Massachusetts Community Foundations Partnership


The Massachusetts Community Foundations Partnership is a collaborative made up of 14 community foundations in Massachusetts. Established in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the collaborative will partner with nonprofit organizations to strengthen their programs and capacities as they work to address the critical issues facing communities across Massachusetts. As nonprofit services become more and more critical to those they serve, and to the resilience of our Commonwealth as a whole, nonprofit organizations are facing declining revenue streams and rapidly shifting landscapes paired with increased demands. The Massachusetts Community Foundations Partnership seeks to contribute to the stabilizing, re-envisioning, and rebuilding of the nonprofit sector.

The collaborative will produce a series of technical assistance and capacity building programs under its initiative, Nonprofit Strong. Virtual programs will address topics such as strategic planning, fundraising, financial management, and racial justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion work. In addition to training, nonprofit participants will have the opportunity to network with one another, to troubleshoot common issues, and to exchange best practices. The first programs are scheduled for November of 2020, with programs held regularly throughout the following calendar year.

The series of technical assistance and capacity building programs is being offered by the Massachusetts Community Foundations Partnership in collaboration with the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and Philanthropy Massachusetts. Our goals include:

  • Support nonprofit organizations as they strengthen their missions, programs, and capacities in order to stabilize, re-envision, and rebuild organizations and the sector;
  • Connect and strengthen community foundations for greater impact in providing support services that enhance the sector’s work; and
  • Deepen our collective impact on critical social and economic issues facing our communities and the Commonwealth.

Donors interested in more information may email Peter Taylor, President of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Chair of this Partnership.

Go to Upcoming Nonprofit Strong Programs
Go to Other Offerings by Members of the Partnership
Go to Past Nonprofit Strong Programs & Recordings
Go to Participating Organizations

Upcoming Nonprofit Strong Programs

Cohort Learning Program


The Nonprofit Strong cohort learning program is a free program available to 30 participants in each program. The goal of this program is to allow participants to participate in deeper discussion and learning than the workshops with smaller group sizes and guided discussions and activities. Each cohort will meet five times over the course of 5-6 months. Each virtual session will be 90 minutes long. An additional 30-60 minutes of pre- and post-work may be encouraged between each session.

Please see the three programs below to determine which program you would like to apply to. Applicants may only apply to one cohort.

  • 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. The first session is Friday, July 9th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm. The following sessions will be determined on a monthly basis with the facilitator and cohort.
  • Strategic Thinkers & Planners led by Mikel Brand Oliver
    • This 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. The first session is Wednesday, June 30th from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. The following sessions will be determined on a monthly basis with the facilitator and cohort.
  • Virtual Nonprofit Operations led by Maureen Wallbeoff
    • This learning series will focus on Maureen’s 4 P Framework: Plan, People, Platforms, and Processes with a focus on what it means to have some or all of your staff working virtually. Maureen will work with participants to tease out what’s working, what’s not working, and what they can do operationally to improve their work environment. The first session is Tuesday, June 29th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm. The following sessions will be determined on a monthly basis with the facilitator and cohort.

The application deadline was Tuesday, June 8th at 11:59 AM.

More programs coming soon! Please stay tuned. 

Other Offerings by Members of the Partnership

Please reach out to our partners below for any questions regarding these programs and their materials.

Institute for Trustees (IFT)
Essex County Community Foundation & Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
April 7th – May 15th
Learn more and register here.

Past Nonprofit Strong Programs

All recordings are made available following each program. For any questions regarding these programs and their materials, please reach out to Madeleine Morgan at or 617-391-9171.

Tuesday, November 10th
10:00 am – 11:15 am
Cultivating and Communicating with Donors Virtually: Part I – Watch the recording here

Thursday, November 12th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Making Strategy in Uncertain TimesWatch the recording here

Tuesday, November 17th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cultivating and Communicating with Donors Virtually: Part 2 – Watch the recording here

Thursday, November 19th
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
How to Update Your Digital Fundraising Strategy in the Age of COVID-19 – Watch the recording here

Thursday, December 3rd
10:00 am – 11:30 am
How to Build, Launch, and Promote a Digital Fundraising Campaign – Watch the recording here

Tuesday, December 8th
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
More Than Money: Identifying Organizational Strengths and Needs – Watch the recording here

Tuesday, January 12th
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Bringing the Outside In: Engaging Communities in Priority Setting and Planning – Watch the recording here

Tuesday, January 26th
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Fundamentals of Nonprofit Finance/Financial Bootcamp – Watch the recording here

Wednesday, January 27th
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Organizational Change to Achieve Equity – Watch the recording here

Thursday, January 28th
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Alternative Strategies for Fundraising Events – Designing the EventWatch the recording here

Thursday, February 4th
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Alternative Strategies for Fundraising Events – Executing the Event – Watch the recording here

Tuesday, February 9th
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Building Financial Health & Strategic ResilienceWatch the recording here

Wednesday, February 17th
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
How Nonprofits Can Break Through the Virtual World of Fundraising and Communications – Watch the recording here

Tuesday, February 23rd
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Alliances, Mergers & Strategic Restructuring – Watch the recording here

Tuesday, March 9th
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Capstone: Telling Your Organization’s Story for Impact – Watch the recording here

Thursday, March 18th
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Marketing Your Mission and Services in a Distracted, Digital WorldWatch the recording here

Tuesday, May 18th
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Nonprofit Report: Virtual Fundraising Successes and Lessons Watch the recording here

We share, lift up, and hold ourselves accountable to these values as we advance this work:

  • Transparency
  • Listening, Respect, and Trust
  • Shared and equitable decision-making
  • Accountability to and inclusivity of Nonprofit Sector
  • Embracing and advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Humility and a learning mindset
  • Excellence & Impact

Community Foundations

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
The Boston Foundation
Brookline Community Foundation

Cape Cod Foundation
Community Foundation of Nantucket
Community Foundation of North Central MA
Community Foundation of Western MA
Essex County Community Foundation
Foundation for MetroWest
Greater Lowell Community Foundation
Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Martha’s Vineyard Community Foundation
South Coast Community Foundation
Watertown Community Foundation


Philanthropy Massachusetts
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

This collaborative is being fiscally sponsored by Philanthropy Massachusetts.