learn more!
October Info Session
Thursday, October 29th
1 - 2pm
Register Here
November Info Session
Thursday, November 19th
1 - 2pm
Register Here
Recommended Reading
From the Candid Learning Blog:

Self-care tips for nonprofit leaders during a pandemic

Four tips to increase your success rate with online donation requests

Upcoming Events
Monday, November 2
Fundraising in the Time of Covid: How to Survive, then Thrive
with Phil Deely/Philip Sedgwick Deely & Associates

Thursday, November 5
Nonprofit Retirement Plan Office Hours
with Lisa Cardinal/Empower Retirement

Thursday, November 12
Time and Attention Management while Working Remotely
with Christine Singer

Wednesday, November 18
How Exposed is Your Business to Cybercrime?
from Toole Insurance Agency

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