Recovery and Rebuilding - Nonprofit Support in Changing Times

Berkshire Taconic is proud to partner with community foundations across the region to deliver tailored support and assistance to nonprofits. Based on the needs identified by nearly 1,500 nonprofit professionals across our four-county region, we are offering a series of technical assistance and capacity-building programs for nonprofit staff and board leaders. While there is no denying the continued challenges ahead, we are united with our partners in a mission to help stabilize, re-envision and rebuild the nonprofit sector.

Register for upcoming webinars and view recordings of past sessions below.

Berkshire County Columbia and Northeast Dutchess Counties

 

Free Consulting Support Available for Regional Nonprofits

Specialized, one-on-one technical support from the New York Council of Nonprofits is now available to nonprofits in Berkshire, Columbia and northeast Dutchess counties. A wide range of services is available covering topics such as Governance (boards, bylaws and policies), Financial Management (from cash flow analysis to scenario planning), and Organizational Assessments (including DEI, fundraising and strategic planning). It starts with a free consultation with NYCON staff, followed by up to 10 free hours of support to address topics selected by the nonprofit. Additional time may be available depending on the scope of work. To get started, organizations may contact NYCON to learn about and access the training, technical assistance and support available.

 


 

BERKSHIRE COUNTY

The Massachusetts Community Foundations Partnership—a coalition of 14 community foundations, Philanthropy Massachusetts and Massachusetts Nonprofit Network—is offering free programs for nonprofits across the state. As a member of this partnership, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation encourages Berkshire County nonprofits to register for these virtual training sessions. Recordings will be made available below following each program.

 

Upcoming Programs

Ready, Aim, Fire: Building Your Development Plan

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join us to learn more about how to build a multi-year development strategy and plan that positions you for revenue growth and sustainability. After this workshop, participants will be able to envision a path forward with a balance between annual and multi-year funding. Participants will also be positioned to craft a multi-year development plan that will take their revenue program to a new level. This workshop is ideal for executive directors and development leaders. Presenter Chuck Gordon is president and CEO of The New Kensington Group, a full service consulting firm helping nonprofit leaders grow their organizations. His work focuses on strategic planning, fundraising, executive search, and board leadership and governance support. 

Register now

 

Two New Learning Cohorts

Back by popular demand, two new learning cohorts are forming now to help nonprofit staff from across the state explore topics of equity and strategic thinking. These free programs are available to 30 participants each, who will engage in guided discussions and activities. Each cohort will meet five times over the course of 3-5 months. All virtual session are 90 minutes long. An additional 30-60 minutes of pre- and post-work may be encouraged between each session. Registration is now open through Jan. 31, 2022. Act quickly! 

Centering Equity // Led by Naisha Bradley

This learning series is designed to create a shared understanding of how to identify unconscious bias and disrupt it in the workplace. This learning series provides a brave space for people to explore the root of racial bias and privilege, and think through how their perspectives shape their decisions as professionals. Naisha Bradley is chief diversity, inclusion and belonging officer at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and principal of a consultancy that helps organizations and individuals work effectively across racial difference. 

Strategic Thinkers & Planners // Led by Mikel Brand Oliver

This learning series will cover reconnecting to the “why” of an organization (mission, vision, values), defining needs and direction, assessing impact, examining outcomes and accountability, and evaluating mission and resources. Mikel Brand Oliver is owner and principal consultant at Mpact Consultancy, which aims to strengthen the execution of mission-driven initiatives, individuals and organizations through coaching, consulting, project execution and professional development. 

Apply now for either cohort

 

Previous Programs - View Recordings

Engaging Donors Virtually (Two-Part Series)

Originally presented on Nov. 10 and 17, 2020 

Part 1: What Should You Say to Your Donors? How to Effectively Communicate and Ask Donors for Support During COVID-19

 

Part 2:  The Time is Now: How to Have Successful Donor Fundraising Meetings on Zoom

 

Making Strategy in Uncertain Times

Originally presented on Nov. 12, 2020

 

How to Update Your Digital Fundraising Strategy in the Age of COVID-19 

Originally presented on Nov. 19, 2020

 

How to Build, Launch, and Promote a Digital Fundraising Campaign

Originally presented on Dec. 3, 2020

 

More Than Money: Identifying Organizational Strengths and Needs

Originally presented on Dec. 8, 2020

 

Bringing the Outside In: Engaging Communities in Priority Setting and Planning

Originally presented on Jan. 12, 2021

 

Fundamentals of Nonprofit Finance/Financial Bootcamp

Originally presented on Jan. 26, 2021

 

Organizational Change to Achieve Equity

Originally presented on Jan. 27, 2021

 

Alternative Strategies for Fundraising Events – Designing the Event

Originally presented on Jan. 28, 2021

 

Alternative Strategies for Fundraising Events – Executing the Event

Originally presented on Feb. 4, 2021

 

Building Financial Health and Strategic Resilience

Originally presented on Feb. 9, 2021

 

How Nonprofits Can Break Through the Virtual World of Fundraising and Communications

Originally presented on Feb. 17, 2021

 

Alliances, Mergers & Strategic Restructuring

Originally presented on Feb. 23, 2021

 

Capstone: Telling Your Organization’s Story for Impact

Originally presented on March 9, 2021

 

Marketing Your Mission and Services in a Distracted, Digital World

Originally presented on March 18, 2021

 

Nonprofit Report: Virtual Fundraising Successes and Lessons

Originally presented on May 18, 2021

 


 

COLUMBIA & NORTHEAST DUTCHESS COUNTIES

The Hudson Valley Funders Network—a coalition of 19 foundations and organizations—is partnering with the New York Council of Nonprofits to provide training and technical assistance programs to nonprofits in the Hudson Valley during the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic. As a member of this network, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation encourages nonprofits in Columbia and northeast Dutchess counties to register for these free virtual training sessions. Recordings will be made available below following each program.

DIGITAL FUNDRAISING (THREE-PART SERIES)

Originally presented on Dec. 3, 8 and 17, 2020

Optimizing Your Website

Email Fundraising

Social Media Fundraising

 

Strategic Partnerships in the COVID Era: The Nonprofit Landscape

Originally presented on Jan. 8, 2021

 

SELECTING A DONOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Originally presented on Jan. 14, 2021

 

PAYMENT PROTECTION PROGRAM UPDATES

Originally presented on Jan. 27, 2021

 

CYBERSECURITY BASICS

Originally presented on Jan. 28, 2021

 

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (THREE-PART SERIES)

Originally presented on June 23, July 7 and July 21, 2021

Budgeting Effectively: A Team-Based Process

Nonprofit Financial Health Assessment 

Post-COVID-19 Financial Planning 

 

Board Recruitment in the COVID Era: Using Social Media to Create Connections and Candidates

Originally presented on Sept. 22, 2021