NSC Workshop Calendar

We host workshops in the spring and fall and invite nonprofit leaders and their staff to attend. We focus on practical programs, believe in the power of peers learning together, and engage high-quality presenters in order to foster a strong network of nonprofits in our region. 

Fall 2018 Workshops:

Sept. 27 - Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: What it Means for Non-Profits in the Wake of Weinstein

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 
Time: 9:30- 11:30 AM


  • Angela Bovill, President & CEO, Ascentria Care Alliance
  • Toni McGuire, President  & CEO, Edward M. Kennedy Health Center
  • Tim Van Dyck, Partner, Bowditch
  • Robert Young, Partner, Bowditch

Audience: Senior nonprofit leaders, HR staff, Board members
Location: Bowditch Conference Room, 311 Main Street, 5th floor Worcester, MA 01608

Register Today!

The Harvey Weinstein scandal and those following have touched a nerve which is empowering women and men to exercise their rights and seek legal protection from harassment and retaliation in the workplace. This seminar- a must attend event for board members, C-suite executives, department heads and HR professionals- promises to go beyond the platitudes and provide real-world, practical guidance to employers and their boards. Learn more.

Oct. 2 - Building the Model Development Program

Building the Model Development Program (for capacity constrained organizations)

​This workshop is now full. Please email nsc@greaterworcester.org if you would like to be placed on a wait list.

Date:  Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - Noon (Breakfast available at 9, 9:30 start time)

Presenter: Chuck Gordon, President & CEO, New Kensington Group
Audience: Executive Directors, development staff & board members from small and mid-size nonprofits
Location:  Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, Worcester, MA, 3rd floor conference room

For small and medium sized nonprofit organizations, we all know that raising money isn’t easy. Join us for an innovative workshop to deepen your understanding of what it takes for capacity constrained organizations to build a model development program and achieve new levels of philanthropic attainment.  You’ll leave with a set of best practices, an assessment of your development program, and a vision of where you can take fundraising efforts in both the short and long-term. Learn more.

Oct. 16 - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Getting Started

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Getting Started

Date:  Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Time: 12 - 2 PM (Lunch available at 11:30 AM)

Presenter: Linda Cavaioli, Executive Director, YWCA of Central Massachusetts & Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham, President, Promoting Good LLC.
Audience:  Executive directors and other senior nonprofit managers
Location: Greater Worcester Community Foundation Conference Room. 370 Main Street, Suite 650 Worcester, MA 01608

Register today!

Are you interested in taking the next step toward equity in your organization and your work, but not sure how to move forward? This session will help.  Organized as a clinic and led a senior executive and experienced consultant, you can expect practical advice and consultation in a supportive, non-judging and confidential setting. You will also have ample opportunity to share your experience and learn from others in the group.  Follow- up peer support may be available. Learn more.

Oct. 30 - Associated Grant Makers Presents: Meet the Donors

Associated Grant Makers Presents:  Meet the Donors

Date:  Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM


  • Chris O’Keeffe (moderator), Vice President of Program, Greater Worcester Community Foundation
  • Emma M. Greene, Senior Vice President, Philanthropic Client Director, US Trust, Bank of American Private Wealth Management
  • Allen Fletcher, Chairman, Fletcher Foundation and Trustee, Stoddard Charitable Trust
  • Bethany Kendall, Executive Director, Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund
  • David Nicholson, Trustee, Fred Harris Daniels Foundation
  • Carolyn Rau, Foundation Assistant, GMA Foundations

Audience: Senior leaders and those with development responsibilities
Location: College of the Holy Cross, Hogan Campus Center, Suite B, 1 College Street, Worcester
Fee: $40 for AGM members, $60 for nonmembers. Light refreshments included.

Register Today!

Join AGM as they travel to Worcester for Meet-the-Donors: Central MA! AGM’s regional Meet-the-Donors programs are a great way to network with peers and hear firsthand from funders who are interested in the region. The programs are excellent for people who are new to development but also helpful for the seasoned pro.  The format starts with some moderated “kick off” questions for the panelists and then the audience breaks into groups to come up with additional questions of interest to all in their group. There will also be time for a meet-and-greet with panelists. Learn more.

