Nonprofit Support Center

The Nonprofit Support Center offers trainings and resources to help nonprofits' boards and staff members do their jobs well. 

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Contact Foundation Special Projects Officer Gail Randall
(508) 755-0980, x 101
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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 2015 Programs

Programs are free and held at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, unless otherwise noted. In order to keep our programs affordable, we ask that you notify us of a cancellation at least 48 hours in advance. If you register and do not attend an event, we do assess a $20 cancellation fee.

In the event of inclement weather, call us at (508) 755-0980.

Our upcoming programs are as follows:

Download the 2015 September - December schedule [DOC].

Tues., Nov. 10 - 9am - noon LEADING WITH STORY


Tuesday, November 10
9 am-12 noon

Presenter: Lani Peterson
Location: Greater Worcester Community Foundation, 370 Main Street, Worcester
Audience: Executive directors, development and PR staff, and board leaders
Fee: $35
Cancellation policy: Because we incur costs and may be unable to fill your seat, refunds will not be made for cancellations received within one week of the session, and outstanding payment will be due in full. We appreciate your understanding.

Story can be a powerful change agent and catalyst. Understanding what it is, why it’s important, and how to use it intentionally are important leadership skills with multiple applications for nonprofit staff and board.

In this interactive workshop you will:

  • Discover the power of storytelling as a communication tool to engage and motivate, articulate challenges, and inspire others to support your vision.
  • Find out how storytelling can enhance your personal presence and influence.
  • Choose and develop your story.
  • Learn how to shift a “stuck”story into a strong one that moves you forward.
  • Practice techniques that maximize your story’s message and impact on your audience.

Trainer Lani Peterson is a psychologist, professional storyteller, public speaker, and coach. She works with a range of corporations and nonprofits, from Fortune 500 companies to hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters. Lani brings participants to a profound understanding of what story is, why it is important, how to use it skillfully, as well as sharing where it is making an impact in companies and people’s lives across the country. Her clients have included University of Massachusetts Medical School, Public Voice at City Mission Society, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Eaton Corporation, Devon Corporation, and Citizen Schools, among others. She teaches Effective Organizational Communications Skills for Non Profit Leaders in the Master’s Program at Wheelock College.



Wednesday, November 18
12:00-1:30 pm
Location: the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, 446 Main Street, 20th Floor, Worcester
Audience: Executive directors, senior managers, and those assessing their nonprofit career paths
Fee: None. Lunch provided.
Cancellation Policy: 48 hours in advance of the program or we will bill you $20.

What do nonprofit leaders need to succeed? A new report, Leadership New England: Essential Shifts for a Thriving Nonprofit Sector, was released recently by Third Sector New England. It compiles findings from a survey of more than 1,200 New England leaders and discusses the challenges and opportunities currently facing them and their organizations. In this session you will learn more about the survey data, explore changes that leaders believe are essential, and discuss strategies that will contribute to healthy, resilient nonprofits over the next decade.

Presenter Hez Norton, director of Partnerships and Leadership Initiatives at TSNE, is co-author of Leadership New England. Previously she directed TSNE’s Executive Transition Program; served as executive director of Resource Generation, a national nonprofit that engages young adults with financial wealth in social change philanthropy; and was executive director of North Carolina Lambda Youth Network. Hez also led the youth involvement program in the North Carolina Governor’s Office and was a program officer for Learn and Serve America with the North Carolina Commission on National and Community Service. A Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellow, Hez also received a fellowship from the Lyndhurst Foundation’s Southern Community Partners Program. She sits on the board of the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Wed., Dec. 2 - noon - 1:30pm TRENDS IN GRANTMAKING

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