Nov. 7 - The Way Forward for Arts & Culture Organizations

NSCfc (Nonprofit Support Center for Creatives) Presents:
Navigating the New Normal: The Way Forward for Arts & Culture Organizations

Date:  Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 AM

Presenter: David Howse, Senior Associate Vice President, Emerson College & Executive Director, ArtsEmerson
Audience: Open to all, but especially designed for nonprofit leaders of arts and cultural institutions
Location: Greater Worcester Community Foundation, 370 Main Street, Worcester, Suite 650 

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Today’s arts & culture organizations have to grapple with so much more than engaging audiences and producing great content. They are asked to address issues like diversity, equity and cross-cultural understanding, and to speak to challenges like social justice, communal empowerment, engaging those difficult to reach and more.  David C. Howse, a recognized speaker and commentator on the arts and social integration, with years of experience as a leader in the arts and culture sector, will share his perspectives on how to navigate “the new normal” and will challenge all who attend to figure out how to do the same through their practice. Learn more.

Nov. 8 - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Moving Ahead

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Moving Ahead

Date:  Thursday, November 8, 2018 
Time: 12 - 2 PM (Lunch available at 11:30 AM)

Presenters: Linda Cavaioli, Executive Director, YWCA of Central Massachusetts & Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham, President, Promoting Good LLC.
Audience: Prerequisite: Your or someone from your organization must have attended Diversity Equity & Inclusion: Getting Started
Location: Greater Worcester Community Foundation Conference Room. 370 Main Street, Suite 650 Worcester, MA 01608

Register today!

If you enjoyed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Getting Started, and are ready to make your organization more diverse, inclusive and equitable, join us for this hands on workshop.  Using a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion organizational survey tool developed by Promoting Good, LLC, you will identify challenges faced by your organization and set targeted goals that will allow your organization to take the next steps necessary to move your organization forward. Organized as a clinic and led by two diversity leaders, you can expect practical advice and individual consultation in a supportive, non-judging and confidential setting. You will also have ample opportunity to share your experience and learn from others in the group. Learn more. 

Nov. 14 - Mergers & Strategic Alliances

Mergers & Strategic Alliances

Date:  Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM


  • Ken Bates, President & CEO, Alternatives and The Bridge
  • David Jordan, President and CEO, The Seven Hills Foundation
  • Mary Ellen Larkin-Root, Board member, Alternatives and the Bridge, and Alternatives Unlimted
  • Karen Ludington, Vice President, Children’s Friend, Inc. An Affiliate of The Seven Hills Foundation; former President, Children’s Friend
  • Dennis Rice, Senior Advisor, Alternatives and the Bridge; former Executive Director, Alternatives Unlimited
  • Chick Weiss, Board member, Children’ Friend, Inc. 
Audience: Anyone interested in strategic trends among nonprofits, especially senior nonprofit staff and board members. Of special interest to organizations anticipating a leadership change in the next 5 years.
Location:  Printers Building, Davis Publications Conference Room, 7th floor 44 Portland Street, Worcester MA 01608

Register Today!

Mergers and strategic alliances have been topics of keen interest to nonprofit leaders for the last 20+ years.  The impending retirement of baby boomer nonprofit executives, rapid changes in funding patterns, shifts in philanthropy and other changes in the nonprofit environment combine to give the subject fresh relevance as a critical tool for mission sustainability. Learn more. 

Info of note!

Fees: Excluding the workshop presented by the Associated Grant Makers, all workshops for the 2018 fall semester are offered free of charge and will include a light meal or refreshments.

Cancellation Policy: If you are unable to attend, we kindly ask for at least 48 hours’ notice so we are able to accommodate individuals on a waiting list.

Full Catalog: Click here to download the full Fall 2018 NSC Workshop Calendar.


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